Thursday, February 24, 2011

Natural Cancer Pain Management

Natural Approaches & Alternatives to Cancer Pain Management, Medication and Relief Compatible With Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Health Diet & Protocol
 As can be seen from the above quotes, Dr. Budwig warned against “many pain killers” as interfering with her oxygenating and restorative diet’s healing effects. Dr. Budwig notes in her “Inaugural Disputation” on the subject of her approach’s effect on pain: “As a matter of fact, the practical application of the oils both on the inside (via flax oil/quark) and on the outside (via Eldi oils) allows to largely eliminate all narcotic substances.” And she comments in her major work "Das Fettsyndrom" [The Fat Syndrome] (p. 150) on the use of wine for overcoming pain and sleeplessness: "Often a glass of wine is more valuable and bio-logically more beneficial than the pill." (credits for wine tip ;-): Michael B. of

Special attention is drawn here to the strong warning against the use of morphine emitted by Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer: “[Dr.] Hamer says that one of the most horrific things about present medicine is that most people with cancer, even with mild pain, are treated with morphine in some form. During the critical EC [‘Epileptic Crises’], one morphine injection can already be fatal. It changes the brain, paralyzes the intestines and completely disables the restoration functions, well, disables the whole person. He becomes lethargic and doesn't realize that he's in fact being killed, just when he was in the recuperation phase, on his way to health. The pain of the second stage is actually a very good sign of recovery, but modern medicine doesn't understand this at all, and instead interprets it as the opposite; a sign of impending death. These substances are thus administered in order to ‘make the end easier’, and sure enough, the person soon dies, but it's not of the cancer, it's of the medication...”

Foods for managing & healing cancer pain
Flaxseed oil mixed with quark or cottage cheese (FO/CC)
Eldi oils (developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig)
A glass of organic wine (for instance at bedtime)
Tempeh & FERMENTED SOY products-- reduces inflammation
Apple cider vinegar & honey:
1 - 8 oz glass of cool water
1 - cap full or apple cider vinegar
2 - Tsp of organic honey
Nutritional yeast: pain stemming from neuritis (inflammation of a
nerve) may respond quickly to nutritional yeast, a rich source
of B vitamins (which are sometimes described as “nerve food”).
Herbs for managing & healing cancer pain [Budwig-compatible when organic or wild-crafted]
NONI JUICE [rather expensive]
Mushrooms: MAITAKE (alleviated pain in 83% of patients),
CORDYCEPS, shiitake & reishi
Tian Xian paste
Tian Xian Liquid and pill is a well-researched Chinese herbal preparation which has apparently shown many enefits for the healing of cancer by strengthening the immune system and enhancing various bodily functions. Used topically etc., it is also used as a pain reliever. See
YAN HU SUO ( from
Chinese fumewort; "HAS BEEN COMPARED TO MORPHINE", but another report states five tablets at a time brought “no relief”.
LOBELIA (for both see e.g.
 A testimonial: “Another excellent product is lobelia tincture. My brother in law had  his mover turn over on him and bruised his spine and the doctors gave him some pain pills but said it would be quite sometime before he was over it. The pain pills did not work so ... we gave [him] some lobelia tincture. He had suffered for three days with pain so bad he said he could understand someone thinking about suicide. We told him to put two dropperfulls of the tincture in his mouth and hold it under his tongue. [My sister] was in the kitchen and she said in about two minutes she heard him in the bathroom and when he came out he came into the kitchen and asked if he could have some breakfast for his supper. From then on he carried a bottle with him and he was out and about the next day without pain. In about two  weeks he was over the problem.” Angelica Pau d'Arco "Three weeks is too short a time to really see the  benefits of the tea. Normally you should simply feel (and look) better after a week or so." (

Goldenseal root poultices Echinacea (said for instance to be antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, to combat infections and to be an excellent herb to stimulate lymph flow.) Also compare Echinacea for radiation burns testimonial.
Mistletoe (e.g., Iscador)-- use only under medical supervision.
Chaparral--check with a practitioner on hazards before using it.
Pain caused by inflammation can be reduced by anti-inflammatory
herbs (e.g., turmeric/curcumin, burdock, ginger).

Oregano Oil
“Oregano oil with a high Carvacrol count at therapeutic dosaging will be helpful as long as it is always taken on a full stomach and with food. Accrding to Cass Ingram oregano oil can have the same effect on the body as morphine without being addictive.”
(Loretta Lanphier MD)
Vitamins for managing & healing cancer pain
AMYGDALIN/LAETRILE/Vit. B17-- relieves pain, nausea, &vomiting. Available in the form of ground apricot pits. Do NOT exceed recommended oral dosage. Do NOT take megadoses of Vit. C* while taking Laetrile/amygdalin (unless directed by physician), and do NOT use Laetrile/amygdalin at times of fever. Take it with food, in several small dosages throughout the day (NOT 1 large dosage). Use a good brand. * Note by Healing Cancer Naturally: taking isolated antioxidants is counterindicated with the Budwig diet & protocol. See Can supplemental antioxidants interfere with the Budwig protocol?.

