Chemotherapy Support

Recover faster, protect your liver, live longer

This tonic herbs with chemoprotective & radioprotective properties. Chemoprotective agents protect healthy tissue from toxic effects of anticancer drugs. Research shows these herbs increase production of interferon & macrophages thus help to restore normal immune function in cancer patients. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy recover faster & live longer. These chemoradioprotective herbs are combined with ginger for its antiemetic effects and effectiveness against nausea induced chemotherapy. Ginger itself also has chemoradioprotective qualities.

Dang Gui Angelica sinenis, Withania Withania somnivera, Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus, Tulsi/ Holy Basil Ocimum sanctum, Gotu cola Centella asiatica, Ginger Zingiber officinalis

Traditional Indications

  • Adjunct for chemotherapy & radiotherapy.
  • Contains chemoprotective, radioprotective,  anti-emetic (anti-nausea) herbs.
  • Herbs that increase the production of interferon and macrophages to help restore normal immune function in cancer patients
  • Contains cerebral circulatory stimulants to help improve blood flow to the brain and alleviate brain fag associated with cancer treatments.

Dang gui Angelica sinensis   Dang gui us antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic. In TCM, Dang Gui is said to be sweet, bitter, acrid and warm. It enters the liver, lung and kidney meridians. It is said to tonify the blood and regulates menses due to blood deficiency, invigorate the blood to disperse cold and alleviate pain, moistens intestines to unblocks bowels and reduce swellings, expel pus and generate flesh. Dang Gui is used for loss of appetite, gastrointestinal spasms, feeling of fullness and flatulence. It is also used as part of a multi-ingredient preparation for treating premature ejaculation. Dang gui is combined with liguisticum, peony, and foxglove roots to create the famous formulas for building the Blood - Si Wu Tang. This formula is basic to treating amenorrhoea (missed periods) and dysmenorrhoea. Cinnamon twig is added if menstrual pain is due to cold uterus. This formula is recommended in pregnancy as it is extensively used in China and Japan and has been monitored in many large-scale clinical trials with pregnant women. Angelica has a long folk-history of use as a medicinal herb, in particular for the treatment of digestive disorders and problems with blood circulation. It stimulates blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body and so is of value in treating poor circulation.

Withania / Indian ginseng / Winter cherry Withania somnivera - Withania has been an important herb in the Ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years. Historically, the plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and more recently to treat bronchitis, asthma, ulcers, emaciation, insomnia, and senile dementia. Clinical trials support the use of ashwaganda for anxiety, cognitive and neurological disorders, inflammation, and Parkinson's disease. Ashwaganda's chemopreventive properties make it a potentially useful adjunct for patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Ashwaganda is also used therapeutically as an adaptogen for patients with nervous exhaustion, insomnia, and debility due to stress, and as an immune stimulant in patients with low white blood cell counts.

Astragalus / Huang Qi Astragalus membranaceus- Astragalus is an adaptogen, antibacterial, anti-cancer, cardiotonic, diuretic, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, hypotensive, hepatic, kidney strengthening and ophthalmic, pectoral, tonic, uterine tonic, and vasodilator. Huang Qi is commonly used in Chinese herbalism. In TCM, astragalus is said to tonify spleen & lung Qi, raises spleen & stomach Qi and is used to treat prolapse, tonifies the Wei Qi to boost the immune system, tonify Qi & blood due to loss of blood to treat postpartum fever. Astragalus is used orally as an antibacterial and antiviral; a tonic; liver protectant; anti-inflammatory; antioxidant; and as a diuretic, vasodilator or hypotensive agent. Astragalus is specific for chronic cough. In TCM, Astragalus can be combined with Dang gui to treat exhaustion from blood loss. The lifting quality of the astragalus can help to neutralise the downward draining property of Dang Gui, helping to prevent diarrhoea. The root is a sweet tonic herb that stimulates the immune system and many organs of the body, whilst lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It is particularly suited to young, physically active people, increasing stamina and endurance and improving resistance to the cold - indeed for younger people it is perhaps superior to ginseng in this respect. Huang Qi is used especially for treatment of the kidneys and also to avoid senility. It is used in the treatment of cancer, prolapse of the uterus or anus, abscesses and chronic ulcers, chronic nephritis with oedema and proteinuria. Huang Qi/Astragalus is used for treating the common cold and upper respiratory infections; to strengthen and regulate the immune system; and to increase the production of blood cells particularly in individuals with chronic degenerative disease or in individuals with cancer undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Recent research in the West has shown that the root can increase the production of interferon and macrophages and thus help restore normal immune function in cancer patients. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy recover faster and live longer if given Huang Qi concurrently. It increases the production of blood cells. 

