Stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, develops as cancerous cells proliferate in the wall and lining of the stomach. Several conventional methods of potentially curing stomach cancer exist, the most common of which is surgery. But other, more natural remedies also may combat stomach cancer–including using the herb Indian gooseberry, the Chinese herb lu feng fang and making certain changes to your diet.
Consider using Indian gooseberry, also known as amla. This herb, used for centuries by ayurvedic herbalists in India to treat stomach conditions, is known to possess chemo-preventive qualities, naturally inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells in the stomach. According to the scholarly journal “Anticancer Research,” Indian gooseberry has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic properties. The herb is available in tincture, pill and tea form, and should be taken for four months daily in dosages according to the instructions on the container. Indian gooseberry is available at any herbal or natural products store.
Lu Feng Fang
Consider the Chinese herb lu feng fang, or Polistes mandarinus Saussure. According to the Alternative Healing University in California, lu feng fang is considered by Chinese herbalists to be a toxin and parasite combatant. It has been used as a natural herbal remedy to fight cancer. In particular, Chinese herbalists recommend it for those with lung or stomach cancer. The herb is available in most herbal or natural products stores, and almost certainly from any Chinese herbal store. Consult with a physician or certified herbal doctor before using lu feng fang.
Avoid eating refined starches. Foods that contain refined starches include white breads, white-flour tortillas and many breakfast cereals. Also avoid sugary foods and desserts, such as cookies, cakes and candy. Sugary foods as a regular part of one’s diet have been found to significantly raise one’s chances of developing and dying from cancer, and generally contribute to poor health and an increased risk of developing other diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure–certainly not desirable if one is already struggling with stomach cancer.
Similarly, stay away from red meat, including beef, veal, lamb and pork. For protein, incorporate small portions of chicken and fish into your daily diet instead. Like sugary foods, inclusion of too much red meat or fatty foods into one’s diet can significantly increase one’s risk of getting and exacerbating cancer—and lead to poorer health overall.
Whole grains should be eaten regularly by stomach cancer patients for their dietary fiber. Foods that contain dietary fiber include whole-grain breads, whole-grain cereals, quinoa, whole-wheat pastas and oatmeal. Dietary fiber helps clean out the stomach, colon and intestine, thereby preventing carcinogens from prolonged exposure to these areas. This may contribute both to preventing stomach cancer as well as containing it, to a degree, once it has already developed.
Besides being the key to a balanced diet, fruits and vegetables contain fiber—as already discussed, a dietary must for stomach cancer patients. Try to incorporate new vegetables and new fruits into your diet. When is the last time you tried kale, a mango or some spaghetti squash? How about loganberries, parwal, tinda or artichokes?