Note: freshly ground flaxseeds, an essential part of the Budwig diet, are good A do-it-yourself method of tapping with your index and middle finger tips on energy meridian points [acupoints] of your body to stimulate and reestablish interrupted energetic flow, effect or facilitate various (sometimes miraculous-seeming) healings (both emotional and physical incl. cancer), (often) erase pain and more. In fact particularly with intractable pain, it is highly recommended to look into EFT since it is frequently reported to provide extremely effective pain relief, even in cases presenting apparently great physical damage. Click here for an article on Cancer & Cancer Pain Treatment with EFT and an Introduction to EFT. A very detailed free EFT Get Started package used to be provided but I don’t know if it still is. Otherwise you can buy the EFT Manual which enables you to immediately start applying it on yourself and others.


Even mainstream medicine has incorporated meditation as a method for cancer patients to deal with pain issues without resorting to drugs, and numerous studies have been carried out into the various physiological and physical effects of different meditation techniques. For a most remarkable healing testimonial attributed to
meditation, see “Intensive meditation in the treatment of ‘terminal’ metastatic cancer: a powerful healing tool capable of inducing remission?”.

See Can Laughter Reduce Pain?
PAIN CONTROL and SURGICAL SUPPORT series audiotapes by Hemi-Sync ( I've been told they can be powerfully pain-relieving. Influence & power of mind See “Terminal” Cancer Patient In Constant Pain Heals After "Changing His Mind"

Tai chi or chi kung (aka taiji or qigong) -- not only relieve the pain but lower the fever within fifteen to thirty minutes, sometimes up to two degrees, in our experience. (Elena Berezetsky) Compare Curing Cancer with Chi Kung [Qigong] Self-Healing Therapy. Foot / hand reflexology resp. massage [Budwig-compatible] According to a compilation made available by Kevin and Barbara Kunz, Reflexology Research Project Directory, a number of controlled studiesas well as Medline and other studies have shown good results of foot or hand reflexology treatments with many diseases, incl. cancer pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, pulse rate, fatigue, mood and general quality of life. Some of these studies were done using a combination of foot reflexology with other modalities such as guided imagery, aromatherapy and foot soak. One study even researched the effect of partner-delivered reflexology treatments on patients with metastatic cancer pain and reported a resulting immediate decrease in pain intensity and anxiety. So with minimum training, this treatment can be easily applied at home (or even as a DIY treatment).


A comment from a Budwig healing support group reads: “I am using acupuncture for my dog and it really is helping. I don't want him on the strong steroids and narcotics. Acupuncture in no way interferes with the diet. I also do Reiki on my dog - right at the spot of the tumor and it seems to help too.” Polarizing treatment (GKI)

"Dr. Robert Rowen in his newsletter Second Opinion, wrote about the remarkable results obtained by simply exerting a slight pressure on the edge of a muscle or tendon...applied in a 90 degree direction perpendicular to its line of force. This results in a relaxation of the muscle or tendon....originated by Tom  Bowen....can be used for [a wide variety of] problems and even organ dysfunctions....Bowen Registry...866-862-6936....USBR at”

Reiki & other energy healing
Compare EFT, Energetics and Healing the Body Through Understanding and Healing the Human Energy Field.
Bioptron light therapy
“[W]e have had success with Kinesiology and Bioptron light therapy. Kinesiology and Reiki seems to go hand in hand (energy healing) in pain management, and I would most certainly include these modalities as part of a pain management program. ...
Interestingly, a lady in our Budwig diet cancer healing group had her ovaries removed and had excrutiating pain in her fallopian tubes - she tried almost everything including Reiki, but only found relief after only 4 sessions with a Kinesiologist.”
(A cancer carer)
Biotape [possibly Budwig-compatible]
Detoxification approaches to managing & healing cancer pain
Alkalizing one's body via fresh juicing and alkaline foods
Coffee enemas and other detox methods
Comment: “I've read that live, nourishing juices will begin to alleviate the pain as they begin working, and using coffee enemas to flush out the toxins of the liver has cut way back the pain medication used by cancer patients at The Gerson Clinic.”
Lothar Hirneise writes in his book Chemotherapy Heals Cancer and The Earth Is Flat that for people suffering extreme pain, several cancer clinics using biological treatments replace morphine with coffee enemas plus a light analgesic such as  Paracetamol.
Dental detox-- elimination of dental infections (consult a holistic  dentist)
Comment by Healing Cancer Naturally: there are different opinions as to the advisability of doing major dental work with active cancer, some considering dental detox a major requisite for healing, others warning against it. Also compare Beware of fake alternative and/or holistic dentists and On the link between toxic dentistry (root canals, amalgam, nickel etc.) and cancer.
Castor oil packs (a former liver cancer patient is reported as having used “(Castor) oil packs on his liver area on a daily basis”  which brought tremendous relief to the pain he experienced. He is now back to full-time work thanks to determination and the implementation of the natural Budwig protocol adapted to his delicate digestive system.
Hot baths with Epsom salt
See Fever, detoxification, epsom salt baths & other healing incidentals. Water drinking (use filters as needed)
“A friend of mine mixes pure charcoal and pure water, and paints this on her pain site. She finds great relief in doing this.”

