Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Lung Cancer

What Is Lung Cancer?


Lung Cancer - Basics

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.

What Patterns Are Related To Lung Cancer?


Lung Cancer - Diagnostic Patterns

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:

Blood StagnationKidney Yin DeficiencyLung Dampness - Phlegm ColdLung Dampness - Phlegm HeatLung Qi DeficiencyLung Yin DeficiencySpleen Qi Deficiency

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Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Lung Cancer

The Following (4)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Lung Cancer

Bu Fei Er Jiao Wan (Tonify the Lungs Formula with Gelatin)

Clinical Usages

  • Lung yin deficiency with strong heat signs and/or bleeding - chronic dry cough, wheezing, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, COPD.
  • Stops bleeding when it arises from lung yin deficiency - mild bloody sputum with dry cough.

    Clinical Categorization


      • Avoid in patients with wind-cold (i.e. "common cold").
      • Avoid when there are profuse amounts of blood in the sputum.
      • Avoid, or use with caution, in patients with stomach and/or spleen deficiencies, particularly with phlegm accumulation.

        Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi)

        Clinical Usages

        • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
        • Anemia.
        • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
        • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
        • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
        • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
        • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
        • Lung cancer.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

              Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction)

              Clinical Usages

              • Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the stomach and the lungs - a range of digestive issues (gastritis, epigastric pain), possibly with dry throat, thirst and/or cough.
              • Diabetes - particularly with signs of dryness.
              • A range of lung related issues - lung cancer, pneumonia, cough/wheezing.

                Clinical Categorization

                Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction)

                Clinical Usages

                • Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating fever and chills, hypochondriac pain, irritability, bitter taste in mouth, poor appetite, nausea.  Often used for illnesses (chronic or short-term) such as the flu, etc. that have "cleared" but not completely.  People will describe not feeling quite right or having a range of low level symptoms for months or longer after a particular illness.  Instead of fever and chills alternating they may manifest with cold extremities and warm interior or other variations.
                • A range of liver related conditions including malaria, jaundice, hepatitis, liver cancer, meniere's disease, general protection from medicines that may harm the liver, etc. among issues with other digestive organs - pancreatitis, stomatitis, gastritis.
                • Liver/speen disharmonies resulting in broader issues such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping, etc.).
                • Other general immune issues such as the common cold, flu, tonsillitis, general seasonal allergies with the right underlying factors.

                  Clinical Categorization


                    • Use with caution with yin and/or blood deficiencies.
                    • Avoid cold, raw, and spicy foods while taking xiao chai hu tang.

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