Comparison of Ayurvedic treatment of cancer versus Western medicine findings
I'm sure most Western doctors of today dismiss traditional Eastern medicine as being of dubious value. Yet, I think the links between the ancient treatments to improve circulation and thin the blood as cancer treatments compare favorably to recent medical research linking breast cancer prevention to factors that thin the blood and improve circulation. It's just that the ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese doctors arrived at these similar conclusions through noticing patterns with body types, dietary habits and illnesses, rather than formalized research by people in white lab coats. However, I believe that the recent research from formal medical studies in Western countries may be validating some of the treatments for breast cancer that have been advocated by traditional Eastern healers for centuries.
Garlic is known to prevent blood clots and has also been shown to inhibit cancer cells, especially breast cancer cells. One of the ways garlic thins the blood is that it is a natural antibiotic. Antibiotics destroy stomach bacteria, including the type of bacteria that synthesize vitamin K, the main nutrient that coagulates blood. (The "K" in vitamin K comes from the Danish word for coagulation.) With a decrease in vitamin K, blood "thins out" or coagulates less readily. (Because of this, people on long term antibiotics are at high risk for vitamin K deficiencies, osteoporosis and bleeding problems.)
Studies showing garlic is effective against breast cancer include:
Studies showing garlic as an anticoagulant include:
Besides garlic, aspirin has also been shown to both thin the blood and be preventative against breast cancer. Aspirin, a salicylate, thins the blood by blocking vitamin K. Because of this, people who take aspirin for long periods, like people who take antibiotics long term, are at risk for bleeding problems.
Studies showing aspirin is effective against breast cancer include:
Reports showing aspirin as an anticoagulant include:
Vitamin E is another substance has also been shown to thin the blood and also may be preventative against breast cancer. Vitamin E is an antagonist of vitamin K, meaning too much vitamin E can cause a vitamin K deficiency and bleeding problems.
Studies linking vitamin E to reduced breast cancer risk include:
Recommended Link: Cancer: Project: Food Sources of Vitamin E
Olive oil is yet another substance that has also been shown to thin the blood and be preventative against breast cancer.
Studies linking olive oil to decreased blood coagulation factors:
Papers noting olive oil is protective against breast cancer include:
More Links between Blood Thinners and Breast Cancer Prevention
In addition to the previously mentioned garlic, aspirin, vitamin E and olive oil, additional factors that have been found to thin the blood as well as reduce the risk of cancer include:
Ginger - is a known blood thinner and has also been found to have anticancer properties.
Turmeric has been a cancer prevention spice for thousands of years in Ayurveda medicine. Recent Western medical studies do confirm its effectiveness against cancer.
Exercise - exercise is an established factor in reducing breast cancer risk. Exercise, especially vigorous exercise, also improves circulation and reduces vitamin K levels. Interestingly, women who exercise excessively are known to be at risk for vitamin K deficiency as well as reduced bone mass.
To sum it up, the following factors have all been found to help prevent breast cancer and they all also thin the blood:
I don't think this is all a coincidence. The one thing all of these factors that have been found to prevent breast cancer have in common is that they all prevent the blood from coagulating.
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