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Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine method that helps to balance the flow of energy in the body. With acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into specific points on the skin and the flow of energy is balanced at these points. This method can reduce stress and relieve pain during cancer treatment.
Massage therapy can help reduce stress, relieve pain and promote relaxation. During cancer treatment, massage therapy can strengthen the immune system and promote healing by increasing circulation. Cancer patients should be careful not to massage areas at risk of bleeding during massage therapy.
Yoga can help reduce stress and relax the body by providing mental and physical relaxation. During cancer treatment, yoga can strengthen the immune system and improve response to treatment. Yoga can also contribute to patients' mental health through breathing techniques and meditation.
Some herbal medicines play a supportive role in cancer treatment and can help relieve symptoms during cancer treatment. For example, ginger can reduce nausea and vomiting, but herbal treatments can have side effects and interactions with cancer medicines. For this reason, patients should talk to their doctor before using herbal medicine treatments.
Art therapy can help patients express their feelings and help reduce stress. In this method, patients can paint, listen to music or write. During treatment, art therapy can reduce depression and anxiety and make patients feel better.
These alternative therapy options can play a supportive role during cancer treatment, but they certainly cannot replace cancer treatment. Patients should always talk to their doctor before using alternative therapies and be aware of whether these therapies may interfere with cancer treatment.