Skin cancers are caused due to the development of abnormal cells, which invade or spread to other parts of the body. If cancer is detected at an early stage, it can be cured with natural alternative treatments.
Natural therapies work effectively to cure certain types of skin cancers, mainly Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC). This makes up almost three quarters of all skin cancer cases. Other skin cancers like malignant melanomas and squamous cell carcinomas are complicated, which need high-end treatments.
Now let us know the simple home remedies for skin cancer that work well to battle out this dreadful disease:
1. Eggplant Extract:
It is said that the ingredients, such as solasodine glycoside or BEC5 in eggplant extract helps in curing skin cancer.
A clinical study, conducted by Dr Bill E Cham in 1991, has reported that a preparation of low concentration of eggplant extract effectively treats basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and keratoses in human skin.
2. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil contains several saturated fats, out of which a few of them have cancer-fighting properties. For example, it contains 9% palmitic acid, which selectively kills damaged cells.
To use it as a home remedy, make a paste of coconut oil and melatonin tablet. Rub this paste vigorously on the lesion. You can also add other ingredients like Vitamin D tablets, green tea extract that contains EGCG, quercitin tablets and pomegranate extract that contains ellagic acid. All of these have cancer-fighting properties.
3. Red Clover:
Red clover extract is a safe and effective remedy to treat skin cancer naturally. You can use a liquid form of the clover as a compress on your skin. This will help prevent the formation of new skin tumors.
Available both in liquid and capsule forms, the red clover can be used to effectively curb the growth of new blood vessels that impede blood supply to tumors. Brew 4 grams of red clover as a tea and bathe in it.
4. Citrus Oil:
Oil extracted from citrus fruit like orange peels, which contains D-limolene offers a good topical treatment to skin cancer.
The studies on the effect of D-limonene on animals show that D-limonene offers protection against skin cancer. Although its effect on human cancers has not been studied, it has been given a ‘Generally Recognized as Safe’ rating by the USFDA.
5. Flax Seeds:
Flax seeds are a potent source of omega-3 fatty acids that help in preventing skin damage. These fatty acids act like anti-oxidants when the skin is exposed to sun’s UV radiations, which generate free radicals.
Flax seeds can be chewed upon, or can be used in various recipes to imbibe its health benefits. You should also increase your consumption of fish oil, olive oil, safflower oil, all of which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
6. Cruciferous Vegetables:
Studies indicate that consumption of veggies such as kale, cauliflower and broccoli can help in combating skin cancer. Grape seeds too can be consumed as they are rich in proanthocyanadins that is helpful in treating skin cancer. You can grind these seeds, mix it with water and drink a glass of this concoction every day.
7. Cat’s Claw Extract:
Cat’s claw is a woody vine, which is found in Peruvian rain forests. The extract of this herb enhances immunity, which in turn acts against skin cancer.
The required dosage for anti-cancer action is 1 gram of extract, three times a day. It is also available in the form of tablets or capsules.
8. Chamomile And Lavender:
Essential oils, such as chamomile and lavender oils would protect your skin from the sun and protect against skin cancer.
Add a few drops of these oils into the water. Have a soothing bath by soaking yourself into the water for about 30 minutes.
9. Ice Packs And Sandalwood Oil/Paste:
Sandalwood oil has anti-cancer properties. Treat your arms and legs with sandalwood paste and ice packs, which in turn can prevent skin cancer. It also alleviates side effects of radiation if you are already undergoing treatment for cancer.
10. Iodine Solution:
Yet another effective remedy is iodine. Bring home 7% iodine solution and apply this to affected parts at least twice a day for 5 days. Then bring down the application to once a day for the next 10 days. The skin may turn dark, but it indicates that iodine is in action. This application will help in destroying skin lesions.
An herbal concoction of the herb bloodroot can do wonders in treating skin cancer and alleviating the side effects of the condition. This herb can burn your skin if used in excess. This is one of the best herbal remedies for skin cancer that you should use it in caution.
Chaparral is a less known herb that is used by naturopaths for decades to treat skin cancer. Dilute the tincture with water and apply it on the affected areas. This herb contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant flavonoids. These compounds help in eliminating free radicals that help in the growth and spreading of the tumor.
As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’. So, it is better to protect your skin from cancer rather than suffering later. Following are some of the preventive measures you can take up right now:
- Avoid tanning as much as possible.
- During hot summer, wear long sleeved dresses and avoid going out between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Use sunscreen lotion to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher whenever you go outside.
Despite resorting to home remedies, it is best to keep in touch with a doctor. Also, keep testing for signs of improvement.
Do you know any other home remedies for skin cancer? Do not forget to share with us.
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