Many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma choose traditional treatments: surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. But some patients are interested in natural mesothelioma cures. What are they if they are available, and how can you overcome a mesothelioma diagnosis with natural remedies?
An Overview of Holistic Medicine for Mesothelioma
Holistic medicine, or natural medicine, is an alternative therapeutic approach that treats the entire person rather than treating the mesothelioma illness and symptoms alone. Holistic medicine looks at your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to improve your overall health and prevent disease. (mayclinic.org)
Practitioners of natural or holistic medicine believe there is no limit to the number of diseases that can be treated and even cured. For instance, mesothelioma is not ‘treated’ with natural remedies. Instead, your body and immune system are strengthened so the body’s defense mechanisms will heal the disease. (mesotheliomahelp.org)
The holistic approach is useful to balance the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. It also boosts the immune system as the entire person functions smoother. An illness such as mesothelioma is seen as an imbalance in the systems of the body. Alternative medicine has been known for centuries, but it is only in recent times that it is being integrated into the healthcare system and used to treat patients with serious diseases.
Generally, natural remedies for serious diseases such as cancer focus on proper nutrition, avoiding chemicals, using homeopathic remedies, and meditation. Some of the most important holistic therapies are Ayurveda, chiropractic, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani, stress reduction, naturopathy, and reflexology.
Below are some natural mesothelioma treatments that are popular.
Hypnosis for Pain Management
Some mesothelioma patients want to reduce the number of medicines they take and they turn to hypnosis to reduce their pain.
Hypnosis is becoming more popular in clinical environments to help people stop smoking, lose weight and reduce pain. Hypnotherapy, when it is done by a specialist, can reduce pain for cancer patients.
The hypnotist brings the patient to a state of higher focus and concentration. The person projects himself into another state where he can shut off pain awareness. Hypnosis is thought of as an unconventional natural therapy and may be used with yoga and meditation.
Nutritional Supplements and Lifestyle Changes
Some patients with asbestos cancer do not want standard treatments and opt for dietary and lifestyle changes. They make radical changes in their lifestyles and add vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and other therapies that boost the immune system. Some find with these changes that they can live their lives as before their diagnosis and without the side effects of traditional chemotherapy and radiation. (Yalemedicine.org)
Focusing on the strength of the body-mind connection and trying to be optimistic and positive also is very helpful, patients report.
Cannabis and Cannabinoids for Mesothelioma
Cannabis, or marijuana, has been found effective to reduce cancer pain as well as nausea caused by chemotherapy. It is more effective in relieving cancer side effects and the patient does not develop a tolerance for the drug.
Cannabis contains powerful chemicals that reduce pain, including cannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and cannabidiol. These chemicals can prove useful in treating cancer side effects because they are anti-inflammatories. They also block cell growth and stop the growth of blood vessels that help tumors to grow.
But at this time, cannabis is not FDA-approved to be used as a cancer treatment, or for treating any cancer-related side effect or symptom of cancer treatments. However, two cannabinoids – dronabinol and nabilone – have been approved by the FDA to treat nausea related to chemotherapy. Others tend to turn to CBD treatment options.
While marijuana is illegal in the US at this time, there are some states that allow it to be used to treat certain diseases:
- New Mexico
- New York
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
This alternative therapy is used to control cancer pain. It can relieve mesothelioma symptoms including vomiting and nausea that are caused by traditional cancer treatments. In Western medicine, acupuncture may be used as an additional therapy along with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.
Acupuncturists use tiny needs, heat, and pressure on certain strategic points to stimulate your body’s muscles and nerves. The body may then release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that can boost immune response and lower pain. Many people with many diseases use acupuncture, but it is most frequently used to reduce pain.
The NIH started to evaluate how effective acupuncture is as an alternative therapy in 1997. The National Cancer Institute reports the best evidence of the benefits of acupuncture comes from clinical studies that look at using it to relieve vomiting and nausea. (NIH.gov).
Chemotherapy and radiation weaken your immune system, so it is possible that acupuncture may be able to build the immune system back up. Some clinical studies suggest that acupuncture can be effective in boosting the immune system during and after chemotherapy.
This is a non-traditional type of medical treatment that uses tiny amounts of substances in the water to treat various illnesses. Homeopathic, natural remedies are developed to mimic symptoms of the disease to treat it. Most doctors discourage the use of such remedies as the major treatment for cancer. Still, some patients use it to treat symptoms of mesothelioma and the side effects of chemotherapy.
Some of the homeopathic substances that have been used by cancer patients include cadmium sulphuricum, arsenic album, ipecacuanha, nux vomica, and phosphorous.
There are no clinical studies that show that homeopathy is effective to treat cancer. But a study in the journal Cancer found that the homeopathic remedy Traumeel S could reduce chemotherapy side effects.
The bottom line is that there are some natural mesothelioma remedies that can be helpful in the treatment of your mesothelioma. But you should talk to your doctor about which therapies will be best for you, and whether you should use them in concert with traditional mesothelioma treatments.
Many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma choose traditional treatments: surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. But some patients are interested in natural mesothelioma cures. What are they, and how can you overcome a mesothelioma diagnosis with natural remedies?
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