Natural Home Remedies for Melanoma and Skin Cancer
Melanoma (or malignant melanoma) is a type of cancer, generally occurring in the skin.
The primary cause is considered to be excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (natural or unnatural, like tanning beds) more often affecting those with low levels of skin pigment. Melanomas can develop from a mole, as well, and one should watch out for changes in skin lesions, such as growth in size, irregular edges, variegated color, and itchiness.
- Age (chances increase as you age)
- Fair Skin
- Gender (women before 50; men after 50)
- Low Immunity
- Previous cancers
- UV exposure through one’s lifetime
- Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Allopathic medicine recommends the use of sunscreen and treatment is typically by surgery. There is a high cure rate when caught early. In advanced cases, treatment options are immunotherapy, radiation, chemotherapy, et. al. The difference in survival rates between the two groups is significant with most recovering from localized melanoma and few recovering after spread has occurred.
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Antioxident-rich foods
- Bone broth
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Eat known cancer-fighting foods
- More leafy green vegeetables
- More yellow and orange fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Retinol-rich foods (fish, milk, eggs)
- Selenium-rich foods
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE
- Chemicals in your household
- Foods with additives
- Processed foods
- Trans fats
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Green tea
- Rose hips
- Yellow dock
HERBS AND SPICES
- Beet root
- Cardamom plus black pepper
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Green tea extract
- Milk Thistle
- Pau d-Arco
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.
- Black raspberry
- Cumin seed
- Dill weed
- Tea tree
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- Astaxanthin may give some protection from sun damage.
- Probiotics for digestion
- Vitamin C treatment to skin lesions. Add a pinch of Vitamin C crystals (sodium ascorbate only) to a teaspoon of water and allow to dissolve. Apply throughout the day and cover with a bandaid. Wet the part of the bandaid that goes over the lesion.
- Vitamin D if testing shows that you need more. Most do.
Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:
- Art therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Add some of the essential oils on the list above to a little eggplant extract to apply topically
- Check your Vitamin D levels (blood test) and if they are low, either take supplements or get more sunlight (just don’t burn your skin). If you live in cool climates, it may be necessary to take supplements to get enough Vitamin D year-round.
- Get rid of as many toxins in your environment as possible. Use natural and pure soaps, detergents, cosmetics, food, pure water.
- If you use sunscreen, be sure it has UVA protection. Wear a hat in sunny weather and consider carrying an umbrella on the hottest days. .
- Some recipes for a homemade remedy call for grinding eggplant and covering it with vinegar, and refrigerating it for a few days until it darkens. Others say to just chop the eggplant and then put it in a jar and cover it with vinegar (white or apple cider), waiting the three days before soaking cotton balls with the solution and applying it to the skin lesion with tape.
- Test your body’s PH levels and do what you need to do to keep it at a healthy level.
- There is some promise in a new remedy for curing skin cancer, praised in the arena of alternative and natural medicine:
- BEC, which uses the phytonutrients extracted from eggplants. Clinical trials and anecdotal testimonies report success in treating some nonmelanoma skin cancers.
- Also see Dr. Bill Cham’s research with eggplant and Devil’s Apple.
- There is no claim made for curing melanomas by the distributors of a BEC5 cream, but one person claimed it cured his melanoma (no trial, no confirmation from a public source).
- The phytonutrients in BEC5 are called glycocides and glycoalkaloids and are said to penetrate cancer cells and destroy them, while not harming normal cells.
Melanomas are a serious health issue if not caught early. Don’t delay either in getting a biopsy or choosing a treatment. If you have a family history of melanoma or moles, your risk is increased. Allopathic treatment is by surgery, radiation or drugs (chemo). It is not uncommon for skin cancers to recur after treatment.
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Adequate hydration
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep
- Avoid lengthy exposure (to burn) in the sun
There is a classification of melanoma called nodular and the things to look out for are lesions that are elevated above the skin surface, are increasing in size and are firm to the touch.
Other categories of skin cancers are types of non-meloma, which are less likely to spread to other parts of the body than melanomas.
Basal cell carcinomas are found in the lower epidermis and mainly caused by sun exposure or early radiation therapy. These grow slowly and rarely spread. They are most often formed on the head and neck.
Squamous cell carcinoma occur in the epidermis and are mainly caused by sun exposure or skin damaged in other ways. This cancer commonly occurs on the lips or around the mouth, at sites of inflammatory skin conditions, and on skin around the anus and vagina. This cancer also rarely spreads, but is more likely to do so than basal cell carcinoma.
There are several rarer types of skin cancer classified as non-melanoma skin cancers.
Remember that early detection and treatment are important in every type of skin cancer.
- There is an app for early skin-cancer detection called Miiskin. It uses full-body skin mapping to track moles, freckles and skin changes over time; valuable info for your dermatologist. It’s free on app stores for Android and iOS, 4.5 stars.