Taking up space within the skull, a brain tumor can interfere with normal brain activity, increasing pressure in the brain, shifting the brain or pushing it against the skull. It may also invade and damage nerves and healthy brain tissue.
The consequence of abnormal growths of cells in the brain, brain cancers can arise from primary brain cells, the cells that form other brain components (for example, membranes, blood vessels), or from the growth of cancer cells that develop in other organs and that have spread to the brain by the bloodstream (metastatic brain cancer).
Although many growths in the brain are popularly called brain tumors, not all brain tumors are cancerous; cancer is a term reserved for malignant tumors.
Malignant tumors grow and spread aggressively, overpowering healthy cells by taking their space, blood, and nutrients, and like all cells of the body, tumor cells need blood and nutrients to survive. This is especially a problem in the brain, as the added growth within the closed confines of the skull can lead to an increase in intracranial pressure or the distortion of surrounding vital structures, causing their malfunction.
Benign tumors are tumors that do not grow aggressively. Almost all tumors that begin in the brain do not spread to other parts of the body. The major difference between benign and malignant tumors is that malignant tumors can invade the brain tissues and grow rapidly; this rapid growth in the confines of the skull can quickly cause damage to nearby brain tissue.
A benign tumor is generally less serious than a malignant tumor, but a benign tumor can still cause many problems in the brain. However, the problems usually progress at a slower rate than malignant tumors.
Brain tumors may have a variety of symptoms, ranging from headache to stroke. Different parts of the brain control different functions, so symptoms will vary depending on the tumor’s location.
Brain tumors are great mimics of other neurological disorders, and many of the common symptoms could indicate other medical conditions.
Symptoms of a brain tumor may include any of the following:
- A new seizure in an adult
- Unsteadiness or imbalance, especially if it is associated with headache
- Gradual loss of movement or sensation in an arm or leg
- Double vision (especially if it is associated with a headache), or loss of vision in one or both eyes, especially if the vision loss is more peripheral
- Hearing loss with or without dizziness
- Speech difficultly of gradual onset
- Nausea, which is most severe in the morning
- Memory loss, confusion and disorientation
In most cases, the cause of brain cancer is unknown. However, they are not infectious; you cannot catch a brain tumor. Brain tumors are relatively rare, and are slightly more common in males than in females. However, one type of brain tumor, meningioma, is slightly more common in women.
People can get brain tumours at any age. Generally speaking, as we get older our risk of brain tumours increases, but there are many different types of brain tumors and some are more common in younger adults.
Overall, more brain tumours are diagnosed than in the past. But this is mostly because we are living longer and brain tumours are more common in older people.
Brain tumors can be genetic; if you have a parent, brother or sister diagnosed with a tumour of the nervous system, your risk is higher than other people in the general population. Jewish people have a higher risk of meningiomas than other groups, which may be due to genetic factors.
In our environment, the only definite risk we know of is exposure to radioactivity (ionising radiation). Meningiomas and malignant glioma are more common in people who have had radiotherapy to the head in the past. Children who have had radiotherapy to the head as a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia ALL) are known to be at a slightly increased risk of brain tumours.
Women who have had breast cancer have a slightly increased risk of having a glioma. One study has shown that people with a previous nasopharyngeal cancer have an increased risk of brain tumors, which may be due to unknown shared environmental causes between nasopharyngeal cancer and brain tumours.
There is some evidence that people with food or respiratory allergies may have a slightly reduced risk of brain tumours, although it is not clearly understood why this should be.
People with HIV or Aids have a slightly increased risk of brain cancer. A specific rare type of brain tumour called primary cerebral lymphoma is more likely to develop in people whose immune system is not functioning properly due to AIDS or medicines taken after an organ transplant.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Find out if your tumor is malignant or benign by visiting a health practitioner. This will help you determine your course of action.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitionerhere.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Folic acid – Folic acid can help prevent your cancer from spreading. Try 400g a day, or choose foods with folic acid, such as spinach, darker greens, leafy veggies, oranges, rice, and beans.
- Antioxidants – Foods with a high level of antioxidants are known to fight and prevent brain cancer. Choose blueberries, strawberries and grapes; the fresher the fruits and veg, the greater the benefit – eating them raw is generally the best option and don’t cut off the skins if possible.
- Omega-3s – Introduce plenty of fish to your diet, as it includes omega-3s, which can help locate and fight cancer cells.
- Tomatoes – Containing an ingredient called lycopene, tomatoes are believed to be beneficial in fighting cancer.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
Vitamin D – incorporate vitamin D into your diet, as it is believed to slow the growth of tumors. Try 800 to 1,000 units a day. A little sunlight also helps you to gain vitamin D, but do seek advice from a health practitioner first as it can interfere with other cancer treatments.
