Traditional and Alternative Medicine for Blood Cancer

Traditional, complementary and alternative treatment may also be called ‘therapy’ or ‘medicine’.  These treatments are sometimes called ‘holistic’ because they don’t just look at how the disease affects the body, they aim to treat the whole person – emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well as physically. Also the terms "complementary" and "alternative" are here and there used to allude to non-customary strategies for diagnosing, counteracting, or treating cancer or its symptoms overs the same techniques as complementary medicine and the expression is used when these therapies are used instead of conventional treatments.

Some examples of complementary/alternative therapies are given in the box below uses the knowledge and practices developed by the indigenous peoples of North America over thousands of years. It includes using natural plants with healing powers as well as ceremonies such as smudging and sweats. Traditional medicine can be used as either a complementary or alternative treatment for cancer.

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