Whilst you doctors are providing you with treatment for your cervical cancer, would you like to take steps yourself to help your body fight the disease? In this article, we give you some ideas of remedies that you can try. It is important that you speak to your oncologist before you make any lifestyle or dietary changes while you are undergoing treatment for cervical cancer.
Many of the following remedies are based on the belief that making the body more “alkaline” (less acidic) can help fight cervical cancer.
Some people believe that a tumour is a biological defence process that is triggered by the body’s systems becoming overloaded. Many things can have influence on these systems but food, bodily contamination and emotional problems are thought to be the most important.
Natural cancer treatments aim to eliminate toxins and help the organs which clean your body (liver and kidneys). They also aim to make the body more alkaline and more oxygenated.
The first step consists of eliminating toxins and pathogens (viruses, parasites, fungi and bad bacteria). Start off by eliminating all the foods that contain toxins from your diet. You need to cut out:
- Artificial additives, like colours and preservatives
- Bleached, white sugar
- Monosodium glutamate flavouring (commonly called MSG) – common in fast foods
- Trans fats (margarine, commercial sweet products)
Instead, introduce the following foods into your diet (choose organic versions when possible :
- Pumpkin seeds
- Grapefruit seed extract
Intestinal micro flora
Once you have cleaned out your system, the next step is to introduce ‘good’ intestinal bacteria into your body. Now is the time to do it because there will be less bad bacteria, and the two can’t live well side by side. The good bacteria may have been wiped out by antibiotic use and a poor diet. You can find intestinal bacteria supplements at health food stores. They will provide an extra layer of natural defence to your gut.
The liver, intestines and kidneys have the important job of cleansing the body and eliminating waste. However, all three organs can become damaged or overwhelmed by too many toxic substances. You can help them to function correctly with the use of medicinal plants. You can take them in the form of infusions (three a day) or extracts. You must consult your doctor first.
- For the liver: milk thistle, boldo, dandelion.
- For the intestine: flaxseed
- For the kidneys: greater burdock, dandelion, horsetail
You may wish to directly eliminate toxins from the uterine area and from the entire abdominal area. One way in which people try to do this is by the use of clay poultices which are left on overnight.
To make a poultice you need to mix clay with water until you get a smooth paste. You then apply it to your abdomen and cover it with an old tea towel or cloth.
The theory is that the clay will draw out toxins as you sleep. In the morning, when the clay is dry, you should remove it with lukewarm water. You may want to apply a bit of almond oil or some homemade skin moisturiser to the area afterward, so that your skin does not become overly dry.
Here are some foods that are thought to have cancer-fighting properties – they are all good for your general health:
- Orange: eat as a snack, drink the juice or add the peel to cakes, salads and pastries.
- Lemon: add to food
- Cabbage: grate or shred it and mix with oil, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt for a delicious dressing
- Turmeric: add a spoonful to stews, soups or dressings
- Millet: this grain is very alkalinizing and also helps digestion
- Raw garlic
- Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms
- Kudzu (an intestinal regulator).
Several natural supplements are thought to be useful in fighting cervical cancer:
- Kalanchoe daigremontiana, a plant also known as “mother of thousands”.
- Vitamin C
- Proteolytic enzymes: help prevent cancer from spreading
- Propolis (a resin that bees make during the creation of the hive)
Foods to avoid
It is also important to avoid foods that may have a role in allowing cancer to develop:
- Refined grains (white bread, white pasta, white rice)
- Table salt
- Red meats
- Dairy products