Lucky is feeling good and has normal appetite. She appears to feel good but is a little more tired, probably needs to be attributed to the Rescue Chemotherapy yesterday. Checking her lymph nodes what seems to be every hour, i am not seeing the quick response now compared to the first time she received this drug.
I am starting to wonder if something else is going on. Either we are not on the right Protocol or something else is happening. Since Lucky’s overall health and demeanor are good. We are waiting for the weekend to be over so we can see the Oncologist and hopefully get a good diagnosis of what is going on. Since we had trouble to get a definite diagnosis of the exact type of lymphoma, there may be something amiss.
I started Lucky on Essiac Tea 5 days ago. In a nutshell, Essiac is a product that is composed of 4 herbs. Two of those herbs – Sheep Sorrel and Burdock Root – are known to kill cancer cells. The other two herbs build the immune system and deal with detox and protecting the organs. Trials have been conducted by Nurse Caisse – Essiac spelled backwards – under the supervision of Medical Professionals in Canada using her tea. She treated many cancer patients and a variety of different cancers successfully.
These Trials were conducted on people but the tea is suitable for animals as well. There are strict guidelines to follow for creating the concoction, how to store the finished product, how much to administer per lb of body weight, and what potential problems to look out for. So what do we have to lose? There are many companies selling essiac teas which don’t contain the root part of the sheep Sorrel Herb. It is very important that the tea contains the whole plant, including root, to be effective. So if you are looking for this tea, make sure the root is included.
Some companies also advertise this teas with up to or more than 8 herbs. This was a formula Nurse Caisse conducted trials but eventually she narrowed her recipe down to 4 herbs. Anything else is said to be a waste and not effective. So be careful what you buy since this tea does not come cheap.
Essiac tea may cause this increase in swelling as it has been know to draw cancer cells back to its original place of first occurrence before starting to break up. In my best case scenario is that this is what is going on, but again, I may just be grasping at straws. I gut feeling tells me that it is worth trying different approaches to treatment, which in our case will include holistic and unconventional options. Trust your gut feeling and do what you think is right for your pet.
Anyhow, the tea did not cause the swelling since it occurred before including the tea, but it may explain why the lymph nodes have not reduced in size since yesterday’s rescue chemo treatment. Only time will tell and then I probably will still not know for sure.
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