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Mobile Apps

About Herbs

November 22, 2019
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Description

About Herbs is a 56.2MB app from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It is available as a free download from the App Store for iOS 8.0 or later. The app has a 4 star rating with the main complaints being readability and a limited search feature. 

 

Overview

About Herbs is a one-stop destination to help cancer patients better understand some of the natural alternatives for cancer treatment. It is not recommended to only pursue the use of herbal supplements instead of proven cancer treatment methods, but this app serves as an informational guide for those who wish to use them in conjunction with their doctor-recommended therapy. 

 

Monographs

About Herbs offers over 200 monographs, or studies, about numerous natural approaches that may help cancer patients. The studies are written in two formats for healthcare professionals and for patients. Weekly updates are provided and users can search for products by name or condition, although some have stated they wish this search feature was more expansive. 

 

Colon Cancer

While there isn’t conclusive evidence on the benefits of herbal supplements for colon cancer, many haven’t been ruled out as being ineffective. It is important for patients to note that certain herbal supplements may be used as long as they don’t interfere with medication and treatment recommended by oncologists. Some supplements that haven’t been proven beneficial, but are thought could possibly assist in treatment include:

  • Calcium
  • Coffee
  • Garlic
  • Magnesium

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