The remedies gathered here are generally considered effective ways
to promote breast health, reverse in situ cancers, and moderate
the side effects of orthodox cancer treatments.
• To maintain breast health, read Section One. If you’ve
recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, read Section Two. To
prevent recurrence, go back and read Section One. To help you take
action on the remedies discussed in each section, most chapters
conclude with a section of resources.
• The remedies are presented in the framework of the Wise
Woman Tradition and the Six Steps of Healing.
The Wise Woman Tradition offers a view different from that of both
alternative and orthodox medicine. In the Wise Woman Tradition,
illness is viewed as an opportunity for greater health/wholeness.
Death is seen as an initiation, a graduation, the last act, the
climax. While death is acknowledged as the ultimate outcome of all
lives, accepting this does not mean relinquishing the desire to
stay alive. The Wise Woman Way offers us prevention and treatment
options that benefit us and help maintain the health of our families,
our communities, and the Earth.
The Six Steps of Healing give us a way to use all available healing
options as safely as possible. (See chart opposite.)
• All Step 0 suggestions are interchangeable for all problems.
• Steps 0, 1, 2, and 3 can prevent and help you deal with
breast cancer. Daily doses of deep relaxation (Step 0), varied intellectual
and sensory information (Step 1), energetic engagement (Step 2),
loving nourishment, and adequate exercise (both Step 3) are important
parts of maintaining or reclaiming breast health.
• Remedies from Steps 0, 1, 2, and 3 are considered safe
even if you are using orthodox treatments. When Step 4 and 5a remedies
work well with orthodox treatments they are called complementary
medicines. Seek expert advice before using Steps 5b or 6.
• The Six Steps of Healing can be used incrementally and globally:
Incremental Approach: Start with Steps 0 and 1, setting a time limit
for yourself. (It can be three seconds or three months or . . .)
When the time limit is up, you can extend it (and continue with
Steps 0-1) or add on Step 2, setting another time limit. Again,
when time’s up, you can extend it or add Step 3. Continue
this way, adding remedies from Steps 4, 5a, 5b, and 6 as needed.
When the problem is resolved, don’t stop. Go back through
the steps, in reverse order, letting go of each one before returning
to Step 0. (When you return to Step 1, it becomes share information.)
Global Approach: If you know you are going to use orthodox treatments
such as surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy (Steps 5 and 6), use
all six steps together: Surrender to the mysteries of life and death
(Step 0), collect information (Step 1), explore energy work (Step
2), nourish all aspects of yourself (Step 3), stimulate your immune
system (Step 4), and take supplements for a brief interval (Step
5a). Healing from surgery is amazingly rapid when the global approach
is used. Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation are kept to
a minimum with the global approach.
• Consult the Materia Medica for cautions, dosage range, botanical
name, and other helpful information about the herbs mentioned most
frequently in this book. Consult the Herbal Pharmacy for instructions
on making specific preparations such as infusions and infused oils.
Different preparations of herbs can produce very different effects.
Unfamiliar word? Look in the glossary, page 327.
• The ' indicates remedies recommended by
• Trust your own sense of what’s right for you. Seek
second and third opinions. Respect the uniqueness of your body,
your intuitions, and your feelings.
May it be in beauty; may it be in a sacred way.
Cancer? Breast Health the Wise Woman Way
by Susun S. Weed
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