Stomach Cancer Treatment
By Shannon Burford
If you are considering natural medicines in combination with conventional medicine for a recently diagnosed cancer, contact the clinic to discuss your options. It is important to understand the interactions between oncology drugs, nutrients and herbal medicines.
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.
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.
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.
It is important to tailor a treatment for you as an individual and support for you during and after your medical treatments. To achieve the best possible outcome it is recommended to work with both an oncologist and a integrative medical practitioner. We can liaise with your doctor, specialists and hospital pharmacy team to ensure that the natural remedies are compatible and supportive to your medical treatments.
The symptoms expressed by an individual in a state of disease are produced by the body in an attempt to heal. The naturopath’s first task is to identify any factors in the patient’s diet, lifestyle or environment that may be contributing to the problem and to assist in removing them. If any therapy is given, it should aid what the body is trying to do to assist the body to balance again into a state of health. The naturopathic approach aims where possible not just to remove the symptoms but also to remove the reason for the symptoms.
Contact the Cura clinic to talk with a naturopath or to make a booking.
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