The Role of Turmeric in Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies

Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:15 February 2019 

Are you confused by the terms ‘complementary’ and ‘alternative’? They are often used interchangeably, but this distinction is made by cancer and medical authorities. ‘Complementary’ therapies are those used alongside conventional cancer treatments, usually to manage side effects. On the other hand, ‘alternative’ therapies are used instead of conventional treatment.


While many complementary therapies are being scientifically researched for use in the treatment of people with cancer, alternative therapies are unlikely to be tested in this way. Turmeric, or it’s active part, curcumin, is the focus of a lot of scientific research and clinical trials for the role it plays in reducing inflammation. There is a good chance that in the future we will see turmeric (curcumin) being used as a part of conventional treatment, but the science is still uncertain.


Some people choose not to go down the conventional treatment path. And some are using Turmeric supplements as an alternative treatment, instead of radiation and chemotherapy. Others choose to use Turmeric supplements as a complementary medicine, to manage the awful side-effects of conventional cancer treatments. Many Australians diagnosed with cancer seek out complementary therapies. Apparently, two out of three people with cancer used at least one form of complementary therapy during or after their cancer treatment.


Why use a complementary or alternative cancer therapy?

There are many reasons why people diagnosed with cancer use complementary therapies. For many, it is important to try as many options as possible.

Reasons include:
• wanting a healthier lifestyle
• feeling more in control
• helping improve the side effects of conventional cancer treatment
• boosting the immune system to help fight infection
• strengthening the body to cope with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy
• trying to reduce the need for invasive, painful or expensive conventional treatments
• liking the idea of treating the whole person
• enhancing quality of life
• helping with palliative care


Turmeric is still under the microscope. It’s effectiveness in the treatment of various cancers is still under investigation. Meanwhile, for people diagnosed with cancer, it may be helpful to get advice from a health specialist about using PFE Turmeric Plus Oral Liquid Supplement. It may be effective in reducing the inflammation associated with cancer symptoms and treatments. Send your health specialist here for more information.