Fish oil [For details re Budwig-compatibility see Budwig FAQ.] Homeopathic remedies-- particularly Aconitum (1M or 10M dose) (apparently “there have been wonderful stories of pain relief using these methods” Protease (bromelain & pancreatin)--reduce inflammation if taken on empty stomach  Exercise (creates endorphins “said to be 50 times stronger than  morphine”). [For details re Budwig-compatibility see Interview with Dr. Budwig]


“We have found MSM to be very helpful.” (A cancer carer) “I would highly recommend taking 2 to 8 grams (2,000 to 8,000 milligrams) of MSM a day, in 2-3 divided dosages, depending on gastrointestinal tolerance. It is recommended that you begin with smaller amounts and gradually increase as needed. Please note that taking MSM at amounts greater than your body's ability to absorb it may result in loose stools. If this should occur, cut back the amount you are taking.” (L. Lanphier MD) More advice and suggestions for natural pain relief for cancer and other pain compatible with Dr. Budwig’s diet & protocol National Cancer Research Fundation

Spinal alignment/adjustments: “Many people are told that their pain is due to cancer progression. ... we find that the pain from the cancer or condition causes muscle spasms, which in turn can cause a vertebra to turn, which will cause a pinched nerve or other spasms, and could ultimately lead towards other problems to cause pain. ... In a large percentage of cancer patients, the pain is due to muscle spasms pulling a disc out of alignment, relative to nutritional deficiencies affecting nerves and muscles, resulting in pinched nerves. The spine is never attended to and the pain is treated as though it were cancer-related, spurring a vicious circle of incorrectly treating pain with incorrect treatments, causing a snowball effect in severity without correcting the problem. We have seen patients who are receiving pain management go for a spinal alignment and walk out with reduced or no pain. Proper nutrition and spinal adjustments cause good results.“

Elena Berezetsky:
"During an inflammatory phase of Hodgkin's disease, most of the remedies on the above list, with a few exceptions (a few of those we didn't try) didn't work for us; some or many of them might work better in other situations though).

The following empirically determined recipes did prove helpful:

Cayenne-lemon drink (in hot water, and very strong, with enough cayenne to make it almost on the "impossible" side but still possible to sip, with great caution. This will require some experimenting.) I used to mix it and hold the cup in one hand and the doctor's prescription for prednisone in another and tell the person suffering from pain, "if you drink it and in twenty minutes it doesn't help, I'm going to fill in this prescription." I had to do it many times. I still have the prescription.

LBG [Light Beam Generator, a device from the vibrational/energy medicine arsenal] was very efficient the first two or three times, then the effects gradually tapered off." [possibly Budwig-compatible]

Dr. Jürgen Buche:
Taheebo eliminates the pain associated with cancer and it multiplies red blood corpuscles. If pain persists, drink approximately 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. each of Lobelia and Ginseng powder in water.

A Garlic enema at the onset of pain will also bring relief. Another pain reliever is a poultice of one part Mullein and three parts Lobelia placed on the area of pain.

A Castor oil pack on the liver area will relieve the pain there. Make sure that you bring heat to the top surface by a hot water bottle or heating pad. Keep the pad in a refrigerator when not in use. A plastic pad will prevent soiling other things like the bed.

A cancer carer (looking after a Budwig diet support group in Africa) on bone and other pain relief:

Inflammation seems to be the main reason for severe bone pain and one needs to address the inflammation in order to ease the pain. Top on the list I have discovered is Omega 3s to ease inflammation. You need omega 3s and this is where the Budwig protocol is so wonderful.

Next to the Budwig protocol is Omega 3s in the form of a good quality Fish oil. Some people have a problem converting plant sources of omega-3s that contain the shorter-chain known as LNA, but the body can only convert five to 10 percent of it to the long-chain omega-3s (EPA and DHA) that exert beneficial inhibitory effects on inflammation. This may also be the reason why the Budwig protocol might not work as well for some people as others.......I honestly wouldn't know, but from experience we have learned that people who do not benefit from the Budwig protocol alone, adding Omega 3s in the form of fish oil might be what they need to ease their pain. (Note by Wilhelm H.: I like to add nutritional yeast to the diet since it contains good amounts of the vitamin B complex as well as other nutrients that are required for better conversion of LNA to long chain omega 3 fatty acids.)

