Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments are prescribed by your doctor to treat and hopefully eliminate the cancer in your body. However, these treatments only treat one or a limited part of you and often overlook the rest of you. This is why many people with cancer turn to holistic health as an alternative but is it really worth all the hype?
What is holistic health?
Holistic and integrated health strives to address the whole person, not just the cancerous part of you.
This approach takes into consideration your emotions, thoughts, feelings, as well as your whole body.
Also, proactively finding supplemental holistic or integrated health approaches may help you feel better in that you are taking an active role in trying to recover.
Types of holistic treatments
There are several holistic and integrated health treatments that are available: acupuncture, aromatherapy, exercise, hypnosis, massage, meditation, music therapy, relaxation techniques, tai chi and yoga. Here’s how they may help
Acupuncture involves using small needles at specific points; it is used to relieve nausea and sometimes pain.
Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant oils for relaxation, or to minimize nausea and pain. Oils can be used in a massage, a bath, or dispersed in the air.
Exercise can reduce stress, promote relaxation, and help you sleep well. Hypnosis is also an option, where a therapist can use hypnosis to help you manage your pain, your stress, or encourage relaxation.
Massage can promote relaxation and minimize stress.
Meditation and controlled or deep breathing may help you by focusing your