A cancer diagnosis never equates to good news. That said, our cats are fortunate not to understand us humans, so they don't really know what's going on. You have to make the decisions for your cat and it's not always easy, I know that.
If you are in this situation, please know that I sympathize with you and am sincerely sorry that you have to go through this ordeal.
I have put together different holistic medicines for helping your cat who's fighting cancer in this article for you.
I will walk you through these cat cancer alternative options : traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, medicinal plants and mushrooms, as well as homeopathic products.
For more information, you can also consult our complete guide to cat cancer. Our natural health experts and I are here to help you find a natural product to promote your cat’s good health.
Treating cat cancer with traditional Chinese medicine
One of the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine is to consider the body and the mind as a whole, as well as their interdependence. It is often used in addition to conventional medicine and many use it for disease prevention.
This holistic approach uses different tools, such as acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies, to help the body maintain or regain good overall health.
This alternative medicine is based on different theories, namely energy balance, the use of meridians and the harmonious relationship between the different elements, and the balance between Yin and Yang.
Meridians and acupuncture points
Acupuncture points are distributed throughout the body along meridians, or energy trajectories. The National Library of Medicine has published an article which reports that certain acupuncture points can help relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. They can also stimulate a sick animal's appetite, as well as relieve nausea.
It’s important to consult a vet specialized in acupuncture to find out if acupuncture is appropriate for your cat.
In many cases of cancer, these energetic releases may not be advisable, mainly when there is a risk of spread (i.e. metastasis).
The different elements and nutrition in traditional Chinese medicine
To help someone that is sick maintain good health with traditional Chinese medicine, one must take into account the harmony between the five elements, also called the five movements.
Each element is associated with one or more organs. For example, fire represents the heart and water represents the kidneys. There is also wood, metal and earth.
To promote the health of your cat with cancer using Chinese medicine, you will need to pay attention to its diet. The balance between the two opposing forces of Yin and Yang is essential for achieving good health.
A vet specializing in Chinese medicine will be able to guide you in selecting an appropriate diet for your cat, according to its energy balance.
Foods are characterized by their nature (hot, neutral, warm or cold) and their flavor (bitter, spicy, salty, sweet, sour). Depending on the organs affected by the disease, the vet will recommend specific foods to try to restore the balance of your cat’s vital energy.
Nutrition for a cat with cancer
Nutrition in itself is a holistic treatment approach for your cat's cancer.
Whether it’s mouth cancer, lung cancer or liver cancer, eating a good diet appropriate to your pet’s unique needs will strengthen its immune system and help them maintain good muscle mass.
Several diets exist and some are more appropriate than others for a cat suffering from cancer. For example, a diet a little higher in protein could help a sick cat retain its muscle mass.
Your vet can guide you in choosing the ideal type of diet for your kitty cat, following a physical examination and according to the results of various diagnostic tests.
Treat cat cancer with herbal remedies
Herbal remedies can be great allies in treating cat cancer. They are the perfect complements to medical treatments offered by your vet.
Herbal remedies can be of great help in relieving some symptoms, such as nausea and inflammation.
These plants can even be found as an active ingredient in some pharmacy drugs!
Curcumin is one of the natural remedies that cats can benefit from.
Although there are no scientific studies to prove it, this molecule found in turmeric has the ability to slow the growth of certain cancers, in addition to having other incredible virtues.
The well-known ginger is a valuable tool in controlling nausea. As nausea is a frequent side effect of conventional cancer treatments, it can be considered a great asset in the event of illness.
Some even attribute anti-cancer qualities to it and recognize its ability to shrink tumors!
Care should be taken to check the toxicity of the plants you want to use, as some can be harmful to your cat. It is therefore important to ask your holistic vet if your cat's condition allows the use of the desired herbs and for their dosage and method of administration.
The US National Library Of Medicine has published an article reporting on the beneficial effects of Agaricus Blazei against allergies, infections and certain types of cancer.
In this study, the anti-tumor properties of this mushroom were demonstrated in mice in cases of fibrosarcoma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Scientists also report its impact in cases of gynecological cancer in humans.
The use of Agaricus Blazei is common for breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and for benign skin tumors.
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The US National Library Of Medicine notes that the anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties of this mushroom have been demonstrated.
Also called Lion's Mane, this mushroom that is rich in antioxidants, is noted as being used in the treatment of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and is still being studied for its possible anti-depressive properties.
This mushroom is an adaptogen, that is, it adapts to conditions in the body to help restore balance. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center claims that this mushroom helps prevent and fight cancer.
It also reports that this mushroom is helpful in managing diabetes, blood pressure, and weight loss.
Maitake is also noted as being an immune system stimulant.
A natural product for animals with a base of Maitake is available here.
Maitake is commonly used in cases of bone cancer, generalized cancer or to provide support during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
This parasitic mushroom of caterpillars is reported by Medical News Today as being a mushroom that can provide multiple health benefits. They note, among other things, that it has anti-inflammatory attributes and is an asset in the treatment of arthritis.
This medicinal mushroom is commonly known for its protective action on certain organs, such as the kidneys, liver and lungs. It is also used by many for its effect of slowing the progression of certain cancers and for its potential to decrease the side effects of conventional cat cancer treatments.
Cordyceps use is common for bladder, kidney, bronchial, lung, sinus, and spleen cancers, as well as lymphoma and leukemia.
This mushroom could help it during recovery. The National Center for Biotechnology Information has published an article highlighting the anti-cancer properties of this medicinal mushroom. They also note its power in terms of preventing cancer and inhibiting the development of metastases.
This text also reports that Reishi has antiviral and antibacterial properties, helps regulate glucose, and protects the liver and stomach.
It is reported that the use of Reishi is common in cases of cancer of the anal glands, intestinal cancer, rectal cancer and for some benign skin tumors.
How to optimize the natural treatment of your cat's cancer?
This is one of our favorite natural products to support the health of cats that are fighting cancer. It’s made from another particularly amazing type of medicinal mushroom called Piptoporus Betulinus.
The PIPTOPETproduct optimizes the effect of all the mushrooms presented above. Using them in combination is therefore strongly recommended.
This mushroom is commonly used for its anti-tumor properties, since it would help prevent cancer recurrence.
Finally, as you can see, there are many solutions to help your cat in its fight against cancer.
Tell us, how long has your cat been fighting this disease? Have you ever tried natural treatments to help it?
Let us know in the comments section below.
We are wholeheartedly with you at this difficult time. We invite you to contact us so that we can guide you through the multitude of possibilities and help you find the best product for your companion.
ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN
Véronique Fournier shares her extensive pet health know-how on Zumalka through her articles.
Véronique’s background as an animal wellness advocate began in Cégep La Pocatière in Quebec, which led to comprehensive internships and training with respect to the breeding, rehabilitation, and monitoring of various types of animals. The institutions she has worked with include the Quebec Aquarium and the SOS Miss Dolittle shelter, just to name a few.
Her immersion with various veterinary clinics in British Columbia and other places has made Veronique not just knowledgeable, but also quite perceptive in zeroing in on the right strategy to help keep pets in the best of health.
And can we get you in on a secret? Veronique shares that she has already made a lot of canine pals due to her stint as a foster mom in several shelters. Isn’t that cool?
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