Does Ligustrum lucidum help against cancer?
Ligustrum lucidum is a Chinese medicinal herb used to increase immune function in cancer patients. Ligustrum lucidum has not been shown to treat cancer in humans. Test tube studies suggest Ligustrum has antioxidant, antitumor, and immune function effects. A few animal studies suggest properties that may have benefits on bone and vision. However, studies have not been conducted in humans. In regard to Cancer treatment, test tubes studies suggest that Ligustrum has anticancer properties, but clinical evidence is lacking. Some herbalists also use it to treat side effects caused by chemotherapy and to increase immune function in cancer patients. A formula containing reishi mushroom and ligustrum was found to help maintain the quality of life of patients with one type of lung cancer called non-small cell lung cancer. Ligustrum combined with Siberian ginseng may have protective effects against chemo-induced myelosuppression. A condition in which bone marrow activity is decreased, resulting in fewer red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Myelosuppression is a side effect of some cancer treatments.
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