What can Herbal or Traditional medicine treat? (9)

10 July, 2019

Dear All,

Nothing in the posting so far on this topic changes the fact that we don't yet have a total 'cure' for advanced breast cancer because of the nature of the disease. Major advances have been made in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with advanced breast cancer, including that traditional, herbal or complementary options can be complimentary to modern medicine, including surgery. But they are not replacements to modern medicine including modern surgery, even with the side effects of

radiotherapy / chemotherapy.

We share below just one source that reinforces our position. As I have said before, both models are better working together, but that is after herbalists have codified and analysed the content of the portions / cocktails that herbs comprise. The example in Kenya does not differ from this position, after reading about it: health workers and practitioners should follow the advice below. Best Practice advise for any health worker to apply to their patients with cancer or any other ailments:

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'What is complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM?

Talk with your doctor before trying alternative or complementary medicine for breast cancer.

[https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/complementary-and-alternative-treatm...

If you have breast cancer [https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/default.htm], you’ll want to do everything you can to regain your health. As part of that, you may try complementary and alternative medicine [https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/what-is-alternative-medicine] (CAM) along with medical treatment.

Complementary and alternative treatments help some women lessen the side effects of radiation [https://www.webmd.com/cancer/what-to-expect-from-radiation-therapy] and chemotherapy [https://www.webmd.com/cancer/chemotherapy-what-to-expect].

Some use CAM to help lessen the stress [https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/default.htm] of treatment. Complementary treatments can also help you feel empowered. People may find benefit in practicing positive self-care rather than relying solely on doctors for their health and well-being.

Treatment for medical problems typically fits into one of three categories:

*Standard care* is also called "traditional" or "conventional" care. It refers to typical Western medicine. For breast cancer

[https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/ss/slideshow-breast-cancer-overview], that includes chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation, and surgery.

*Complementary treatment* refers to any type of care that you use along with standard care.

*Many complementary treatments may hold great value. But there’s often a lack of research regarding their risks, benefits, side effects, and how they might interact with standard care*.

[Source:] https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/complementary-and-alternative-treatm...

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*Joseph Ana.*

*Africa Center for Clin Gov Research & Patient Safety*

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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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