Did you know that melanoma cancer can be treated with just the ingredients in your home? Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Firstly, what is melanoma cancer? How is it caused? And what are the ingredients that can give one respite from it?
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A severe form of skin cancer that goes by the name melanoma, often leaves the skin scaly and dry. The exact reason a person develops melanoma is unknown, but the chances of contracting it is higher in those individuals who are exposed to the sun’s ultra-violet rays. And if you think that the application of sunscreen or avoiding sunlight can reduce the risk of being hit by skin cancer, you are wrong. You should know that a deficiency of sunlight can also escalate the chances of melanoma. Vitamin D is obtained from sunlight and is used to repair malignant or damaged cells. Hence, optimum levels should be maintained by the body.
Home Remedies To Treat Melanoma Skin Cancer:
There are some common home remedies for the prevention and treatment of melanoma.
1. Consume Natural Antioxidants:
Consume foods that contain antioxidants. It is a good way to counter check the harmful effects of too much sunlight. Brussels sprouts, pistachios, green tea, egg yolks, zucchini and several herbs, garlic, and cocoa, are all rich in antioxidants. They all effectively reduce the risk of melanoma cancer (1). Citrus fruits and cabbage also fit the list. These veggies and nuts can also help in the treatment of this form of cancer too.
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2. Eat Eggplant Also Known As Aubergine, Guinea Squash Or Brinjal:
Solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (BEC) (2), an active phytochemical, is commonly found in plants of the Solanaceae family and can help in treating melanoma. These include vegetables such as brinjals or eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers, and potatoes. Since centuries eggplant is known to help reduce the symptoms of melanoma skin cancer. Best consumed raw, you can cook it as well. Start consuming raw eggplant as soon as possible and stop the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
You could also crush and apply the extract of eggplant directly on the affected areas or even mix it in vinegar and apply it as a cream or lotion.
3. Increase Intake Of Greens And Colored Vegetables:
In addition to brinjals, there are other foods if consumed raw that help in keeping the levels of omega-3 and 6 oils (3) ideal in your body. These include sweet potato, spinach, greens and yellow or orange vegetables. These provide Beta-carotene. Lycopene can be sourced from tomatoes, watermelon and papaya. Omega 3 and 6 are vital in treating melanoma skin cancer.
4. Beetroot Counters Malignancy:
Beetroot contains a natural compound chemical called Sanguinarine (4). This chemical is known to act counter malignant cells. Drink a glass of beet juice or simply eat them raw. If downing the juice does not sound appetizing, boil the veggie with some salt until soft and eat with your meal.
5. Turmeric Is A Wonder Root:
Turmeric in Ayurveda is considered a root with miraculous healing properties. Curcumin is present in abundance in turmeric, and this has wonderful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects (5). Start your day with a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add it to as many dishes as you can – soups, vegetables, salads and so on.
6. Drink Green Tea Daily:
Two to four cups of green tea can prove to be beneficial in the treatment of melanoma. It is full of anti-oxidants such as polyphenols. Green tea helps treat melanoma (6) and other symptoms such as skin rashes that arise from it. It kills the cancerous cells, and it is good to consume daily.
7. Make Garlic A Part Of All Your Meals:
Garlic is another wonder food that should be introduced in the patient‘s diet on a daily basis. It has valuable anticancer properties (7) and is useful in preventing many types of illnesses. It has anti- tumour benefits. It can also be added raw to food items such as soups, vegetables and salads. Garlic goes well with most Indian recipes, make it easy to add it in your daily diet.
8. Include Red Raspberries In Your Diet:
Red luscious raspberries are also effective in the treatment of melanoma (8). Allantonin and ascorbyl found in abundance in raspberries impede the proliferation of tumorous cells, thereby slowing down the spread of the disease and also reversing it. Raspberries can be eaten raw or crushed, and their pulp can be applied to the affected areas.
9. Local Application Of Tea Tree Oil:
The active compound Terpinen-4-oils found in Tea tree oil extracts, is one of the latest potent cure for melanoma cancer (9). It helps invigorate the immune system and helps develop new tissues by repairing skin lesions. It can be applied locally few times a day for optimum effects. It has bactericidal and antimicrobial importance and is also antifungal.
10. Rosemary Has Healing Abilities:
A popular herb found in most kitchens is Rosemary. From this herb, you can obtain Carnosol that has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties (10). The herb can be applied to the skin to reduce burning sensation caused by radiation and chemotherapy.
11. Ginger Tea:
Do not be surprised if you find yourself detesting food. While some may experience a lack of appetite, others may feel nauseous. For symptoms like nausea or vomiting, you can try gulping down ginger tea (11). Ginger tea also helps improve the appetite to a large extent.
12. Using Essential Oils:
Adding some essential oils to your bath can soothe the skin in melanoma patients. Lavender (12) or chamomile oils (13) will be ideal. Avoid using bergamot oil as it enhances sun sensitivity of the skin.
If you suffer from acute pain, both cold and hot packs can be used to relieve stiff muscles and aching joints (14). Simply wet a cloth in either cold or warm water and hold it on the affected areas for relief from pain and stiffness.
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14. Sandalwood Paste:
Application of sandalwood paste can combat the burning sensation or extreme dryness (15). This is a natural remedy that will not interfere with any medication or treatment that you may be undergoing. It will alleviate and soothe irritation of the skin.
In addition to the above, meditation combined with a regular yoga practice can help in maintaining good physical and mental health. It assists you in relieving stress, helps you to learn to handle depression, anxiety and increases your energy levels as well. Accepting a simple and spiritual way of life can go a long way in helping treat melanoma. Do share your valuable feedback on the takeaway from this post.
Often treatment for melanoma skin cancer can leave you feeling fatigued. At such times, simply wallowing in bed with a favorite book or listening to a few peppy tracks on your iPod can rejuvenate you and elevate your mood.
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