Some complementary remedies may help with the symptoms of leukemia and the side effects of treatment.
The disease is most common in people
There are no alternative treatment options available that can treat, cure, or manage leukemia or any other type of cancer. However, there are some methods that may help ease certain symptoms of leukemia or help reduce the side effects of treatment.
This article discusses these natural remedies and summarizes available research on their effectiveness.
There are several types of leukemia with different symptoms. Leukemia symptoms
- fever and chills
- weakness and fatigue
- easy bruising
- frequent infections
- weight loss
- bone pain
- excessive sweating, particularly at night
- anemia, which can cause fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath
All these symptoms can occur with other illnesses. Diagnostic testing by a doctor is necessary to confirm the presence of leukemia.
None of the following alternative methods can cure leukemia. However, there is some evidence they may help a person ill with cancer or undergoing treatment to feel a little better.
These treatments include:
Acupuncture is a traditional remedy that can help people manage the side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy.
The remedy involves placing thin needles into pressure points around the body. The
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Essential oils are compounds from plants that people combine with a carrier oil to treat various ailments.
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Auricular acupressure is a treatment that
One side effect of chemotherapy that many people
On the other hand, another 2018 review found only weak evidence that the treatment could relieve constipation in people with leukemia undergoing chemotherapy.
Researchers have explored whether turmeric may be helpful for people with leukemia.
The active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. One 2017 review suggests that curcumin could be beneficial for people with leukemia when a person uses it alongside conventional treatment.
According to the review, curcumin has antitumor properties and can help treatments slow disease progression, reducing the doses of medical treatments necessary and lowering the risk of side effects.
However, the review provides no evidence that curcumin can actually cure cancer without other medical interventions. Furthermore, the review adds that there are no clinical trials on the safety of high curcumin doses and more research is necessary to assess this.
Ginseng is a plant that people use worldwide as a natural remedy for several ailments.
The active ingredients in ginseng are ginsenosides. Some test-tube studies
However, none of these studies prove definitively that ginseng or the compounds it contains can cure leukemia when a person uses them without medical treatments such as chemotherapy.
Additionally, more studies on humans are needed as research is currently limited to test-tube studies using highly concentrated amounts of ginseng and its components.
Nutritional supplements and vitamins
A healthy diet can help support the body of a person who has leukemia. It will not cure or treat the condition but may keep the body in better shape to fight the disease and manage symptoms. The majority of supplements simply ensure the body has enough vitamins and minerals to function properly.
However, some in vitro studies have shown that vitamin C can have an antitumor effect. One
Some studies suggest the possibility of using vitamin C to enhance the work of chemotherapy or other treatments. However, scientists do not currently recommend using it in humans for this purpose.
Detoxification, or detox, therapy is the name for diets, regimens, and therapies that
However, the human body already has an effective system for removing toxins. Detoxification therapy is unlikely to benefit most people, including those with leukemia.
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The theory that “like cures like” refers to the idea that a person can cure a condition by taking substances that produce similar symptoms in people without the condition.
The law of minimum dose suggests that lower doses of medication are more effective than higher doses. People who make homeopathic products often dilute them to the extent that they contain no active ingredients.
Not only is there no scientific evidence to support either of these theories, but the NCCIH warns people against using homeopathy to replace established treatments as this could worsen symptoms and allow the disease to progress.
Treatment options for leukemia vary and depend on several factors, including:
- the type of leukemia
- the person’s age
- the person’s overall health
Common treatments for leukemia
- Chemotherapy: This uses drugs that target and kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy can also damage noncancerous cells, causing side effects including hair loss, weight loss, and nausea.
- Targeted therapy: This treatment uses tyrosine kinase inhibitors, which are drugs that target cancer cells with limited effect on noncancerous cells. They have a lower risk of side effects than chemotherapy.
- Radiation therapy: This treatment uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. The therapy involves emitting radiation from an external machine.
- Stem cell transplant: This involves using chemotherapy to kill bone marrow cells, including cancerous cells. Doctors then replace them with new stem cells that can develop into healthy, mature cells.
A person should talk with a doctor before trying any alternative therapies, herbal products, or supplements.
Not only can some therapies reduce the effectiveness of certain treatments for leukemia or interfere with other medications a person may be taking, but alternative therapies may even be harmful.
After starting medical treatment for leukemia, a person should also discuss any side effects that they experience with a doctor.
In addition to suggesting methods to ease or manage side effects, a doctor may also make adjustments to a person’s treatment plan to minimize adverse effects.
Here are some common questions about complementary therapies that people use to manage symptoms of leukemia and the side effects of treatment.
What foods cure leukemia?
There are no foods that can cure leukemia or other types of cancer. While certain herbal products, such as turmeric and ginseng, may offer some benefits when a person uses them alongside conventional treatments, there is no research suggesting they can cure, manage, or prevent leukemia on their own.
Are there any natural remedies for leukemia?
There are no natural remedies for leukemia. Some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture or aromatherapy, may help ease certain side effects that are associated with cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, but there is no evidence to support using any natural remedies for leukemia.
Can a person cure leukemia without treatment?
Some types of leukemia progress very slowly and
Fortunately, there are many treatment options available that can help prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells,
What food should leukemia patients avoid?
Certain herbal products can interfere with medications that people use to treat leukemia and should be avoided, including green tea supplements and St. John’s wort.
Some foods may also aggravate certain side effects of treatment,
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells. Traditional treatments for leukemia include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants. These approaches are effective but can cause side effects.
Several home remedies and alternative therapies may help a person manage some symptoms of leukemia and certain side effects of treatment. These include nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and acupuncture.
However, it is unclear how effective these methods are and there is no evidence they can cure cancer.
It is important for a person to speak with a doctor before trying any home remedies. Some approaches are unsafe or may prevent other treatments from working properly.