Natural treatment of cancer pain

Natural Cancer Pain Management & Relief: Medication Alternatives

Introduction by Healing Cancer Naturally

Welcome to this page discussing numerous natural, holistic, and non- or less toxic approaches & alternatives to cancer pain management, medication and relief.

According to Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, one of the most horrific issues regarding present-day oncology is that most cancer patients are given morphine even when only suffering with mild pain. Dr. Hamer says that during the EC [‘Epileptic Crises’], when the patient is actually in the recuperation phase and on his way back to health, a single morphine injection can already be fatal. Morphine paralyzes the intestines and disables the restoration functions, in fact the entire person. Dr. Hamer maintains that the pain felt in the "second stage" is actually a positive sign indicating recovery, which modern medicine doesn't understand and instead interprets as a sign of impending death. So "to make the end easier", morphine will be administered actually killing the person.

To add to Dr. Hamer’s view of morphine sketched above, the National Cancer Research Foundation (www.ncrf.org) observes the following: “Morphine generates an addiction. The body becomes calm at first, then the morphine effectiveness weakens, causing a stronger requirement for increased pain [medication] due to withdrawal symptoms. This gradually increases until the overdose causes biofeedback shutdown, the body shuts down and the person dies. Meanwhile, the family was told that the cancer became more aggressive and consumed the body. The accurate fact is that they turned the patient into a drug addict, requiring more morphine until they died from the overdose. The family becomes so distraught that they accept it and never question the accuracy nor ... request an autopsy to verify the statements.
Many of the cancer patients on [the National Cancer Research Foundation's 'Cellect'] program who did pass away died because of the other toxic treatments and incorrect diagnosis due to incorrect testing formats. While the doctors refer to the problems as ‘cancer progression’, the accurate cause was chemo toxicity and/or morphine overdose, not cancer. Autopsies on many verified ‘no evidence of cancer.’”

Similarly, cancer researcher Dr. Emanuel Revici found that narcotic painkillers promote cancer growth.

Of interest here is also the observation of the nurse in the early 20th century (i.e. in pre-chemotherapy days) who knew that any cancer pain was mild compared to that experienced from the regrowth commonly occurring after medical intervention (quoted in Urine therapy as a cancer cure: testimonials).

Of the “gentle“ and/or non-intrusive cancer pain killing modalities suggested in the following, many are likely to be similarly effective with pain originating from (or attributed to) other sources than cancer or cancerous tumors.

For the benefit of cancer patients using the Budwig diet & protocol for treating cancer, Healing Cancer Naturally has created an extensive page exclusively dedicated to Budwig-compatible pain management and relief.

Cancer Pain Management & Relief:
Alternatives to Pain Medication:
Natural Approaches to Relieving Cancer Pain

by Leonard (leonardleonard1 at earthlink.net), published with permission and complemented by Healing Cancer Naturally © 2004-2012 Copyright Notice

(CAPITALIZED items are reportedly most effective.)

Foods for managing & healing cancer pain

  • Flaxseed oil mixed with quark or cottage cheese (FO/CC)
    complemented by Eldi oils (developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig):
    “As a matter of fact, the practical application of the oils both on the inside (FO/CC) and on the outside (Eldi oils) allows to largely eliminate all narcotic substances.” (from “Inaugural Disputation” by Dr. Budwig). And on p. 150 of her major work "Das Fettsyndrom", Dr. Budwig writes on the subject of overcoming pain and sleeplessness: "Often a glass of [organic] wine is more valuable and bio-logically more beneficial than the pill."
  • Cherries
  • Tempeh & FERMENTED SOY products-- reduces inflammation
  • KOMBUCHA
    See the very remarkable advanced prostate cancer case with extreme pain featured under Kombucha cancer cure testimonials (scroll to number "4 Miscellaneous cancer cure / improvement / pain relief testimonials").
  • Apple cider vinegar & honey:
    1 - 8 oz glass of cool water
    1 - cap full or apple cider vinegar
    2 - Tsp of organic honey
    Stir well and sip until it’s all done.
  • 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 & supplements for managing & healing cancer pain

