Pancreatic cancer is the 4th most deadly cancer. More than 32,000 people in the United States alone die from this cancer each year. Only 5% of the patients diagnosed from this disease live beyond a year after diagnosis. Survival depends on many factors including the stage at which is it diagnosed, size of tumor, if it has spread, if it can be removed by surgery, patient age and health, and the state of their immune system.
Risk Factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking, alcohol abuse, diabetes, chronic inflammation of the pancreas, heredity, and diet.
Symptoms include yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, pain in the upper or middle part of the back, weight loss, appetite loss, and fatigue. These same symptoms can be part of many disease states so correct diagnosis by a physician and lab tests are important and necessary.
Pain Management: Pain is severe in pancreatic cancer. Many patients use alternative medicine to manage their pain rather than pain killers which dull the mind. Acupuncture, massage, visualization, meditation, herbs, and diet have been used by patients to deal with the pain and symptoms.
New Hope In Nigella Sativa Research:
Recent research has found hope for pancreatic cancer. The herb comes from the Middle East and is called Nigella Sativa. The Oil (thymoquinone) is extracted from the Nigella Sativa seed and was used in animal trials. In those trials, the research team found that the extract killed 67% of the pancreatic cancer tumor cells. The seeds have been used in the Middle East and Asia by traditional doctors to treat both immune and inflammatory disease. Most people in the United States have not heard of it. The herb contains aromatic oils, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes. It is high in omega fatty acids. The essential oils in this herb include Nigellone and Thymochinone. These essential oils posses many properties and the effects include: anti-histamine; anti-oxidant; anti-inflammatory; broncho-dilatation; immune stimulant; and natural anti-biotic.There have been over 200 university studies on this herb. These studies consistently show that this herb increases the growth rate of bone marrow by 250% and slows tumor growth by 50%. It stimulates the immune system and raises interferon production. The research confirms its antibiotic properties and its effect on lowering blood sugar.
History of Nigella Sativa: The herb goes back in history to Tutankhamen’s tomb. The great Greek doctor, Dioscorides, used the herb to treat many health conditions including headaches, nasal congestion and parasites. It was found in the medical bag used by Hippocrates for liver and digestive problems. In the famous, Canon of Medicine, by Ibn Sina, it is indicated to help recover from illness and disease. It is a potent medicine today used by Ayurvedic physicians for many diseases and illnesses including hepatitis, fever, and digestive problems. It is even found in the old testament part of the bible, Isiah 28: 25-27. So clinical trials are only proving what centuries of use already knew. Please research the links below to learn more and if you know of anyone who has pancreatic cancer, send them the information.