There is no type of alternative medicine that has actually been proven to help treat mesothelioma. However, complementary and alternative treatments can help control the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma meaning. Discuss alternative treatment options with your doctor.
Mesothelioma can cause pressure on the chest which can make patients feel as if they are short of breath. Your doctor may suggest using additional oxygen or taking special medication so that the patient feels more comfortable, although (often) this is not enough. Combining doctor-recommended treatments with complementary / alternative approaches can help patients feel better.
Alternative treatments that are quite promising and help people overcome shortness of breath include:
- Acupuncture. Acupuncture uses a thin needle that is inserted at certain points on the skin.
- Breath training. A nurse or physical therapist can teach breathing techniques that can be used when the patient feels short of breath which sometimes makes panic. The application of this technique can help control respiratory conditions.
- Relaxation exercises. Stretching and relaxing a different group of muscles slowly can help patients feel more comfortable and breathe more easily. The doctor may recommend a therapist who can teach relaxation exercises so that patients can do it themselves.
- Sit near the fan. Directing the fan towards the face can help relieve the sensation of shortness of breath.