3 Medicinal Fall Flower Suggestions For Breast Cancer

This fall use Echinacea, Lavender and Sage for your medicinal infusions to relieve anxiety and tension. These three medicinal garden flower suggestions are tailored to breast cancer health concerns. Our hope is that the information below inspires you, as jumping board of sorts, in creating your own unique dream medicinal healing garden. Each plant was picked based on its ease of cultivation and medicinal usefulness and versatility.

Echinacea
Purple coneflower is one of the most popular garden ornamentals with its showy purple flowers that attract all manner of butterflies and bees. Not only is it gorgeous, it is easy to grow—Echinacea is a decidedly unfussy plant, withstanding drought, disease and insect infestations. Purple coneflower (another name for Echinacea) roots, seeds, and fresh flowers are all medicinal, and can be made into a tingly tasting, immune-stimulating tea or tincture.

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Lavender
Lavender aromatherapy to help reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect. It can also have an uplifting, refreshing and rejuvenating effect on the psyche.

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Sage
Growing the medicinal herb sage can be fun and emotionally therapeutic. Learn how to grow, harvest and dry sage as a breast cancer gardening therapy. Another therapeutic benefit of sage is smudging. Sage smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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5 Ways To Support Our Bodies For Self Healing

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self-healing
Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self!

Imagine cutting your finger

Here’s a scenario to consider. You are chopping some food, and you cut your finger. If you take care of it, cleaning it immediately and keeping it clean after the bleeding stops, the cut will heal itself in a few days. If it’s really bad, you might need some additional support like stitches, but it will still heal and will just take a little longer.

If you don’t support that healing, you’ll get into trouble. For example, if you rub dirt into that fresh-cut instead of cleaning it, the healing will be delayed. We need to support the body, and then its natural healing capacity can work.

But what if you cut that same finger every day? That constant damage and injury will mean that your body can’t heal itself. It will try, but that constant insult will prohibit healing.

1. Diet as a repeated injury
The same applies to chronic illnesses, rather than physical injuries. Just like the scenario of cutting your finger every day and it not being able to heal, if we “injure” our body every day by the way we eat and live, then we aren’t giving the body the support it needs to heal itself.

A diet without adequate nutrients is damaging to our whole body every day. Every day that we don’t eat well or sleep well, we are depleting our bodies. We aren’t providing an environment in which our body can heal itself.

Consider eating food that is inflammatory to you every day. It’s just like cutting your finger every day – more damage is occurring, and there is no chance for healing. And this damage relates to much more than just inflammation in our digestive system. If we aren’t getting the nutrients we need every day, this can affect all of the biochemical reactions going on in our bodies. Those nutrients – and the lack of them – affect all the systems of our bodies.

Eating a diet that is lacking nutrients is like injuring yourself every day. Instead, we need to support the body.

2. Medications as a ‘band-aid’
We might be tempted to try some medications to cover up the symptoms of an illness and make us feel better, at least temporarily, but frequently they don’t support self-healing because they have side effects too.

Let’s say that you have the symptoms of a cold – a slightly high temperature, and just not feeling great. So you reach for Tylenol or Aspirin every few hours. By reducing your temperature, the medication might make you feel better for a short while. However, the medicine has also interfered with the natural healing process, because your body was using that high temperature as a means to get rid of the virus. What might have been better would have been to relax, drink plenty of fluids, take a warm Epsom salts bath, and have an early night.

3. Active, not passive
Taking medications or over-the-counter pills requires very little effort on our part – we are quite passive – just popping our pills. But as the title of this blog post says, for a healthy self, we need to heal ourselves. That is an active process. We need to feel empowered to provide a favorable environment for the body. That means DESS – diet, exercise, sleep, and stress reduction, along with love, good relationships, and spirituality. When we put these things in place, then we are no longer cutting our finger every day, and the body can start to heal.

