Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies

A wide range of therapies, techniques, supplements and products that are used in addition to standard cancer treatments to reduce side-effects, improve treatment, and prolong survival.

Complementary Therapies have shown a number of beneficial effects according to studies such as this Scientific Review.

Please discuss these therapies with your medical team before incorporating them into your daily routine. For best results, consult an Integrative or Functional Medicine Practitioner.

The scientific evidence for each of the Complementary therapies listed below can be found on the Proven Ways to Prolong Survival page. The page also lists each therapy by category (e.g. Supplements, Lifestyle changes etc).

Complementary therapies and their benefits
 
Vitamin E
(Tocotrienols from Annotto)
•Prolongs Survival
•Reduces Cachexia
•Reduces blisters from chemo
•Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
•Clears Senescent Cancer Cells from your body
 
 
Daily Physical Exercise
•Prolongs Survival
•Reduces Cachexia
•Reduces Chemo-brain
•Boosts Immunity
•Improves quality of life
•General protection from radiation therapy
 
Melatonin
(natural hormone)
•Prolongs Survival
•Reduces Cachexia
•Makes chemo work better
•General protection from radiation therapy
 
Vitamin C
(Intravenous high dose)
•Prolongs Survival
•Reduces Cachexia
•Boosts Immunity
 
AHCC
(a natural immune-modulating compound)
•Prolongs Survival
•Reduces Cachexia
•Boosts Immunity
 
Hydrazine Sulphate (Sehydrin)
•Prolongs Survival
•Reduces Cachexia
 
Curcumin
•Prolongs Survival
•Boosts Immunity
•Makes chemo work better
•Reduces post-surgery bruising & swelling
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Clears Senescent Cancer Cells from your body
•Targeted cancer stem cells in lab studies
 
Vitamin D
•Prolongs Survival
•Boosts Immunity
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
•Prolongs Survival
•Makes chemo work better
•Highly effective therapy for wound healing
 
Fasting
•Prolongs Survival
•Overall Wellbeing
•Makes chemo work better
 
Radically Change Your Diet
•Prolongs Survival
•Boosts Immunity
 
Metformin
(type 2 diabetes drug)
•Prolongs Survival
•Makes chemo work better
 
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
•Prolongs Survival
•Overall Wellbeing
 
Cesium Chloride
(an inorganic, colorless, compound)
•Prolongs Survival
•Pain Reduction
 
Statins
(cholesterol lowering drugs)
•Prolongs Survival
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
 
Sulforaphane
•Prolongs Survival
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Antihistamines
Prolongs Survival
 
Anvirzel (Oleander extract)
Prolongs Survival
 
Artemesinin
(Anti-Malaria drug)
Prolongs Survival
 
Aspirin
Prolongs Survival
 
Avemar
Prolongs Survival
 
Beta-blockers
Prolongs Survival
 
Bisphosphonates
(anti-hypercalcemia drugs)
Prolongs Survival
 
Bovine Cartilage
Prolongs Survival
 
Broccoli Sprout Extract
Prolongs Survival
 
Homeopathy
Prolongs Survival
 
Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Prolongs Survival
 
Mifepristone
(abortion pill) 
Prolongs Survival
 
Orasal
(Trade Name Salicinium®)
Prolongs Survival
 
Paw Paw  Cell-Reg
(PawPaw extract)
Prolongs Survival
 
Polysaccharide-K (PSK)
(medicinal mushroom extract)
Prolongs Survival
 
Salvestrols
(natural compounds in the diet)
Prolongs Survival
 
Sodium Dichloroacetate
Prolongs Survival
 
Sonodynamic and Photodynamic Therapy Combined
Prolongs Survival
 
Taurolidine
Prolongs Survival
 
Ukrain
Prolongs Survival
 
L-Carnitine (LC)
•Reduces Cachexia
•Protects kidneys from chemo & reduces fatigue
 
Supplements containing polyunsaturated fatty acid
•Reduces Cachexia
•Makes chemo work better
•Reduces Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Eicosapentaenoic acid
•Reduces Cachexia
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation
 
