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Nurse Leader Insider, November 2, 2009

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In one of our recent blog posts on the Leaders' Lounge, we talked about alternative therapies and how more and more Americans are spending money for these remedies that are not covered by insurance. These therapies can range anywhere from yoga classes to taking herbs.

For example, many cancer patients turn to alternative therapies for help with chemotherapy-related fatigue or other cancer side effects. In a clinical trial presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, researchers found that:

  • Ginseng can be used to relieve fatigue in cancer patients
  • Ginger fights chemotherapy-related nausea
  • Flax seeds seem to slow the growth of prostate tumors

This blog post received some comments about the usage of alternative therapies and who is using them.

Here are some of the comments:

"I have utilized alternative massage therapy for chronic neck pain and the fallout from stressors and strains that are under diagnosed and not deemed important by healthcare providers. And I am a nurse! If you do not have positive test results your symptoms are disregarded in most instances so no wonder people revert to alternatives."

"Given the general acceptance of these therapies as evidenced by the amount of money involved, it may be time to refer to them as “integrative therapies.” They have been integrated into our consciousness and lifestyles. Even health care professionals use them!"

 

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