Herbs, oils to avoid for ER-positives?

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Question from CrystalCat: I was diagnosed with strongly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. What herbs and/or essential oils should I avoid? I do lots of aromatherapy and hear that certain oils like clary sage contain or mimic estrogens, which obviously I want to avoid as much as I can.
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. As I am not aware of the estrogenic effects of clary sage, I do not feel comfortable making a comment about its use in ER-positive breast cancer.
Lorenzo Cohen There's a good reason to be concerned about the use of different herbs and essential oils in general, but in particular when one has a hormone-sensitive breast cancer. This area is probably one of the most complicated areas in working with patients in the field of complementary medicine, and it is very important to get information on this topic from dietitians and nutritionists, as well as physicians who have solid expertise in this area.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary Medicine Techniques Part 3 featured Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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