Beta-carotene
Reduces Cachexia
 
BPC157
(a medicinal peptide)
Reduces Cachexia
 
Clenbuterol
Reduces Cachexia
 
Creatine
Reduces Cachexia
 
Dr. Coy diet
Reduces Cachexia
 
Endurance training 
Reduces Cachexia
 
Follistatin
Reduces Cachexia
 
GHRP-2
Reduces Cachexia
 
Indomethacin and Ibuprofen
Reduces Cachexia
 
L‐arginine, L‐glutamine, and Hydroxy methyl butyrate
Reduces Cachexia
 
Megestrol Acetate
Reduces Cachexia
 
Oxytocin
Reduces Cachexia
 
Pomegranate 
Reduces Cachexia
 
Thalidomide
Reduces Cachexia
 
Metoclopramide
Reduces Cachexia
 
Cannabinoids
•Pain Reduction
•Makes chemo work better
•Reduces nausea and vomiting

 
Massage
•Pain Reduction
•Stress Reduction
 
Reiki
•Pain Reduction 
•Stress Reduction
 
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
•Pain Reduction
•Stress Reduction
 
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field
(PEMF) therapy
•Pain Reduction
•Boosts Immunity
 
Noni Root
•Pain Reduction
•Boosts Immunity
 
Low dose Naltrexone
•Pain Reduction
•Boosts Immunity
 
Methadone
•Pain Reduction
•Makes chemo work better
 
Acupuncture
Pain Reduction
 
Biofeedback
Pain Reduction
 
California Poppy
Pain Reduction
 
Corydalis
Pain Reduction
 
Hypnotherapy
Pain Reduction
 
Chiropractic Care
Pain Reduction
 
Kava / Kava Lactones
Pain Reduction
 
Reflexology
Pain Reduction
 
Red Pepper
Pain Reduction
 
White Willow Bark
Pain Reduction
 
 
Laughter
•Stress Reduction
•Boosts Immunity
 
Meditation
•Stress Reduction
•Boosts Immunity
 
Art therapy
Stress Reduction
 
Spiritual Connection
Stress Reduction
 
Yoga
Stress Reduction
 
Autogenic therapy
Stress Reduction
 
Coenzyme Q10
•Boosts Immunity
•Protects heart from chemo
•Protects intestines from radiation treatment
 
Ginger Extract
Boosts Immunity
•Makes chemo work better
•Inhibited tumor growth and metastasis in the lab
 
Resveratrol and MSKE
Boosts Immunity
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
Lab studies show it can Reduce Metastasis
 
Ginseng
Boosts Immunity
•Protects tissue from radiation treatment
 
Probiotics
Boosts Immunity
•Protects gut from radiation treatment
 
Avoid Trans-Fats
Boosts Immunity
 
Beck Protocol
Boosts Immunity
 
Beta Glucans
Boosts Immunity
 
Breuss Therapy
Boosts Immunity
 
Carica Papaya 
Boosts Immunity
 
Cell-based Therapies
Boosts Immunity
 
Coleys Toxins
Boosts Immunity
 
Dendritic Cell Therapy
Boosts Immunity
 
Echinacea
Boosts Immunity
 
Essential Oils
Boosts Immunity
 
Essiac Tea
Boosts Immunity
 
Fucoidan
Boosts Immunity
 
GcMAF
Boosts Immunity
 
Get Adequate Sleep
Boosts Immunity
 
Healthy Sex
Boosts Immunity
 
Immuno-Augmentive Therapy
Boosts Immunity
 
Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB)
Boosts Immunity
 
LifeOne Formula
Boosts Immunity
 
Limit Alcohol Intake
Boosts Immunity
 
Limit Sugar Intake
Boosts Immunity
 
MGN-3
Boosts Immunity
 
Mild Full Body Hyperthermia
Boosts Immunity
 
Milk Vetch (Astragalus)
Boosts Immunity
 
Modified Citrus Pectin
Boosts Immunity
 
QiGong
Boosts Immunity
 
Revici Method
Boosts Immunity
 
Selenium and Zinc
Boosts Immunity
 
Smoking cessation
Boosts Immunity
 
Stress reduction
Boosts Immunity
 
Sun’s Soup-Selected Vegetables
Boosts Immunity
 
Ultraviolet Blood Irridation
Boosts Immunity
 
Wheat Grass
Boosts Immunity
 
Quercetin
(plant flavanoid from fruits)
•Makes chemo work better
•Reduces post-surgery bruising & swelling
•Inhibits radiation-induced Fibrosis
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Aloe Ver
•Makes chemo work better
•Post-surgery wound healing
•Protects skin from radiation treatment
 
Berberine
•Makes chemo work better
•Clears Senescent Cancer Cells from your body
•Kills Cancer Stem Cells in the lab
 
