October, 1 sees the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For a whole 31 days, cancer charities, breast cancer patients, and loved ones will work tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease, which affects 1.38 million every year. Breast Cancer Awareness Month plays a critical role in promoting early detection, which has been proven to reduce deaths related to the illness. However, Breast Cancer Awareness Month hopes to achieve more. The campaign also aims to increase awareness of the types of natural treatments that are available to battle the disease.
Natural treatments are slowly becoming more popular and are a viable treatment choice when followed correctly. Tea, in particular, is performing well in breast cancer studies, and some types are capable of shrinking tumors in the breasts. A study published in the journal, Anticancer Research, tested the effects of oolong tea, a traditional Chinese tea, on four types of breast cancer cells, including ER-positive, PR-positive, HER2-positive, and triple-negative. The researchers concluded that oolong tea causes DNA damage to breast cancer cells and prevent breast cancer cells from growing. They also added that it has “great potential as a chemopreventive agent against breast cancer.”
It’s not just oolong tea that has been proven to reduce breast cancer cells. The same study also tested green tea, and researchers determined that it was just as successful as oolong tea. Meanwhile, a 2014 study printed in Laboratory Reports highlighted how green tea shrunk breast cancer cells and breast tumors in a lab dish. Similarly, researchers found that green tea prevented metastases of breast cancer cells to the lungs and liver. Another tea we recommend for breast cancer is Fagonia Tea. Extracts from Virgin’s Mantle is already drunk by women in rural Pakistan and is found in arid, desert regions of Pakistan, India, Africa and parts of Europe. Dr. Budwig recommended her patients drink 3 cups of herbal tea per day, preferably before a meal to calm the stomach and help absorb nutrients better. However, we must warn that although Essiac tea has become popular among cancer patients, it’s not recommended for breast cancer patients.
At present, oolong tea and green tea are seen by some as adjunctive treatments used to complement primary treatment. However, researchers gradually recognize that green tea, in particular, could be given as part of a treatment plan to breast cancer patients. So it could soon be paired with thermography and similar treatments. To date, studies have focused on the benefits of pairing green tea with traditional cancer drugs. Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to improve the knowledge of both the community as a whole as well as scientists. Thus it is hoped that scientists will take this opportunity to explore the benefits of pairing green tea with other natural substances. This initiative will help to create an effective natural breast cancer treatment for those wishing to avoid drugs. For example, cinnamon has anti-cancer properties, and coconut oil can boost the quality of life of breast cancer patients, according to two separate studies. So, combining these ingredients with green tea can make a wholesome drink that could be drunk as a breast cancer remedy. You could even add some nutritious fruits and vegetables to enhance the flavor of a healthy smoothie packed full of cancer-fighting antioxidants. Regular consumption of smoothies like this can form part of a healthy lifestyle, and even aid weight loss, which is crucial when fighting breast cancer.
One of the objectives of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to improve diagnosis times of breast cancer in low and middle-income countries. In doing so, diagnoses are more likely to occur at stage 0 or 1, which are classed as ‘non-invasive’ and ‘highly treatable.’ Thus, the earlier the diagnosis, it is likely that more will take advantage of the many natural and non-invasive methods available to treat the disease.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is just around the corner and promises to enlighten people’s minds on early diagnosis and alternative, natural remedies. October’s campaign will help people realize that they are not alone. There are a whole host of helpful breast cancer support groups ready to guide them.
At the Budwig Center, we now have a medical infrared thermography camera. This device detects inflammation, angiogenesis, and other circulatory disorders as well as neurological conditions. It has been especially useful for early breast cancer detection. This test is non-invasive and has no radiation, so it is risk-free.
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