Lung cancer occurs when malignant cells grow inside the tissues that line the lungs, commonly the air passages. The two main types of lung cancer are small cell and non-small cell. Small cell is the term used to describe the appearance of the cells under a microscope and tend to spread quickly. Most lung cancer cases are non-small cell lung cancer, which does not metastasize as fast as small cell lung cancer. Risk factors for lung cancer include exposure to tobacco smoke, air pollution, radon and asbestos, as well as a family history of lung disease.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for lung cancer.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of lung cancer generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of lung cancer:
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating lung cancer. For a complete list from our store with more details see our lung cancer formula section.
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