Many leukaemia patients have been turning to alternative therapy or complementary medicine to beat leukaemia and its complications. Treatment plan for leukaemia may include one or more alternative or complementary therapies besides standard medical treatment. Apart from standard medical treatments, complementary medicine and alternative therapy, nutrition is another important component of a comprehensive leukaemia care program.
Alternative Treatment and Complementary Medicine for Leukaemia
Homeopathy: Health experts recommend homeopathic therapies to minimise the symptoms of leukaemia, which include gastritis symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. Professional homeopaths consider physical, emotional and psychological makeup of a patient before recommending a particular therapy to help him/her recover from the disease. A homeopathic medicine called radium bromatum is specifically used to treat radiation poisoning and is especially recommended for patients experiencing arthritic problems.
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Acupuncture: Acupuncture helps correct imbalances in the flow of energy by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin (known as acupuncture points or acupoints) by a variety of techniques of manual manipulation and electrical stimulation. It helps relieve symptoms of leukaemia, such as fatigue and feeling of fullness by enhancing immune function and normalising digestion.
Mind-body Medicine: Mind-body medicine comprises counselling, meditation, spiritual support, laughter therapy, stress management, energy therapies and relaxation techniques. These help leukaemia patients to handle the physical side-effects of leukaemia, such as fatigue along with providing emotional healing.
Herbal Remedies – Herbal remedies, such as olea europaea, korean red ginseng and turmeric therapy help relieve symptoms of leukaemia, which include fever or chills, weight loss, fatigue, easy bleeding, red spots on the skin, bone pain and sweating.
Nutrition Therapy: Supplements and herbs for leukaemia, such as mangosteen herb and apoptosis by xanthones help relieve symptoms of the disease. Similarly, foods with antioxidant properties help restore immunity of the patients who have undergone chemotherapy. Nutrient supplements, such as vitamin E, total carotenoids, beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C reduce the negative effects of leukaemia on body functions. Flavonoids, bilberry, curcumin, green tea, indole-3-carbinol, lycium berry, parthenolide, rosemary extracts and berberine in coptis chinensis herb have proven helpful in a patient’s recovery from leukaemia treatment’s after-effects.
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The idea behind the holistic way of fighting leukaemia is that the body has the power to heal itself by balancing body functions and processes. In order to benefit from complementary medicine and alternative therapy, leukaemia patients must improve body’s natural defence systems with modifications in exercise, nutrition and mental health.
Complementary medicine and alternative therapies may interfere with standard medical cancer care. Therefore, consult your doctor to confirm that what you are practicing is right for you.
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