4. Inflammation is the language of discontent with our environment
We know that most chronic illnesses have inflammation at the root of them. This inflammation in our bodies – wherever it might appear – is the body trying to tell us that our environment is not conducive to self healing. It’s like a warning light coming on in our car. If that warning light comes on, we take the car to the garage to get it checked. When we have inflammation or symptoms somewhere in our body, how often do we either do nothing or just pop a pill? What we should do instead is…think that we aren’t providing what the body needs to heal. Think that there is something wrong with our environment. Think about what our body and our environment need instead of what we are providing…

Sometimes, it might be necessary to work with someone to figure this out. It might be that you need some tests to determine that, for example, you are deficient in Vitamin A, or that your hormones are out of balance. A natural health care provider (such as a nutritionist, lifestyle medicine practitioner, naturopath) might be able to help you find out what is out of balance in your environment. Is too much stress making those hormones out of balance? Is a polymorphism creating that vitamin A deficiency? They can then educate you in what seems to be going on. That knowledge can be very empowering.

5. Be empowered
When you understand the workings of the body, and what might be lacking in the body’s environment, then you can make changes and see improvement. Then you are ready to heal thy self. You take an active role and work to rebalance your hormones or eat foods containing vitamin A.

So if you are ill, take some time to look at what might be out of balance in your environment. Is something lacking, is something in excess? It could be nutrition, sleep, stress, difficult relationships – these can all prevent our body from healing itself. We need that good environment. Nurture yourself and be at least as good to your body as you are to your car when its engine light comes on! Take action. Don’t be passive. Let the body do what it is designed to do – heal itself.

Of course, I’m not suggesting we should never use pharmaceuticals. In some instances, especially acute illnesses, they are very important. Yet even if we do use pharmaceuticals, we should still check to see if they deplete the body of certain nutrients/vitamins/minerals, and continue to work to support our self-healing.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Can Green Tea Help Prevent Cancer?

Tea consumption is associated with a reduced risk of [heart disease], stroke,” and premature death in general, with each additional cup of green tea a day associated with a 4% lower mortality risk. So, maybe, “drinking several cups of tea daily can keep the doctor away”—as well as the mortician. But, what about cancer?

“There is growing evidence from laboratory, [population], and human intervention[al] studies that tea can exert beneficial disease-preventive effects,” and further, may actually “slow cancer progression.” Let’s review some of that evidence.

Not only do those who drink a lot of tea appear to live years longer than those who drink less; drinking lots of tea may delay the onset of cancer. Now, these are in Japanese tea cups, which only contain half a cup; so, the highest category here is greater than or equal to five full cups of tea, not ten. The women that did get cancer appeared to get it seven years later if they had been drinking lots of tea compared to those who consumed less, whereas men had a three-year delay, the difference male versus female due, potentially, to their smoking habits.

Green tea may be able to interfere with each of the stages of cancer formation: the initiation of the first cancer cell, promotion into a tumor, and then, the subsequent progression and spread. Cancer is often initiated when a free radical oxidizes our DNA, causing a mutation. But within 40 minutes of drinking green tea, you can get a nice “spike” in the antioxidant power of your bloodstream. “This increase…, in turn, [may] lower oxidative damage to DNA and so decrease [the] risk of cancer.”

Furthermore, in terms of “genoprotective effects”—protecting our genes—”pre-existing oxidation-induced DNA damage was…lower” after drinking green tea, suggesting that it can boost DNA repair as well. But, we didn’t know for sure, until now.

There’s a DNA-repair enzyme in our body called OGG1, and within one hour of drinking a single cup of green tea, we can boost its activity—though after a week of tea drinking, we can boost it even higher. So, “regular intake of green tea [may have] additional benefits in the prevention and/or repair of DNA damage.” Tea is so DNA-protective, it can be used for sperm storage for fresh samples until they can be properly refrigerated.

