Aids in the fight against cancer

Aids in the fight against cancer

Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha ...

Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across a couple of friends recently, who have cancer. The problem I have is that doctors might say things like ,“you have six months to live” or ,“this disease is incurable”. Technically, this information is incorrect. It’s better to say things like, “according to current medical science as we know it, we don’t have any approaches to cure this disease.” Or say something like, “according to what we know in current medical science and similar cases like yours, the average life expectancy is six months.”

Recently, I came across an article entitled Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Alternative Therapies for Treatment of Leukemia at Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Alternative Therapies for Treatment of Leukemia What’s nice about the article is it gives a good overview of Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese Traditional Chinese Medicine (i.e. TCM) therapy. Both are interesting therapies that incorporate nutritional and herbal therapeutic approaches.

Here is where the article states its own purpose: “This article seeks to highlight the important concepts of these two alternative healing therapies in the treatment of cancer, while simultaneously providing evidence for their success in treating leukemia and the necessary induction of these methods into contemporary Western medicine.”

But the most important takeaway from the article is this: “ TIM and TCM have been found to be extremely successful in conjunction with contemporary, allopathic measures for treating cancer, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and invasive surgical techniques.”

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Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof – Ayurveda Shop (Photo credit: marketing deluxe)

Both ancient and modern medical approaches can co-exist and work together. Let’s take Ayurvedic toothpaste, for example. A normally use a product from a company called Auromere. Vicco is another Indian company making Ayurvedic toothpaste. Ayurvedic toothpaste is good for gums. It’s the gums and gum disease that causes folks to lose teeth. Now I used to travel to an Indian grocer to buy Vicco. The owner said I should use Crest toothpaste instead. I told him I used Crest or a Crest competitor. The toothpaste is good for preventing tooth decay and reducing tarter. But after I used the US toothpaste, I followed it up with Vicco to reduce gum disease. Now I used Auyomere instead.

Folks can also look at spiritual approaches, like prayer, spiritual healing, etc. But these approaches should be supplemental to traditional medical treatment. Cancer is a frightening disease. I really emphasize with my two friends and hope the cancer is in the early stages – at least. I see many commercials for hospitals like Cancer Treatment Centers of America. I don’t think they respond better than other US hospitals. But only studies will bring out the truth.

Since Ayurveda and TCM offer both nutritional and herbal approaches to treatment, they should be seriously considered as supplements to traditional medical treatment for cancer. And TCM does add acupuncture to the mix.

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