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10 alternative cancer treatments worth a try

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:03pm
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Alternative cancer treatments won’t play any role in curing your cancer, but they may provide some relief from signs and symptoms.

There is no proof that complementary and alternative therapies can treat kidney cancer successfully. However, complementary and alternative therapies may help you relieve signs and symptoms caused by cancer and cancer treatments, such as anxiety, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, difficulty sleeping, and stress may be lessened by alternative treatments.

Many patients are interested in trying complementary and alternative treatments when they feel like they have little control over their health, alternative therapies can offer some help. But some alternative cancer treatments are unproved and can be dangerous.

Which alternative cancer treatments are worth trying? and orange color for books, CDs and DVDs we recommend for alternative cancer treatments.  or you can search similar items on Amazon and Ebay.

Here are 10 alternative cancer treatments are generally safe and they have shown some promise in helping people with cancer. Talk to your doctor if you’re interested in trying:

Acupuncture is safe if it’s performed by a licensed practitioner using sterile needles. Acupuncture isn’t safe if you’re taking blood thinners or if you have low blood counts, so check with your doctor first.

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  • Hypnosis. Hypnosis is a deep state of concentration. During a hypnotherapy session, a therapist may hypnotize you by talking in a gentle voice and helping your relax. You therapist will then help you focus on goals, such as relieving your pain and reducing your stress.

Aromatherapy may be helpful in relieving pain, anxiety and stress. It may also help prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Hypnosis is safe if it’s performed by a certified therapist. But let your therapist know if you have a history of mental illness.

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  • Biofeedback. During biofeedback therapy, you use your mind to control various body functions, such as heart rate and blood flow. A biofeedback therapist can monitor a specific body function, such as muscle tension or your heart rate by using an electronic device. The device uses a beeping sound or a flashing light as cues, for instance to tell you that your heart rate is slowing down or your muscles are becoming more relaxed, you can learn to control these functions by paying attention to the cues.

Biofeedback may be helpful in relieving pain in cancer patients. Biofeedback is safe when you work with a certified therapist. With practice, you can learn to do biofeedback on your own.

  • Massage therapy. During a massage, your practitioner kneads your skin, muscles and tendons to relieve muscle tension and stress, and promote relaxation. There are several massage methods exist. Massage can be light and gentle, or it can be deep with more pressure. Studies have found massage can be helpful in relieving pain and stress. It may also help relieve anxiety and fatigue.

Many cancer centers have massage therapists on staff, or your doctor can refer you to a massage therapist who regularly works with people who have cancer.

Don’t have a massage if your blood counts are low. Ask the massage therapist to avoid massaging near surgical scars, radiation treatment areas or tumors, and use light pressure, rather than deep massage if you have cancer in your bones or other bone diseases, such as osteoporosis.

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  • Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses fragrant oils to provide a calming sensation. AromatherapyOils used in aromatherapy are infused with scents such as lavender, can be applied to your skin during a massage or the oils can be added to bath water. Fragrant oils also can be heated to release their scents into the air. Aromatherapy may be helpful in relieving nausea, pain and stress.

Aromatherapy can be performed by a practitioner, or you can use aromatherapy on your own. Aromatherapy is safe, though some oils may cause skin allergic reactions.

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  • Tai chi. Tai chi is a form of exercise that incorporates gentle movements and deep-breathing. Tai chi can be led by an instructor, or you can learn tai chi on your own following books or videos. Practicing tai chi may help relieve stress. It may also be helpful if you’re having difficulty sleeping at night.

Tai chi is generally safe. The slow movements of tai chi don’t require great physical strength, and the exercises can be easily adapted to your own abilities. Still, talk to your doctor before beginning Tai chi. Avoid any tai chi moves that cause pain.

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  • Meditation. Meditation is a state of deep concentration when you focus your mind on one image, sound or idea, such as a positive thought. (An ordinary person may consider meditation as a worship or prayer. But it is not so. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. “Watching your breath” is meditation; listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is effective meditation. Meditation is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation means ‘a cessation of the thought process’. It describes a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns. The observer (one who is doing meditation) realizes that all the activity of the mind is reduced to one. ) When meditating, you might also do deep-breathing or relaxation exercises. Meditation may help people with cancer by relieving anxiety, pain and stress.

Meditation is generally safe. You can meditate on your own for a few minutes once or twice a day or you can take a class with an instructor.

  • Music therapy. During music therapy sessions, you might listen to music, play instruments, sing songs or write lyrics. A trained music therapist may lead you through activities designed to meet your specific needs, or you may participate in music therapy in a group setting. Music therapy may be helpful in relieving pain and controlling nausea and vomiting.

Music therapy is safe and doesn’t require any musical talent to participate. Many medical centers have certified music therapists on staff.

  • Relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques are ways of focusing your attention on calming your mind and relaxing your muscles. Relaxation techniques might include activities such as visualization exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. Relaxation techniques may be helpful in relieving anxiety and fatigue. They may also help people with cancer sleep better.

Relaxation techniques are safe. Typically a therapist leads you through these exercises and eventually you may be able to do them on your own.

  • Yoga. Yoga combines stretching exercises with deep breathing. During a yoga session, you position your body in various poses that require bending, twisting and stretching. There are many types of yoga, each with its own variations. Yoga may provide some stress relief for people with cancer. Yoga has also been shown to improve sleep and reduce fatigue.

Before beginning a yoga class, ask your doctor to recommend an instructor who regularly works with people with health concerns, such as cancer. Don’t do yoga poses that cause pain. A good instructor can give you alternate poses that are safe for you.

You may find two or more alternative treatments work great together. For instance, deep breathing during a massage may provide further stress relief.

Alternative cannot be a substitute for medical care, it is a supplement to treatments you receive from your doctor.

alternative cancer treatments, such as acupuncture, may reduce nausea or pain, they generally aren’t powerful enough to replace medications from your doctor. Work closely with your doctor to determine the right balance between traditional medicines and alternative cancer treatments.

If you’re experiencing Then consider trying
Anxiety Hypnosis, massage, meditation, relaxation techniques
Fatigue Exercise, massage, relaxation techniques, yoga
Nausea and vomiting Acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis, music therapy
Pain Acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation, massage, music therapy
Sleep problems Exercise, relaxation techniques, tai chi, yoga
Stress Aromatherapy, exercise, hypnosis, massage, meditation, tai chi, yoga
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