The term ‘alternative cancer treatment and medicine’ is used to refer to non-traditional methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. The following are some of the alternative cancer treatment and medicines that have shown some positive impact in helping people with cancer.
For many centuries, herbal medicines have been used all over the world to treat many health conditions. Recently, many people with cancer have opted to use herbal medicine as an alternative therapy. Studies have shown that 60 percent of people with cancer use herbal medicine alongside other conventional cancer treatments. These herbal treatments include:
• Tablets or capsule
• A tincture (a less concentrated alcohol solution derived from plant parts)
• Raw herbs that are boiled in water
• Ointment or cream for skin conditions
Nutrition therapy is of great importance because some patients lose weight during cancer treatment. Others may gain weight, but it all depends on the type of cancer or treatment one has. Underweight patients are encouraged to take food rich in proteins, sugar, and fat. The overall importance of nutrition as an alternative method of treating cancer is to make sure that patients can maintain their weight. The health benefits of weight maintenance include
• Aiding one’s recovery
• Improved immune function
• Reduced hospital admission as a result of dehydration and malnutrition
Acupuncture is a type of treatment whereby a qualified practitioner inserts tiny needles into specific points on your skin. Studies have shown that this treatment can help in relieving nausea as a result of chemotherapy. Acupuncture can also aid in reducing certain types of pain in cancer patients.
This type of treatment uses fragrant oils to create a calming sensation. The oils are applied to cancer patients during a massage. The oil can also be added to bath water. Fragrant oils release scent into the air when they are heated. Aromatherapy helps in relieving pain, nausea and stress. Patients with breast cancer that is estrogen sensitive should avoid applying fragrant oils in large amounts.
Exercise is used to help cancer patients to manage symptoms and signs during and after cancer treatment. Simple exercises can help one to relieve stress and fatigue and also enable one to sleep better. Recent studies have shown that an exercise program help cancer patients live longer. Cancer patients are encouraged to have 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Hypnosis (Deep State of Concentration)
This method of treatment involves a therapist hypnotizing a patient by talking in a soft voice. The therapist helps the patient to concentrate on goals, such as reducing stress and controlling the pain. Hypnosis is of great help especially for cancer patients who are experiencing stress, pain and anxiety.
These techniques help cancer patients to focus on calming their minds by relaxing body muscles. Relaxation techniques help one to relieve anxiety, fatigue and enable one to sleep better. At first the methods will require the assistance of a therapist eventually doing them in time.
Most of these alternative cancer treatments and medication work well together.