Alternative Cancer Treatment
Another type of alternative cancer treatment is distraction. Distraction is the use of an activity to take your mind off your worries or discomforts. Talking with friends or relatives, watching TV, listening to the radio, reading, going to the movies, working with your hands by doing needlework or puzzles, building models, or painting are all ways to distract yourself. Many cancer centers now have music or creative art therapists who can be helpful to you while you are getting treatment for your cancer. Ask your nurse or social work department about possible resources in your area.
Hypnosis puts you in a deeply relaxed state that can help reduce discomfort and anxiety. A qualified person can hypnotize you, or you can learn how to hypnotize yourself. If you are interested in learning more, ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker to refer you to someone trained in the technique.
Imagery is a way of daydreaming that uses all of your senses. It is usually done with your eyes closed. To begin, breathe slowly and feel yourself relax. Imagine a ball of healing energy -- perhaps a white light -- forming somewhere in your body. When you can "see" the ball of energy, imagine that as you breathe in you can blow the ball to any part of the body where you feel pain, tension, or discomfort (such as nausea). When you breathe out, picture the air moving the ball away from your body, taking with it any painful or uncomfortable feelings (be sure to breathe naturally; do not blow). Continue to picture the ball moving toward you and away from you each time you breathe in and out. You may see the ball getting bigger and bigger as it takes away more and more tension and discomfort. To end the imagery, count slowly to three, breathe in deeply, open your eyes, and say to yourself, "I feel alert and relaxed."