And so anti-inflammatory, it can be used for pain control as a mouthwash after wisdom tooth surgery. And, in terms of controlling cancer growth, at a dose of green tea compounds that would make it into someone’s organs after drinking six cups of tea, it can cause cancer cells to commit suicide—apoptosis (programmed cell death)—while leaving normal cells alone.

There’s lots of chemo agents that can kill cancer through brute force. But, that can make normal cells vulnerable too. So, “green tea appears to be potentially an ideal agent” for cancer prevention: “little or no adverse side effects,” efficacious for multiple cancers “at achievable dose levels,” and can be taken orally.

We have a sense of how it works: by stopping cancer cells from growing and causing them to off themselves. It’s cheap and has a history of safe, acceptable use. But this was all based on in vitro studies in a test tube. It needs to be evaluated in human trials: give people with cancer green tea to see if it helps—which we’ll explore, next.

Doctor’s Note

Sorry about the cliffhanger! I just wanted to offer a good backgrounder on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Stay tuned for Can Green Tea Help Treat Cancer?

You don’t have to wait for info on prostate cancer, though. See my recent videos: Preventing Prostate Cancer with Green Tea and Treating Prostate Cancer with Green Tea.

I also have a few older videos:

That wisdom tooth thing is so interesting. It can also just be used as an anticavity mouth rinse (see What’s the Best Mouthwash?).

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Michael Greger, M.D.

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United

How to Make Stevia Extract to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

how-to-make-stevia-extractI’ve shied away from stevia in the past, because I hate its aftertaste. But, if you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, it is probably your best option of sweetener to use. So how can we make it more palatable? Today I’ll show you how to make your own stevia extract that doesn’t have a horrid aftertaste.

Years ago, I went to a cooking class on gluten-free and sugar-free baking. It was the worst cooking class I have ever attended – for various reasons! It was a demonstration, and the foods that were prepared were very high in refined carbohydrates (albeit gluten free ones) and fats. But no sugar – they used stevia instead. When we got to taste the dishes – I hated them all! I think that was the first time I had ever had stevia – and that aftertaste just wouldn’t go away.

But today, after some investigation, I am a little more tolerant of stevia. You can reduce or avoid its aftertaste,which makes stevia a good option to help you transition to avoiding sugar and other artificial sweeteners.

Stevia comes from the leaves of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana, and is usually found as a powder or a liquid extract. The active compounds of stevia are steviol glycoside – which has 150 times the sweetness of sugar. Stevia does not affect blood glucose levels, and some studies show it may help improve insulin sensitivity.

What I have found is that the bitter aftertaste is apparent when too high a concentration of stevia is used. Even though recipes with stevia call for just a few drops – if the extract or powder is really concentrated, that can still be too much. So taking it easy is the way to go.

To make stevia powder, collect stevia leaves and dry them, then finely chop them in a blender. The dried leaf powder can be used as is, in certain recipes – but they won’t dissolve, so don’t try them in your coffee!

There are many different ways to prepare an extract, with variables including:

  • using fresh leaves or dried leaves

    I use fresh leaves that I grow myself. They are easy to grow, and the plant regrows every year. The ideal time to harvest the leaves is around August – when the flowers start to appear but before the flowers start dying. If you leave it too late, you are more likely to get bitterness. If you can’t get fresh leaves, you can buy the dried leaves and use them instead.

  • with alcohol or  without alcohol

    I use alcohol – vodka – for my extract, because it extracts the sweetness well, and quickly. Any recipe calls for only a few drops of extract, which means there is negligible alcohol in the final product.

  • duration of the extraction time

    I extract for a relatively short period because, again, I find that the sweetness comes through quickly, and there is more likely to be an aftertaste if you leave the leaves in the alcohol for a longer period.

  • concentrating the extract by heating

    I choose not to heat the extract and reduce it as I don’t want it to be highly concentrated. By leaving the extract as it is, the amount you put into a recipe is more controllable. Yes, maybe I’ll use 6 drops instead of 2, but I can taste it as I go along and adjust the sweetness to how I want it.

