Although there exists an overwhelming array of modern-day treatment options for breast cancer, such as: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapies, surgery, and clinical trial therapies, etc., there are also a certain amount of alternative and traditional herbal medicine options too.
Herbal medicine has been used to treat people's illnesses for many thousands of years, and as the understanding of modern-day medicine has progressed during the last 100 years or so, so too has that of many of the herbal remedies that are used in traditional medicine (over more or less the same period of time).
This has led to a growing number of people to look to traditional herbal medicine (as an alternative to modern-day medicine) which focuses on two things: the detoxification of the body by ridding it of unwanted elements, and the strengthening of the body's immunity to prevent a relapse after treatment.
Turmeric, the popular Indian curry spice that is used in Ayurvedic medicine (a form of traditional/alternative medicine inherent to the Indian subcontinent) and Chinese medicine, has been used to cure illnesses for the past 4,000 years or so, and which of recent, came into the spotlight as a possible cure for breast cancer.
It is derived from the Curcuma longa (plant) which is a member of the ginger family, and due to its excellent anti-inflammatory properties, has been used to treat both digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and certain types of wounds for many years. However, recent studies have shown that turmeric may also have other abilities too.
Found growing in the tropical regions of South Asia, and in particular India, turmeric's active ingredient curcumin, is believed to contain excellent anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties which may help to neutralize the body's free radicals (particles that damage cells) by helping to prevent the damage they cause.
Curcumin, due to its strong anti-oxidant properties may actually help prevent, or treat, certain types of cancer, such as: breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer. Along with helping lower the level of two of the body's enzymes that cause inflammation, and inhibiting the grouping of platelets.
(enzymes are large biological molecules responsible for thousands of metabolic processes that help sustain life, and platelets are cells that do not have a nucleus which when grouped together form blood clots).
Turmeric (curcumin) can be administered as a fluid extract, powder filled capsule, or a tincture, which is an alcohol-based derivative of the fresh herb. And although turmeric is now being used in clinical trials for breast cancer and other cancers alike, it is so, only as an add-on to traditional medicine treatments.
It can be concluded that turmeric does have many cancer fighting properties that are certainly a benefit to most cancer sufferers who use it; however, due to a certain lack of information still as to how much those benefits may actually be, remains unclear. Turmeric, therefore may still be some years away from being the stand-alone cure for breast cancer.By Philip Albert Edmonds-Hunt