Complementary Medicines
and Therapies in Cancer Care

Complimentary medicines

To be told that you or someone you know has been diagnosed with some form of cancer is devastating and you will travel through a range of emotions from, shock and anger to withdrawal and guilt. These of course are all natural responses to hearing such life changing news. Over a period of time there is a process of coming to terms with the new scenario and learning to live with the diagnosis. At this point Individuals and those closest to them will together decide on a course of action to cope with the new situation.

Help will be given from the medical profession and a treatment plan will be agreed, however many people choose to take additional actions to assist this plan.

Alongside homoeopathy, there are several complementary therapies that can be used to help the individual to cope with the symptoms associated with the disease and treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy. Complementary Therapies are not a substitute for medical treatment, but work excellently alongside such treatment, they do not offer a cure for the disease. There are however many benefits to including Complementary Therapies in the fight to maintain a positive state of mind and emotional wellbeing. I have seen this time and time again during my work, particularly whilst working at my local hospice as a volunteer therapist.

Before receiving any form of complementary healthcare it is important to discuss the decision with your Consultant Oncologist who will be able to advise you on the options available to you alongside your conventional treatment.

When can I have a treatment?

Homoeopathy and Complementary Therapies such as Reflexology, Indian head massage and Reiki can be used to alleviate the stress and anxiety before surgery or a course of chemotherapy and often offer great support during the treatment process.

Reiki in particular is said to boost the immune system and help to prepare the body for surgery. In this instance it is advisable to have a course of treatment over several days or weeks before the operation.

Can I have a treatment if I am having Radiotherapy?

Homoeopathy can be used throughout your treatment plan if you so wish (and again with the concurrence of your specialist). Reiki or holding techniques would be appropriate 1 to 2 weeks after your treatment.

Holding techniques are a hands on way of stimulating the body’s own healing energy. You remain fully clothed during the treatment as the therapist directs their hands to areas of the body where energy needs to be balanced. Massage is not appropriate during this time because of the sensitivity of the skin. Reflexology would be appropriate after the course of treatment had been completed.

Can I have a treatment if I am having Chemotherapy?

Again a series of ‘holding’ techniques and Reiki can be used before Chemotherapy or reflexology, Indian head or Thai foot massage can take place a few weeks after Chemotherapy.

What are the main benefits of treatment?

Therapies such as Reiki, Reflexology, Indian Head or Thai foot Massage can help to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance helping you to feel calm, mentally alert and strong. You may also experience relief from some symptoms and overall feel relaxed and less stressed, which in turn leads to a stronger immune system and a more positive outlook.

If you are interested in a particular treatment and would like to discuss in confidence a treatment programme call Sally on 07845 099385. Home visits are available at times where you do not feel well enough to be treated at one of the clinic venues.