Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies can be used alongside medical treatment as a way to deal with side effects like nausea and fatigue and can help improve emotional wellbeing. They include acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, yoga and herbal medicine.

Complementary therapies

When thinking about whether or not to try complementary therapy, there are some important things to be aware of:

  • Don’t confuse complementary therapies with alternative therapies which often claim to treat cancer without conventional medicine but have no scientific basis
  • Don’t be disheartened if they aren’t making a difference – everyone’s different and the important thing is to find what works for you.
  • Check in with your care team if you’re considering using a complementary therapy alongside your treatment, as research into the effectiveness of complementary therapies is ongoing.

Charlotte tried a mixture of therapies including Reiki and acupuncture with her doctor’s approval. She talks about what she felt benefited her.

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