Cancer represents a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If not managed, it can result in death. Cancer affects people at all ages and can manifest in various forms, such as lung cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and more.
The term encapsulates a wide range of conditions that can affect any part of the body, highlighting the disease's complexity and the importance of early detection and comprehensive treatment strategies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a unique perspective on cancer, viewing it not just as a set of tumor cells but as a symptom of underlying imbalances within the body's energy system. TCM practitioners believe that cancer results from disruptions in the flow of Qi (vital energy), Blood Stagnation, accumulation of Toxins, Heat or Dampness, and imbalances between the body's fundamental substances (Qi, Blood, Yin, and Yang).
By identifying and correcting these disharmonies, TCM aims to restore the body's natural balance and health, supporting the body's ability to fight the disease.
Two primary patterns often discussed in the context of cancer development include the Stagnation of Qi and Blood, which can create an environment conducive to tumor growth, and the accumulation of Dampness and Heat, leading to Toxic conditions. These underlying patterns reflect the TCM belief that cancer stems from the body's imbalances rather than being merely a localized problem.
TCM utilizes a wide array of herbs to combat cancer, focusing on those that can clear Heat, relieve Toxicity and purge Fire. Key herbs include the Chinese Lobelia (Ban Bian Lian) and Oldenlandia (Bai Hua She She Cao), known for their ability to address toxic heat and Damp-Heat conditions, making them particularly valuable in treating cancers associated with these patterns.
These herbs are selected based on their properties and the specific TCM diagnosis, underscoring the personalized approach TCM takes in treating cancer and supporting the body's healing processes.
Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address cancer, organized by formula type.
Explore below some TCM herbs used to address cancer, organized by herb category.
Cancer can be treated by these herbs if it arises from internal heat and toxic accumulations, aiding in detoxification and cooling the body.
One such herb is Chinese Lobelia Herbs (Ban Bian Lian), which is directly recommended for cancer.
Other herbs of this category are listed in the table below.
|Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
|Chinese Lobelia Herbs (Ban Bian Lian)
|Oldenlandia (Bai Hua She She Cao)
|Bushy Sophora Roots (Shan Dou Gen)
|Catclaw Buttercup Roots (Mao Zhao Cao)
|Selanginella Herbs (Shi shang Bai)
Cancer can be treated by these herbs when it arises from excessive internal heat or fire, aiding in cooling the body and balancing internal temperature.
One such herb is Barbat Skullcap Herb (Ban Zhi Lian), which is directly recommended for cancer.
Cancer can be treated by these herbs when the body needs to harmonize with external environmental changes, particularly when there's a need to expel pathogenic factors like wind or cold without overly cooling the body.
Cancer can be treated by these herbs when it results from phlegm due to cold deficiency, aiming to warm the lungs and dissolve phlegm accumulation.
Cancer can be treated by these herbs if it stems from damp accumulation, especially in the digestive system, using aromatic properties to transform and dispel dampness.
Cancer can be treated by these herbs when it is related to heat-phlegm accumulation, aiding in dissolving phlegm and soothing the respiratory system.