Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma Treatment

Benefits of Massage, Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine for Mesothelioma Patients

Naturopathic medicine is based on the idea that the human body has the ability to heal itself. Naturopathic therapies – including massage, acupuncture and aromatherapy – are used to gently stimulate the body’s innate healing ability and support whole-body wellness.

The naturopathic approach to treating cancers such as mesothelioma is less cure-driven than traditional medicine. While naturopathic therapies do strengthen the body’s own illness-fighting mechanisms, they are not designed to kill cancerous cells in the same way that therapies such as chemotherapy can. Instead, naturopathic mesothelioma therapies focus on improving quality of life.

Some of the most notable benefits provided by naturopathic cancer therapies include:

Reduced pain

Released stress

Improved sleep

 Stimulated appetite


Many other benefits accompany each of the individual therapies.


Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of the most popular naturopathic mesothelioma therapies. Clinical therapeutic massage can address the dull, aching chest pain that most mesothelioma patients experience. It can also help relax the muscles in the chest and back to help improve labored breathing. The specific area near the lungs where the tumor is growing will be avoided to prevent over-stimulating the already tender area.

Massage therapy also provides several mental benefits. The treatment is one of the most effective ways to promote relaxation. Mesothelioma patients who are battling anxiety about their cancer (or even anxiety-related conditions such as insomnia) may find a great deal of relief from regular massage.


Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another naturopathic therapy. This practice has roots in ancient medicine and fully embodies the naturopathic philosophy: The therapy stimulates pressure points across the body to correct a number of imbalances. Acupuncture can help release endorphins that counteract pain, and it may also promote better breathing. Just like massage, acupuncture may also help reduce stress and anxiety.


Other Naturopathic Medicine for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma patients may also consider several other forms of naturopathic medicine. These include:



Mind-body therapieS




Nutritional therapy


Often, patients participate in several of these therapies at the same time. Because there are few – if any – mild side effects related to these treatments, patients can engage in multiple naturopathic practices without overwhelming their body.

Author bio: Faith Franz is a writer for the Mesothelioma Center. She combines her interests in whole-body health and medical research to educate the mesothelioma community about the newest developments in cancer care.





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