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The Use of Herbal Teas in Treatment of Nausea in Cancer Patients

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What is it?

Peppermint, Chamomile, and Ginger are three herbs thought to have a soothing effect on the stomach. However, whether this effect would be noted in cancer patients is still unknown. Attached is background information on Peppermint, Chamomile, and Ginger as well as background information on Green Tea and Kombucha Tea, which are gaining popularity. The information given lists the history, pharmacology, toxicity, and possible side effects of the herbs.

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How does it work?

See Attached Information:
Chamomile, Ginger, Green Tea, Kombucha, Peppermint
Note Specific Toxicities and Side Effects. Flowering plants can cause hypersensitivity in persons with allergies to ragweed, etc.
Note: Kombucha Toxicity Alert

Is it efficiacious?

Little investigation has been done to examine the effect of herbal teas in treating nausea in cancer patients. Much more has been investigated on the possible protective effect of herbal teas in cancer. Specific evidenc associated with studies for each type of tea are attached.

What is the state of the science?

I At least one randomized controlled trial
II-1 Controlled trials without randomization
II-2 Cohort or case-control studies, usually from multiple centers
II-3 Multiple time series or cross-sectional studies with dramatic results
III Expert opinion or testimonial

See Attached Information on:

  • Individual Teas
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Green
  • Kombucha
  • Peppermint

References:

Sources of Herbal Information Included:
Guide to Popular Natural Products Copyright©1999 by Facts and Comparisons

The Honest Herbal: A Sensible Guide to the Use of Herbs and Related Remedies. Author Varro E. Tyler. Pharmaceutical Products Press, Haworth Press, Inc. New York, 1993.

Herbs of Choice: The Use of Phytochemicals. Author Varro E. Tyler. Pharmaceutical Products Press, Haworth Press, Inc. New York, 1993.

http://www.healthmall.com/herbal.cfm


Mary Bielamowicz, Ph.D., R.D., is the Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist for the Human Nutrition Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University.

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