The Use of Selected Medicinal Herbs for Chemoprevention and Treatment of Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Heart Disease, and Depression

  • Maureen McKenzie
  • Carl Li
  • Peter B. Kaufman
  • E. Mitchell Seymour
  • Ara Kirakosyan


In this chapter, we present recent advances on the use of several different kinds of medicinal herbs to treat cancer, Parkinson’s disease (PD), heart disease, and depression. These include recent studies on the use of Vaccinium spp. (blueberries and relatives) for cancer treatment and prevention; blueberries in the diet to improve motor skills and cognitive ability in patients with PD; digitalis (foxglove) to treat patients with heart disease; and St. John’s wort that is used to treat patients with mild-to-moderate depression. The basic conclusion from these studies is that rigorous, well-designed clinical trials are needed to validate the safe use of these and other medicinal herbs for treatment of these and other diseases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maureen McKenzie
    • 1
  • Carl Li
    • 2
  • Peter B. Kaufman
    • 3
  • E. Mitchell Seymour
    • 4
  • Ara Kirakosyan
    • 5
  1. 1.Denali BioTechnologies, L.L.C., 35555 Spur Highway, PMB 321SoldotnaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social and Preventive MedicineState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  3. 3.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Department of Cardiac Surgery, , B560 MSRB IIUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  5. 5.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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