complementary medicine are used along with standard medical treatments but are not considered to be standard treatments. . So you can use them while you carry on with your standard medical treatment . They aim to ease stress and improve physical and psychological well being.
Examples of complementary therapies include:
Massage-Manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument for relaxation or theraputic purposes.Its aim is to treat the body as a whole.Massage is not considered as a medicine therapy to treat cancer ,but as a way to reduce side effects from medicinal therapy and relaxation.Its advised to consult your medical team before doing a massage therapy
Acupuncture-In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body.Acupuncture applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to one or more places on the skin known as acupuncture points.Acupuncture works through neurohormonal pathways. Basically, you put the needle through specific points in the body and stimulate the nerve.
Reflexology-also known as zone therapy, is an alternative involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a pseudoscientific system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.There is no convincing evidence that reflexology is effective for any medical condition.
Hypnosis is defined as a state of heightened awareness coupled with a deep sense of physical relaxation while remaining focused on a single idea or series of related ideas. hypnosis as an adjunct treatment for cancer patients and survivors can be effective in treating pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, and sleep disorders
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.Meditation has been practiced since antiquity in numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Since the 19th century, it has spread from its origins to other cultures where it is commonly practiced in private and business life. Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being.Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.
Yoga, tai chi–
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.
Music therapy-a type of expressive arts therapy that uses music to improve and maintain the physical, psychological, and social well-being of individuals.Music therapy involves a broad range of activities, such as listening to music,moving to music , singing, and playing a musical instrument.Music therapy helps to manage stress ,alleviate pain and promote physical wellness
Aromatherapy-Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
Exercise is important when it comes to cancer: Many studies indicate that there is a relationship between physical activity and different types of cancer. It may lower cancer risk by helping control weight,reduce stress, reduce sex hormones or insulin, and strengthen the immune system; and can boost quality of life during cancer treatment.Normal daily activity can help by doing simple things like using stairs instead of an elevator,parking your car a little further from places so you need to walk more to your destination