Alternative Treatments for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a disease for which there is no cure, but with the help of both traditional medicine and alternative treatments, many patients have been able to live out the rest of their lives with a high quality of life, and some have lived significantly longer than the median survival rate of under two years. Physicians and researchers generally support a holistic approach that includes using complementary methodologies, and treatment teams often include alternative medicine practitioners. Some of these nontraditional approaches include:

  • Herbal Medicines – These are remedies that are sourced from nature and administered in a variety of forms, including herbal teas, in capsules and creams, and even by inhalation. Some help to minimize the pain and other symptoms of mesothelioma while other offset the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments.
  • Yoga – Yoga practice for mesothelioma patients tends to focus more on mindfulness and meditation than on athleticism. May studies have shown that it can help patients eliminate stress, sleep better, and improve their overall outlook and sense of wellbeing.
  • Meditation – Meditation has been clinically proven to improve mood, to ease anxiety or depression, and even to improve physical symptoms. Because meditation can be done in any environment and takes so little time, it offers mesothelioma patients an effective method of handling pain and regaining a sense of control in even the most stressful or uncomfortable situations.
  • Acupuncture – The Ancient Chinese practice uses needles to reduce pain and to minimize uncomfortable side effects from radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It can also help to improve other physical symptoms such as high blood pressure.
  • Mental Health Counseling – Support groups have proven to be extremely helpful for both mesothelioma patients and those in their immediate circle, including family members, friends, and caretakers. Having the opportunity to openly discuss emotions, fears and hopes with those who have been in the same situation can provide a potent coping mechanism.
  • Pet Therapy – Many medical facilities are now offering pet therapy as a way to provide immediate stress relief for patients and their loved ones. Studies have shown that petting an animal can help to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety, as well as improve the overall sense of wellbeing.

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