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Intestine Cancer C Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer

By Li Hua, L. Ac. TCMD.


       Intestine cancer is the general name for colon cancer and rectal cancer. They are one of common cancers. There are many reasons for causing the cancer. Among these reasons, the environment factors give human beings more influence than genetic factor and race disposition. In the environment factors, foods lead to the cancer higher, for example, preferring to eat high animal protein food to make gall bile and anaerobic bacteria increased in the intestine, so that it will be easy to form more carcinogenic substance. At the same time, the less the fibre in the food is, the higher the consistency of carcinogenic substance in faeces will be. When the faeces stay in the intestine longer, there will be higher risk to get intestine cancer. Up to now, it is not very clear what exactly causes intestine cancer. But doctors and scientists have found that intestine cancer can be developed from schistosomiasis japonica, ulcerative colitis, adenoma, familial colon polypi or villous adenoma.

       Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) thinks intestine cancer has something to do with (1) unbalance of the spleen and the stomach due to anxiety and depression led to intestinal noxious dampness and turbid Chi; (2) damaging of the spleen and the stomach result from un-proper diet led to the pathogenic dampness-heat attacking the lower-jiao (anatomy concept of TCM, around abdomen area). Intestine cancer, in TCM, is called as Zheng Jia, Chang Pi, and Zang Du. For colon cancer, the main symptoms are (1) abdomen pain, irritable bowel movement, abdomen mass felt, (2) abdomen pain or bloating, constipation and vomiting. For rectal cancer, at the beginning, patients usually do not feel anything, and just have bleeding bowel movement. Gradually, patients will start frequent bowel movement with mucus and diarrhea. Some patients may have abdomen cramping, tenesmus or constipation. Right now, for treating intestine cancer, the main therapies include surgery and chemotherapy. In China, except the surgery and chemotherapy, the main treatment also includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, proper diet and Qi Gong. With the combination of WM and TCM, the patients are recovered quickly and the intestine cancer recurrence rate is lower.

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