-- Question: Are There Any Effective Ways To Treat Cancer Pain Using Alternative Medicine?
Answer: Well, there are good ways to treat almost everyone with painusing both regular and alternative medicines, and we like to think they are complimentary to one another, and work best when used together. The first thing is to make sure that the diagnosis is right, that you know what type of pain it is, whether it's body pain or nerve pain, and then work to relieve the exact type that you have.
Second, remember that not all suffering is physical and that there can be emotional and spiritual suffering too. So, if depression is present, treat that. If someone has a spiritual or an existential crisis, treat that.
Third, there are lots of good alternative medicines and therapies to work right in. Massage therapy, acupressure, acupuncture, relaxation, imagery, all have been shown to help people adapt to their illness. Mindfullness training -- we're very excited about as a way to help people concentrate on good things in their life, and get better relief in their pain and their symptoms.