  • FLOR-ESSENCE/ESSIAC
  • ALOE,particularly aloe arborescens as in the Native cancer therapy & prevention formula: Aloe, honey & rum (Father Romano Zago)
  • Maria Treben's herbs
    have surely both prevented and eliminated a large amount of pain due to cancer. Examples can be read in Maria Treben's "miracle" herbal cancer cures & treatment (I) (prostate cancer surgery followed by intractable pain, male breast cancer causing stabbing and twinging pains, and skin cancer) as well as in Maria Treben's "miracle" herbal cancer cures & treatment (II) (leukemia with strong pain in the spleen).
  • Petasites / Butterbur leaves (Petasites hybridus / officinalis)
    Petasites has powerful pain-relieving properties (compare the story of the man who had a tooth extracted without anesthesia).
    The book "Die Heilkunst von Morgen" [The Healing Arts of Tomorrow] reports the experience of a cancer carer with three patients already on morphine who were freed of all pain by Petasites leaves application (the leaves were always collected fresh). Additionally Petasites leaves extract (home-made) can be administered (the seriously ill are advised by the same source to take three teaspoons a day).
  • NONI JUICE [rather expensive]
    "Scott Gerson [M.D.] states that this product is 70% as effective as morphine, but I don't recall anyone else mentioning Noni as a pain-killer, so I'm skeptical."
  • Mushrooms: MAITAKE (alleviated pain in 83% of patients), CORDYCEPS, shiitake & reishi
  • SUTHERLANDIA, SELENIUM and zinc
    Both pain AND the tumor vanished thanks to the above combination, see Colon cancer cure testimonial - on Sutherlandia frutescens against cancer
  • Medicinal hemp oil/natural THC/medical marijuana/cannabis/cannabinoid oil
    The official database PubMed of biomedical and related studies refers to scientific research showing that medical marijuana inter alia controls chronic non-cancer pain and alleviates chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. A search on the internet also yields results of individuals using its analgesic effect for controlling cancer pain, and former oncology nurse Valerie Warwick who after seventeen years walked out on the conventional cancer industry since she could no longer support it calls cannabis oil a great painkiller and an indispensable part of any (alternative) cancer treatment.
    In addition to the long history of medical marijuana extract as a treatment for various diseases, medicinal hemp oil/natural THC even has been successfully employed as a cancer cure, see Free cancer cure videos (scroll to "Hemp [Cannabis/Medical Marijuana]").
  • DL-PHENYLALANINE (an amino acid)
    A clinical trial carried out by French researchers G. Donzelle et al. (Curing trial of complicated oncologic pain by D-phenylalanine, published in Anesthésie, analgésie, reanimation, 1981;38:655-658) showed DL-phenylalanine to be effective enough to even alleviate the pain often associated with late-stage cancer. DL-phenylalanine works by blocking those enzymes that would otherwise break down the body’s own pain-killing compounds. Other studies/trials on chronic pain patients showed that DL-phenylalanine stimulates nerve pathways in the brain that control pain (and thus reduces chronic pain from migraines, MS and fibromyalgia), strengthens the pain-inhibiting effects of acupuncture (particularly with dental and low back pain), and even increases the effect of habit-forming pharmaceutical opiate drugs.
    Note: persons with the rare disorder called phenylketonuria (lack of an enzyme the body requires to use phenylalanine) must not use DL-phenylalanine. More on DL-phenylalanine (dosage etc.) further down by Dr. Vincent Gammill.
  • Tian Xian paste
    Tian Xian Liquid and pill is a well-researched Chinese herbal preparation which has apparently shown many cancer-healing benefits by strengthening the immune system and enhancing various bodily functions. Used topically etc., it is also used as a pain reliever. See ww.tianxian.com.
  • YAN HU SUO
    (naturalhealthconsult.com/Monographs/yanhusuo.html): from Chinese fumewort; "HAS BEEN COMPARED TO MORPHINE", but another reported five tablets at a time brought “no relief”.
  • PURPLE CONE FLOWER
  • LOBELIA (for both see e.g. theherbfinder.com/index)
    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 (also called Lapacho)
    "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" (comment from www.pau-d-arco.com, now defunct).
  • 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).
    Boswellia, white willow bark, ginger, green-lipped mussel extract: these anti-inflammatory herbs against pain triggered by inflammation inhibit pro-inflammatory mediators, particularly leukotrienes.
    More on anti-inflammatory agents further down.
  • 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. According to Cass Ingram oregano oil can have the same effect on the body as morphine without being addictive.” (Loretta Lanphier MD)
  • SINUSBUSTER (a nasal spray with capsaicin)
    Reportedly helpful even with severe cancer pain and persons unable to ingest spicy food, Sinus Buster was originally designed to help improve nasal congestion and quickly relieve sinus symptoms and pain. The spray contains capsaicin (derived from cayenne pepper), as well as eucalyptol, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), rosemary extract (antimicrobial and antifungal) as well as other natural ingredients and is available online and in health food stores. The pain-relieving action may be due to the capsaicin travelling through the bloodstream to other places in the body where it exerts its well-known medicinal effects. While relief may not be instant, it does seem to be provided. When the pain returns, respray each nostril. A web page dedicated to the subject and which gives important updates re usage instructions and results can be found at http://kelleyeidem.hubpages.com/hub/cancerpain . Example: "I'd use one puff in each nostril once a day. Once my pain was gone, I'd stop. If my pain returned that day, I'd still wait until the next day to use it again - once a day until the pain stopped and then I'd discontinue it again. If it is used this way, it should avoid any pain rebound. Typically the pain rebound is pain in other parts of the body rather than the same old pain. It often includes the left shoulder..."
  • Hot chili pepper powder in water
    Probably the hotter, the better. If you live in India, you may try half a gram of Naga Bhut Jolokia powder, an extremely hot chili pepper with a Scoville rating of 330,000 to 1,000,000, in a sufficient amount of water. A testimonial says that a woman with cancer who used this three to four times a day quickly achieved an 80% reduction in pain and after just three days, felt better than she had in two years. Compare Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum) and Habanero peppers plus garlic cancer treatment.
  • Habanero peppers, garlic, ginger (see Habanero peppers plus garlic cancer treatment):
    A woman with cancer spread to her lungs, breast, arm and lymph nodes had thought two nights prior she would die due to severe pain and breathing problems. After reading about the above recipe, she tried it immediately on bread and reported that after about five minutes she felt good and actually normal within seven hours. Everything else she had been trying was not working quickly while the above worked within minutes and provided 12 hour pain relief.

