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In naturopathy, all treatments are based on the body’s innate gift for healing itself. Thus, even in diseases as serious as cancer, remedies are applied in a manner which respects the nature of the human being and builds up the body. Naturopathic oncology includes measures to increase the effectiveness of medical therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and to reduce their harm.

Naturopathic Doctors trained in integrative cancer care use evidence-based methods to support people going through cancer treatment. The use of safe, supportive therapies improves outcomes, speeds recovery, manages conventional medical side effects and provides education for a healthy lifestyle going forward.

Naturopathic oncology recognizes that cancer is not a localized disease, but rather a systemic condition that stems from a breakdown of healthy processes in our bodies. One of the main principles of naturopathic oncology is to treat the whole person who has cancer, not cancer itself. Thus, strategies may include therapies that support an individual’s spiritual, emotional and physical intelligence.

Recent surveys show that more than 80% of people with cancer are using natural and supportive therapies in conjunction with their conventional treatments. (1, 2)

How Naturopathic Oncology Treats The Person and The Cancer

Each cancer patient is unique and every cancer type must be treated specifically. A naturopathic doctor will evaluate the individual terrain of the patient that may be contributing to the cancer growth, such as: toxic emotions and belief systems, chemical exposures, chronic infections, nutritional deficiencies, microbiome integrity, sensitivities, and pathogens.

In order for the body to defeat cancer, the body must be supported at every level and with every method necessary to reverse cancer’s multi-pronged assault on the body. All this must be done while maintaining the maximum possible well-being of the patient.

Here at the Karlfeldt Center, we provide a wide variety of supplemental therapies that maximize the patient’s health and well-being while undergoing cancer treatments.