Detoxification is the term used by
professional herbalists for removal of any unwanted substance from
the body, including toxic metals, parasites, mold, and even radiation
poisoning. It can also be used in reference to metabolic
residuals, mucus congestion, impaction, and virtually anything
else found in excess. Tonification is the term used for regeneration,
strategies that are better understood in Eastern systems of medicine.
There are probably more varieties
of cytotoxic herbs than there are chemotherapeutic drugs. Hartwell
researched all references to cancer herbs spanning 5000 years and
2,500,000 herbs. Of these, he determined that at least 3000 herbs
possess some anticancer properties. This is the same figure used
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Astragalus membranaceus is
an herb with a 5000-year history in China. It has no known
adverse side effects and is one of the herbs that can be safely
used in conjunction with conventional therapies. It is immune-enhancing
and increases phagocytosis and aids the production of red blood
cells in the bone marrow. It stimulates the body's natural production
of interferon as well as pituitary and adrenal activity.
"In the United States, astragalus
has been investigated as a possible treatment for patients whose
immune systems have been compromised by chemotherapy or radiation.
Astragalus supplements have been shown to speed recovery and
extend life expectancy in these patients."
University of Maryland Medical