Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 56: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Cancer (continued)

KEY POINTS Many phytobotanicals have been shown to be effective in the prevention and treatment of neoplasia. Acupuncture is effective for reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Patients on touch therapy, especially Reiki, suffered significantly less pain compared to controls. Massage therapy alleviates nausea, anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and fatigue. This chapter primarily covers the role of complementary and alternative therapies, especially phytobotanicals and traditional Chinese medicine. Because of the overlap, some factors like fiber, garlic, etc have been discussed…