The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. So what alternatives does Chinese medicine offer for breast cancer prevention?
When we consider cancer in Chinese medicine, we characterize tumors as an accumulation of stagnant Qi and Blood, and usually phlegm and dampness, that has become very dense. This long-standing mass of static Blood builds up heat over time due to the lack of free flow – so much heat that it damages the surrounding tissue.
We call this toxic heat or heat toxicity. This is typically allowed to happen against a backdrop of inherent Qi deficiency, meaning the immune function is too weak to break up these clumps of toxic heat and Blood, ie. cancer cells.
The breasts are governed by the Liver, with the Liver Meridian passing directly through the breast tissue. As you may know, the Liver is the organ responsible for ensuring free flow of Qi and Blood through the Meridians, and so dysfunction of the Liver leads to Qi stagnation.
The Liver meridian itself is particularly susceptible to stagnation – that is why women experience breast tenderness or develop (temporary) breast lumps during their premenstrual period.
Why Can’t Sophisticated Western Medical Tests Detect Breast Cancer Earlier in Its Formation?
Many Western medical professionals have concluded that breast cancer is present in the body for eight years before it can be detected on state-of-the-art tests like mammograms. Cancer is now viewed as a multi-stage process of cellular damage, leading to cell mutation, which occurs over a period of time.
If modern Western medical tests use advanced principles of energy, why can’t they detect breast cancer at much earlier points of formation? To date, these tests simply have not advanced to the point where they can reveal a picture of what is occurring in the body’s energy system, the level where disease originates and then progresses—if not interrupted and addressed—to manifest in the physical body.
Prevention Of Breast Cancer – The Traditional Chinese Medicine Way!
Like everything else in Chinese medicine, cancer prevention is all about protecting the Qi. The most important thing is to maintain strong “upright” Qi. Having a strong immune system allows the body to constantly clean up pre-cancerous cells before they can get a foothold.
TCM uses natural treatment modalities, such as acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, herbal therapy, Qigong (a self-healing Chinese energy practice) and foods-for-healing to address the underlying causes and symptoms of breast cancer.
One important point is this: If the underlying causes and symptoms of breast cancer are not fully addressed, a woman’s chances at true prevention are compromised.
The entire focus of the TCM approach to health care—as it has been for thousands of years—is on true prevention.
TCM understands how the mind, emotions and lifestyle impact a woman’s health. True prevention means actively creating optimal heath overall and, when it comes to breast cancer, promoting true breast health.
It’s also very important to limit stress and negative emotions. This seems like obvious advice that’s not always easy to follow, but Chinese medicine places a lot of emphasis on emotional factors as causes of disease.
Stress, frustration, anger, unfulfilled desire, and constrained bottled-up emotions all stagnate the Qi because they are emotions associated with the Liver. Experiencing these emotions in excess is very taxing to the Liver, so it’s best not to repress them.
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