Lymphomas are cancers that occur in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and includes the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes and bone marrow and is responsible for the production, storage and transport of white blood cells in the body. There are two main types of lymphoma, including:
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Non-Hodgking lymphoma
Symptoms of lymphoma may include:
- swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin;
- enlarged tonsils, enlarged liver or spleen;
- unexplained weight loss;
- lack of energy;
- itching all over the body for several weeks.
Conventional therapy for lymphoma includes radiation and chemotherapy.
Many people are looking for complementary and alternative means to help fight disease. Among the most frequently discussed are:
Herbs for treating lymphoma
Ginger is a herb traditionally used to treat nausea and indigestion. It can be used successfully against nausea due to chemotherapy.
Ginger can be taken in different ways. Some people find it helpful when chewed, others prefer it in tea or tablet form.
Ginger can interact with some of the drugs used to treat cancer, so be sure to consult your doctor before taking it!
Parsley is used in traditional medicine to treat numerous tumors and cancers. It is thought to have some inhibitory effect on the growth and spread of cancer cells.
The roots, leaves and seeds are used in various dosage forms, including teas and extracts. According to AP John of the National Cancer Institute , parsley has the potential to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells. Institute researchers attribute this to the presence of compounds that help block enzymes called epithelial growth factors (epithelial growth factors), which stimulate the growth and spread of cancer.
Licorice root extract causes steroid-like reactions in the body, which helps lymphoma patients gain weight. It also interferes with the growth and spread of lymphomas and leukemias.
Reishi mushrooms are known for their anti-cancer and immune responses.
The results of laboratory studies and observations show that Ganoderrma lucidum extract has significant activity against leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. This suggests that Reishi mushrooms may be included in a new, combination therapy for hematologic malignancies.
Buttermilk is useful in detoxifying the body to protect cells from toxins. In addition, it increases the level of glutathione, a substance necessary for the optimal activity of detoxification enzymes in liver cells.
Green tea has antioxidant, anticancer and immunological effects. Phytochemicals interfere with glycolysis processes in cancer cells and thus interfere with their energy supply.
Alternative techniques for the treatment of lymphoma
Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that involves placing small needles at specific points on the body. In this way, energy (Chi) is released and energy pathways are reorganized. Acupuncture can reduce vomiting caused by chemotherapy and reduce pain.
Various alternative medicine techniques and therapies can be used to reduce stress. For this purpose, they are most often used:
- Tai Chi
Gold nanoparticles for the treatment of lymphoma
There are relatively new studies reporting a new experimental treatment for lymphoma based on the favorite “food” of B-cell lymphoma cells – HDL cholesterol.
A study conducted in Northwestern Medicine found this with a new nanoparticle that looks like “food” for cancer cells, but actually blocks cholesterol when it enters the cancer cell. The lack of nutrients for the cancer cell leads to its death.
A study by C. Shad Thakton and Leo I. Gordon showed that synthetic HDL nanoparticles have the ability to kill B-cell lymphoma cells in cultured human cells and inhibit the growth of B-cell lymphoma in mice. The article was published on the 21st. January 2013 in the publication Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Leo I. Gordon is a professor of medicine in hematology and oncology, and K. Shad Thakton is an associate professor of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine . “This finding has the potential to become a method for non-toxic treatment of B-cell lymphoma that does not involve chemotherapy,” said study co-author Leo I. Gordon (January 2013).
What is the mechanism of action?
Recent research has shown that B-cell lymphoma cells depend on the intake of HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein), from which they obtain fat. The nanoparticles, originally developed by Tukton as a possible cure for heart disease, are very close to the size, shape and chemical surface of natural HDL cholesterol. However, there is a key difference – five nanometers of gold particles in the core. This turned out to be a key element in the discovery, because once a lymphoma cell is “fooled” and attached to it, the gold core prevents it from absorbing the required amount of cholesterol. Thus, nanoparticles do not work by directly killing cells or inhibiting tumor growth, but by starving lymphoma cells. When they do not have enough cholesterol, cells cannot grow, divide and multiply.
Initially, nanoparticle therapy was tested in parallel with drug treatment, but then independently. Surprisingly, drug-free nanoparticle therapy showed nearly the same level of efficacy.
Why the Golden Core?
Scientists choose gold based on the properties of the inert metal. Its only role is actually to fill the place of cholesterol.
The researchers were encouraged by their earlier research to show that HDL nanoparticles do not affect other human cells that HDL cholesterol normally targets. Also, gold particles can be made in an extremely discrete size and shape, making them excellent matrices for the creation of synthetic HDL cholesterol, similar to the natural one.
Like any new and experimental treatment, nanoparticle therapy needs further testing. Scientists are continuing to work on this method, hoping to soon be able to conduct research with animals and humans.
It is important to know that alternative medicine cannot cure lymphoma by itself and should not replace conventional treatment in any way! However, you can use these drugs to control symptoms. Always consult your doctor before changing your treatment plan!