Integrative Oncology News
Herb of the Month: Ashwagandha
We chose Ashwagandha, a shrub prevalent in South and Central Asia and Africa, for this month’s featured herb because of its increasing popularity among cancer patients.
Herb of the Month: Ginseng
American ginseng was chosen for this month’s featured herb because of its increasing use by cancer patients. The Herb of the Month is presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
American ginseng is a perennial herb native to eastern North America. Following its introduction to China three centuries ago, both the fresh and dried forms of its root remain popular in Traditional Chinese medicine to enhance stamina and to treat a variety of ailments. Available evidence shows a modest protective effect of the herb in reducing the number and severity of colds, and in improving working memory in healthy adults. American ginseng has also been shown to improve cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors - link to the MSKCC monograph.
Herb of the Month: Green Tea
We chose green tea this month because of its continued popularity around the world as an antioxidant. A beverage consumed worldwide for its purported health benefits, green tea is derived from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a stimulant, diuretic, for wound healing, and to improve heart health. Currently, green tea and its extracts are utilized to prevent and treat hyperlipidemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis and cancer. Green tea has been shown to exert chemopreventive effects, and clinical trials are underway to determine its benefits in cancer care. Read more about green tea in the MSKCC monograph.
Culture and Caregiving Plenary Set for SIO2016
The Society for Integrative Oncology’s 13th international conference, November 5-7, 2016 in Miami, Florida, will include a plenary session on culture and caregiving. The session, to be held, November 6, will include, as moderator, Judith Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC. of Oakland University and, as panelists, Allison Applebaum, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Samreet Kumar, PhD, of Memorial Healthcare System; and BeJoy Thomas, PhD, of the University of Calgary. They will discuss will discuss their approaches to the care of those affected by cancer, including patients and caregivers worldwide; the challenge to deliver consistently high quality care across treatment and during survivorship; compassion, fatigue and burnout among providers; and evidence-based approaches to enhance resiliency.