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There are millions of men who live in the United States and have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, a form of cancer that takes over the prostates. If left untreated, it can develop, spread, and ultimately cause the man to lose his life. There are several treatment options that can help patients cope with the cancer or overcome it.
It is for that reason that several forms of treatment are available. While traditional treatment may include radiation or surgery, there are some men, who prefer to take a different approach, following alternative treatments for prostate cancer. There are many available alternative treatments for prostate cancer, but there is no guarantee that any of the alternative treatments can cure the cancer completely.
The general ideas of alternative treatment for prostate cancer is to help keep the cancer away, prevent it from recurring, and to control it. Prevention is important for younger men who have not been diagnosed with this cancer yet. Scientific research shows that nearly 80% of all men who live to be at least 80 years old will end up with cancer at some point throughout their life. It is believed that men who exercise regularly and drink pomegranate juice on a regular basis will have more success with preventing the cancer from developing.
For men who have had the cancer and are looking to keep it away for good, exercising as an alternative treatment for prostate cancer is also a good idea.
Men who currently have cancer can try different forms of therapy for relief of some of the symptoms and side effects of cancer. There are some people who choose to take a natural approach with the use of alternative treatment, including spiritual practices and meditation. While this form of treatment can help some people, it is not promised to actually eliminate the cancer. While it may not be able to rid the man of cancer, different forms of treatment can often raise spirits and keep the individual energized so that they can fight cancer more efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »
Some recent healthcare studies* suggest that alternative medicine is growing in popularity. One of the many reasons for this increase is due in part to the fact that most alternative healthcare therapies are often non-invasive, with little or no side effects.
For example, herbal medicine like St. John’s wort was scientifically studied* in Europe, presenting positive findings for its effectiveness on the treatment of certain cases of depression. However, large pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc., refuted these studies by carrying out an independent study on the herb. The difference, though, between this alternative medicine in comparison to drugs like Prozac, is the potentially lethal side effects; which have made recent headlines in anti-depressant/anti-anxiety drug lawsuits.
Complementary and alternative medicine like acupuncture is also making leeway in the field of mental healthcare. In a small pilot study* carried out by researchers, acupuncture was used as a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy on patients suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Interestingly enough, research found that acupuncture may be effective in helping people, who have PTSD.
Another form of alternative medicine, believe it or not, is meditation. Studies* found that individuals who practice meditation are more proficient at recognizing and processing information. Does this mean that meditation gurus are more intellectual? No, it simply means that most individuals who practice meditation have an improved sensory-cognitive perception, or heightened sense of awareness. Perhaps alternative therapy like meditation may one day find its way into educational facilities across the country; which could potentially lead to more positive learning environments, as well as a reduction in attention deficit disorders?
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