|Alternative/Complementary Medicine |
The conventional methods (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation) are in reality quite ineffective in treating mesothelioma. It is therefore not a surprise that some cancer sufferers take a try with alternative/complementary medicine. The exact meaning of alternative methods is used when new methods are used instead of the conventional ones. Complementary methods are usually used when certain methods are used in addition to other conventional methods. It is important that such methods do not interfere with the conventional methods that the patient is being treated with. If used effectively complementary methods can enhance the life of mesothelioma patients.
Acupuncture was used for thousands of years by the Chinese and can be used as a pain reliever. Massage can reduce stress, fatigue and depression. Meditation can reinforce the immunity system and has a calming effect; therefore it is appropriate also for those that suffer from high level of stress. Herbs can boost the immunity system of the individual. There are also other types of complementary/alternative medicine such as hypnoses, laughter therapy, guided imagery, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy and others. If you wish to use this type of medicine, it is important to talk about it with your physician so he/she can help you to choose the most adequate ones for your particular situation.