Cancer is a disease which, directly or indirectly, affects us all. It is estimated that one in two men and one in three women in Australia will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the age of eighty five; this includes skin cancers.
Every cancer diagnosis requires intensive treatment to either aim for a cure plus prevent recurrence or spread, or to provide palliative care when the cancer has already spread and is considered to be terminal. Cancer diagnoses are devastating, but the good news is that, depending on the type of cancer and its extent, the majority of overall cases can be cured and the person can go on to live a normal life.
Conventional cancer treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and sometimes hormonal therapy or immunotherapy. These treatments can be brutal; they can even be life threatening in some cases – but they are what works. Too many people opt for “alternative” treatments for cancer; these may, in a few cases, seem to work, but in most, later down the track, the person will suffer a recurrence and at that point cannot be cured. Medical employees are dismayed to see patients coming for palliative treatment when their original disease could have been cured once and for all – but the patient declined conventional treatments in favour of an alternative approach.
There is, however, definitely a place for alternative and complementary therapies in the fight against cancer, alongside conventional treatments. These include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and diet modifications.
Matcha green tea is an example.
Catechins are potent, cancer fighting antioxidants. These play an essential role in not only preventing cancer from developing, but also in healing the body. Matcha green tea has a massive level of the catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCg) in each cup. Scientific researchers believe that EGCg helps to kill and stop the progression of cancer cells; inhibits tumours; and improves survival rates for breast cancer (among others). EGCg is found only in green tea. According to Dr Kristi Pado Funk, of the Beverly Hills Pink Lotus Breast Centre, three cups of matcha tea per day will decrease the risk of developing breast cancer by half.
Catechins are able to break the molecular link between infection, inflammation, and the development of cancer. Tumour growth is slowed.
Other cancers which may be inhibited by EGCgs include prostate cancer, lung, skin, oral, oesophageal, liver, pancreatic, bladder, stomach, and brain cancers.
How else does matcha help?
There are so many reasons to enjoy drinking matcha green tea. Cancer prevention is a huge benefit, and for those fighting cancer, matcha can only help. It will not cure the disease on its own (if only!), but it will help one’s body fight the disease more efficiently, and recover more quickly from the treatments which will hopefully affect a long term cure.