Natural Herbs And Extracts For Cancer Patients
If you have a loved one who has cancer and has been undergoing treatments for some time to kill the cancerous tumors, then your family member is likely in a great deal of pain. Pain can and should be addressed and treated by a palliative care specialist, such as those at Corner Home Medical. This individual can come up with a plan to treat pain as well as stress and anxiety. You also should do your part to provide care and pain relief at home. A natural approach with the use of herbs, spices, and extracts is a good addition to a palliative care plan.
There are a wide range of herbs that provide relief from painful ailments like cancer, and turmeric is one of them. Turmeric is a spice that is often used in India to flavor curry, and the ingredient gives the curry its telltale yellow coloring. Turmeric is made from the stems of the cucumba longa plant which belongs to the ginger family. The turmeric contains a substance called curcumin, and this material is what makes it beneficial to individuals who have cancer.
One of curcumin's main benefits is derived from the fact that it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. This means the herb can reduce inflammation pain caused by cancer much like an NSAID will, but without the stomach upset and liver issues. The curcumin will also not interact with other cancer or pain reliever medications taken by your loved one. Curcumin is also an antioxidant that can help to reduce the effects of the free radicals that are produced in the body. Specifically, free radicals cause cell damage and lead to the formation of cancer cells. Antioxidants bind to the free radicals so they cannot cause damage. The compound has even been shown to stop some cancer tumor growth, so it can reduce pain by actually treating cancer.
Turmeric is often considered a tasty spice with aromas of both ginger and orange and it can be added to a variety of your loved one's favorite dishes. However, turmeric does not contain a great deal of curcumin when used as a spice. While cooking with turmeric can be beneficial, you should also provide your family member with a turmeric extract supplement. Encourage your loved one to also eat some black pepper when they do this. The pepper contains something called piperine, and this material helps the body absorb curcumin. Swallowing three or four peppercorns whole when taking the extract is the easiest way to consume it.
Papaya is another type of food that contains a compound that can help with cancer pain relief. Specifically, the fruit contains an enzyme called papain. This enzyme has been found to break down proteins in the body. One of these proteins, called fibrin, forms a layer over cancer cells that protects them from damage. The papain breaks down this fibrin so the immune system as well as cancer treatment drugs can eliminate them easier. It also helps to boost the immune system so that your loved one's body can effectively fight off the cancer tumors that have formed.
Papain can be found in the fruit, seeds, leaves, and stems of the papaya fruit. Many of the enzyme can be found in the leaves, so make a papaya leaf tea for your family member on a daily basis. You can purchase papaya leaves from your local health food store. You will need a loose leaf tea diffuser to make the tea as well. Place about one to two teaspoons of the papaya leaves in the diffuser and place it in a mug. Pour boiling water over the diffuser and allow the tea to steep for about five minutes. Allow the tea to cool for several minutes and serve it to your family member.
You can also provide your loved one with a papaya extract instead of the tea. However, tea can be soothing and offer stress relief to a cancer patient.