Vitamins for managing & healing cancer pain

  • Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)-- 50 mg, up to 6 times per day (in Gerson therapy)
  • Vit. C-- I've seen 500 mg, 6 times per day recommended.
  • Vit. K
  • 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.
    Compare background article on Laetrile, Ernst Krebs lecturing on Vitamin B17, Laetrile Details, The Ultimate Cancer Conspiracy: Vitamin B17/Laetrile, Vitamin B17 quotes and the book World Without Cancer.
    Note: freshly ground flaxseeds, an essential part of the Budwig diet, are good sources of natural Vitamin B 17.

Mind-body approaches to managing & healing cancer pain

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) [recommended]
    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 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.
    Compare Energetics.
  • VISUALIZATION/IMAGERY, MEDITATION, & RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
    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.
  • Laughter
    See Can Laughter Reduce Pain?
  • PAIN CONTROL and SURGICAL SUPPORT series audiotapes by Hemi-Sync (hemi-sync.com/catalog)-- I've been told they can be powerfully pain-relieving. I might also consider their Cancer Support Series, Surgical Support Series, and De-Discomfort.
  • Influence & power of mind
    See for instance “Terminal” Cancer Patient In Constant Pain Heals After "Changing His Mind" About Pain.
  • Prayer
    Compare Spirituality.

For more info on mind-body approaches to cancer pain,
annieappleseedproject.org/annieappleseedproject/painfordealw.html

