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Hodgkin's Disease

Hodgkin's disease, also referred to as Hodgkin's lymphoma is basically a cancer of the lymph tissue, which is still little comprehended by most. The lymph tissue is systematized into lymph nodes present in different parts of the body. This ailment occurs in the lymph tissues, which accommodate the major portion of the body's immune system. In North America, Hodgkin's disease generally attacks the young boys or the aged men.

In most cases, in the initial stages, the Hodgkin's disease has only one symptom - night sweats accompanied by very inferior type fever. In more or less 10 per cent of Hodgkin's disease, the patient suffers from skin itching in the initial stages of the ailment. As the ailment develops further, Hodgkin's disease results in increased inflammation. At this stage, the lymph nodes are distended and some patients may even experience symptoms like chest pain, coughing and pain in the bones. Since the early symptoms of Hodgkin's disease are akin to those of several other conditions, it is only possible to make an affirmative diagnosis for Hodgkin's disease or Hodgkin's lymphoma by checking an inflamed lymph node.

It appears that a virus, which is yet to be identified, is responsible for Hodgkin's disease. In effect, the longer period for which this infection keeps going, which may be several years or even decades, the more is the possibility that this malady will develop. Researches have discovered an augmented risk of developing Hodgkin's disease in individuals who have already had the Epstein-Barr virus. This precise aspect has encouraged researchers to believe that viral issues may have a role in developing this particular type of cancer. Nevertheless, this conviction of the researchers is yet to be proved scientifically.

Scientists, however, believe that other different risk aspects may also be responsible for the development of this type of cancer. The other risk factors may comprise an HIV infection, any previous chemotherapy or exposure to radiation and/ or a family history of Hodgkin's lymphoma. In addition, individuals having a restrained immune system owing to taking specific medicines or health conditions might also be at risk of developing Hodgkin's disease.

While Hodgkin's disease is basically a cancer of the immune system, it generally has an effect on just one group of white blood cells. This particular type of cancer assaults T cells and especially the T-helper cells - the cells that invigorate the immune response against contagious microorganisms. In addition, Hodgkin's disease also impinges on a portion of the lymphatic system, instead of extending all through the system. The clear effect of Hodgkin's disease on the immune system is the fact that it does not significantly enhance susceptibility to the infection, barring to herpes as well as viral warts.

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It may be noted here that Hodgkin's disease may be categorized into stages I by way of IV depending on the number of lymph node regions concerned. Even the medical treatment is adjusted according to the different stages.

As a part of the general treatment plan for Hodgkin's disease, it is necessary to use herbal medications all the time. This is all the more important while treating Hodgkin's disease among young children. It is advisable that you should always work in tandem with a practitioner of herbal medicine along with the general physician.

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Supplements and herbs

A number of herbs and supplements are also effective in treating Hodgkin's disease. Two of them are discussed here and, bear in mind that the dosages mentioned here are for adult patients.

If you are enduring Hodgkin's disease, you may take astragalus capsules in the dosage of 500 mg - 1,000 mg thrice every day. Astragalus is known to invigorate the T cells. However, never use astragalus in case you are suffering from fever or any type of skin infection.

Pure extract of Siberian ginseng is also useful for patients enduring Hodgkin's disease. You should take this herbal preparations according to the directions mentioned on the label, usually adding the directed dose in one-fourth cup of water. This herbal formulation enhances production of T cells as well as invigorates their activity.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic medication is basically a perception wherein it is thought that anything that is responsible for symptoms of different ailments in a healthy individual will itself counteract those symptoms in the ailing individual. It is important to note that it is not possible to commence homeopathy treatment until conventional treatment has been started earlier. During this phase, different chemical tablets which have been prescribed by doctors are given to the patients orally on a regular schedule.

However, the fact remains that it has not been absolutely established that homeopathic treatment helps to lessen the fundamental symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Nevertheless, it has been found that homeopathic treatment does help to lessen the symptoms caused by chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy, for instance, vomiting, nausea, severe weariness as well as loss of appetite.

It may be noted that there a number of people who think that treatments using homeopathic medications may perhaps provide relief from the symptoms of the ailment, but they are not effecting in curing the reasons behind the ailments. In any case, homeopathic treatments are useful when they are carried out in conjunction with regular treatments for the ailment.

In the case of Hodgkin's disease patients are administered the tablet form of radium bromatum once in every one to four hours till the symptoms disappear. This chemical compound is normally used to cure the symptoms of poisoning caused by radiation.

In fact, the efficacy of homeopathic treatment to provide relief from the symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease has been documented only recently.

Additional things you may do

Besides the conventional treatment, using herbs and supplements and performing homeopathic treatments, you can do several other things to alleviate the symptoms of Hodgkin's disease, also known as Hodgkin's lymphoma. For instance, if you have developed this type of cancer, you should keep away from vitamin C, especially sodium ascorbate variety. However, there is no harm in taking natural vitamin C like acerola, as it does not have any negative effect in people suffering from the disease. In addition, you ought to also keep away from liver and ham. These meats have been found to be related with augmented menace for developing Hodgkin's disease and also have the potential to deteriorate the patients' condition or make their symptoms worse.

During the initial stages of Hodgkin's disease patients are normally given radiation therapy to cure their condition. However, during the later stages, they are treated using 'MOPP' chemotherapy - the name is derived from the chemicals used in this treatment.

It may be noted that extracts of beef spleen have the aptitude to lower the loss of the immune resistances while a patient is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The active protein used in this treatment is known as thymopoeitein III, Dac-SP5 or splenopentin, while the widespread brand used is Golden Spleen 500 (Enzymatic Therapy). Extracts of beef thymus may also help to lessen the risk of viral contagion, particularly herpes, while the patient is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's disease. In this case, the familiar brand used is called Complete Thymic Formula (Preventive Therapeutics).

It is advisable that people enduring Hodgkin's disease or Hodgkin's lymphoma should opt for a vegetable and juice fast for two to three days and subsequently consume nutritious foods, for instance vegetable and fruits that are rich in fiber content and whole grains. After a while, they should again fast for some days. Remember, it is vital that your system is detoxified, as this will enable the system to reinstate itself. At the same time, it is important to keep your bowels open. It is advisable that you should not exert pressure at the stool, as this might harm a temporary distended spleen.

Apart from fasting and eating nourishing foods, you should also ensure that you give up eating all types of processed and junk foods. If you are a smoker and drink, you need to quit smoking and also stop drinking alcoholic beverages. If you desire to recover from this ailment, it is important that you give up all bad habits and live the right way.

In addition, exercising or undertaking work-outs, particularly stretching is imperative since it would help the muscles to move the lymphatic waste. Simultaneously, you may take steam baths or salt glows. Alternately, you may also add a cup of vinegar to your bathtub and use hot and cold water treatments. All these actions will facilitate in detoxifying your system as well as stimulate the body.

A number of herbs, such as Echinacea, red clover and pau d'arco, are also effective in treating Hodgkin's disease or Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Alternative medicine too may assist you to tackle with the strain involved with the diagnosis of cancer as well as the adverse after effects of treating cancer. When you have been diagnosed of having Hodgkin's disease, you may talk to your physician regarding your treatment preferences, for instance, aromatherapy, acupuncture, meditation, massage as well as various relaxation methods.

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