Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases in the world. Fighting cancer is something our body is constantly doing. Today cancer is treated by various medical practices such as chemotherapy etc which have side effects too. In such cases it is recommended to use herbal remedies without side effects that are not even a pinch to our pockets. Here are seven herbs and spices to keep you in good health. Can you pass the pepper, please?
- Chamomile is thought to have medicinal benefits and has been used throughout history to treat a variety of conditions. Chamomile helps with sleep issues. Chamomile mouthwash has also been studied for preventing and treating mouth sores from chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Although the results are mixed, there is no harm in giving it a try, provided your oncologist is not opposed.
- Chili peppers help with indigestion. They also contain capsaicin, a compound that can relieve pain. When capsaicin is applied topically to the skin, it causes the release of a chemical called substance P. Upon continued use, the amount of substance P eventually produced in that area decreases, reducing pain in the area. Chilli peppers need to be handled very carefully, because they can cause burns if they come in contact with the skin. Always ask your oncologist or physician about prescribing a capsaicin cream.
- Garlic has a high sulfur content and is also very beneficial to health. Several studies suggest that increased garlic intake reduces the risk of cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast. It appears that garlic may protect against cancer through numerous mechanisms. Garlic supports detoxification and may also support the immune system and help reduce blood pressure.
- Ginger has been used in folk medicine to treat everything from cold to constipation. Ginger can be used fresh, in powdered form (ginger spice), or candied. Consuming ginger and ginger products may provide some comfort for a queasy stomach during cancer treatment.
- Peppermint has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid to relieve gas, indigestion, cramps, and diarrhea. It may also help with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and food poisoning. If your cancer or treatment is causing an upset stomach, try drinking a cup of peppermint tea. It can also soothe a sore throat. For this reason, it is also sometimes used to relieve the painful mouth sores that can occur from chemotherapy and radiation, or is a key ingredient in treatments for this condition.
- Rosemary is a hearty, woody Mediterranean herb that is a good source of antioxidants. Rosemary may help with detoxification; taste changes; indigestion, flatulence, and other digestive problems; and loss of appetite.
- Turmeric contains curcumin, which gives curry powder its yellow color. Curcumin can choke the cancer cells to death. Mixing tumeric with black pepper and olive oil can activate curcumin’s power. With its mild and pleasant flavor, turmeric can be used as a dry rub on chicken or even vegetables. A teaspoon or two can also be added to soups, sauces, or stews — a tasty way to practice cancer prevention.