EGCG (Green Tea)
•Makes chemo work better
•Protects skin from radiation treatment
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Targeted cancer stem cells in lab studies
 
Genistein
•Makes chemo work better
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab

 
Whole body Hyperthermia
Makes chemo work better
 
American Ginseng
(Panax quinquefolius)
Makes chemo work better
 
Ashwagandha
(Withania somnifera)
•Makes chemo work better
•Kills Cancer Stem Cells in the lab
 
Fermented Wheat Germ Extract (FWGE)
Makes chemo work better
 
Dipyridamole (an anticoagulant –
also called Persantine) 
•Makes chemo work better
•Reduced metastasis in lab studies
 
Hedyotis Diffusa
(spreading hedyotis)
Makes chemo work better
 
Flufenamic acid
Makes chemo work better
 
Sesame Seed Oil
Reduces chemo-induced Phlebitis
 
Hypnosis
Reduces chemo-induced nausea and vomiting
 
Accupressure
Reduces chemo-induced nausea and vomiting
 
Massage and Inhalation Aromatherapy
Reduces chemo-induced nausea and vomiting
 
Taurine
Reduces chemo-induced nausea and vomiting
 
Ice cap, frozen socks and gloves
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Ginkgo Biloba
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Sweet bee venom
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Wan 
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Goshajinkigan (GJG)
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Grains and Citrus Fruits
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Capsaicin patch
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Magnesium  
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
N- acetylcysteine
Reduces Chemo-induced Peripheral Neuropathy
 
Neurofeedback
Reduces Chemobrain
 
BrainHQ
Reduces Chemobrain
 
Muscadine Grape Extract
Protects heart from chemo & radiation treatment
 
L-carnitine
Protects heart from chemo
 
Salidroside (plant extract)
Protects heart from chemo
 
Green tea extract  
Protects heart from chemo
 
Magnesium
Protects Kidneys from chemo
 
Silymarin 
(Milk Thistle)
•Protects Kidneys from chemo
•Protects digestive tract from radiation treatment
 
Vitamin E  and Selenium
Protects Kidneys from chemo
 
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
Protects liver from chemo
 
Selenium 

•Reduces chemo-induced
Oral Mucosis
•Reduces Lymphedema
•General protection from radiation therapy

 
Glutamine 
•Reduces chemo-induced
Oral Mucosis
•Protects digestive tract from radiation treatment
 
Honey, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, and Glutamine
Reduces chemo-induced
Oral Mucosis
 
Miracle fruit 
(Synsepalum dulcificum)
Helps with chemo-induced taste problems
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Helps with Insomnia
 
Activated charcoal, Glutamine, and Probiotics
Reduces chemo-induced Diarrhea
 
Turmeric (Herb)
Pain reduction
 
White Willow Bark (Herb)
Pain reduction
 
California Poppy (Herb)
Pain reduction
 
Calendula officinalis 
(an annual herb)
•Post-surgery wound healing
•Protects skin from radiation treatment
 
Bromelain (pineapple stem)
Reduces post-surgery bruising & swelling
 
Arnica montana (an herb)
Reduces post-surgery bruising & swelling
 
Honey
(natural product)
•Prevents post-surgery infections
•Protects digestive tract from radiation treatment
 
Berberex
(a patented formulation)
Prevents post-surgery infections
 
 Lycopene
•Protects healthy tissues from radiation treatment
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Hesperidin
•Protects brain from radiation treatment
•Inhibits Tumor Growth in the lab
 
Retinol palmitate
(a form of vitamin A)
Protects lung from radiation treatment
 
 Flaxseed
Protects lung from radiation treatment
 
 Zinc
Protects skin from radiation treatment
 
Cranberry
Protects bladder from radiation treatment
 
Turmeric
•Pain Reduction
•Protects intestines from radiation treatment
 
Acupressure bands
Reduces nausea and vomiting
 
 Butyrate
•Acute Radiation Proctopathy (ARP) treatment
•Rectal bleeding
 
 Ozone therapy
•Acute Radiation Proctopathy (ARP) treatment
•Rectal bleeding
 
 Soy Isoflavone
Reduce urinary, intestinal, and sexual adverse effects of radiation
 
Psyllium
Reduces diarrhea caused by radiation
 
L-carnosine 
Delays the onset of   dysphagia
 
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
Improves saliva flow
 
Black Cumin
(Nigella Sativa)
General protection from radiation therapy
Inhibits Tumor Growth &
Reduces Metastasis in lab studies
 
