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Topic: Ashwagandha? Safe for ER+?

Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: May 5, 2019 04:36PM

mnsotamom74 wrote:

My depression and anxiety have been so bad! I’ve been upped on my Effexor and still so depressed. I tried Ashwagandha yesterday and have already been feeling less anxiety and a better mood. Of course only being two months out of chemo and this “new” life, I didn’t even consider if it could be bad that my breast cancer is estrogen and progesterone positive and I’m on Arimidex. Does anyone else use it with the same diagnosis?


Dx 10/25/2018, DCIS/IDC/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/4/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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May 6, 2019 04:16AM Rah2464 wrote:

mnsotamom my MO refers me to the memorial sloan kettering website for these types of questions. They have a very detailed herbal list, along with interaction concerns. and then do a search on herbs. Hope there are no contraindications and that it continues to help you!

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 6/26/2018 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/26/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 25, 2019 12:19PM Togethertolearn wrote:

thank you for the website, my surgeon advised me to try cbd for anxiety but I liked ashwaganda prior to all this cancer stuff, and cbd seems to do nothing. there’s some great ideas on that site I appreciate the info!

Diagnosed 2019, age 45. Dx 4/2019, Right, <1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 19, 2019 06:32AM Totallytubular wrote:

Hi Minnesota Mom! I am from Minnesota originally. my integrated oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering approved me taking ashwaganda. I hope it helps you.. I am meaning to take it more regularly. Best of luck to you.

Dx 11/15/2014, IDC: Tubular, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/11/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/1/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 10/30/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/19/2015 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 1/14/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Chemotherapy 4/4/2016 CMF Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 11, 2019 10:02AM MissouriCatLady wrote:

thank you for the website, and thank you for suggesting this herb, I have not heard of it, and I'd like to try it too! Best wishes to everyone, Lisa

diagnosed at 55, DX 10/17/18 IDC Left IIB grade 3 0/2 nodes ER+PR-HER2+, 11/7/18 TCHP, 4/4/19 Left Lumpectomy, 4/29/19 anastrozole (name-brand at CVS with a GoodRX coupon), 6/3/19 Rads, HP done 1/8/20, complete response to neoadjuvant therapy
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Jul 31, 2020 09:47AM havefaithtoday wrote:

mnsotamom, how are you feeling these days? I'm dealing with the same struggles and things aren't improving.

Have Faith Today! Dx 10/29/2019, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/19/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 12/23/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/23/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jul 31, 2020 10:31AM BlueGirlRedState wrote:

How much/freuency ashwagandha,form are people using? Sloan Kettering has a general disclaimer on herbs, and only a few warning about ashwagndha and SEs, other health conditions, taken with other medications, pregnancy. Probably should take a look at those in case any apply. Drowsiness might be somnething to watch.

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Jul 31, 2020 10:45AM LillyIsHere wrote:

ashwagandha is amazing but my pharmacist told me that there is not enough research on how supplements interfere with AI.

Dx 7/31/2019, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IIA, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 9/19/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 11/30/2019 Femara (letrozole)

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