Obviously, you can adjust these to your own taste. Here’s the recipe. I hope you’ll give it a try. If you live near me and want some leaves – just let me know.H

Homemade stevia extract:

Ingredients

  • Fresh stevia leaves
  • Unflavored vodka
  • (you can vary the amount as you wish – for proportions, see the recipe).

Instructions

  1. Wash the stevia leaves
  2. Roughly tear the leaves into a couple of pieces and place them in a clean jar. I filled the jar with leaves – but they weren’t compressed down.
  3. Add enough vodka to cover the leaves. For my jar, this was about half full as the liquid compresses the leaves.
  4. Seal and shake the jar.
  5. Leave for 8-12 hours. Taste the liquid to see if it is sweet enough.
  6. Strain the liquid into a bottle and discard the leaves.
  7. Keep the bottle in the dark, or use a brown colored bottle. Having a dropper helps, as only a few drop are needed to sweeten foods.
Recipe Type: Sugar-free, gluten free, vegan, paleo, sugar substitute

Notes:

If you prefer a more concentrated extract, you can gently simmer the extract to boil off some of the alcohol.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

4 Ways To Add Holiday Cheer To Your Home With Aromatherapy

 

holiday-cheer-with-aromatherpyThe holiday season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season. There are definitely certain smells that remind us of the holidays and these holiday essential oil diffuser blends are a natural way to spread delightful aromas throughout your home. Essential oils are a safe way to bring some scented cheer to your home during the holiday season! Here’s 5 blends for your favorite method of diffusing that not only will warm your heart, but have some health benefits too!

gingerbread-aromatherapy-blend

Gingerbread is one of the sweetest smells of Christmas. This Gingerbread holiday diffuser blend will make your holiday complete with its warm and calming scent.

Gingerbread

5 Drops Ginger

4 Drops Clove

2 Drops Nutmeg

2 Drops Cinnamon

fireplace-aromatherapy-diffusor-for-healing

Holiday fireplace aromatherapy diffuser and Cozy By The Fire aromatherapy blend can be used to bring holiday cheer to your home. Cuddle up by the fire with a warm, cozy scent. Electric warmer mimics flickering flames as it releases the fragrance of your favorite Scent Plus Melt, Aroma Simmers, or Oils.

Cozy By The Fire

3 Drops of Cinnamon

2 Drops of Sweet Orange

1 Drop Clove

1 Drop Nutmeg

holiday-cheer-aromatherapy
Wish your artificial Christmas tree smelled like a fresh cut tree? Then simply hang this cool new Snowflake Bubble Aromatherapy Ornament. This festive glass ornament has an inner bubble that holds and diffuses your favorite essential oils.

Christmas Tree

6 Drop Fir

3 Drops Spruce

1 Drop Orange

2 Drops Nutmeg

christmas-tree-aromatherapy-ornamentsHow cute are these? Set of 10 wood slice tags (each is 2-2.5 inch diameter). Perfect for a gift tag or ornament. Add a few drops of Spiced Cider essential oil recipe and fill your home with cheer. Add a couple more drops of essential oil every few days as needed.

Spiced Cider

5 Drops Ginger

4 Drops Orange

1 Drop Cinnamon

Enjoy this holiday season and have a healthy and happy New Year!

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Red Clover & Soy for the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms During Breast Cancer

red-clover-for-menopausal-women-with-breast-cancerDaidzein is an isoflavone found in red clover and soy.  Because Daidzein has estrogenic properties, researchers want to know if it stimulates the growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.   So far the results have been controversial.

Researchers did a review of all research on the use of Daidzein in red clover and soy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women who also had breast cancer (1).  They wanted to know if this isoflavone could prevent menopausal symptoms and whether or not women with breast cancer were at risk in taking the natural substance.

They found 131 articles on the topic.  There seems to be no change in menopausal symptoms as found in the articles when the woman took soy or red clover.  A fortunate thing here is that it doesn’t influence any tissues that are responsive to estrogen so that women who want to consume Daidzein are not likely at risk for worsened breast cancer when drinking it as part of the diet.

