The Healing Benefits of Complementary Medicine

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People with breast cancer often have physical symptoms to deal with on a daily basis, such as pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Some of these come from the disease itself. Others are side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or hormonal therapy.

While scientific research on most complementary therapies is relatively new and the studies are small, early results show that some complementary therapies may help ease physical and emotional symptoms in some people. When combined with conventional medicine, complementary therapies may offer a more integrated approach to healing.

Each complementary therapy works on different symptoms. Below are some of the most common symptoms and side effects of breast cancer and treatment and the complementary therapies that have been reported to help.


Physical symptoms

Symptom Complementary Medicine Technique
Pain
Nausea/Vomiting
Fatigue
High blood pressure
Hot flashes
Headache
Muscle tension

Emotional symptoms

Symptom Complementary Medicine Technique
Anxiety/Stress/Fear
Depression

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