Naturopathic science has gained a great deal of ground in recent years. Patients are demanding more natural alternatives to treat and help manage cancer symptoms without the negative side effects often associated with mainstream treatment options. In this article we will take a look at a few popular alternative cancer treatments offered by many naturopaths today.
1. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, which involves placing needles in specific points throughout the body, is becoming more and more common in the Western world. A great body of evidence has shown that acupuncture increases a person’s tolerance to the pain associated with cancer. Also, in terms of assisting with patients who undergo chemotherapy, acupuncture greatly diminishes nausea. Moxibustion is sometimes incorporated into acupuncture practice when an acupuncturist burns some mugwort on the acupuncture needle. Also, some acupuncturists use “cupping” to enhance the cancer treatment. In cupping therapy, the acupuncturist uses glass bowls which he/she heats up with a flame for a short time. These glass bowls are then immediately placed on the patient’s body for a few minutes. This therapy is intended to release tension and flush out toxins.
2. Herbalism and Nutrition
Herbalism looks into different herbs, spices, plants, and teas that can be used like medicines for patients. Herbalism and nutrition often go hand in hand, since nutritionists look at a patient’s diet and try to use the natural nutrients of different foods as daily medicines. Just as an example, many herbalists today are using barley grass as a great alternative treatment for cancer. Since barley grass is loaded with fiber, it is particularly good at treating colon cancer. The list of vitamins, foods, minerals, and herbs that are being studied today from medical traditions as diverse the Ayurvedic System, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and even Native American systems promise a bright future for helping cancer patients naturally.
Hydrotherapy uses water to stimulate white blood cells into action against cancer cells. The water used can be in a solid, liquid, or vapor form, and it can be used either internally or externally. People who practice hydrotherapy often aim to increase oxygenation in cancer patients since this will help the body naturally attack the cancer cells. Most of the time cancer patients will first shower, then get into a bathing suit, and then submerge in a pre-heated pool set to the exact temperature most effective for treating their particular cancer. Sometimes this is followed with an herbal tea or a moment to lie down in a pre-heated bed where the patient’s pulse is monitored by the doctor.
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