Sothering therapy is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that’s used to treat cancer. Sothering is also known by the Chinese terms for “baths,” “facial massage,” “hydrotherapy,” and “liquids.”
Sothering is used to treat cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, stomach, liver, gall bladder, and other abdominal organs. It’s thought to be effective for a variety of different types of cancers, but it’s not yet clear what type of cancer you might benefit most from sothering therapy.
There are many different types of sothering, but most of them are based on the idea that cancer cells need to move around and get some fresh air and humidity.
What does the research say?
People in the West have had a long history of treating cancer with sowing, growing, and harvesting herbs, but this tradition is dying out in many parts of the world.
As a result, many people in the West look to alternative treatments for cancer. But many of these alternative treatments aren’t as well-studied or well-supported as Western medicine.
There’s some evidence that sothering could help treat cancer, but more research is needed to determine whether it’s effective and safe.
A 2014 study of more than 300 people with breast cancer found that sothering helped relieve pain and improve overall quality of life.
The study also found that the sowing method was more likely to benefit people with stage 3 breast cancer than those with stage 1 or stage 2. It might be effective for people with stage 4 breast cancer.
A similar study found that sowing and hydrotherapy helped relieve pain and improve quality of life in people with pancreatic cancer.
Sothering with water
In TCM, water is often used to treat cancer, and sothering is often done in a water bath.
In a water bath, a person lies on a bed or a mat on the floor and is immersed in a warm, shallow pool of water. Some people may find it more comfortable to lie on their side, but the bottom of the water bath should never be higher than the waist.
The idea is that cancer cells need to move around and get some fresh air and humidity.
Sowing and hydrotherapy
Many people find sowing and hydrotherapy more comfortable than lying in a bed or on a mat on the floor. If you have cancer, your doctor can recommend the best type of sowing and hydrotherapy for you.
Sowing or hydrotherapy can be done by soaking in a warm, shallow pool of water, or by laying on a bed or mat on the floor with your head propped up.
The treatment is thought to be especially helpful for those with cancer of the pancreas, stomach, and esophagus. But it’s not yet clear whether it’s effective for a variety of different types of cancers.
Research on the effects of sowing and hydrotherapy on cancer is limited.
A 2014 review of studies found that sowing and hydrotherapy helped relieve pain and improve quality of life in people with pancreatic cancer.
A small 2018 study of people with pancreatic cancer found that sowing was more likely to benefit women than men.
A small 2019 study of people with pancreatic cancer found that sowing and hydrotherapy helped relieve pain and improve quality of life.
A 2017 review of studies found that hydrotherapy was more effective than sowing in helping people with pancreatic cancer.
Hydrotherapy involves moving water into a person’s body. It’s often used to help people with cancer feel better.
Hydrotherapy can be done in a bath tub, a large swimming pool, or a water-filled bath.
In a bath, a person lies on a bed or a mat on the floor and is immersed in a warm, shallow pool of water. Some people may find it more comfortable to lie on their side, but the bottom of the water bath should never be higher than the waist.
Hydrotherapy is sometimes called aqua therapy or water massage.
Research on the effects of hydrotherapy on cancer is limited.
A small 2017 study found that hydrotherapy was more effective than sowing in helping people with breast cancer.
A small 2017 study of people with pancreatic cancer found that hydrotherapy was more effective than sowing and hydrotherapy together.
It’s important to note that this study had a small number of participants. It’s also possible that hydrotherapy was more effective because it’s a different type of treatment.
More research is needed to determine whether hydrotherapy is effective and safe for people with cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the pancreas. It’s one of the deadliest types of cancer, but it’s also one of the most treatable.
Pancreatic cancer grows slowly and isn’t usually found until it’s fairly advanced.
The pancreas is a gland that makes digestive enzymes and insulin. It also produces hormones that help control blood sugar levels.
Pancreatic cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body, including the lungs, liver, and other organs.
How is it treated?
If you have pancreatic cancer, your doctor will want to find a way to treat it. The most common treatment is surgery, but other types of treatment are also commonly used.
Most people with pancreatic cancer will need surgery to remove all or part of their pancreas. This can be done using open surgery, laparoscopy, or robot-assisted surgery.
The type of surgery you’ll need depends on the type of cancer and where it’s in your pancreas.
It’s also common to remove cancer that has spread to other parts of your body.
Chemotherapy is commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer. It’s often used in combination with other treatments.
Chemotherapy can help kill cancer cells, but it can also kill healthy cells in your body. This can make side effects more serious.
If you’re getting chemotherapy, your doctor will try to figure out which treatments are most likely to help you. Your doctor can tell you more about which treatments might be most effective for you.
Targeted therapy is sometimes used to treat cancer. It’s not used as often as chemotherapy, but it can be helpful for some people with cancer.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that affect specific parts of the cancer cells.
Targeted drug therapy is often used to treat pancreatic cancer. It’s often used in combination with other treatments.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells.
Radiation therapy doesn’t work as well on pancreatic cancer cells as it does on cancer cells in other parts of the body.
Radiation therapy is often used in combination with other treatments.
Immunotherapy uses drugs that help the immune system fight cancer. Cancer cells sometimes have proteins or other substances on their surface that can be recognized by the immune system.
Immunotherapy can be used to try to destroy cancer cells that have proteins on their surface that the immune system can recognize.
Immunotherapy can be used in combination with other treatments.
What are the side effects of pancreatic cancer?
Depending on which treatments you have, side effects may be more likely if you have pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer isn’t as common as other types of cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. It’s also the fourth leading cause of death from cancer.
For most people with pancreatic cancer, surgery and other treatments can help them live longer and feel better.
The most common side effects of pancreatic cancer are fatigue, pain, and nausea.
Research is ongoing as researchers try to find ways to improve treatment for pancreatic cancer.
You can learn more about pancreatic cancer and how to talk to your doctor about your treatment options in the American Cancer Society Cancer Information Center’s Pancreatic Cancer Information and Support Site.
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