Every non-conventional approach to the therapy is considered to be alternative treatment. If it is used in combination with conventional medicine, it is often referred to as “complimentary” treatment. These can include the usage of some herbal remedies, minerals or vitamins and even some peptides or amino acids. As the matter of fact, all natural supplements that are not toxic can be used in alternative methods of treatment. Patients suffering from any type of cancer very frequently use alternative treatments, and some estimate that almost 70% of people diagnosed with advanced cancers reach for alternative methods. Talking about patients suffering from mesothelioma, alternative treatment options are not well documented. However, there are several alternative therapies available for these patients, such as: vitamin C, ozone therapy, herbal remedies, and also Iscador and Ukrain treatments.
Vitamin C Treatment
Vitamin C is very popular among people suffering from any type of cancer, although it is also one of the most controversial treatments that exist. The first to use this treatment was double Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling, but no one else, and no institution got the same great results when treating cancer patients with vitamin C.
Ozone is activated form of oxygen and it contains three instead of usual two atoms of oxygen. It has been proved to possess germicidal, fungicidal and bactericidal properties, and there are also some scientific research indicating that cancer cells may also be affected by ozone environment. For more than 50 years, scientists conducted researches and they concluded that richly oxygenated aerobic environment is not suitable for cancer cells.
Herbal Remedies for Cancer Patients
Astragalus and cat’s claw has been used for centuries in
traditional medicine. Astragalus membracenaceus is native Chinese herb, used to
improve vital energy. According to some research, it can affect tumor cells,
inhibit their development and also improve the quality of life in patients
suffering from cancers. Cat’s claw or Uncaria tomentosa is native to South America. Results
of several studies show anti-mutagenic and anti-proliferative properties of this
Iscador and Ukrain
Iscador is an extract of European plant known as Viscum album or mistletoe. There are few studies, but some of them suggest that this extract may improve immune function and quality of life, as well as survival rate in cancer patients.
Ukrain is the combination of chemotherapy drug Thiotepa and greater celandine (Chelidonum majus). Randomized clinical trials show efficacy and improvement in patients suffering from breast, bladder, pancreatic and colorectal cancer, but further independent studies are required.