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Natural and Oriental Medicine to Support Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatments

Natural and Oriental Medicine is a natural approach to health and healing.  For patients with cancer, these form of medicine helps create a healthy environment both inside and outside the body. The goals of natural medicine for patients undergoing cancer treatment include:

  • Support normal metabolism during treatment
  • Help decrease side effects of cancer treatments (pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.--see list below)
  • Help boost the body’s immune system
  • Provide strategies for long term cancer prevention and health maintenance
  • Improve energy, well-being and overall quality of life

Other common side-effects of chemo, radiation and surgery:

• pain

  • nausea/vomiting
• depression   • night sweats
• diarrhea   • numb fingers/toes
• dry/irritated skin   • sleep disruption
• fatigue   • urinary tract infections
• constipation   • weight loss/wasting

All of the therapies listed below are complements to traditional cancer treatment options.

Clinical Nutrition:

That food is the best medicine is a cornerstone of natural and oriental medicine.  Some medical conditions may be treated more effectively with foods and nutritional supplements than by other means, with fewer complications and side effects.

Botanical Medicine (Herbs, Minerals, and Vitamins):

Many plant substances are powerful medicines. Where single chemically-derived drugs may address only one problem, botanical medicines are able to address a variety of problems simultaneously. Their organic nature makes most botanicals compatible with the body's own chemistry; hence, they can work gently, and with few toxic side effects.

Oriental Medicine:

Meridian theory offers an important understanding of the unity of the body and mind and adds to the Western understanding of physiology.   Acupuncture provides a method of treatment which can unify and harmonize the imbalances present in disease conditions, which is untreated, can result in illness.

Homeopathy:

Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of "like cures like." Clinical observation indicates that it works on a subtle, yet powerful, energetic level, gently acting to strengthen the body's immune response and triggering the healing process. Homeopaths believe that the more dilute the remedy (small doses), the greater its potency.

Psychological Medicine:

Mental attitudes and emotional states may influence, or even cause, physical illness. Counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management, and other therapies are used to help patients heal on the mental/emotional level.

Here are a few links and more information about how Natural and Oriental Medicine may help you:

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

http://www.cancercenter.com/complementary-alternative-medicine.cfm

 

National Cancer Institute

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/acupuncture/

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering

www.mskcc.org/aboutherbs

 
 
 
 

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