But there is also an impatient person then combines moderen treatment with alternative medicine, including acupuncture, massage and breathing exercises, including herbal remedies.
"The downside is that there is a chemical drug side effects, its sharp and reactive and able to cause environmental damage if used long term," said Drs. Oswald T. Tampubolon, Apt. the National Seminar on Herbs for Cancer: Recent Developments and Prospects in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta.
For that, Tampubolon offers an alternative herbal treatment to overcome cancer. According to him, herbal medicine has a number of advantages of which may contain certain substances that have not / not detected but instead provide optimal benefits to cancer treatment; be received well by the body and rarely have side effects from herbal medicine.
"It would be better if some of the herbal ingredients that have the same properties are grouped and then combined and mixed together to obtain the maximum potential and the expansion of the treatment spectrum," he said as quoted detikHealth Tampubolon, Tuesday (07/03/2012).
That way, said Tampubolon predicted this treatment will cure cancer faster because there are complementary effects in the combined these herbal ingredients.
Unfortunately, herbal medicines have lost prestige of chemical drugs. According Tampubolon, the reason there are four, namely:
- Chemical medicine raw materials are easier to obtain, not as seasonal as the raw materials of herbal medicines
- Can be prepared by chemical synthesis
- Production standards can be made, especially for industrial scale
- Economical and product continuity is assured
Instead dr. Johan Kurnianda, Sp.PD., K-HOM of the Faculty of Medicine commented, herbal medicine one should not be used to uphold all the principles of evidence-based medicine (treatment based on scientific evidence). But herbal remedies have not been able to be used as a substitute for standard treatment, it is only complementary.
dr. Johan also recognizes that the actual number of drugs used in chemotherapy derived from herbal ingredients including lamtoro of leaves and pine sort of Amazon forest in Brazil.
"But it's herbal treatment instead of non-adverse effects. Many cases of herbal medicine is evidence-based was incomplete had been used in clinical practice, let alone be promoted as a replacement for the standard treatment," said dr. Johan.
"For example, many cases of herbal medicine which when consumed cause nausea and vomiting or heartburn. There is also a long ginkgo biloba is believed to cure cancer in the elderly it can give side effects such as bleeding because they interfere with hemostasis of the body," said Dr. Johan.
In addition to other standard treatments, dr. Johan also offers the latest cancer treatments called targeted therapies. The treatment is targeted at specific molecules that cause cancer then the treatment is considered more effective than chemotherapy or radiotherapy, after all, is more secure against normal cells around it.