Tulsi/ Holy Basil Ocimum sanctum - Tulsi or Holy basil is adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, chemoradioprotectove, hypoglycaemic, immune stimulant, mucolytic and nervous system tonic. Studies show that the herb’s phytochemicals including flavonoids, eugenol, and carnosic acid, among others have COX-2-inhibiting properties and are strongly antiinflammatory and anticancer.

Tulsi is an important herb in India’s traditional system of medicine of Ayurveda and is known as one of the world’s most sacred herbs. Tulsi, translates as incomparable one. It is said to elevate the mind, heal the body, and uplift the soul. In Ayurveda Tulsi is classified as a “rasayana,” delineating its MVP (most valuable player) status in the realm of adaptogenic herbs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tulsi is regarded as a Shen tonic, Shen meaning the mind.

Tulsi addresses physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a unique combination of pharmacological actions. Tulsi counters metabolic stress through normalisation of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels. Tulsi counters psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.

Tulsi has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity obviously useful in today’s antibiotic resistant pandemic. In India, as an immune stimulant and mucolytic expectorant, Holy Basil is brewed a tea to treat colds and influenza. Holy Basil is considered to be a powerful prophylactic (life-extending) herb. The flavonoids in Tulsi reduce the risk of platelets forming clots on the arterial wall, preventing coronary heart disease and heart attacks.

Holy Basil is radioprotective and will protect against radiation-induced lethality, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage.Tulsi protects DNA in organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants, heavy metals and radiation, and protects against physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischaemia, physical restraint and exposure to extreme cold heat or noise.

C Jagetia., Radioprotective Potential of Plants and Herbs against the Effects of Ionizing Radiation. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2007 Mar;40(2):74-81.

Gotu cola Centella asiatica – Gotu cola is an adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, cardiac, cerbral circulatory stimulant, depurative, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, tonic, vulnerary and radioprotective. In Ayurvedic medicine centella is know n as Mandukaparni or Indian Brahmi meaning 'bringing knowledge of the Supreme Reality' sharing the name Brahmi with the herb bacopa. Some texts state that Mandukaparni is the same as Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) in action. Mandukaparni is a useful treatment in a range of mental and cerebrovascular conditions including epilepsy, stroke, dementia, memory loss, poor concentration, brain fag from cancer treatment and attention deficit disorder. Regular use of the herb rejuvenates the nervous system and it therefore deserves attention as a possible cure for a wide range of nervous disorders including multiple sclerosis. Centella is indicated for virtually all skin conditions including leprosy, scrofula, seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and insect bites and stings. As an alternative to antibiotics, centella is used in combination to treat infectious conditions. Centella, along with other immunomodulants such as Huang qi Astragalus membranaceus and Ashwagandha Withania somnifera, should be considered an adjunct in the treatment of immunodeficiency diseases. As an adaptogen centella will lower the high cortisol levels caused by changes in circadian rhythms such as those experienced in winter and shift work.

In TCM Gotu cola is called Beng Da Wang 崩大碗. Beng Da Wang is said to be cold, acrid, bitter and enter the bladder, spleen and stomach channels. It is indicated for inflammation and swelling, wounds, ridding of toxins, damp heat infections, bladder infection, infectious diarrhoea, antipyretic,hypertension, psoriasis, eczema, laryngitis, bronchitis, venous insufficiency, varicose vein, venous ulcers,rheumatoid arthritis,hemorrhoids,balancing the nervous system, improving memory, strengthening circulation and blood vessels, nerve regeneration, inhibiting the forming of too much collagen inside scar tissues and impotence.

Gotucola is radioprotective and will protect against radiation-induced lethality, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage.

C Jagetia., Radioprotective Potential of Plants and Herbs against the Effects of Ionizing Radiation. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 2007 Mar;40(2):74-81.

