Chinese Herbs For Pets and Cancer
How can Chinese Herbs For Pets and Cancer healing help your pet?
Boxer, a 10 years old domestic long hair male neutered cat, was diagnosed with nasal lymphoma in October 2014.
His clinical signs at the time were mainly stuffy nose and dry cough without any nasal or ocular discharge.
Following blood work, chest and abdominal radiographs and after excluding other potential causes such as rhinitis, foreign body and viral infection, Boxer was placed under general anesthesia for a rhinoscopy-guided nasal biopsy . Histopathological results confirmed the presence of highly malignant nasal lymphoma.
After consulting with several oncologists, the most effective conventional therapeutic option offered was radiation therapy.
However, my family and I have decided against radiation therapy due to potential side effects associated with proximity to the eyes, Boxer’s quality of life, high cost of treatment as well as high chance of metastasis to another body organ, mainly the kidneys, within 1 year of therapy.
Boxer was placed on short term steroids to decrease inflammation.
Following a consult with Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder and president of the Chi institute, Boxer was started on three potent Chinese herbal formulas, Wei Qi Booster, Stasis Breaker and Xin Yi San.
In TCVM, Wei Qi Booster is used to strengthen Qi, blood, Yin, Yang, and enhance the immune function.
It is designed for treatment of chronic illness, chronic infection, anemia, post chemotherapy and radiation, improve general health and prevention of upper respiratory infection.
Stasis Breaker: Used to remove blood stasis (since in TCVM nodules and tumors are classified as blood stasis and stagnation)
Xin Yi San: Used for nasal Qi stagnation, nasal congestion and sneezing
The herbs were mixed into wet food and introduced very gradually, paying attention to side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea or appetite loss. Steroids where tapered down and discontinued after 3 months of therapy.
Boxer tolerated the herbs very well and until this day he is still free of clinical signs.
About Lymphoma :
Lymphoma, also known as lymphosarcoma, is a malignant cancer of the lymphocytes, cells found in almost every organ in the body. Lymphocytes play an important part of the immune system. Unsurprisingly, lymphoma is also the most common form of cancer found in cats, accounting for 33 percent of all feline tumors.
Since lymphocytes are found almost everywhere in the body, a number of major body systems are subject to feline lymphoma.
The form of lymphoma affecting the thymus gland is called “mediastinal” lymphoma. The thymus Gland lies underneath the top of the breastbone, and over the lungs and heart. It produces a type of white blood cell called a t-lymphocyte. Tumors of the thymus gland can grow very large, causing breathing difficulty and coughing as well as difficulty swallowing. They are most common in young cats, usually two years old or younger.
The gastrointestinal tract includes the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. Gastrointestinal lymphoma targets older cats, ranging from seven to ten years and older.
Symptoms of gastrointestinal lymphoma are decreased appetite with accompanying weight loss, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some of these symptoms are also common in other feline diseases. The only definitive way of diagnosing is through biopsy, which must be done under general anesthesia.
Multicentric lymphoma can be found anywhere lymph nodes are located, including under the jaw, in the groin area, under the top of the front leg. Because these lymph nodes are close to the surface, bumps may be readily visible. It is less common than the other forms of lymphoma.
Extranodal lymphoma includes the nasal cavity (most common), skin, kidneys, or central nervous systems.
The most common symptoms of nasal lymphoma are
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing through nasal passages
- Increased attempts to breathe through the mouth
- Facial swelling
- Discharge from the noseWhile early diagnosis, thorough workup, very close observation and the use of Western technology and knowledge helped diagnose the disease, Eastern medicine offered a less aggressive, more holistic and natural approach to help decrease the symptoms and strengthen the immune system, suppressing the damage done by the cancer cells. If you are interested in Chinese Herbs For Pets and Cancer cures, please consult me for a free meeting.