Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I recently completed chemotherapy and have been prescribed Tamoxifen. Is there any natural alternative to Tamoxifen?
A: I do not recommend you stop taking prescribed medications. Your physician has made these recommendations and he needs to be involved in any decisions to discontinue them. As you know, Tamoxifen interferes with the estrogen production and activity in the body. If your condition is estrogen sensitive, my recommendation is to consult with a nutritionist to design a diet devoid of estrogen and estriol precursor products. I also suggest you discuss this with your physician and obtain consent from him to consult an acupuncturist. There are several treatment protocols for people who have just completed chemo that will help you strengthen your body.