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Naturopathic Oncology

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Naturopathic Oncology is an integrative approach to cancer care that utilizes evidence informed practice of the safe and effective use of natural and supportive therapies, when combined with conventional treatments. The naturopathic oncology doctor carefully evaluates the research literature for natural substances for cancer and how they can work independently, synergistically or in conjunction with traditional medical treatments such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. The goal of Naturopathic Oncology is to create a healthy environment both inside and outside the body. This is especially significant for people with cancer. Naturopathic medicine makes use of time-tested, scientifically grounded, natural methods to strengthen the body's ability to heal itself.

 

Naturopathic oncology utilizes natural therapeutics, including both modern and traditional methods of treatment. Through diet and nutrition, exercise, vitamin and mineral supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathic remedies and more, naturopathic medicine can support the body's own healing abilities and strives to empower individuals to make lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health.

You can improve your chances of survival and create a healthy anti-cancer environment inside your body after or during conventional treatments by truly beginning to understand the way in which the tumor initially developed. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are aimed at getting rid of the tumor, and they may be the best way to do so. However, they are not aimed at the reason that the tumor developed in the first place. This is the area where Naturopathic Oncology shines.

Cancer patients hoping to improve their survival rates, ease their symptoms, and improve their quality of life can do so under the supervision of their naturopathic doctor, working closely with their medical treatment team. This integrated approach gives cancer patients the best chance at a healthy future.

Naturopathic doctors believe that there is an underlying cause to the cancer environment in the body that allowed a tumor to develop. Your doctor will explore these causes with you, which may include; immune system problem, toxicity of chemicals in the system, lack of certain nutrients, and stresses on the body, whether psychological or physical.

Furthermore, naturopathy utilizes a holistic approach to healing, addressing the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. The core of naturopathic medicine is to treat each person as an individual and to consider their whole being. We do not treat one bodily system as a separate entity from the rest of the person. It is equally important to care for the mind, the body, and the spirit in the appropriate manner for each unique patient.

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