Energy approaches to managing & healing cancer pain

  • Earthing (or grounding), a recent rediscovery of an ancient and apparently essential "health tool"
    The earth's electrons (to which we naturally connect by walking barefoot outside or "technologically" by being connected to the ground via conductive leads) have been found to effect multiple and significant physiological changes and measurable health benefits. These include better sleep, reduced pain and chronic inflammation, thinner, less viscous blood, and a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance. While to my knowledge the pain-reducing effects so far described in the literature concern the musculoskeletal system, regular earthing which infuses the body with free electrons with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects seems such a foundational health and healing practice that it appears unlikely not to have benefits in the area of cancer pain as well.
  • EFT
  • 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 and massage
    According to a compilation made available by Kevin and Barbara Kunz, Reflexology Research Project Directory, a number of controlled studies as 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).
  • Acupuncture
    A comment reads: “I am using acupuncture for my dog and it really is helping. I don't want him on the strong steroids and narcotics. I also do Reiki on my dog right at the spot of the tumor and it seems to help too.”
  • Acupressure
  • Neural therapy
  • 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 bowtech.com)”
  • Reiki & other energy healing
    Compare EFT, Energetics and Healing the Body Through Understanding and Healing the Human Energy Field.
  • Bioptron light therapy
  • Kinesiology
    “[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
    See healpain.net/articles/pain-hld.htm
  • MAGNETS-- see Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer by Diamond et al. (1997, pp. 1032-1046)
    [or do an Internet search for “magnet for cancer pain relief”, “magnets for cancer pain relief”, “magnet pain therapy” etc. Also compare this comment: “After my biopsy I had a lot of bruising and some pain. I used a magnet on it one night & the next day the bruising was nearly gone and the pain was gone. I don't know if they can heal cancer, but I really think that they can help (see Greatest Hits: The Magnetic Answer For Cancer).”]
    Compare Biopsies can spread cancer.
  • Rife machines
  • Papimi pulsed magnet field therapy device (devised by the Greek mathematician and physician Panagiotis [Panos] T. Pappas). Cancer researcher Lothar Hirneise reports that especially with bone pain, sometimes very quick improvement has been obtained.
  • HULDA CLARK'S "ZAPPER"
    Compare Excerpts from Dr. Hulda Clark’s The Cure For All Cancers (detailed information on Dr. Hulda Clark’s general approach).
  • Therapeutic LEDs (Please do a search to find out more.)
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Therapy
    Reportedly providing effective pain relief, TENS is administered in health care facilities. Using a TENS generator/stimulator unit is not recommended for people with heart problems/pacemakers/epilepsy. Caution is required (carefully follow doctor's instructions) in case you have been given a portable TENS device (upon doctor’s prescription).

Detoxification approaches to managing & healing cancer pain

  • Alkalizing one's body via fresh juicing and alkaline foods
    Compare Cesium.
  • Coffee enemas, colonics 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. In his most recent book, he recommends lots of coffee enemas, mental techniques as well as the pain therapy according to Liebscher and Dr. Bracht MD (information in German at www.liebscher-bracht.com).
  • Dental detox - elimination of dental infections (consult a holistic dentist)

    Comments by Healing Cancer Naturally
    German top toxicologist Dr Max Daunderer found that among his patients, most severe chronic pain including cancer pain was caused by the presence of suppurative foci in the jaw. After injecting a local anaesthetic, the pain was frequently gone for long periods. Eventually the purulent tooth was extracted which resulted in permanent pain relief.

    Regarding the removal of root-canalled teeth, Lothar Hirneise reported (in an interview he gave to Studio 12, Slovenia, on 27 Mai 2011) that after removing such dead teeth, occasionally miraculous improvements were seen in cancer patients such as individuals in very poor condition, with no energy but a lot of pain, feeling incredibly better the next day.
    That said, 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 Root canal treatment: on potential health dangers, Beware of fake alternative and/or holistic dentists, On the link between toxic dentistry (root canals, amalgam, nickel etc.) and cancer and Dr. Hulda Clark on dental detox: guidelines for a healthy, toxin-free mouth.
  • 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
    Compare Fever, detoxification, epsom salt baths & other healing incidentals.
  • Water drinking (use filters as needed)
    See Chronic Dehydration Causes Pain & Disease, Including Cancer.
  • Charcoal:
    “A friend of mine mixes pure charcoal and pure water, and paints this on her pain site. She finds great relief in doing this.”

