Cancer statistics continue to rise, despite the advances in conventional treatment. Every year patients are diagnosed with different forms of this often deadly disease, and every year patients look for new and better ways to combat their cancer. Many cancer patients are increasingly searching for less intrusive forms of treatment, investigating natural-based holistic therapies that will help to fight the cancer at it’s source. These alternative therapies have proven effective in combating the disease itself, as well as providing relief from the nausea and discomfort that accompanies conventional treatments. The natural approach to cancer therapy involves a combination of therapies designed to harness the inherent healing potential of the body, and to encourage the body to begin the process of healing itself.
Alternative, or natural, cancer treatments can be divided into three general types. The most basic form of treatment is through diet and dietary supplements. Conventional and alternative scientific research agrees on one point, and that is that there are certain foods that have been proven to possess cancer fighting attributes. Holistic cancer treatments begin with examining and adjusting the patient’s diet, with the aim of increasing the intake of these cancer fighting foods. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, such as garlic, ginger, curcumin, turmeric, and green leafy vegetables can contribute to the body’s own ability to fight off cancer. Herbal supplements and vitamins have also been shown to have a positive effect on cancer patients, helping the body to combat the disease naturally. Rosemary, oregano, basil, Omega-3 fatty acids and even vitamin D have all been proven to reduce growth of cancer cells within the body.
The second most common form of alternative cancer treatment involves physical therapy for the body itself. This can include: neurological rebalancing, gentle spinal mobilization and cranial manipulation. These physical therapies can go a long way towards helping cancer patients optimize their organ and gland function along with boosting their immune function. They offer cancer patients a great deal of physical relief, while working to strengthen the patient’s body and the mind, adding a renewed energy to the fight against cancer.
Finally, the third prong in the defense against cancer, is perhaps the most difficult to articulate. Spirituality, and the mental state of the patient, plays a large role in the prevention and cure of any illness or disease. For many patients this is the most problematic part of their treatment. Following a dietary regimen, and regular physical therapy is easy compared to plumbing the depths of the human mind, soul and spirit. Alternative health care centers encourage patients to talk openly with spiritual advisers, ministers and therapists as a way of addressing the fears and depression that can come with a cancer diagnosis. By addressing these emotional issues, ministers and therapists help patients develop a strong and healthy attitude toward their illness, and a determination to beat the disease. In this way the mind can be charged with empowering the body to inhibit the growth of the cancer, and to begin the long process of returning the body to health and well-being.
Practitioners of holistic and natural medicine understand that everybody, and every body, is unique. No two therapies will suit any two given patients. Diseases manifest themselves in different patients for different reasons; consequently it becomes necessary to tailor any treatment to the specific individual. Lifestyle, body chemistry and health history will dictate the correct approach for treating any patient’s illness. It is for this reason that patients looking for alternative cancer treatments and therapies must recognize the need to consult a holistic physician for a comprehensive analysis that will examine the likely causes of the disease rather than just the disease itself. The patient’s unique body chemistry and mind body interface also plays a large role in the design and application of any treatment. Only after a thorough consultation and testing, looking to the source of imbalances physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, can a doctor begin to design the right combination of alternative cancer treatments that is suited to the patient.
The benefits of holistic cancer treatments are manifold, and offer new paths to a potential disease free future. Patients investigating alternative cancer treatments and therapies are encouraged to consult their general practitioner or oncologist along with a holistic alternative healthcare physician when deciding upon any alternative cancer treatment to design a treatment regimen that is best suited to restore your health naturally.