10 Natural Cures for Cancer and Related Pain

10 Natural Remedies for Cancer Pain

Chinese herbs in food can actually help with cancer.

Herbal treatments can be helpful. photo: chris jtse

 

Cancer is a horrific disease. Aside from being deadly, it causes pain and fatigue in its victims. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can be more painful and debilitating than the cancer itself. There are natural therapies that can assist patients in managing the pain and suffering of cancer and cancer treatments.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine practitioners use over 3000 herbs and 300 mineral and animal extracts as natural remedies. They combine them in teas, syrups, powders, and pills to treat various illnesses, including cancer and cancer pain. There are studies that show that some of those compounds are successful in treating pain and side effects.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy espouses the idea that “like cures like.” Practitioners of homeopathic medicine believe that a small amount of a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in a healthy person will actually relieve those same symptoms in a sick person. There is evidence that homeopathic therapy can lessen the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy as well as improve general well-being and reduce pain.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water as a natural remedy for cancer suffering. The water can be in the form of cool vapor, warm steam, liquid, or ice. Drinking water or taking a warm bath are considered hydrotherapy, but other methods include hot tubs, ice packs, massaging water jets, and saunas. Colon hydrotherapy purports to cleanse the bowels and help cure cancer. In addition, water is sometimes used to cool or heat the body to constrict or dilate blood vessels and achieve pain relief and inflammation.

Nutrition Therapy

Another natural remedy for the side effects of cancer is through nutrition therapy. Mangosteen is a fruit that contains an antioxidant called a xanthone, that helps reduce inflammation, pain and fever. Additionally, Vitamin C has been used to treat cancer patients, some of whom have shown improvement in appetite, energy, and pain relief, even being able to reduce their dependency on narcotic pain relief. Juicing can also help the patient to increase their intake of nutrients and plants that have shown to reduce the negative side effects of cancer and cancer treatments.

Laser Therapy

Low intensity lasers can be used as a natural remedy for cancer suffering by focusing on areas that are in pain and gently stimulating them to reduce pain and inflammation and heal wounded tissue. Laser therapy is new and is still being explored as a treatment for cancer pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses needles to stimulate sensory receptors in the body that cause the body to release endorphins, which are thought to be 200 times more powerful at pain relief than morphine. This is powerful pain relief for cancer suffering and is completely natural.

Electrotherapy

acupuncture  for cancer pain relief.

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Electrotherapy, also called Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, uses gentle electrical impulses through the nerves, blocking pain signals that are traveling to the brain. For some patients the pain relief is immediate but fleeting, and for others, pain will go away for a long period of time.

Massage

Massage assists with headaches and muscle pain by rubbing and adjusting tissue to release lactic acid buildup, relax trigger points, and increase the flow of endorphins in the body. Massage has been known to relieve pain and promote relaxation, making it a great natural remedy to cancer pain.

Herbal Therapy

Botanical medicine (the use of herbs) is another natural remedy. An example is curcumin, which comes from the common spice turmeric. This substance is a potent anti-inflammatory and has been shown to kill cancer cells in lab tests.  Many other herbs are also used for pain control, stomach problems, and other conditions that cancer patients suffer.

Laughter

The saying “Laughter is the best medicine” is true. Laughter cannot cure cancer, but the endorphins released by happiness, be it through actual laughter or just positive interactions with loved ones and others, relieve pain and promote well-being.

These are a few natural remedies for cancer pain and suffering. Researching websites such as the American Cancer Society (cancer.org) or Cancer Treatment Centers of America (cancercenter.org) can provide more information about alternative therapies for cancer and its effects.