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Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:50 PM CDT
A popular herb may help battle fatigue associated with breast cancer treatment. A recent Mayo Clinic study shows that the herb Ginseng significantly reduced the exhaustion in 340 breast cancer patients compared with participants in a placebo group.

In the study, researchers gave 2000 mg capsules of ground Ginseng root to patients who were asked to rate how they their fatigue on a 100-point scale.
    
At the start of the study, the average score was about 55 points. After eight weeks of taking Ginseng, fatigue scores improved by 20 points as opposed to only 10 points in the placebo group.
    
Local oncologist Doctor Dee McLeod says earlier studies have indicated ginger and Ginseng helped with nausea and tiredness and she is pleased to have another, larger study confirm the findings.

"I think that's great, that is usually the patients biggest complaint is the fatigue that they get around the treatment and now that we can find something like Ginseng, that is something I can recommend to my patients," said McLeod.

One important note: the patients in this study took capsules of pure ground American Ginseng.
    
Researchers say some over-the-counter Ginseng capsules are processed using ethanol, which can be very dangerous for breast cancer patients.

As always, check with your doctor and pharmacist before beginning a Ginseng regime.

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