Then following the above, Dr Rath's theory on inflammation and collagen production also makes a lot of sense. The combination of Vit. C, Lysine and Proline with the good qualities found in green tea seem to have some mild effects. You don't need to add these in the form of supplements because you can simply choose healthy foods containing optimum amounts of Vit. C and as we all know, flaxseeds already have the amino acids Lysine and Proline in their natural form as nature intended (Note by Wilhelm H.: It would be in lower dosages as in pill form, but perhaps less is required since in food it comes in its natural complex.). Then last but not least, we have found that supplementing with MSM also brings relief. [as separately listed above]
Added comment by Wilhelm H:
Fish oil or rather cod liver oil was not recommended by Johanna Budwig because it is heat treated and harmful as she said. Udo Erasmus [author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill] agrees with that. There is [at least] one that is not heated and unprocessed. It's called 'Olde World® Icelandic Cod Liver Oil' which I use sometimes. See (I don't know how it stacks up for heavy metals content.)
One of my favourite anti-inflammatories is Bromelain, a substance found in pineapples. Instead of taking pills, one can eat raw pineapple [not cooked or canned]). The combined use of Bromelain (pineapple) and MSM may be more effective in pain relief.

Rick M on the pain relieving effect of sunlight and prostaglandins:

If a sick person floods the body with sunlight, health is much improved and pain is considerably diminished if not eliminated. The amounts of sunlight needed are far greater than is believed and tanning lamps ( or sun beds also work. It seems the Sun also has the ability to overcome/overwhelm toxins in all forms - even external radiations like microwaves and cell phones. This might also be the reason why some whose diets consist mostly of processed foods or hydrogenated oils but who are out in the Sun a lot have no health problems.

Another way to achieve pain relief is to affect the prostaglandin pathway = create series 1 & 3 prostaglandins naturally. Read "Tripping Lightly Down the Prostaglandin Pathways" by Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon found at

To do this requires about 3-4 tablsp. (one each hour) of high quality cod liver oil, but the pain relief takes 3 - 8 hours to 'take effect'. Not fast like drugs but far safer. I've done this several times. Flax oil may work the same way - I don't know how much it takes, a guess would be 2 - 3 times as much...

Enzyme Therapy: "Enzymes substantially reduce the occurrence of metastases and the recurrence of cancer. They make malignant tissues more sensitive to radiation, and at the same time, reduce pain and other side effects of radiation. When used in conjunction with surgery, they reduce postoperative pain and hemorrhage."
[probably Budwig-compatible]
Compare Biopsies can spread cancer and Combatting radiation poisoning tips: Chelating (detoxifying) excess ionizing radiation & destructive radioactivity from your body and treating radiation burns naturally.
More on enzymes: “I would highly recommend enzymes along with eating pineapple before every meal. Enzymes help tremendously with inflammation and pineapples contain a good supply of enzymes.” (Loretta Lanphier MD)

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as pain reliever
Sodium bicarbonate is an easily available alkalinizer and has been used for many applications, including cancer treatment. To quote from Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment by Mark Sircus Ac., OMD:

"Sodium Bicarbonate has attractive and potent analgesic qualities. Dr. Tullio Simoncini recommends that his cancer patients, undergoing his bicarbonate protocols usually via IV administration, take 1 tsp. of sodium bicarbonate mixed in water per day, for pain control as well as to assist in keeping an alkaline internal environment.
We are of course dropping the IV administration as a general recommendation. Though, for some cases it might be appropriate.

Many people have found bicarbonate to be significant to relieve unrelenting headaches as well as pain relief due to physical injury. Within minutes headaches begin to subside and are often completely gone within 30-60 minutes. ‘After suffering from a 4 hour long blinding headache for which nothing I took brought any relief. I tried the sodium bicarbonate with 1 tsp mixed in a glass of water. Within a few short minutes I could feel the headache abating and within the hour it was completely relieved! I tried this again when another headache occurred, and it worked just as miraculously.’
‘After suffering a shoulder injury that caused so much pain after even a few minutes of computer typing, and with none of the natural pain relieving methods providing much relief, sodium bicarbonate was suggested at the 2 hour dosing schedule.’”
Since each half teaspon apparently contains 616 mg of sodium, this is only for short-term treatment, see Mark Sircus' Rich Man’s Poor Man’s Cancer Treatment for more information. An extract from his book can be read at Prostate cancer testimonial with osseous spread:
oral baking soda and blackstrap molasses therapy has helped wipe out bone metastases and reduced PSA to 0.1. [probably Budwig-compatible]


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