Cancer the mere mention of the name, fills most of us with fear. Thankfully today much progress has been made in the fight against Cancer. Today the emphasis is on early detection, support, and aggressive treatment.
Cancer is essentially were abnormal cells in the body multiply, at an uncontrollable rate. These cells can go on to form lumps and tumors. These tumors can detach themselves and move to other parts of the body.
The main risk factors for Cancer include- family history, stress, smoking, obesity, heavy alcohol consumption, UV exposure, chemicals, pesticides, pollution, lack of exercise, poor diet, getting older, infection from certain viruses. Other causes of Cancer remain unknown.
Over 200 types of Cancer have been identified. Cancer effects all ages, sexes, and ethnic groups. The most common forms of Cancer include-
Non Hodgkins lymphoma
Treatments include, Chemotherapy, Radiation therapy, and Surgery.
There are also new improved treatments for certain types of cancer.
So what can Acupuncture and TCM do?
boost energy levels
control cancer pain
reduces hot flushes associated with some cancers
boost immune system
improve dry mouth associated with some cancers
improves cancer treatment, and chemotherapy side effects
supports the treatment of various types of cancer
While there is no, one diet fits all for cancer, it is vitally important that a good diet is adhered to. Certain foods are helpful in the fight against cancer. These include-
cruciferous vegtables- cabbage, broccolli, sprouts etc
Brightly coloured fruit and vegtables- oranges, tomatoes, etc
leafy greens- cauliflower, kale, etc
berries- rasberries, strawberries, grapes, etc
herbs and spices- garlic, onion, curry, etc
fish- salmon, cod, etc
certain nuts and seeds
The PH issue
Over acidity car-rodes body tissue. This can interrupt cellular activity, causing cancer. Cancer cells find it more difficult to survive in an alkaline environment. For more information click on the following sites-
Written by Joanne Mc Govern – Dip Ac., Lic Ac., Dip. Chinese Herbs, Dip. Nutritional Advisor, Dip Stress Management Consultant.