Siberian ginseng, extracts of mushrooms like shiitake, cat’s claw, astragalus, St John’s Wort, niacin, whey protein, shark liver oil, melatonin, germanium, vitamins C and E are also beneficial in the treatment of brain tumors. Typical dosages of vitamin C are 250 to 1,000 mg a day, and usual dosages of vitamin E are 400 to 600 units a day – do discuss any new medications with your health practitioner.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Ayurvedic treatment of cancer tends to focus on the principle of rejuvenation. The treatment supports the process of purification in order to bring about a thorough rejuvenation in the afflicted person’s cellular structure. It is pre-empted that organ of the human body having malfunctioned over a long time may be prone to cancerous formation with the cellular growth rejecting to sync with the nerve signals.
Cancerous tumors may be dissolved totally by means of Ras-Rasayan Medicines and Panch-karma. In the process of liquefaction, tumors get converted into an uneven mass, which can be marked by means of a CT scan / MRI / Ultrasound. In some cases, there may be increase in the size of tumor in the reports, due to irregular shape of liquefied tumor. No surgical process is used in dissolving or extracting the tumor; it is slowly absorbed by the veins and expelled out of the body. This liquefaction will lead up to the drying up of tumor, with the entire process generally taking three to four months to complete.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Brain Tumors and other cancers, via alwaysyurveda.net
(1) Hirak Bhasm 300 mg
(2) Swarn Bhasm 500mg
(3) Rajat Bhasm 2.5 gm
(4) Swarnbhasantmalti Ras 2 gm
(5) Abharak Bhasm Sahasar Putti 3 gm
(6) Swarnmakshik Bhsam 5 gm
(7) Shwaschintamani Ras 2 gm
(8) Rasraj Ras 2 gm
(9) Bhrami Vati with gold 2gm
(10) Yogender Ras 1 gm
(11) Cancervidhwansan Ras 2 gm
(12)Shilasandoor 2.5 gm
(13) Navratankalpamrit Ras2 gm
(14) Rajmrig Ras 1 gm
(15) Sarweshar Parpati Ras 2 gm
(16) Hemgarbhpotli Ras 1gm
(17) Vaikrant Bhasm 2.5 gm
(18) Vrhitvangeshvar Ras 2 gm
(19) Basantkusmakar Ras 1 gm
(20) Vrhitsutshekh Ras 2 gm
(21) Dhatri Loh 5gm
(22) Kalmeghnavayas Loh 5gm
(23)Punarvamandoor 5 gm
(24)Tamar Bhasm 1 gm
(25) Giloysatv 10 gm
(26) Mukta Pisti 2 gm
(26)Parval Panchmamrit Ras 5 gm
(27)Shidmakar Dhwaj 2gm
(28) Vrhtvatchintamani Ras 2gm
Mix all the above medicines and make Sixty equal doses. Take twice a day with one to two teaspoonful of honey and half teaspoonful of almond oil or with milk.
These should be taken for at least six months.
(1) Capules cruel 30 .Take one cap once a day with water.
(2) Capsules Cancergaj kesari 30.. Take one caps once a day.
(3) Cap. Guggul, Capsule Ashwagandha, Tablet Kachnaar Guggul, Cap. Tulsi, cap curcumin Take out ingredients of 1 capsule, ( Crush kachnaar guggul tablets -2 tablets) – make the powder- give twice daily mixed in water, if the patient is unconscious or give 2 capsules /tablets twice daily
(4) Cap. Bramhi – 2 capsules twice daily
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture – While acupuncture is not used as a treatment for cancer itself, evidence suggests it can be a valuable therapy for cancer related symptoms (particularly nausea and vomiting) that often accompanies chemotherapy treatment. Studies also indicate that acupuncture may help reduce pain and shortness of breath. Acupressure (pressing on rather than needling acupuncture points) also helps control breathlessness. Patients can learn this technique to treat themselves.
Chinese herbs – According to an article on about.com, a compound found in the herb indigo shows promise in the treatment of brain tumors. Suggested in a new study from the journal Cancer Research, in a series of lab tests on human brain cells and on mice, scientists found that the compound (known as indirubin) may help prevent the growth of glioblastomas (a type of tumor estimated to kill nearly 13,000 Americans each year). What’s more, indirubin may help stop tumor cells from migrating to other regions of the brain, unlike currently available treatments for glioblastomas. However, more research is needed to determine whether indirubin might be a viable treatment for brain tumors.
According to an article here csuvets.colostate.edu/pain/Articlespdf/Chinese%20herbs%20for%20cancer.pdf, “many of the Chinese herbs found in traditional remedies for tumors (whether benign or malignant) promote blood flow, in order to “soften and disperse” the tumor and the stagnant blood and toxins residing within it.21 22 23 In the “blood stasis” (i.e., poor circulation) pattern commonly found in patients with cancer, the clinical picture includes stabbing pain, a purple tongue, dark complexion, tumor(s) and ecchymoses or petechiae.”
