Herbs to Prevent Cancer

Cancer, in any form, is a devastating illness that is often treated with toxic treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These treatments are often so toxic and harmful to the body that they lead to hair loss, extreme fatigue and extreme digestive upset. Practitioners of holistic health and alternative medicine believe that there are a variety of healing herbs that, when taken regularly, can prevent or reduce the risk of cancer. You should always consult with a health care professional before beginning an herbal treatment program.


Echinacea is believed by many holistic and natural health practitioners to be effective in the prevention of cancer. According to “The Healing Herbs,” by Michael Castleman, echinacea was commonly used by Native American tribes to treat a variety of ailments, such as snake bites, wounds, colds, measles, mumps, smallpox and arthritis. Echinacea is reputed for its ability to boost the immune system to fight off potential illnesses. In recent studies, echinacea appears to be effective in fighting leukemia and tumors. Echinacea may also be used in conjunction with radiation therapy to ward off infection and protect white blood cells.

Green Tea

According to “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” by James F. Balch, MD, and Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, green tea can also be used to prevent the onset of cancer. “The People’s Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies” by Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, PhD, states that Japanese studies indicate that people living in areas where green tea was commonly grown and consumed where only one-fifth as likely to develop cancer as those who lived in areas that did not produce the herb. Green tea is also believed to lower cholesterol, speed metabolism and fight off bacteria and viruses. Green tea is available in both tea and supplement form and can be purchased at most health food and grocery stores.

Red Clover

Red clover is another herbal option for the prevention of cancer. According to “The Healing Herbs” by Michael Castleman, red clover has been found to be effective in preventing the formation of tumors. Currently, approximately 33 different cultures commonly use red clover for its reputed ability to ward off the onset of cancer. Red clover is also believed to be effective in relieving the symptoms of menopause and treating tuberculosis.

About this Author

Nicole Brown began writing professionally for Java Joint Media in 2007. She has published two “how-to” books through Atlantic Publishing Group. Brown is a state-tested nursing assistant with two years of experience in the health care field. She graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelor of Science in communications/public relations in 1999.