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Naturopathic Medicine for Breast Cancer

Throughout your breast cancer treatment, you may experience a range of symptoms that impact your quality of life. Naturopathic medicine focuses on the use of non-invasive, non-toxic therapies (e.g., vitamins, minerals, herbal medicines) to strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself. The goal is to use the healing power of nature to maintain and restore health.

As you undergo conventional breast cancer treatments, you may receive the following naturopathic therapies:

  • Nutritional supplements and botanical medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical medicine

Breast cancer and its treatments may cause symptoms, such as nausea, weight changes, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and pain. Your naturopathic clinician will make naturopathic recommendations to identify and remove these obstacles to your recovery.

Learn more about how naturopathic medicine aims to reduce side effects of conventional breast cancer treatments.

For example, in many types of breast cancer, the hormone estrogen causes breast tumors to grow. Your naturopathic clinician may recommend certain naturopathic therapies that decrease the amount of estrogen in the body by increasing the metabolism and clearance of this hormone.

The following are additional ways naturopathic therapies can help combat side effects of breast cancer treatments:

  • Some hormone therapies for breast cancer can weaken the bones. Your naturopathic clinician may recommend vitamin D to protect the bones.
  • Chemotherapy for breast cancer may cause numbness or tingling in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy). Your naturopathic clinician can offer natural therapies to help treat this condition.
  • To help you fight nausea and vomiting, your naturopath may suggest ginger, peppermint oil, tea, sea bands, acupuncture, and homeopathic remedies.
  • Some naturopathic remedies, such as green tea and melatonin, may help to decrease the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
  • Certain vitamins may help to reduce breast density levels, which, in turn, may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

You should consider any or all of these as part of your ongoing treatment..

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