Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that appears in the protective linings (sacs) that surround the internal organs and has long been associated with asbestos exposure. Since the prognosis of patients with a mesothelioma diagnosis is typically poor, people are turning to alternative treatments for fighting this disease.
Even when mesothelioma sufferers undergo multi modal treatment, less than 50% of early stage patients achieve five year survival which indicates how deadly this disease is. Since cancer cures are intrinsically toxic in nature they can result in terrible side effects. Medicines are then needed to control those side effects.
How natural therapies can work
Since natural therapies such as plant and vitamin supplements and homeopathy have no side effects they can help patients manage their symptoms such as pain, coughing, nausea and diarrhea induced by chemo, radiation and other therapies.
The other way in which the body can fight its disease is when the immune system is strengthened. Living a healthy lifestyle – eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and not smoking can improve the immune system and hence the disease prognosis.
Experts have suggested that there isn’t enough evidence to say that alternative therapies can cure mesothelioma however they can help the patient enjoy a better quality of life. Since the treatment is often the worst part of cancer, alternative therapies can help offset the pain and discomfort of the treatments.
Which natural therapies can work for mesothelioma
Tartar emetic, arnica and ipecac are some of the known homeopathic solutions that could help mesothelioma patients. They can help alleviate breathing problems.
Shoring up the immune system can be done by vitamin supplements (principally A, C and D), curcumin (found in spices such as turmeric), polyphenols (present in tea) and isoflavones (present in soy). This can help give the body natural ability to fight its disease.
Biofeedback therapy is often used for pain management in this disease. Even chiropractic care could help those who have the disease.
Dealing with the disease can be very stressful on an emotional and psychological level. Therapies such as acupuncture can help lower stress and aromatherapy is known to calm the senses. Expressive methods such as dance therapy can help a person come to terms with their illness.
The Emotional Freedom Technique is also seen to be effective in controlling stress and improving wellbeing among patients.
Massage and lymph drainage therapies could also make a difference to symptoms such as pain and swelling.