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medicine has been touted as an alternative to our modern medicine. However,
although there are many claims that traditional herbs and medicinal plants can
cure cancer; there are still no reliable records show of consistency success
that, there are many lookalike species when applied wrongly may yield quite different
results: for example Justicia Betonica (white shrimp plant) and Adhatoda
Ventricosa (大駁骨), Hedyotis Diffusa Willd (白花蛇舌草) and
Hedyotis Corymbosa Lamk. (水線草) etc.
It is a
matter of fact that through some clinical studies, herbs and medicinal plants
are effective in curing certain illnesses. But there is still no solid evidence
shows these herbs and plants can cure cancers clinically.
So it is
advisable for anyone who wants to take advantage of these medicinal plants for
daily consumption or for treating cancers to exercise caution. Otherwise not
only the original illness cannot be cured, other health issues may entail.
cancer in the perspective of folk medicine:
sleep, too much rich food, no exercises, too much supper, smoke and drink etc.
issues (and Feng Shui too!)
near a cement plant, sawmill, rock quarry etc.
who like to keep things to themselves or people who have tendencies to have
mood swing etc.
food and drinks
much oily or barbecued food, alcohol, soft drinks, cigarettes, processed food,
and spiritual issues
can also cause cancers. Old folks believe that spirits can mask out the
detection of cancers during diagnostic stage.
of cancer (just a suggestion):
medicine according to your doctor’s advice; but reduce the intake when one feels
well and okay. (We don’t want to kill all the good cells in our body)
to a healthier and cleaner place.
a life style: remember that it is precisely the current life style that has
cause the cancer; so, drop everything and start a new life in another way.
personal behaviors: go out to the nature for a walk, meet more people, be more
open, exercise more etc.
consuming meat and processed food stuffs, alcohols, cigarettes etc.
praying, magical and religious ceremonies help too!
So, what are
herbs and medicinal plants good for?
one thing; each type of herbs can cure specific discomfort. For example, if
throat cancer patient finds difficulty to talk due to sore throat; certain
herbs can reduce this patient’s pain considerably in a reasonably short time.
With his or her pain relieved, this patient can continue to consume food and
hence restoring health.
Asia houses many herbs and medicinal plants. As with various magical practices
of Southeast Asia; there are certainly many types of herbs in Southeast Asia:
from India, China, Europe, Middle East and many more native SEA species. Many
of this type of applied herbal knowledge are handled down from mouth to ear by
our forefathers and seldom being written down. I call this type of healing arts
the “SEA folk medicine”.
I am not
sure if there is a clear separation line between the “folk medicine” and “traditional
medicine”; personally I treat “folk medicine” as rules of thumb that are taken
as it is and may or may not be fully tested. On the other hand, the “traditional
medicine” is built upon a set of treatment theories; no treatments and
medications can be administered without referring to these theories.
(Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner once told me that it will be indeed
over his dead body to ask him to consume something that he does not know. I am
sure you will do the same, but for the proponent of folk medicines; certain
herbs are thought to be a “cure all” solution.
There are claims
that many herbs can cure cancerous illness, tumors, high blood, diabetes and
the like. I am not a doctor and let us pass this task to the field experts. But
what I do know is that some of the herbs can treat fever, sore throat and the
like pretty effectively.
so, please don’t take the herbs daily as if we are taking tea. Majority of the
herbs can be bitter, possess mild toxicity and having cold characteristics. I
have a pal who consumed too much of Andrograhis Paniculata Nees or “the king of
bitterness” and later found difficulties in controlling his muscles.
one apply the herbs correctly; the curing effect is simply amazing. At time a
simple herb can save one’s life from snake bite in wilderness far away from
civilization. Another example:
My pal from
Johor were having cough for 2 weeks. He visited a renowned TCM practitioner for
3 visits; each visit costs him $35. So he spent a total of $105 on the
consultation fees. At the mean time, he drank 6 bottles of cough syrup that
would cost him $18 per bottle. Hence he has spent $108 on the cough syrup. So he
spent a total of $213 on the TCM medication. Likewise, a visit to a medical
doctor would cost about $50 per visit.
much was the medicine I prescribed to my friend?
only took the first dose that has substantially relieved his cough. That would
be only $3! For the rest of $9 was a throat reliever drink. Now do you think we
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