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PC-SPES is a combination of eight natural products. It has been used to slow signs of prostate cancer and improve prostate health. The herbs used in PC-SPES are chrysanthemum, dyer’s woad, licorice, Panax ginseng, saw palmetto, skullcap, Robdosia rubescens, and reishi mushroom. PC-SPES can be taken as a pill, but it has been recalled and is no longer legally available in the United States.
There are no advised doses for PC-SPES
There is not enough data to support that PC-SPES is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.
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It may be safe to take PC-SPES in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use PC-SPES.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse such as:
PC-SPES (PDQ®)—Health Professional Version. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/pc-spes-pdq. Published July 27, 2017. Accessed August 6, 2019.
Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/8/2020