Miscellaneous suggested remedies for managing & healing cancer pain

  • Honey packs
    See entry “Honey poultices eliminate medical radiation damage including bone pain“ under Combatting radiation poisoning tips.
  • 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.“ (source: National Cancer Research Foundation www.ncrf.org)
  • Fish oil
  • Homeopathic remedies-- particularly Aconitum (1M or 10M dose)
    (apparently “there have been wonderful stories of pain relief using these methods”)
  • Poly-MVA
  • CoQ10-- at least 200 mg/day
  • Protease (bromelain & pancreatin)--reduce inflammation if taken on empty stomach
  • Hydrazine sulfate
  • Germanium-132 (Ge-132)-- very effective pain reliever; take moderate to large doses ONLY under supervision of physician.
  • Alkalinizing one's body, particularly by using CESIUM-- use ONLY under medical supervision; quote, "severe pain from prostate cancer disappeared a couple of days after he began the cesium. Before that, he was on morphine". May take up to 3 days to be effective. For more info on cesium for pain relief, see "The Pain of Terminal Cancer” on pp. 313- of Painfree in Six Weeks by Sherry Rogers; reprinted at getandstaywell.com/archive32.shtml.
    More on Cesium.
    Sodium bicarbonate is also strongly alkalizing. Compare Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as pain reliever.
  • Exercise (creates endorphins “said to be 50 times stronger than morphine”).
    Compare Activate Your Lymphatic System and On cancer prevention and exercise: scientific research studies into protective effects of physical activity & training on cancer incidence, risk & mortality.
  • MSM
    “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)
  • Dr. Emanuel Revici's cancer pain remedies
    (for background on Dr. Revici's approach to cancer, see here)

    Revici found sulphur to be the key missing ingredient in what he termed "anabolic" types of cancer, while cancer patients with a "catabolic" imbalance were found to benefit from added phosphorus.

    Dr Revici developed his own medicines based on his discoveries. For targeted pain relief for cancer pain due to an anabolic imbalance, you can simply try supplying extra sulfur eg by eating some freshly grated horseradish with oil (or a spice such as Wasabi) or organic mustard (all of these foods are rich in highly bioavailable sulphur). People with a catabolic imbalance might wish to try raw pumpkin seeds (one of the richest food sources of phosphorus) to fight cancer pain. (The above-listed MSM of course is also a great source of sulfur.)
    An explanation why these elements have worked can be read under http://newsletters.getresponse.com/archive/afformations/-Two-foods-that-can-kill-your-cancer-pain-116786203.html .
  • Relevit (Letstalkhealth.com or Donsbach.com)
  • Tramadol (Ultram) -
    "endorsed by [LEF.org] as the pain med of choice for cancer patients, does not depress the immune system, instead increasing natural killer cell activity"
    www.ortho-mcneil.com/products/pi/pdfs/ultram.pdf (Prescribing information)
    http://search.lef.org/src-cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=7&EXTRA_ARG=&CFGNAME=M ssFind%2Ecfg&host_id=42&page_id=8913920&query=tramadol&hiword=tramadol+
  • www.lowerpain.org offers the free recipe for a home-made pain spray which isn't specifically targeted for cancer pain but which can help with pain from external tumors (it was also found helpful with severe itching). It was "invented" by Kelley Eidem, author of "The Doctor Who Cures Cancer".
  • SPES--"more effective than morphine" (Donald Yance, 1999, p. 165); by Botaniclab (800-242-5555)

More info on cancer pain relief:

  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bWlxO-IyBU
    10 tips for natural cancer pain management
    http://youtu.be/Ggmfixd_dkg
    Body Detox Tips-The #1 Natural Method for Pain Reduction
  • www.alkalizeforhealth.org
  • www.stopcancer.com/pain.htm
  • www.annieappleseedproject.org/painstudies.html
  • www.lef.org/protocols/health_concerns/chronic_pain_01.htm
  • www.painsupport.co.uk (natural methods; not specifically cancer)
  • www.mercola.com/2003/dec/20/pain_relief.htm
    For healing cancer, it's best (if possible) to AVOID/minimize the use of opiates and chemical painkillers other than (possibly) aspirin and naltrexone.
  • http://youtu.be/Ggmfixd_dkg
    Body Detox Tips-The #1 Natural Method for Pain Reduction

More advice and suggestions for natural pain relief for cancer and other pain

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.
Tai chi or chi kung (aka taiji or qigong) (see above).
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."

Dr. Vincent Gammill of www.natural-oncology.org:

