What are complementary therapies ?

Dr. Ram Bahadur Bohara
Dr. Ram Bdr. Bohara

Complementary therapies are used alongside conventional medical treatments prescribed by your doctor. They can help people with cancer to feel better and may improve your quality of life. They may also help you to cope better with symptoms caused by the cancer or side effects caused by cancer treatment.

A good complementary therapist won’t claim that the therapy will cure your cancer. They will always encourage you to discuss any therapies with your cancer doctor or GP.

There are many different types of complementary therapy, including:

1. Aromatherapy

2. Acupuncture

3. Herbal medicine

4. Massage therapy

5. Visualisation

6. Yoga

Many health professionals are supportive of people with cancer using complementary therapies. There are some health professionals that have been reluctant for their patients to use them. This is usually because many therapies have not been scientifically tested in the same way as conventional treatments.

Research has been carried out to see how well complementary therapies work for people with cancer. And there is some still in progress. But we need more to find out how best to use complementary therapies.

* Dr. Ram Bahadur Bohara is the Chairman of the of Nepal Alternative Medical Development and Advisor of Science Infotech. 

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