Thursday, 22 September 2016

Types of alternative cancer treatments (1)

Types of alternative cancer treatments (1)

There are many complementary ways patients can use along with standard treatment to help relieve symptoms or side effects and to ease pain. Even if they aren’t fully tested, patients can choose methods that don’t usually cause harm and won’t interfere with the cancer treatment. Here are examples of some complementary methods that some people have found helpful and safe when used along with standard medical treatments:

·         Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy or essential oils therapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. It uses fragrant oils to provide a calming sensation. Oils, infused with scents such as lavender, can be applied to the skin during a massage, or the oils can be added to bath water. Fragrant oils can also be heated to release their scents into the air. A form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function. Aromatherapy is a safe method, though oils applied to the skin can cause allergic reactions sometimes. People with cancer that is estrogen sensitive, such as some breast cancers, should avoid applying large amounts of lavender oil and tea tree oil to the skin.
·         Exercise. Regular exercise may help patients manage signs and symptoms during and after cancer treatment. Many studies have shown that an exercise program may help people with cancer improve their overall quality of life. Patients should start slowly, adding more exercises as they go and the duration should be at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
·         Acupuncture. Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force believed to flow through pathways in the body. By inserting needles into specific points along these pathways, acupuncture practitioners believe that the energy flow will rebalance. Studies showed that acupuncture may be helpful in relieving nausea caused by chemotherapy. Acupuncture may also help relieve certain types of pain in people with cancer. This technique is safe, but it should be performed by a licensed practitioner using sterile needles. Acupuncture isn't safe in case of taking blood thinners or if the patient has low blood counts.

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