CONCLUSION: Soy consumption may be associated with reduced risk of breast cancer incidence, recurrence, and mortality. Soy does not have estrogenic effects in humans. Soy intake consistent with a traditional Japanese diet appears safe for breast cancer survivors. While there is no clear evidence of harm, better evidence confirming safety is required before use of high dose (≥ 100 mg) isoflavones can be recommended for breast cancer patients.

Source:

  1. Fritz H, et al. Soy, Red Clover, and Isoflavones and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review. PLOS. Published Online: November 28, 2013.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Easy To Grow Citronella

Citronella For Breast Cancer Healing GardenMany people use chemical mosquito repellant or some sort of toxic pest spray and thinking nothing of it.  Lets use healthy alternatives in our healing garden and reduce breast cancer risk.  When we spray toxic chemicals into our environment (already laden with the same) we are also setting ourselves up for breast cancer.

Citronella Research

Citronella scent is one of the main ingredients in many insect repellents. It works by masking more desirable smells to mosquitoes, making people harder to find. There are a variety of other herbs that are considered pest control plants.Citronella in healing garden

Consider placing a Citronella on your patio, by your windows and doors. While you don’t need to plant your mosquito-deterring plants in pots, the portability that pots allow is a great asset. You can move them outside to wherever family and friends happen to be at the moment. Choose several containers and arrange different kinds of plants in them to produce not only an attractive container garden, but also a readily available, portable mosquito repellant station.

Citronella Plant (Cymbopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus)Citronella For Healing Garden

  • Citronella, a grass, is considered a weed in some areas due to its ability to take over and  more readily accepted plants are squeezed out.
  • Citronella is a strong-smelling grass and in the right place, works to help discourage mosquitoes.
  • It can grow to a height of five or six feet in the ground in warmer climates.
  • In cooler climates, the best approach is to plant it in large pots (with casters on the bottom) so it can be wheeled indoors during the cold

CitronellaPlease – do your best to get pesticides out of your environment.  If you regularly have your home and garden sprayed with insecticide, consider some alternatives, think about the fat cells in your breasts and let’s make our environment and our bodies a much cleaner, healthier place.

Source(s):offthegridnews.com

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

The Effects Of Ginger On Breast Cancer

Researchers From Saudi Arabia Studied The Effects Of Ginger On Breast Cancer

Ongoing studies prove that ginger can be easily called a miraculous plant for its amazing health benefits. Now, it is under study for its effects in breast cancer.

According to the latest research published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, ginger is a favorable option in the treatment of breast carcinomas. This property is referred to as selective toxicity, and it is not present in the conventional treatment options.

The researchers have highlighted a significant issue that suggests that despite the recent advancement in the cancer treatment, breast cancer continues to be the commonest cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer deaths.  Furthermore, it is also considered that breast cancer cells can develop resistance to treatment at some point. Therefore, it is highly desirable to discover newer agents that provide the growth suppression of both ER-positive and ER-negative breast cancers without causing potential side effects.

Researchers have stated that ginger is considered a powerful anticancer compound but the molecular mechanism responsible for its anti-cancer activity are still to be discovered.  Depending on the older scientific records and considering the fact that herbal extracts are more effective than the purified components, a study was conducted to find out the effect of crude extract of ginger on the growth of cell lines of breast cancer.

Ginger is provided with the unique ability of positively regulating a variety of molecular mechanisms at the same time which include:

  • Inducing apoptosis that is the programmed death of cells
  • Up-regulating certain pro-apoptotic and anti-cancer genes such as Bax, p21, CDK inhibitor
  • Downregulating certain cancer-associated proteins and genes such as Bcl-2, NF-kb, Bcl-X, Mcl-1, CDK-4, C-Myc, hTERT, etc.

