Using Herbs and Botanicals to Fight Cancer
It is a universally accepted fact that food possesses curative and healing properties. Curing is essentially a restoration of health (with an absence of symptoms and a remedy of the disease in question) whereas healing is really a restoration of wholeness (ideally a new and different wholeness) that is demonstrably better than the one existing before the ravages exacted by disease became evident.
The Importance of Diet in the Fight Against Cancer
We all know, indeed have borne witness to, what a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can accomplish. Indeed the success of any post-treatment healing often hinges on eating the right foods, again mostly plant-based. Some healers in treating certain diseases have in fact taken the extreme view and prescribe herbs and other plants as the sole course of treatment. One should acknowledge, however, that modern medicine that is scientifically researched and thoroughly tested using all the accepted benchmarks and which has undergone successful clinical trials is indispensable in the treatment of disease. Which is why anything extra to what is offered in hospital is known as supplementary. It should never be looked at as the main course of treatment but rather viewed as a beneficial boost to what the available scientific advances have to offer.
It is no huge stretch of the imagination to extrapolate that the world’s healthiest societies consume (as their core diet) plant-based foods with generous helpings of certain fishes that are rich in omega 3 and Vitamin D. Obviously living far away from industrial plants and factories also plays a crucial role in maintain good health. By the same token societies whose diets revolve around processed foods may safely expect to spend an inordinate amount of time in hospitals.
Lack of information and proper medical guidance may lead to poor choices which could (quite conceivably) worsen one’s health.
Surveys indicate that, on average, 60% of cancer patients use two or more dietary supplements daily. Cancer patients may understandably find themselves in a quandary when presented with an array of over-the-counter supplements, each claiming to have certain properties that effectively tackle certain disorders. The rule-of-thumb here is to consult your doctor. To prescribe for yourself herbs, vitamins and other supplements is a hazardous exercise as the ingredients (more especially the active components) may ‘clash’ with your cancer medicine and lead to worsening of symptoms and, in the worst case scenario, possibly trigger a slide back into the cancer’s ravenous stage. It is vitally important to reiterate, then. When in the slightest doubt about which supplements to take (or whether to take them at all), consult your doctor. It is also crucial to always inform your doctor about any supplements that you are using as the active ingredient has the potential of sometimes negatively reacting with the main course of medicine.
The success or failure of food supplements in performing their intended role hinges on their inherent potency which is influenced by the harvesting and processing methods and the integrity of the active compounds retained.
A drawback worthy of note when considering over-the-counter supplements is that the bodies mandated to evaluate and certify the safety and accurate labeling of these dietary products only do so when the products are available for sale to consumers, not before.
Factors to consider, other than the efficacy of the supplement and its safety, include among others, the cost. It would be imprudent to start on a lengthy course of expensive supplements where a couple of injections in the doctor’s surgery would suffice.
Source: Sloan Kettering