CM views lumps (tumours) as a congestion of the body's vital substances. These substances are the body's fluids, blood and Qi. For there to be good health, these substances must flow freely and continuously. If there is a blockage, then there will be either phlegm in the case of fluids, or stasis in the case of Qi or blood. This condition can be called Stagnation (albeit an extreme variety). It is possible for more than one to exist together and for all three to occur at once. A thickening of one or more of them can result in a lump, which can then progress to a tumour and further into a malignancy.

The causes of stagnation and lump formation can be due to a variety of factors. It could be due to internal dysfunction of the organs, emotional disharmony, or external environmental conditions. It is important to state that not all stagnation will result in tumours or cancers; these are extreme cases and require all the factors in place at the right time.

Cancer patients who wish to use CM alongside conventional therapy should speak to their physicians and their doctor of CM. A team approach to managing symptoms and aiding in their recovery can then be implemented.


Chinese Medicine's main role

CM's main role in modern oncology medicine is an auxiliary method in cancer treatment. It treats the side effects of conventional therapies, helps control pain and helps keep the immune system strong.

Many conventional therapies for cancer produce side effects. For chemotherapy, common side effects include the following;

  • Nausea
  • Inflammation of the mucosa in the mouth and throat (stomatitis and esophagitis)
  • Fatigue
  • Low neutrophil (a type of white blood cell) count

Common side effects of surgery are pain, discomfort, and lengthy recovery time. With radiation therapy, common side effects include inflammatory reactions in the areas being irradiated, dryness, thirst and fatigue. These side effects are very easily treated with additional CM. The guiding principle of CM treatment is to help the recovery of the body's natural immune system.

Common Herbs

The common herbs used for such therapies are:

  • Huang Qi, astragalus
  • Nu Zhen Zi, ligustrum
  • Ren Shen, ginseng
  • Dang Shen, condonopsis
  • Bai Zhu and Cang Zhu, atractylodes
  • Ling Zhi, ganoderma
  • Dang Gui, angelica sinensis

These herbs strengthen the body's nonspecific immunity and increase the functions of the T-cells. Nearly all of the Chinese herbs used today to treat cancer and other immune-deficient conditions fall into three broad categories;

Tonic herbs, which increase the number and activity of immunologically active cells and proteins.
Blood-activating herbs that reduce the coagulation and inflammatory reactions associated with immune response.
Toxin-clearing herbs that cleanse the blood of pathological organisms and of waste products from the destruction of tumours and germs.

Herbal therapy in cancer treatment can improve appetite, reduce nausea and vomiting, and alleviate stress.

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