For years, doctors have struggled to find the perfect solution to treat and possibly cure cancer. Alas, they have not succeeded!
However, recently doctors have decided to use integrated medicine with cancer treatment and that has proved to be quite effective. In a majority of cases, patients suffering from cancer have to undergo radiation or chemotherapy and that causes a number of side-effects, such as:
- Diarrhea or mouth sores
- Joint pain
- Tingling and numbness in the hands or feet
- Radiation induced dermatitis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Immune system modulation
- Hot flashes
The above-mentioned are only a few of the many side-effects that are caused by chemotherapy or radiation and this is why, a lot of cancer patients wish to steer clear from undergoing this treatment. But, in certain extreme cases of the disease, there is no other option. This is where naturopathy comes in to provide the much-needed relief to cancer patients. The best part is that the naturopathy treatment is completely natural and has zero side effects. This treatment can be integrated with the ongoing cancer treatment to offer comfort to the patients.
Take a look below at how naturopathy helps to manage some of the most common side effects of cancer treatment.
Dietary changes: Several chemotherapy agents cause the digestive tract and the lining of the mouth to slough off and become tender. It also causes diarrhea. The immune system can be restored and strengthened by modifying the diet. The inclusion of spinach, kale, zucchini, celery, carrots, potatoes, onions, parsley and tomatoes in the diet of cancer patients can help them to provide their body with the required amount of electrolytes.
Exhaustion and fatigue can also be overcome by including black beans, dark green leafy vegetables, bone soup or lamb in the daily diet. For enhancing normal digestive functions, one should daily take ginger root tea during the course of chemotherapy.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a powerful restorative and healing therapy for cancer patients and also cancer survivors. Acupuncture is particularly helpful in the management of pain, hot flashes, inflammation, immune system modulation, insomnia, dry mouth, anxiety, vomiting and nausea.
Acupuncture has been recognized as a potent therapy for enhancing the overall quality of life of cancer patients. In fact, a lot of cancer centers have even adopted acupuncture as a part of their cancer treatment and rehabilitation.
Yoga: Cancer is such a disease that not only affects a patient’s physical ability, but also mentally weakens the person. Since this is a disease that has been hyped as incurable, patients lose hope even before their treatment has begun. They get bogged down with terrible thoughts and that leads to worsening their health even further. This is where yoga can offer relief! Yoga helps cancer patients to relive their stress, worry and tension. It also helps in better circulation and makes the body and mind strong enough for taking prolonged cancer treatment. As for cancer survivors, doing yoga keeps them healthy and helps them to combat the many side-effects of chemotherapy. Yoga is one of the most effective ways of getting back to normal life and doing everything that they did before being diagnosed of cancer.
Naturopathy treatment can be implemented together with ongoing cancer treatment for patients suffering from any kind of cancer. Even cancer survivors can benefit a lot from natural therapies. There are also wellness & retreat centers that have a team of professional naturopaths experienced in offering customized treatment plans. It is always best to consult with a qualified naturopath before making any changes to the diet or practicing yoga because yoga is specific to one’s type of body.
So, are you suffering from cancer or do you someone who is? You can suggest naturopathy and natural therapies to them to help relieve them of some of the pain! This ancient alternative medicine also does wonders for cancer survivors.
Disclaimer:All information, data and material has been sourced from multiple authors and is for general information and educational purposes only and are not intended to replace the advice of your treating doctor.
The views and nutritional advice expressed are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.