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3 TCM prescriptions for the prevention and treatment of cancer

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  #If your stomach is upset, don't put up with it#

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  Every day we can see in the news various physical problems and even cancer due to unreasonable diet and improper emotional regulation. Such incidents are really frustrating.

  In 2020, there were 4.57 million new cancer cases and 3 million cancer deaths in China. Both figures ranked first in the world.

  Why is there such a high morbidity and mortality rate of cancer in today's rapidly developing medical level? How can ordinary people live healthier lives and prevent cancer? How can cancer patients better treat their cancer and improve their quality of life?

  On the evening of April 8, in the expert live broadcast room of the 3rd "Universal participation and sharing of benefits - National Health" public welfare activity, Du Jian, Chief Physician of the Second People's Hospital Affiliated to Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and National Famous TCM Doctor, popularized the knowledge of how to prevent cancer and live a healthy life for the general public.




  1.Keep in mind the guiding concept of healthy life - "Preventive treatment of disease".

  At this year's National Two Sessions, both tumor prevention and treatment and the development of traditional Chinese medicine are hot topics. Among them, we have heard a lot that we should vigorously promote the concept of "preventive treatment of diseases" in traditional Chinese medicine.

  "'Preventive treatment of disease' is a very important content in the prevention of diseases in traditional Chinese medicine." Principal Du Jian introduced the three meanings of "preventive treatment of disease":

  1. When there is no disease, we must prevent it.

  2. If there are already signs of disease, treat the disease early.

  3. If the body is already sick or healed, we need to prevent the metabasis of the disease.



  The three meanings of "preventive treatment of disease" are consistent with three levels of cancer prevention.

  Primary cancer prevention involves the direct avoidance or reduction in exposure to known carcinogenic factors such as environmental, emotional, dietary and genetic factors. Secondary cancer prevention is that set of interventions leading to the discovery and control of cancerous or precancerous processes while localized, i.e., screening, early detection, and effective treatment. Tertiary cancer prevention is applied to those individuals who have already been diagnosed with a malignancy but are now candidates for screening and early detection of secondary malignancies.

  Today, the concept of "preventive treatment of diseases" in traditional Chinese medicine is respected by the medical community, and it is also a healthy lifestyle that is suitable for cancer patients and ordinary people.

  2. Four natures and five flavors

  "Prevention of disease is the first priority of daily health preservation." Many young people usually have a cup of Goji berry and chrysanthemum tea. Is this an effective way of health preservation recommended by TCM?

  In the introduction of "dietary regimen and dietary therapy", Principal Du emphasized that the appropriate medicated diet should be selected according to the characteristics of each person's constitution since foods can be classified into four natures and five flavors while there are nine types of human physiques. He said, "It is necessary to correct the human physique through selecting the food with the right nature rather than giving everyone the same prescription."



  Food can be classified into four natures, five flavors and five colors. All foods in Traditional Chinese Medicine are categorized into the four natures: cold, cool, warm, hot (and mild). For example, people with deficiency-cold should take warm foods such as wolfberry; those with deficiency-cold in the spleen and stomach should take foods that warm and tonify the spleen and stomach such as Codonopsis; the mild-natured foods such as lotus seeds and Ganoderma lucidum are suitable for all kinds of population.

  Food can be divided into five flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, acrid/pungent and salty. Different flavors enter different meridians. For example, sour, which belongs to the liver meridian, has astringent effects, such as black plum and lemon; sweet, which belongs to the spleen meridian, has a tonic effect, such as red dates, yam and Ganoderma lucidum.

  "The TCM theory of four natures, five flavors and five colors combined with the seven categories of nutrients proposed by modern science can better guide our healthy diet."


  2. Three Basic Prescriptions of TCM for treating cancer

  In addition to a balanced diet, exercise and emotional regulation are necessary for a healthy life. In addition, in response to the question of "what are the effective clinical TCM prescriptions for cancer prevention and treatment" that netizens are concerned about, Principal Du also gave a detailed answer.

  Today's clinical treatment of cancer mainly includes surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, biological immunity and TCM treatment. "Now we advocate integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine treatment. The therapy works better. It Improves patients' quality of life and prolong their lives".

  Principal Du introduced that there are currently three basic prescriptions for cancer treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, which are consistent with the three concepts of "preventive treatment of disease" of traditional Chinese medicine:

  The first stage: when there is no disease but signs of disease, it is necessary to "strengthen healthy energy" and "eliminate pathogenic factors". The commonly used prescription is "The prescription for strengthening healthy energy and suppressing the cancer". This prescription includes 30g of Astragalus, 30g of Ganoderma lucidum, 15g of Fructus Ligustri Lucidi and 15g of Dioscorea opposita.



  "These four kinds of medicines are mainly tonic and improve people's immune function. Astragalus tonifies qi. Ganoderma lucidum nourishes the five internal organs and improves the function of five internal organs. Fructus Ligustri Lucidi nourishes yin. Dioscorea opposita strengthens the spleen."

  The second stage: Since cancer has occurred, "The drink for detoxification and disease elimination" is used at this time.This prescription includes 30g of Hedyotis diffusa, 10g of Asarum sagittarioides, 30g of Prunella vulgaris and 15g of Sophora flavescens.



  The third stage: "The healthy-energy-strengthening, clearing and resolving prescription" is adopted, which is a combined version of the previous two prescriptions. It can be used after radiotherapy and chemotherapy to achieve the effect of strengthening healthy energy and preventing metastasis and recurrence. This prescription includes 30g of Astragalus, 30g of Ganoderma lucidum, 15g of Fructus Ligustri Lucidi, 15g of Dioscorea opposita, 30g of Hedyotis diffusa and 30g of Prunella vulgaris.



  It can be found that Ganoderma lucidum appears frequently in the above prescriptions.

  When talking about the application of Ganoderma lucidum in cancer prevention and treatment, Principal Du said that there are countless legends about Ganoderma lucidum. The reason why it has so many legends is inseparable from its magical medicinal effect.

  In the ancient book Shennong Materia Medica, Ganoderma lucidum is regarded as the top grade herb. It is mainly for tonic. It is mild in nature and suitable for most people to take. “It is amazing that most Chinese medicinal materials act on one meridian. Ganoderma lucidum acts on the five meridians and can regulate the five internal organs to achieve the effect of curing diseases.”

  Live Q&A

  1. Can liver cancer patients take the healthy-energy-strengthening, clearing and resolving prescription after chemotherapy?

  The patient can take this prescription. The prescription can relieve the side effects of chemoradiotherapy, but it is not recommended to be used alone. This prescription should be taken in conjunction with other medicines. For example, if the patient is in severe pain, it is necessary to use analgesic drugs at the same time; if there are symptoms such as insomnia and emotional tension, it is necessary to use nerves-soothing drugs. The nerves-soothing effect of Ganoderma lucidum is particularly good, and it can have a better effect when combined with other drugs that tranquilize the mind by nourishing the heart.

  2. The patient was unable to eat and vomited during chemotherapy. Is it useful to eat Ganoderma lucidum at this time?

  Useful, but it is recommended to eat products that have been extracted and concentrated, such as Ganoderma lucidum spore oil, Ganoderma lucidum spore powder and Ganoderma lucidum extract. Ganoderma lucidum contains amino acids, Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides, Ganoderma lucidum triterpenes and other active ingredients. Among them, polysaccharides can protect the liver, and triterpenes can inhibit tumors. After being extracted and concentrated, the content of active ingredients of Ganoderma lucidum is higher, and the effect will be better when combined with anti-emetic drugs.

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