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The list of evidence-based, non-toxic, non-conventional multiple myeloma therapy continues to grow. According to the research linked below, ginseng is cytotoxic to multiple myeloma, enhances the efficacy of certain chemotherapy regimens and even gives our brains a boost.
A pancreatic cancer coaching caregiver asked me about ginsenosides/ginseng last week. After quite a bit of research I couldn’t say much about ginseng and pancreatic cancer. However, there is some research that supports the use of ginseng as in integrative therapy, and a complementary that to boost one’s energy. There is even some research that points to ginseng as a protector of our nervous symptoms. All these properties are beneficial to the cancer patient undergoing conventional cancer therapies.
The challenges is that there is limited research about all of the above beneficial properties of ginseng. And without research that explains specific benefits to cancer patients, we are out-of-luck.
When I purchased a dozen vials of ginseng when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 1994 I have to be honest and admit that I was desperate and added the package only because I was seeing the Chinese doctor anyway. She had just prescribed a bunch of herbs for me. I sort of felt like I should buy something from the store just because I was there. I had heard that ginseng was “good for me” but I knew no specifics.
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“This fact sheet provides basic information about AG—common names, usefulness and safety, and resources for more information…”
“Ginsenoside Rg3 is one of the main constituents isolated from Panax ginseng, and exhibits cytotoxic effects against cancer cells. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of ginsenoside Rg3 on human multiple myeloma cells, and determine the underlying molecular mechanisms.
A subsequent cell proliferation assay demonstrated that treatment with ginsenoside Rg3 resulted in a dose‑dependent inhibition of the proliferation of U266 and RPMI8226 cells.
Furthermore, exposure to ginsenoside Rg3 led to a marked increase in the rate of apoptosis in the U266 cells, coupled with increased caspase‑3 activity. The ginsenoside Rg3‑treated cells also exhibited an elevation in the expression of B‑cell lymphoma 2‑associated X protein (Bax), a pro‑apoptotic protein…
Overall, these findings suggested that ginsenoside Rg3 induced apoptosis in multiple myeloma cells, at least partially, through upregulation of the expression of Bax.”
“Ginseng, a well-known herb, is often used in combination with anticancer drugs to enhance chemotherapy. Its wide usage as well as many documentations are often cited to support its clinical benefit of such combination therapy. However the literature based on objective evidence to make such recommendation is still lacking. The present review critically evaluated relevant studies reported in English and Chinese literature on such combination. Based on our review, we found good evidence from in vitro and in vivoanimal studies showing enhanced antitumor effect when ginseng is used in combination with some anticancer drugs. However, there is insufficient clinical evidence of such benefit as very few clinical studies are available. Future research should focus on clinically relevant studies of such combination to validate the utility of ginseng in cancer.
“Ginseng is a traditional Chinese medicine with a wide range of pharmacological activities. Ginsenosides are the major constituents of ginseng. Ginsenosides have the unique biological activity and medicinal value, such as antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antioxidation, and inhibition of cell apoptosis…
Ginsenosides are the major active ingredients of ginseng and are extracted from roots, fruits, stems, and leaves of ginseng…
Conclusion-Ginseng is a traditional Chinese medicine. Modern pharmacological studies have shown that it has a regulatory effect on the central nervous system. Ginseng can strengthen the cerebral cortex excitatory and inhibitory processes and reduce the fatigue of the brain process. The protective effect of ginseng is mainly due to the role of ginsenosides. Recently, studies have shown that ginsenosides have effects on the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. And few studies have found that ginsenosides are toxic…”
“Panax ginseng (Renshen, Chinese ginseng) is commonly used either by itself or in combination with other medicinal ingredients as a key herb in Chinese medicine. A member of the Araliaceae family, the genus name Panax was derived from the Greek word meaning “all-healing” first coined by the Russian botanist Carl A. Meyer. The Panax family consists of at least nine species, including P. ginseng, Panax quinquefolium (Xiyangshen, American ginseng), Panax notoginseng (Sanqi) and Panax japonicus (Japanese ginseng). The worldwide sale of ginseng products has estimated to reach US$ 300 million in 2001 [1,2]…