For patients, caregivers and family members of the CTCA Community
The Healing Power of Naturopathic Medicine

If you feel overwhelmed by the side effects of conventional cancer treatment, you may want to explore the many options available to you through naturopathic medicine.

Many Cancer Fighters® members have found naturopathic therapy helpful in supporting their health while they receive chemotherapy or radiation. And the naturopathic medicine team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) has the training and experience in naturopathic oncology to help you create a treatment plan specifically for you.

Naturopathic medicine uses natural, non-toxic therapies to treat the whole person and encourage the self-healing process. 

You do not have to wait until you begin to feel the nausea and fatigue that often accompany chemotherapy and radiation. You can benefit from naturopathic therapies at any stage. Naturopathic medicine can help keep your body strong in preparation for conventional treatments, as well as treating side effects during treatment.

Types of naturopathic treatment
There are many naturopathic treatments available. These are some of the most common:
  • Dietary supplements can help reduce side effects and improve overall wellness so you can endure conventional treatments better.
  • Botanical medicine—sometimes called herbal medicine—can also help reduce side effects.
  • Homeopathic remedies use small doses of natural substances for recovery after surgery, nausea, constipation, diarrhea and hot flashes.
  • Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice in which needles stimulate specific areas of the skin to promote natural healing for pain, nausea, hot flashes and peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hydrotherapy stimulates your immune system with water to decrease inflammation.
  • Environmental medicine includes lifestyle recommendations and therapies that decrease the harmful effects of toxins in your environment and food supply.
  • Health education and lifestyle counseling offervaluable guidance and counseling on healthy living, quitting smoking and the benefits of exercise.

Want to ask other patients about their experiences with naturopathic medicine? Your Cancer Fighters team can connect you!

You may be interested in these resources:

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