Apart from this, recent studies have also shown that there is also compound ginger called Gingerol which is found to have some anti-metastatic activities in the treatment of breast cancer.

The anti-cancer effect of ginger is not only limited to breast cancer, but its components are known to cause the inhibition of the lung cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

Ginger is considered a type of food that provides us with nutrition along with relieving the pain and disease. Nowadays it is used as a spice, food ingredient as well as in medicine by different cultures all over the world. It is suggested through modern research that ginger is associated with over hundred different health benefits.

It is believed that ginger was first originated in southern China thousands of years ago from there it is distributed to other parts of the world including Asia, West Africa, Caribbean and at the end India. India has now reached the status of the largest ginger producer. Recent evidence also suggests that Greece was also involved in the trade of ginger dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Source:

Research: Ginger Selectively Kills Breast Cancer Cells, September 9, 2015

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at

The Power of Herbal Medicine for Cancer

Naural Therapies For CancerWhat is herbal medicine?

In the modern times, herbal medicine ranks amongst the oldest methods of treatment and is yet widely available.  It is a kind of medicine that is derived exclusively from plants. It is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. Herbal medicines are composed of plants or botanical sources used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. It also referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine. Using herbs for its medicinal purpose has long been recorded in history dating from ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings. Particularly, the use of herbal medicines is prevalent in Chinese practice as well as all over Asia. Herbal medicine is used to regulate the body’s ability to protect, restore and heal itself. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is the most widely used complementary therapy. It is used to help the body heal itself or reduce the side effects of medical therapies.

How does herbal medicine work?

Herbal medicine is in use since thousands of years across many cultures of the world. Herbalist tries to find the underlying cause of the illness rather than treating a single symptom. A herbalist believes that a particular illness can be treated using herbs if those herbs restore the body’s balance and perfect harmony. According to experts, good herbs activate life force and its energy. In herbal medicine “herbal synergy” is the key principle. Herbal medicine works upon the idea of ‘synergy’, that is, it makes drugs out of several plant ingredients. This theory is way too different from the modern medicine that uses a single compound to deal with a symptom or an illness. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is used to treat, what herbalist believe, the underlying energy balances that cause disorders promoting cancer in the patient’s body.

Where is herbal medicine found?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment consists of several plants, herbs, and flowers, as a whole or as an extract. Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional methods are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A BSc. or an equivalent certificate is required to become a herbalist, who holds the same diagnostic skills as a physician. The degree program includes a vast knowledge of plant medicine and orthodox medicine.  However, Herbalists take a holistic approach towards illnesses, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They can prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and many patients are referred to Herbalist by their GP for treatment. The herbal medicine comes in the form of capsules, powder, teas and extracts.

Advantage of herbal medicine with different types of cancers

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment and their derivative phytol compounds are increasingly recognized as useful complementary treatments for cancer. A large volume of clinical studies has reported the beneficial effects of herbal medicines on the survival, immune modulation, and quality of life of cancer patients when these herbal medicines are used in combination with conventional therapeutics. Herbal medicine is useful in complementing breast cancer treatment. Isoflavones, compounds found in several vegetables and plants sources has been found effective in treating breast cancer. Herbal medicine is also used to lower the risk of prostate cancer in men. Herbal extracts that contain numerous polyphenolic compounds may contribute to the lower incidence of prostate cancer in Asian males. Cancer of the lungs is one of the deadliest of its type, and the chemotherapy employed for its treatment has high mortality rates. According to recent studies, herbal medications and their phytochemical ingredients can provide an effective therapy for the treatment of lung cancer. Such plant-derived compounds cast little or no toxicity at all.  Herbs are mainly used in lung cancer to reduce therapy-associated toxicity and cancer-related symptoms and sometimes to directly increase anticancer effects. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is also used to treat liver and pancreatic cancer. They are also used as an adjuvant therapy along with conventional cancer treatment regimens.

