Homeopathy Treatments for Lymphoma: A Complementary Therapy for Lymphoma Cancer

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Lymphoma is a general term used to define cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. These include all forms of cancer that develop in the bone marrow, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and the thin tubes that carry the lymph with white blood cells into all the body’s organs and tissues. Lymphoma is basically classified in three types: Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

How is Lymphoma Treated?

According to Cancer Treatments of America, conventional treatments of lymphoma include the classical chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy. Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs to target lymphoma cancer cells, inhibiting their growth and development. Chemotherapy is a harsh treatment for the body and it is usual to experience side effects such as fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

Radiation therapy involves the use of energy in the form of radiation (X-ray). A beam of X-ray is shot over affected organs and/or tissues. In the case of lymphoma, specific lymph nodes could be targeted to avoid spreading the disease.

In immunotherapy, also called biotherapy, the body’s immune system is targeted to help get rid of the cancer cells. This can be done by increasing the strength of the immune system cells (T-cells, NK-cells, macrophages), inhibit cancerous cells growth, development, and spreading, or making cancer more detectable.

Usually a combination of the three treatment types described above are used to fight lymphoma.

Homeopathy Treatments for Lymphoma

In addition to the conventional cancer treatments for lymphoma there are alternative and complementary therapies that can help fight the lymphoma disease or mitigate the side effects from conventional treatments.

Homeopathy is a systemic type of medicine based on three basic principles. The first one is that “likes cures likes,” meaning that if the symptoms you are experience are similar to lead poisoning (no matter what the real cause is) then, lead will be your homeopathic cure. Second, the use of minimal doses. Doses in homeopathy are very low. Usual dose are in the order of 1 part in a 1,000,000,000,000 of water. Third, only one medicine is taken targeting all the symptoms the patient has.

Homeopathy treatments for lymphoma are used as a complementary treatment once conventional treatments are being applied or have been applied. The most used homeopathy remedy used in treating lymphoma is Radium bromatum. This homeopathic remedy is used to treat radiation poisoning. The radium bromatum is taken in small doses over a long period of time after the radiation treatment until the radiation side effects (fatigue, nausea) subside. It is used to alleviate and prevent side effects.

Final Remarks

Lymphoma cancer is a complex disease. Treatment of lymphoma may require a comprehensive approach in which oncologists, clinical nutritionists, complementary and naturopathic doctors, radiation specialists, nurses, psychologist, etc must work together to elaborate a specific individual cancer treatment strategy. Homeopathy, although not scientifically tested, is increasingly being used as complementary therapies for lymphoma cancer treatment. A specialized personnel is needed for proper evaluation of which homeopathy remedy is needed by a specific patient with specific symptoms.

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