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Alternative natural treatments for lymphoma

Lymphomas are blood cancers that are developing in the lymphatic system. This system is a part of the immune system and it helps your body to fight against infections. The most common symptoms of lymphoma are itching over several weeks; lack of energy; chills; sweating; unexplained weight loss; fever; enlarged tonsils, liver or spleen; swelling of the lymph nodes, in the neck, armpit or groin. The specific cause for lymphoma is not known. This disease can happen at any age but people who are 60 or older have increase chances of developing lymphoma. Men are having more chances of developing lymphoma compared to women.

People who have HIV or who had an organ transplant are having more chances of getting lymphoma [1]. Those people who had cancer radiation are having more chances of developing lymphoma [2]. Those people who are exposed to chemicals like benzene have increased chances of developing it [3]. People who are overweight are more prone to lymphoma [4]. There are different types of lymphoma but the most common type is non – Hodgkin lymphoma and it affects about 90% of cases affected by lymphoma. Even lymphoma is one of the most treatable cancers, you should always talk with a doctor if you experience some of the mentioned symptoms so he or she will give you the right treatment for you. You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from lymphoma before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies for this condition.

Home remedies for lymphoma

Artemisinin: This is an ancient Chinese herb which can help in the fight against cancerous cells. Also, it will neutralize the mutated cells while at the same time it will leave healthy cell intact. This home remedy is not easy to be found but it has shown its effectiveness for thousands of years.

Vitamin D: You should get the Vitamin D from the sunshine because this is one of the most effective home remedies for lymphoma. You should soak in the sun to get this vitamin. This vitamin can eliminate many symptoms of non – Hodgkin’s lymphoma so even is not always easy to be out in the sun, but try to take sunbath as more as you can.

Olive leaf extract: The olive leaf extract is one of the best home remedies for eliminating tumors, including lymphoma. This home remedy has polyphenols and flavonoid which are very important in your body’s cancer defense. [5]

Yoga: Stress could lead to lower energy levels, exhaust the metabolism but also it can have more serious impacts. You should try yoga because this technique can help you with the circulation and flexibility. Also it will eliminate the excess cortisol in your body which can help you to lower the oxidative stress. [6]

Meditation: This technique can help you to control anxiety and muscular tension so you should try it. It will give you a relief from the excess stress because we know that stress can have serious impacts on our health so meditation can help you. [6]

Get plenty of sleep: You should get a lot of sleep, at least seven to eight hours each night. You should rest enough and take time for yourself to do things in which you enjoy so this can help you to prevent the stress and reduce the symptoms of lymphoma.

Quit alcohol: It is known that the excessive alcohol intake can weaken your body. You may think that when you drink alcohol you will get a good night of sleeping and free of symptoms but in fact this can compromise your immune system and it will make you more susceptible to chronic diseases and cancers, including lymphoma.

Green tea extract: Green tea has catechins and epicatechins which are natural anti – cancer and anti – tumor substances. The green tea extract is very effective in protecting you from many different types of cancers, including lymphoma. [7]

Iodine: This natural cure directly attacks cancer cells so you should take iodine supplements for all types of cancers, including lymphoma. Also, you can increase your iodine intake by adding iodine – rich foods in your diet, such as potatoes, cheese, beans and yogurt. [8]

Milk thistle: This home remedy can be used as a home remedy for many different health problems. It can detoxify the body and it improves the functionality of the liver. When you are adding milk thistle to your daily health regimen, then you can increase the glutathione content in your body which is important component of protecting metabolic health.

Omega – 3 fatty acids: It is known that Omega – 3 fatty acids can help to protect you from many contributing factors which lead to lymphoma. This home remedy will boost your immune system and the antioxidant behavior of Omega – 3 fatty acids will keep you free of cancer.

Quit smoking: When you are smoking, then you are adding carcinogens in your body so this is bad idea if you suffer from lymphoma. You should quit smoking because this will allow your body to focus on the cancerous growth rather than splitting its attention. Also, smoking can weaken the immune system and it will increase the chances of chronic diseases so you need to stop smoking as soon as possible.

Parsley: One of the biggest causes for lymphoma and other types of cancers is the epithelial growth factors. This natural cure is linked to inhibiting these growth factors so you should protect your body against lymphoma or slow down its spread. [9]

Reishi mushrooms: It has been shown that the tincture of reishi mushrooms has powerful fungi which are possessing antiproliferative and anticancer properties. There should be done a lot more studies in future to approve or disapprove the usage of reishi mushrooms as natural treatment for lymphoma but in some studies are shown that it can effectively slow the spread of lymphoma.

Licorice: It is known that lymphoma can lead to weight loss so you should add some steroids in your diet to boost your body back to normal levels [4]. This natural cure has many steroid – like compounds and active ingredients which directly impact the spread and severity of lymphomas in the body.

Carotenoids: They give pigment or color to fresh fruits and vegetables and they can be orange, yellow or red. All of them are potent anti – oxidants and they can help in the fight against cancer cells. You should consume foods rich in carotenoids, such as seaweeds, squash, pumpkins, carrots and tomatoes.

Acupuncture: This is a type of traditional Chinese medicine which is involving inserting small needled to the points throughout the body. This can help to unblock the energy and it is realigning the energy pathways. It can help to reduce the vomiting that is caused by chemotherapy and it reduces pain. [10]

Avoid foods that cause problems: You should avoid food which cause inflammation, weight gain and other health problems, such as fast food, fried foods, trans – fats and hydrogenated fats, refined grains, sweetened beverages, added sugar and processed meats (like salami, deli meats and cold cuts).

Pau d’Arco: This is a natural herb which can lessen the pain of people who suffer from cancer. There are some studies in which are said that this home remedy can inhibit the cancer from getting worse or growing bigger. This natural cure has many properties, such as anti – inflammatory, expectorant, laxative, analgesic, antiviral and antioxidant properties which can help to manage other conditions. [11]

Quercetin: This is a potent antioxidant which can help to regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation and it has anti – cancer activity. You should add foods rich in quercetin in your diet, such as cherries, cranberries, raspberries, red grapes, broccoli, apples and onions. [12]

Red clover: This natural cure will help you to rid of the body toxins through sweating. There are no scientific evidences that the red clover can cure lymphoma but in some studies are said that it has isoflavones which may have anti – tumor activity in the test tube.

Echinacea: This home remedy can help to boost the immune system and it will fight against diseases, viruses and free radicals.

Ginger: This home remedy can be used to get a relief from the nausea caused by chemotherapy. You can take in different ways. You can eat candied ginger or you can chew ginger gum. Also it can be taken as dried rhizome in pill form or powdered form. You can consume it as beverage. This home remedy can interfere with other cancer treatments so you need to talk with your doctor if you should take ginger as your home remedy for lymphoma. [13]


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Dr. Emil Sarsath (aka) Vijila, a licensed naturopathic doctor (BSMS) who always ensures his patients receive compassionate, and individualized care. He has extensive experience in primary care, digestive health, mental health, nervous system disorder and more.Area of Expertise – Naturopathic Medicine, Whole Foods-based Nutrition, Siddha, Panchakarma.She is always available through [email protected]


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