Complementary Therapies


Please note that there is a huge difference between ALTERNATIVE and COMPLEMENTARY therapies. Over time, alternative medicines/supplements/therapies have often been found to be promoted by "snake oil" salesmen, whereas complementary supplements/therapies work hand in hand with conventional medical treatments. Be sure to mention to your medical team what complementary supplements/treatments you are taking. A comprehensive list of both supplements and therapies can be found at OCCAM.

Here's a video on Eating to prevent cancer:- How To Eat To Prevent Cancer

Also here's a couple of web sites to help before you decide on complementary vitamins, herbs, ETC. to see if there is a reaction or its not beneficial o your Kidney:- About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
:-Use of Herbal Supplements in Chronic Kidney Disease


Grape Seed: Grape seed extracts are industrial derivatives from whole grape seeds, that have a great concentration of Vitamin E, Flavonoids, Linoleic Acid and OPCs. Typically, the commercial opportunity of extracting grape seed constituents has been for chemicals known as polyphenols, including oligomeric proanthocyanidins recognized as antioxidants.

Parsley: Contains ingredients that can help shut down certain enzymes called Epithelial Growth Factors, which stimulate the growth and spread of cancer.

Vitamin D3: Helps activate in many kinds of cancers enzymes called Phosphotases, which literally shut down the activities of other enzymes called Kinases, which are essential to the growth and reproduction of cancer cells.

Green Tea Extract: Phytochemicals in tea help shut down glycolosis (cancer cell’s main supplier of energy) and thereby help to starve cancer cells to death.

Anti-Oxidants: The controversy as to whether or not to treat cancer with anti-oxidants is slowly resolving, with the current understanding of how they affect the activity of genes and enzymes in cancer cells. The prevailing data shows that the benefits or lack of benefits depend upon the oxidative state the cancer cells are in. Anti-oxidants taken when the cells are in a very high oxidative state may prevent cancer cells from entering apoptosis (apoptosis is when a cancer cell commits suicide). When oxidative stress in cancer cells is only slightly above normal, anti-oxidants are then expected to stop their growth and reproduction.

Whey Protein: This protein food is recommended at the breakfast meal to help meet the daily needs of amino acids for the normal cells of the body, and to help keep albumin levels normal and to help prevent edema. Whey protein purchased from the "Vitamin Shoppe" is a brand that has no phosphorous or additional vitamins added to it.

D-Limonene: This phytochemical found mostly in citrus fruits, blocks the process called Isoprenylation, which is necessary for tumour growth factors such as the RAS gene, Epithelial Growth factor, Tyrosine Kinase, and Insulin-Like-Growth-factor, to send their signals into the nucleus of a cancer cell and directs them to grow and divide into more cancer cells.

Tocotrienols: This member of the Vitamin E family also helps shut down Isoprenylation and assists D-Limonene in blocking the actions of the various tumour growth factors. More specifically, tocotrienols shut down an enzyme called HMG-2, which is essential to the synthesis of the building blocks that form the Isoprenylation process.

Niacin: This B-Complex vitamin works with D-limonene and the Tocotrienols to shut down the process of Isoprenylation, which as mentioned above, prevents the cancer promoting RAS genes from sending signals into the nucleus of the cell.

Choline: This B-complex vitamin helps the liver metabolize Niacin and other compounds and to help fight fatigue.

Selenium: Research suggests that Selenium affects cancer risk in two ways. As an anti-oxidant, it can help protect the body from damaging effects of free radicals. Selenium may also prevent or slow tumor growth. Certain breakdown products of Selenium are believed to prevent tumor growth by enhancing immune cell activity and suppressing development of blood vessels to the tumour.

Perilla Oil: This oil is rich in Alpha Linolenic Acid which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in several ways. One way, is to inhibit the synthesis in the body of a tumour growth promotin hormone called Prostaglandin-2 and Alpha Linolenic Acid inhibits the actions of certain genes that promote the growth of cancer cells. Linolenic acid is not to be confused with linoleic acid, which is a bad fat that stimulates the growth of cancer cells. This bad fat, linoleic acid, is found in all vegetable oils and nuts (With the exception of coconut oil). Olive oil has the least amount of this bad fat.

Licorice Root Extract & Pantothenic Acid: This herb and vitamin produce steroid like actions in the body.

Resveratrol: This phytochemical blocks the actions of a number of a number of cancer promoting genes, thereby causing cancer cells to enter into apoptosis (cell death).

Melatonin: Numerous studies show that this hormone blocks the synthesis of the cancer promoting chemicals in the body called Leukotrienes.

Essiac: Essiac is an herbal tea formula used to aid in the treatment for cancer. It contains only four herbs, and claims to rid the body of toxins and promote anticancer activity. It is the correct proportions of these herbs when mixed together that claims to fight the disease.

Ginger: Ginger is used to alleviate postsurgery nausea as well as nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, and pregnancy. Asian medicine uses it to treat stomach aches, nausea, and diarrhea.

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Reiki is a healing practice that originated in Japan. Reiki practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above the person receiving treatment, with the goal of facilitating the person's own healing response.

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Relatively few complications have been reported from the use of acupuncture. However, acupuncture can cause potentially serious side effects if not delivered properly by a qualified practitioner.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) as therapy to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being

Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a whole medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago and it is used for wellness and prevention and to treat many diseases and conditions.

Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world. Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes.

Meditation refers to a variety of techniques or practices intended to focus or control attention. Most of them are rooted in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions. These techniques have been used by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. Today, many people use meditation outside of its traditional religious or cultural settings as a form of mind-body medicine. Many claims have been made about its value in promoting or improving health and wellness.

Naturopathy, also called naturopathic medicine is a whole medical system that originated in Europe. Naturopathy aims to support the body's ability to heal itself through the use of dietary and lifestyle changes together with CAM therapies such as herbs, massage, and joint manipulation., is a whole medical system.

Spirituality and religion are often used in place of each other, but for many people they have different meanings. Religion may be defined as a specific set of beliefs and practices, usually within an organized group. Spirituality may be defined as an individual's sense of peace, purpose, and connection to others, and beliefs about the meaning of life. Spirituality may be found and expressed through an organized religion or in other ways. Patients may think of themselves as spiritual or religious or both.

Yoga is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine and a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.

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