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is employed for the treatment of several forms of cancer by introducing cytotoxic chemicals into the patient’s system. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment is mainly used as an adjuvant to chemotherapy, to enhance the effects of chemotherapy and reduce its debilitating side effects. Trails on the herbal medicine used alongside chemotherapy to treat hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer, have shown promising results. Several herbal remedies are used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and also, protect the non-cancerous cells of the body; herbal medicines are also used to elevate energy levels of cancer patients

Does herbal medicine enhance the effect of radiation?

Radiotherapy involves delivering radioactive rays to the area affected by cancer. The procedure has several side effects including diarrhea, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, urinary issues such as pain and incontinence swelling,  and difficulty during swallowing.

Research on Cumin (a spice mostly used in curries for taste enhancement) revealed the fact that it contains anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties, that may together aid in protecting the skin against radiation-induced damage. Other research in animals shows that the herb Ginkgo Biloba may help shield against organ damage resulting from radiation therapy. And although Aloe Vera is often touted as a natural remedy for radiation-induced skin changes, a 2005 research review concluded that there is not enough evidence to suggest that topical aloe Vera is effective in preventing or minimizing radiation-induced skin reactions. Thus, herbal medicine for cancer treatment has several benefits.

Does herbal medicine increase the quality of life and survival rate?

Herbal medicine for cancer treatment along with traditional cancer treatment methods has been shown to increase the quality of life in the patients. It is used to treat side effects of the cancer treatments and is also used to heal the body afterward. Herbal medicine for cancer treatment also increases the survival rate by not only preventing the formation of cancerous cells but also decreases the mortality caused by cancer treatments.

If you want a personalized recommendation on your case, Contact Dr. Adem for online cancer consultation.  

References:

Cancer treatments the media never talks about could save your life
Herbal medicine
20 herbs that fight cancer
Complementary and alternative medicine

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Better Than Green Tea?

Daily Antioxidant Tea Recipe For Breast CancerThis new data on the antioxidant content of thousands of foods revolutionized the way my family eats. For example, you’ve known me as a veritable green tea fanatic, not because I particularly like it, but because that’s what the science said was the best thing to drink. But that was before 283 beverages were tested. I don’t think I could even name 283 beverages. They tested everything from red bull, to crowberry liquor.

Let me pull out a few… Water has zero antioxidants, as does Red Bull. At this scale Pepsi, Coke, and cow’s milk get a 1; glass of white wine; a cup of red tea; … black tea… green tea, red wine—7 times the antioxidant power of white, but neither as good as grape juice. Here’s a shot of espresso, a cup of coffee, and matcha tea—tea made out of powdered green tea leaves, which is what I’ve been drinking.

But what is this? What beverage could be better than actually eating green tea leaves? Matcha has met its match. In terms of antioxidant power, the healthiest thing to drink on the planet earth appears to be… hibiscus tea! So like red zinger blows everything else out of the water.

Here’s my latest recipe:

  • Half gallon of water
  • 8 cups
  • 4 bags of tea in which hibiscus is the first ingredient—I like wild berry zinger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons of erythritol

Directions:

I just put it in the fridge overnight. No need to heat it; it can just cold brew. In the morning I take out the tea bags, shake it up, and drink throughout the day, every day, all day long.

And as always, extra credit, for green foam: pour a cup of the tea into a blender with a bunch of fresh mint leaves, blend on high, and then pour it back. So you have dark green leafies blended into what may be the highest antioxidant beverage in the world, and it tastes – like fruit punch. Your kids will love it!

Doctor’s Note

Note the impressive manganese content of hibiscus tea may exceed recommended limits at high intakes, though, so we probably shouldn’t drink more than those 4 tea bags a day’s worth.

The sweetener I use is erythritol, detailed in Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant.

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Check out the other videos on beverages and don’t miss all the videos on ranking foods. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context see my blog posts: Hibiscus tea: flower power, Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings, Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterolIs Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year, Treating PMS with SaffronHibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?, and Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

Photo source: TheLotusRoot.com

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

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