Lung Cancer Natural Treatment
By Shannon Burford
Naturopaths adopt a holistic approach to healthcare. It is important to treat the presenting symptoms but even more important to treat the underlying cause to ensure the root of the problem can be reached.
One important aim of a naturopath is to educate, empower and support the patient to assist them obtain health. Through education, the patient will then be able to take a more active role in their health care Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, whole system. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the protective membrane around the body's internal organs which is called the mesothelium. Mesothelioma usually affects the pleural membranes around the lungs, but it can also occur in the lining of the abdomen or around the heart.
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral used in some building materials. In most cases, the development of mesothelioma occurs 25-50 years after asbestos exposure
The word “naturopathy” is a broad term used to describe a natural medicine physician trained in the areas of western herbal medicine and natural therapies. The practice of naturopathy is also known as alternative medicine, integrative medicine or natural therapies in Australia. Naturopathy includes a multimodality approach, incorporating nutrition (which includes diet and lifestyle modification and vitamin and mineral therapy), herbal medicine, homeopathy and iridology. Iridology is often used as a diagnostic aid to compliment the other tools. Physical therapies may also be employed, including therapeutic massage and remedial massage. A naturopath should be eclectic, using a mixture of these therapies, or specialise in one or more. The key is to tailor the consultation and treatment to the individual patient.
If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer you may be considering complementary medicine, herbs or supplements which may help with treatment. You may also be uncertain why a particular remedy is used and how much you should take. You might receive mixed messages from family, friends or medical professionals and it can be quite overwhelming.
It's important to get professional advice and be careful with advice you may find on the internet!
The Cura clinic uses a supportive role to help you with the effective and correct use of natural therapies in treating the side effects of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal treatments. We also use natural therapies, diet and lifestyle to reduce the risk of the cancer returning after remission.
Medical and naturopathic treatments can work well in combination and give the best possible outcome. Medical treatment is effective at physically removing or attacking the cancer, whereas natural therapies strengthen and support the mind and the body, and alleviate any side effects. Together they work well as an integrative medicine.
Contact the Cura clinic to speak with a naturopath or to make a booking.
How common is lung cancer?
About 9,200 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia each year. Around 75% are males and 25% are females and it is the fifth most common cancer in Australia. Lung cancer is most commonly diagnosed in people older than 60 years old.
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