As stated in an article by acupuncturetoday.com, Dr. Wang Fuda, of Greenville Research Clinic in southern Taiwan, currently sees 100-200 patients per day. Over 70 percent of his clinic patrons are cancer patients. Dr. Fuda believes that acupuncture, employed correctly, can retrain the body’s immune system to defeat cancer, and correct or erase faulty body signals hospitable to cancer.
Dr. Fuda sees the needle as a homeopathic instrument. The point of the needle is actually perceived by the body as an enemy. As the needle pricks, the body musters its defences against the invader. Fuda says the trained hand can actually feel the qi energy and body tissue resist penetration of the acupuncture needle. Applied at key points, he believes the immune system can be retrained and reactivated in some people, and this defensive action can be channelled to the site of the cancer.
If you have cancer there are some points to keep in mind when using essential oils and aromatherapy:
- Keep massage light, and avoid deep massage over muscles as well as near the lymph glands.
- Do not massage areas that have been irradiated.
- Do not massage areas that have skin cancers.
Try any of the following essential oils to reduce then symptoms associated with cancerous tumors:
Lemon oil – this detoxifies and stimulates the immune system and the liver
French basil – works by strengthening the immune system
Rose fragrance – use this to improve appetite and aid digestion
Lavender – try this to relax and lower blood pressure.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
There’s a range of treatment philosophies and approaches for using homeopathy to treat individuals with cancer; practitioners tend to use a combination of these approaches.
One approach is to use homeopathic remedies to target the tumors themselves. In this case, the homeopath selects remedies which match the symptom picture of the tumor itself. Homeopaths using this approach might also consider other symptoms (such as the individual’s food cravings, disposition, etc), but their primary focus is to target the tumor and reverse its growth; some physician homeopaths also give remedies at the tumor site itself (in the form of an injection) to more aggressively stimulate a response.
Another approach is to use homeopathic remedies to assist in healing the patient’s eliminative channels (kidneys, urinary tract, lymphatic system, liver, etc), and strengthen cell detoxification. In this instance, the homeopath may use drainage remedies; these are low potency combination remedies that are used to target specific systems, or detoxify particular substances (e.g. heavy metals, etc).
Another approach is to use homeopathy to address the overall constitution of the patient; the homeopath will complete an interview of the patient’s mental, emotional, and physical symptoms and will select the best match accordingly, which will directly affect the tumor.
Nettle – According to a piece on livestrong.com, a 2007 study published in “Phytotherapy Research,” found that Urtica dioica, or nettle, when combined with green tea extract, helped protect cells from oxidative changes when exposed to a chemical known to cause cancer. This means nettle may help prevent cellular changes that can lead to cancer. It is not known whether nettle alone has these same effects. More research is necessary, including brain cancer-specific studies. Ask your doctor whether nettle may benefit you and your situation before using this supplement.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Try this home remedy for the nausea associated with brain cancer
Home remedy for weak memory www.homeveda.com/mental-and-neurological/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-weak-memory.html
Home remedy for the dizziness associated with brain cancer www.homeveda.com/mental-and-neurological/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-dizziness.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Brain tumor and homeopathy www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211477.php
Nettle herbs and brain cancer www.livestrong.com/article/542310-nettle-herbs-brain-cancer/
Chinese herbal medicines may treat brain cancer www.examiner.com/article/chinese-herbal-medicine-may-beat-brain-cancer
How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine: A Natural Arsenal of Disease-fighting Tools for Prevention, Treatment, and Coping with Side Effects, by Michael T. Murray
Chinese herbs and cancer csuvets.colostate.edu/pain/Articlespdf/Chinese%20herbs%20for%20cancer.pdf
Acupuncture Vs. cancer www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=28310
Antibacterial essential oils are believed to reduce tumors www.jcojournal.org/content/23/7/1588.2.full.pdf
Cancer and aromatherapy www.naha.org/articles/cancer_and_aromatherapy.htm
Malignant tumor regressed with homeopathy homeopathy4health.wordpress.com/2008/01/03/malignant-tumour-cases-regressed-with-homeopathy/
Chaparral – a herb that shrinks tumors voices.yahoo.com/chaparral-herb-shrinks-tumors-4109491.html
How dietary supplements can block cancer cells www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100629131316.htm
Twenty herbs that can fight cancer www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=3054
Foods to fight brain cancer www.ehow.com/about_5143229_foods-fight-brain-cancer.html
The Cox-2 Connection: Natural Breakthrough Treatments for Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and Cancer [Paperback], James B LaValle
Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing (Fourth Edition) [Kindle Edition], Carlos M Garcia MD and Bill Henderson
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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