Boswellia Serrata
•Reduces Cerebral Edema (swelling) from radiation treatment
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
 
Ashwagandha
(Withania somnifera) 
•Improves quality of life
•Sensitises cancer cells to radiation 
 
Ayurveda
Overall Wellbeing
 
Faith Healing
Overall Wellbeing
 
Hands-on Healing
Overall Wellbeing
 
Myers Cocktail
Overall Wellbeing
 
Naturopathy
Overall Wellbeing
 
Poly-MVA
Overall Wellbeing
 
Tai Chi
Overall Wellbeing
 
Therapeutic Touch
Overall Wellbeing
 
Tibetan Medicine
Overall Wellbeing
 
European Mistletoe Extract
Improves quality of life
 
Astragalus
Improves quality of life
 
Piperlongumine
(a natural alkaloid)
Clears Senescent Cancer Cells from your body
 
Nicotinamide riboside
(a micronutrient)
Clears Senescent Cancer Cells from your body
 
 Apigenin (food supplement)
Suppressed Cancer Stem Cells and inhibited metastasis in the lab.

 
Astaxanthin (food supplement)
Inhibited metastasis in lab studies
 
Anthocyanins (food supplement)
Lab studies found they target cancer stem cells and
inhibit tumor growth
 
Bee Propolis (containing Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE))
Suppressed Cancer Stem Cells in the lab.
 
Blueberries
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Capsiacin (Cayenne Pepper)
Inhibited metastasis in lab studies
 
Carotenoids
(found in some foods)
Inhibited metastasis in lab studies
 
Cordyceps (medicinal Mushrooms – supplement)
Inhibited metastasis in lab studies
 
Emodin (Rhubarb – supplement)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Falcarinol and falcarindiol
(carrot and parsley)
Targeted cancer stem cells in lab studies
 
Feverfew and Green Chirayta (plant extracts)
Lab studies found it could kill Cancer Stem Cells
 
Graviola (Annona muricata)
Inhibits Tumor Growth &
Reduces Metastasis in lab studies
 
Haelan 951
(from fermented soy bean)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (Inhibits Tumor Growth)
 
Hesperiden
(bioflavonoid in Citrus species)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C)
(food supplement)
Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Kombucha
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Naringenin
(food supplement)
Lab studies show it can inhibit tumor growth and Reduce Metastasis
 
Piperine (black pepper)
Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (reduces metastasis)
 
Silibinin
(Milk Thistle seed extract)
•Kills Cancer Stem Cells in the lab
 
Ursolic acid (food supplement)
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
Chloroquine (anti-malaria drug)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (reduces metastasis)
 
Niclosamide
(tapeworm treatment)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (kills cancer stem cells)
 
Itraconazole (anti-fungal drug)
Showed benefits in clinical trial patients
 
PDE5 inhibitors
(erectile dysfunction drugs)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Salinomycin (anti-biotic drug)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (kills Cancer Stem Cells)
 
Stiripentol – an epilepsy treatment drug
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (kills Cancer Stem Cells)
 
Vitamin C and Doxycycline (antibiotic)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Biomagnetic Pair Therapy
Lab studies found it can inhibit tumor growth
 
Grifolin (mushroom extract)
Inhibited tumor growth and metastasis in the lab
 
Gossypol (derived from cotton seeds)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
Honokiol (supplement)
Lab studies show it can Reduce Metastasis
 
Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6) and Inositol
(both available as supplements)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties (inhibits tumor growth)
 
Piperlongumine (Long pepper extract – available as a supplement)
Lab studies found Anti-cancer properties
 
 
 B-carotene
•Targeted cancer stem cells in the lab
 
 Dr Rath Cellular Solution
1. Inhibit tumor growth and cancer metastasis
2. Inhibit angiogenesis
3. Induce natural cancer cell death (apoptosis)
 

See also:
Primary Treatments
Alternative treatments for specific cancer types
List of Clinics offering Alternative and/or Integrative Treatments.

Caution
1. Some cancer therapies can conflict with others. Do not start ANY therapy without consulting your doctor to ensure it’s safe and beneficial to do so.
2. Just because any given therapy worked for someone else does not necessarily mean it will work for you.
3. Although there are many viable cancer treatments, there isn’t a “best” treatment for a certain type or stage of cancer.

 

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