Ginger root Zingiber officinalis – Ginger is antiseptic, antiflatulent, antitussive, antiemetic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, adjuvant, carminative, expectorant peripheral circulatory stimulant, rubefacient, spasmolytic and sialagogue. It is indicated for poor circulation, chilblains and cramp and nausea. In feverish conditions Zingiber's diaphoretic action promotes perspiration. As a carminative it promotes gastric secretion and is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence and colic. It is also a useful remedy in diarrhoea where there is no inflammation or due to spleen Qi deficiency. It is stimulant to the gastro-intestinal tract, increasing peristalsis and the tone of the intestinal muscle. As an anti-emetic it can be used in cases morning sickness. It is also said to be useful for suppressed menstruation. Extracts of ginger stimulate the vasomotor and respiratory centres. Warming digestive tonic, this remedy will increase hydrochloric acid and improve iron absorption. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour effects on cells. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavour, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. Lab experiments showed that gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion). In TCM fresh ginger is said to be pungent and warm. It enters the lung, spleen and stomach meridians. It is said to release the exterior and disperse cold in middle jiao and is indicated for vomiting. It is also said to disperse cold phlegm in lungs and is indicated for chronic and acute cough. Ginger reduces toxicity of other herbs and adjusts ying and wei Qi for sweating without improvement.

Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

Not all herbal tinctures are equal. Our Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures are 1:1 where possible or 1:2 strength only where 1:1 strength is unavailable, This means they are 1 part herb in 1 part liquid or 2 parts liquid respectively, as opposed to other herbs on the Irish and UK market which are either 1:3 or 1:5 which is 1 part herb to 3 parts liquid or 5 parts liquid respectively. This means Carahealth tinctures at least 3-5 times greater in strength therefore effectiveness.

All tinctures are supplied in a one month supply only consisting of 2 x 200 ml bottles (400 ml total). Again your purchase will last one month when taken at the therapeutic dose of 7 1/2 ml 2 x day or if preferred 5 ml 3 x day in a little water before meals (or after meals if you have a sensitive stomach).

Quality Control

The herbs prescribed are organic, biodynamic or wild crafted where humanly possible. Endangered species are not used.

Our herbs comply with current Good manufacturing Practice (cGMP). At various stages during the process, manufacturing and distribution, samples are taken for validation and verification in the manufacturer’s laboratory to ensure standard levels of active constituents are present in every batch. These tests involve standard pharmacopoeia testing, such as:

  • Analytical chromatography including Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Herbs are also tested for

  • Microbial levels
  • Foreign matter
  • Total and acid insoluble ash
  • Loss on drying
  • Ethanol soluble extractive and insoluble residues
  • Water soluble extractive
  • Alcohol estimation
  • Swelling index
  • Large number of other specialist Pharmacopoeia monograph assays and tests
  • Pesticides/heavy metals

Ethanol used in production of Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tinctures

The ethanol high grade (pharmaceutical quality) ethanol distilled from French sugar beet, is guaranteed gluten free and complies with the full requirements of the British and European Pharmacopoeia for residue levels.

Water used in manufacture

Public mains water is not used. Only highly filtered water which is piped from deep underground, or pharmaceutical grade purified water is used. Every single batch of every product leaving us is tested for conformity to European Pharmacopoeia microbiological limits.

Drug/herb interactions

The Carahealth Practitioner Strength Organic Herbal Tincture range has been formulated to have no negative drug/herb interactions. If you are on medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, Carahealth recommend getting expert naturopathic advice on herbal contraindications and drug/herb interactions by booking a Skype consult.

Carahealth accept no responsibility if you self-prescribe my herbs whilst taking medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding (although Carahealth Partus Prep and Carahealth Birth Aid can be self-prescribed as they are specific for pregnancy).


The general rule is for every year you have had a condition, a month of treatment is required. If you are on the correct prescription you should notice an improvement within the first 2 weeks and then expect slow and steady improvement the longer you are on the herbs.

Carahealth Dispensary

Herbs are dispensed in HDPE plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are used to prevent breakages and reduce weight for postage. HDPE is number 2 in the triangle and considered to be a stable, non leaching and hence safe plastic. The bottles are widely recyclable. Carahealth Herbal Tinctures are mixed personally and professionally by our triple degree qualified CAM practitioner with 19 years clinical experience, Carina Harkin.

Special orders

For children's doses, for a tailor-made remedy or if you would like to mix and match your 2 bottle order contact our Naturopathic Consultant Carahealth can supply virtually any herbal tincture you require. Carina can make a herbal tincture specifically for you that is safe in pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you are on medication. Or perhaps you are not on medication but would like to book a Skype Consult to ensure your self-prescription is correct and would like advice on diet, lifestyle and supplements.

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.

Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.