“[While I would not dope patients on narcotics], with an aggressive alternative therapy the pain usually subsides in a few days. If not there are many other solutions that don't turn the patients into mugwumps. They can use DLPA [DL-phenylalanine] or high dose menadione.
DLPA can be picked up at many/most vitamin stores. Usual dose is about 3 grams per day until pain is gone. DL-phenylalanine slows the catabolism of the body's endorphins. Once management is achieved modulate at about 500mg per day.
Menadione (vit K3): Yugoslavian research in the mid-50s showed works as well as morphine for cancer patients 75% of the time. I have routinely observed pain reduction with menadione...Most physicians are afraid to use it in therapeutic dosages as part of an oncology protocol as they fear undesired blood clotting. This fear is unfounded. Chickens have been given 1,000 times the normal physiological dose of K3 and the only effect is that the blood clotting time is shortened by half. Some blood thinners can sometimes be used with K3 but you must be careful using blood thinners with cancer patients.
Menadione is harder to find. It is easily available in tablet or injectable form in Mexico. Use levels in the 20-30 mg range IV or IM once a day... The injection dose is 20-50mg as the bisulfite. I often use dosages of over 100mg as the bisulfite which makes it water soluble. Bisulfites make useful addition products for aldehydes and methyl ketones. They are used as preservatives for wines, salads, etc. A few people have a sensitivity but I haven't seen it.
Menadione is best used with Vit C [& lipoic acid].”
Note: "I used to be significantly sensitive to sulfites and bisulfites. However, with MSM (6 grams/day) I can now tolerate sulfites. MSM is a natural sulphur compound". (reference provided by Leonard)

Dr. A., a naturopathic physician:

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.

Dottie of http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cesiumtherapy:

Cesium high pH therapy relieves the pain pretty quickly, in fact, cesium treatment will remove the pain problem in just a few days, as well as stopping the cancer. My advice would be to get started on Cesium as soon as possible. Make sure you include all of the necessary nutrients for the treatment. There are experienced people that will help you with the treatment. At the above site where we are attempting to collect some good information from users and those professionals who have some knowlege and experience, you can also read some personal experiences and find help. (Article on cesium at www.royalrife.com/cesium.html, with material by Dr. Sartori who did much of the clinical work on cesium at royalrife.com/sartori.html.)
Compare for instance the extensive Cesium Chloride (High pH Therapy): A Cure for Cancer? and cancertutor.com/Cancer/Alkaline.html.

Added comment by L. Lanphier MD: “While cesium does work for some in the area of pain, I have not seen it work effectively for everyone. If this route is taken, the patient needs to be closely monitored for potassium levels. This is crucial and I would highly suggest that this only be attempted if under the care of a knowledgeable healthcare professional.”

For another, more easily available alkalizer, compare Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as pain reliever.

A cancer carer (looking after a support group) 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.

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 gardenoflifeusa.com/detail_cod_liver.shtml (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 (sperti.com) 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
westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/tripping.html.
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...
Compare Healing with Light and the notes on fish and cod liver oil in Budwig diet & protocol: tips & frequently asked questions.

From alkalizeforhealth.net/cancerpain.htm:

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."
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 (also called bicarbonate of soda) 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 teaspoon apparently contains 616 mg of sodium, this is only for short-term treatment, see Mark Sircus' book Sodium Bicarbonate - Full Medical Review (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.
Compare Treating Cancer & Destroying Tumors w/ Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate): Is Cancer “Just a Fungus”?

Edgar Cayce on “quick relief of continuous pain” (click here)

Help with painful adhesions after abdominal surgery

  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
    MSM softens and can even dissolve scar tissue and frequently works as a powerful pain reliever, including with adhesions.
  • Castor oil packs (according to Edgar Cayce)
    have dissolved abdominal scar tissue from adhesions after applying them for an hour each day for about two months.
  • Foot reflexology (anecdotal case report)
    Erika Herbst's landmark book "Die Heilkunst von Morgen" [The Healing Arts of Tomorrow] reports on one Wilhelm Heuser who after five abdominal surgeries had considerable discomfort and pain from adhesions. Since his doctors couldn't help, he tried foot refloxology with which he had had excellent results for other complaints. With adhesions the (external and internal) scars must be well supplied with blood so that the tissues stay or re-become elastic. For four months he had daily foot refloxology sessions (possibly self-applied) and now is free of complaints from adhesions and always feeling well. He also changed to a wholefoods diet and took bee pollen and Silicea on a daily basis. This lifestyle very considerably improved his general health.
  • Kelley Eidem's recipe (based on anecdotal case report)
    Author Kelley Eidem suggests using his habanero peppers/garlic recipe together with one or two Zymessence (found online and perhaps at health food stores) three times a day taken with 8 ounces of water on an empty stomach plus some digestive enzymes with food.
  • In cases of intractable pain, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has often provided extremely effective pain relief.
  • Visceral Manipulation, a technique developed by French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral, has been used for a host of health challenges including post-operative scar tissue and may be worth looking into (www.barralinstitute.com).

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