Herbal medicines for cancer cachexia

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More than 70 percent of cancer patients suffer from cachexia. Cachexia, or wasting syndrome, manifests in a series of symptoms which include muscle atrophy, fatigue, weight loss, and loss of appetite. Certain herbs can counteract these effects to some degree; ginseng radix and astragali radix boost the immune system and increase appetite, and coptidis rhizoma has antiinflammatory properties. Former research also suggest that coptidis rhizoma might exhibit an anticachectic effect and might prevent cancer-induced cachexia. This study explored the effects of herbal supplements on the typical symptoms of cachexia.

Herbal medicines for cancer cachexia
Herbal medicines for cancer cachexia

There are several agents for managing cancer cachexia. Megestrol acetate, cannabinoids, corticosteroids and ghrelin are known to affect appetite. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB), thalidomide, corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are known to affect cachectic mediators or signal pathways. Some drugs, such as megestrol acetate and corticosteroids, exhibit confirmed effectiveness in combating cancer cachexia by randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. However, until now, there is no identified standard treatment for cancer cachexia.

Herbal medicines have been used widely to treat diverse diseases for thousands of years.

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