Complementary And Alternative Treatments During Breast Cancer Treatment - Part 1

Complementary treatments are those forms of therapy that are used in addition to or along with the modern prescribed medications. These provide an enhanced and more effective set of results that are quick to occur and often long-lasting.

Alternative treatments, on the other hand, are a substitute for modern medicinal treatments to combat breast cancer. These include a number of herbal medicines, homeopathy, and health exercises that have been proven to yield good results in many breast cancer patients.

Here are a few complementary and alternative physical treatments that work in sync with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy.

Massage therapy
This therapy is more of a complementary treatment that involves applying pressure to the tensed parts of the body. This induces relaxation and relieves stress that arises due to the local and systemic treatments of breast cancer.

Massage therapy promotes blood circulation and channels the nutrients to the specific parts of the body. This is especially important for cancer patients because they have limited to no physical activity whatsoever.

It also eases symptomatic relief from side effects that may occur by virtue of surgery or targeted therapies. This treatment is quite popular in China not just for addressing breast cancer but also for other types of chronic painful illnesses like arthritis.

Diet and nutrition
No matter what kind of treatment you undergo, it is important to pay attention to your healthy eating habits in order to amplify and improve your treatment.

Oily and fatty foods, junk meals, smoked and cured items,  saturated items, and pickles. Include plenty of antioxidants, omega 3, vitamins, and minerals in your diet.  

Salmon, mackerel, citrus fruits, soybeans, and fresh fruits and vegetables work the best to enhance your health. On second thoughts, you can even rely on supplements for meeting your basic needs, which brings us to our next point.

Dietary supplements
Vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, and omega 3 food supplements work wonders in improving your health even while one may be undergoing intense treatments and surgeries for addressing breast cancer.

These nutrients improve your immunity thereby preventing one from falling prey to opportunistic infections. Food supplements give you the required nourishment you need without compelling you to consume the same amount of food.

Ensure that your dietary supplements are made up of organic and natural ingredients and avoid synthetic and commercial ones as much as you can, even if the former may need a little more financial investment than the latter.   

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the best complementary treatments to address hot flashes occurring because of some breast cancer treatments. It decreases vomiting, lethargy, and nauseating feelings with frequent acupuncture sessions.

However, women with fragile immunity must speak to their doctor once before initiating acupuncture. Otherwise, acupuncture has little to no side effects during and after treatment.

Tai Chi and Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong are both forms of Chinese meditation. These involve using vital bioenergy that changes the course of your physical and mental energy into rewarding benefits.

It induces a sense of calmness, gentle movement, and relaxation that alters your breathing rate beneficially in order to soothe and enhance your overall health.

Tai Chi and Qigong work wonders as an effective form of complementary treatment even if the individual is undergoing harsh and intense treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.

In addition to that, Tai Chi and Qigong are also used as a good relaxation technique and seen as a practical way of improving one’s self-confidence and way of life.  

Herbal therapies
Botanical treatments and commonly known medicinal herbs are also relied upon to improve the overall health, enhance immunity, and increase energy in one’s system while undergoing treatments to combat breast cancer.

Many of these herbal plants and their derivatives like cannabis, garlic oil, echinacea, and CBD oil are being researched upon by scientists worldwide to help understand its benefits and incorporate its use in modern medicine.

Apart from being used as a complementary treatment for breast cancer, herbal medicines are also being widely used for addressing the discomfort during menopause, pregnancy, diabetes, and hypertension among other chronic illnesses.

How We Can Help

Physical complementary and alternative treatments for breast cancer are becoming more widespread and recognized as effective forms of treatment. These can help supplement, support and widening the scope and effectiveness of the treatment for breast cancer.

Dr. Beata Lewis and the care team at Mind Body Seven believe in the power of a holistic approach by addressing the seven limbs of wellness: emotions, growth, body, lifestyle, work, love, and the big picture.

We collaborate with you to provide an individualized treatment plan informed by the latest scientific research and your personal preferences. While addressing the symptoms that brought you into treatment, we also empower you to nourish your strengths, interests, passions, and experiences.

Call (646) 606-2663 or book your appointment online today. We looking forward to helping empower you to better understand your mind and body and make the best decisions for your life.