Herbs for Liver Cancer


Helpful Herbal Medicine for Liver Cancer Patients

Herbs for Liver CancerHerbal medicine does not cure liver cancer, nor does it cure cancers that have metastasized from a primary site to the liver.

However, herbal medicine can help patients suffering from liver cancer as well as individuals who have liver metastases to enhance general wellness, facilitate the elimination of toxins, enhance immune health, and normalize bodily functions.


Astragalus has been studied extensively and has been found to be a valuable complementary therapy when used in conjunction with modern cancer therapies. It can help your body to withstand treatment with chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation better. It also reduces fatigue and promotes healthy blood cell counts.

Some people who have liver disease suffer from fluid accumulation and poor function of the heart. Astragalus can improve cardiac function and relieve cardiac chest pain.

The best form of astragalus is a specially prepared dried root. The root is flattened and prepared with honey. This process is believed to make the active ingredients in astragalus more usable by your body. If you choose to take astragalus as an independent herb, most herbalists recommend that 2.4 to 4 grams be consumed daily.

An economical way to prepare astragalus root is to make an herbal decoction of the dried root. Here is how to do it:

Place 10-15 grams of the dried root in a heavy saucepan. Cover the herb with one liter of water and slowly simmer the tea for several hours. The tea is done when approximately half a liter of liquid remains. Strain off the used herb and discard or compost it.

Drink 125 ml of the tea daily. Store leftover tea in a covered container in the refrigerator. I suggest that the tea be consumed hot. Astragalus is well tolerated by most people.

Astragalus is one of the herbs I have include in my immune-enhancing soup recipe on the next page.


Medicinal mushrooms interfere with cancer’s ability to reproduce. They can help your body become more resistant to infections that may arise as a result of having a compromised immune system.

Medicinal mushrooms also help your body to cope with conventional treatments for liver cancer. They can help to relieve side effects that occur as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, reducing nausea, stimulating appetite and helping to improve blood cell counts.

By using medicinal mushrooms you may be able to preserve muscle mass. Many people who have liver cancer lose weight due to a loss of muscle mass. Mushrooms can help prevent the undesirable weight loss that often occurs with advanced cancer, and prevent toxins from damaging your liver further.

Mushrooms are classified by herbalists as adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogenic herbs are gentle yet powerful. Adaptogens, including medicinal mushrooms, may be taken for long periods of time to boost stamina, relieve fatigue, and promote wellness throughout your entire body. They help your body to withstand stress of all kinds. This includes physical and mental stress. Shitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are three of the best herbal adaptogens.

Shitake mushrooms are tasty and powerful, and are excellent for people who have liver cancer. Your liver manufactures cholesterol. Shitake mushrooms reduce levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which helps to decrease the likelihood of heart and circulatory complications that may arise due to liver disease.

Next page: recipe for an immune-enhancing mushroom soup.
Page three: benefits of milk thistle herb and dandelion root.

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Patricia BratianuPatricia Bratianu

Patricia is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience. She has a PhD in natural health and is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild.

Jun 9, 2015
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