Lung cancer in the eyes of traditional Chinese medicine

Lung cancer, also known as primary bronchial lung cancer, is caused by deficiency of vital energy and invasion of pathogenic toxins. It is a malignant disease characterized by phlegm and turbidity, stagnation of Qi and blood stasis, and accumulation in the lungs, resulting in pulmonary anoxia and depression. Its main clinical manifestations are cough, hemoptysis, chest pain, fever and shortness of breath.

non small cell lung cancer
non small cell lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common malignant tumors. The incidence of lung cancer ranks first or second in all tumors, and it is increasing year by year. The age of onset of lung cancer is more than 40 years old. The ratio of male to female is about 5:1.
Surgical treatment of early lung cancer is a reliable means to achieve cure and long-term effect, but the effect is still unsatisfactory. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are effective for some patients in the near future, but the toxicity and side effects are great, the recurrence and metastasis rate is high, most of them have only palliative effect. Integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine treatment can complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and give full play to the role of various treatment methods in various stages of disease. It can suppress or eliminate cancer cells to the maximum extent under the premise of improving the body’s immunity. The combination of traditional Chinese and Western medicine can improve the curative effect or reduce toxicity and increase efficiency, improve symptoms, improve the quality of life and prolong the survival time.
This disease belongs to the category of “pneumoconiosis”, “ruffian”, “cough”, “hemoptysis” and “chest pain” in TCM. For example, “Su Wen Qi Disease Theory” said: “under the threat of disease, full of Qi upside down,… The name of the disease is the accumulation of interest, which may be better to eat. “Spiritual Pivot, Pathogenesis of Evil Qi and Viscera” said: “Pulmonary veins… Slightly urgent for lung cold and heat, laziness, spitting blood, lumbar, back and chest. “Su Wen Yuji Zhenzang Lun” said: “Big bones withered, big meat sunk, chest full of breath, wheezing inconvenience, internal pain leading shoulder items, body heat flesh breaking. “Difficult Classics on Five-Zang-organ Accumulation Disease” says: “The accumulation of lungs means the cardiac arrest… For a long time, it makes people feel cold and hot in Zhejiang Province, wheezing and fever, and obstruction of the lungs. These descriptions are similar to the main clinical manifestations of lung cancer. Some prescription books in Song Dynasty contain prescriptions for treating common symptoms of lung cancer, such as cough, bleeding, chest tightness, chest pain and thin face and corpus luteum. Jinyuan Li Dongyuan treated Xicardi Pills with pneumoconiosis, the syndrome treated was similar to lung cancer symptoms. Ming Zhang Jingyue’s “Jingyue Quanshu Damage” said, “Those who are tired, dumb, unable to breathe or breathe, will die if their lungs fail.” This is the same as the clinical manifestation of advanced lung cancer, and clearly points out that the prognosis is poor. “The origin of miscellaneous diseases is rhinoceros candle. The origin of accumulative diseases and hooliganism” refers to “the accumulation of evil in the chest, obstruction of the airway, Qi is not clear, for phlegm, food, blood, all have to fight with the positive, evil wins, positive can not be made, and then the formation of lumps”, which shows that the formation of pulmonary lumps and the invasion of Zhengxu and evil, Qi is not connected, phlegm and blood struggle together”. It has important enlightening significance for future generations to study the pathogenesis and treatment of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is a common disease name of Chinese and Western medicine. Western medicine classifies lung cancer according to histology, which can be divided into squamous cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma and so on. Among them, squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type. Because of the different locations of tumors, central lung cancer and peripheral lung cancer are often classified clinically, and central lung cancer is common.
Primary bronchogenic carcinoma, other primary malignant tumors of the lung and metastatic tumors of the lung can be differentiated and treated according to this section.

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