Cancer and Tumors are Disorders of the Body-Mind Information System
Cancer and tumors are chronic immune- and metabolic- associated disorders that involve abnormal growth of various cells. The abnormal cells can either invade and destroy healthy surrounding tissue, or spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 out of 3 persons may have cancer at some time in their life.
Many natural healers consider cancer the result of a long-standing ecological imbalance of the body involving a number of systems. One common theory proposes that a change of cellular genetic structure or function from free-radical damage can lead to uncontrollable cellular growth. Because of this and other factors, it may be that potentially malignant cancer cells are constantly being created in our body. Our immune system’s job is to eliminate these cells before they become established. It’s much easier for cancer to develop when our immune system is weak. Chronic stress, overwork, and emotional and dietary factors weaken our immune system.
Holistic Approaches to Treating Cancer and Tumors
Environmental toxins, such as herbicides and pesticides, and hormonal imbalances, such as abnormally high or low levels of estrogen or testosterone, may be possible causative factors. Natural support for cancer treatment is as complex and varied as the origins and types of cancer. Treating cancer generally involves creating a high level of wellness. We improve health through meditation, diet, exercise, and emotional and psychological development. Counseling, inner awareness, and other methods are often incorporated. A macrobiotic diet is commonly recommended, partly because it is rich in vegetables that are known to be anti-carcinogenic.
Commonly recommended herbal programs include blood purifiers, immune strengtheners, immune stimulants, and herbal enzymes. A number of different herbs can purify the blood. Immune tonic herbs, especially astragalus, ligustrum, and the medicinal mushrooms are also effective for cancer treatment. The extracts of medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake, and maitake have been shown to increase lifespan and improve quality of life in patients with some types of cancer. Several of these mushrooms are approved drugs for cancer therapy in Japan.
While echinacea may be off limits, other immune-stimulant herbs may aid the cancer-fighting potential of the immune system. Some herbs contain protein-dissolving, and thus tumor-dissolving properties. Escarotic herbs, which are acrid and caustic, are sometimes helpful in breaking down tumors. It is also important to address adrenal and digestive weaknesses with the appropriate herbs.
Because of the benefits of integrative and holistic approaches to treating tumors and cancer, acupuncture, herbal remedies, and energy healing are ideal complementary treatments.