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What Has Alternative Medicine Got To Do With Radiotherapy?

Jul 1, 2008
Alternative medicine and radiotherapy can be used together as a treatment for certain diseases, particularly common with cancer patients. External beam therapy is one method that is widely used and the name came from the process itself. A machine emits a beam that concentrates on the affected body part, targeting the tumor, and the biggest amount of radiation is used to eliminate cancer cells.

The effects of radiotherapy are taxing on the body. These methods consume little time, with the duration between 10 to 15 minutes. There are no pain in the process, but the side effects are appalling. Though it varies on the individual, the most common complains are extreme fatigue, nausea, hair loss, and skin irritation. In lieu to this, alternative medicine has been used to relieve the patient's distress.

Nausea represents one of the most excruciating side effects of radiotherapy treatments. As a result, patients would exhaust all possible means to avoid and minimize the side effects. To solve the dilemma, radiotherapy was combined with alternative medicine in an experiment involving cancer patients. This will aid in determining whether acupuncture is effective in eliminating the persistent nausea.

Patients reported that they could tell a dramatic difference in the frequency and amount of nausea they had. Written records were kept by each patient of the times they were sick, and at the end of the research, these records were collated. The final analysis in this study was that acupuncture is useful in preventing nausea in radiotherapy patients.

Pain is another side effect experienced by cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment. It is well documented as a staple consequence by nearly all patients receiving treatment. Acupuncture has been tested and proved to be very effective in relieving pain.

Acupressure, a Chinese medicine, is another method used with alternative medicine and radiotherapy, to help cancer patients control nausea. The treatment massages certain points of the body called acupoints. The areas are believed to be interconnected with other areas, as well as to various organs and systems of the body.

Devotees to this 5000 year old healing method say that a careful massage in a certain area can stimulate a person's essential life force, which flows from area to area rather like the circulation of blood. A look at an acupressure chart reveals that the areas that control nausea and vomiting are directly above the kneecap, on the wrist, and about 2 inches above the wrist.

People who have tried acupressure are both surprised and delighted with how quickly it relieves their symptoms.
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