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Understanding the Threats of Leukemia

Jun 17, 2008
Good news for those who need treatments for leukemia: new research reveals that Parthenolide, a compound present in the Feverfew plant, could kill leukemia stem cells without harming healthy blood cells. It was found out that after 18 hours, leukemia cells exposed to Parthenolide was destroyed. This is better than Cytaribine, a common drug used in chemotherapy, because Cytaribine is known to decrease blood cells within the bone marrow. Parthenolide may also make cancerous cells more sensitive to cancer-fighting agents so that destruction of these may be speeded up. With a little modification and testing, it would be an effective cure against this dreaded disease.

In Ayurveda, Leukemia is viewed as an imbalance which results from the failure of the digestive system. The food is not ingested and broken down properly. This creates a poisonous slime which circulates in the body and kills the healthy parts in it. To remedy this, the three elements of vata, pitta and kapha present in the body must be rebalanced. This can be done through a balanced diet. Eating raw fruit and vegetables purifies the toxins in the digestive system. Also, a relaxed lifestyle will do wonders, along with proper sleep and exercise. By doing these, the toxins will be removed, the balance restored and positive energies are freer to heal the body.

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical practice. The word Ayurveda comes from the two words Ayu meaning life and Veda meaning science. Ayurveda means science of life, and Ayurvedic medicine is a combination of physical, psychological and spiritual therapies. It makes use of the body's ability to heal itself through alignment of the energy structure that makes the physical body live. It makes use of herbs that stimulate or ameliorate certain essences in the body like the air or nervous system, water or mucuous, and fire or energy. One of the diseases that Ayurveda claims to cure is Leukemia, or cancer of the blood that is believed in Ayurveda to be caused by improper digestion and distribution of essences.

Both sides has its good and bad sides. Conventional treatments are tried and tested by different hospitals on may patients therefore there is a degree of certainty on methods and results. However there are many side-effects to these kinds of treatment that until now is not yet fully remedied. Alternative treatments are currently untestable and there are no guarantees to the effectivity of the methods. However these are mostly harmless and they make use of natural substances. A combination of methods may be used but make sure that one method doesn't affect the other negatively. Know the side-effects of these and the precautionary measures you must take in order to get the best results.

Alternative treatments are called 'alternative' because it is outside of Western medical practice. These include herbal medicines, meditation, prayer, massage, chiropractic among others. These kinds of treatments are usually taken by patients who either have no faith or have lost hope in conventional treatments. These alternative treatments have the assumption that there is a connectedness between the body and nature and the power of the mind can heal the body's illness. Techniques are used so that the patient will be healed through the forces of nature, alignment of the energy system of the body, and positive thinking. Though these methods aren't proven to be truly effective, trying these are not a hindrance for those in need to restore their health.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://allaboutleukemia.com
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