Ginseng linked to breast health

August 23, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, Women's Health

Ginseng linked to breast health

A recent study conducted by Chinese researchers suggests ginseng may improve survival rates and quality of life for breast cancer patients. However, experts have urged caution regarding the results.

In an observational study of nearly 1500 women, researchers found that women who used ginseng before breast cancer diagnosis or started taking the herb after diagnosis experienced benefits.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology gathered data on the type of ginseng used, the nature of the product and duration and frequency. Women who took ginseng on a regular basis prior to diagnosis had a higher overall survival rate (89 percent versus 80 percent) as well as a higher disease-free survival rate (84 percent versus 77 percent).

Experts warn that the study had several limitations, including not recording information on other complimentary or alternative therapies. Further studies are needed to further examine the potential protective effect of ginseng.

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