Skin Cancer
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Marnie
Posted on: February 28, 1999

My father is 75 years old and was recently diagnosed with skin cancer in the ear. He has had skin cancer on his face approx. 10 years ago. He had it cut out. Since then he has also had spots on his face which they said were cancerous. His doctor says that they will have to cut this out of his ear and he will probably have to have reconstructive surgery to repair his ear. He feels that because this type of cancer is reoccurring he wants to go the natural way and try a herbal remedy instead of surgery. Is this possible? I would appreciate any information you could provide me on this matter.

We cannot ethically suggest cancer remedies to replace recommended surgery. The risks are too great, and we cannot refute the knowledge of the medical establishment. Some types of skin cancer respond well to surgery but unchecked can be fatal.

You certainly can try using reputedly anti-cancer herbs after the surgery to prevent recurrence. We recommend a holistic approach, supporting the digestive, lymphatic and elimination systems, that will encourage efficient elimination of toxins so that the cancer cells are less likely to establish themselves. This approach and some folk remedies for cancer are included on our website in the item "Herbs for Cancer". The item "List of Anti-cancer Herbs" recommends a resource book. Please see our website at, and then go to the "Q&A" area and use the search tool to look for "cancer" or go directly to the Medicinal Uses section.

Folk remedies for skin cancer include the following:

* Turmeric (Curcuma longa): apply externally a paste made by boiling half a cup of Turmeric powder with one cup of pure water to a thick paste. Internally, one teaspoon of paste can be blended with a cup of milk or soy milk.

* Clivers (Galium aparine) juice internally and externally

* Red Clover: external application of a strong tea, simmered until it is the consistency of tar

* Thuja (Thuja oxidentalis): 3-5 drops internally morning and evening

* Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva): External application of the powder, mixed to a paste with Thuja

* Vitamin E: applied externally to reduce chances of getting skin cancer from the sun

Diet: high in Beta-carotenes: carrots, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, apricots, oranges.

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