Beyond the 7 Healing Practices: Other Complementary Therapies

Key Points

  • We separate complementary therapies into two broad categories based on the level of risk compared to benefits.
  • Health-promoting practices and therapies are generally considered  to enhance the body’s natural wellness and healing processes.
  • Other therapies involve more risk as well as benefits, but those benefits may be great.
  • Many of these therapies and approaches are becoming more widely accepted and used in Western medicine.

We discuss therapies in two broad categories:

  1. Those that are intrinsically health-promoting, with little risk compared to their benefits
  2. Those that involve increasing or even substantial risk compared to their benefits

Intrinsically Health-Promoting Therapies

The 7 Healing Practices—eating well, moving more, managing stress, sleeping well, creating a healing environment, sharing love and support, and exploring what matters now—are typically endorsed by major cancer centers.

Beyond these practices, may cancer centers also recommend and offer practices that complement conventional cancer treatments, including these:

These health-promoting practices and therapies are generally considered to enhance the body’s natural wellness and healing processes. Known benefits for cancer patients of one or more of these practices:

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Other Complementary Therapies and Treatments

Moving along the spectrum toward therapies involving both benefits and increasing risks, we find further complementary and other therapies. These may involve techniques that some conventional cancer practitioners don’t know about or haven’t studied, or that are outside the culture of mainstream oncology practice.

Many of these therapies and treatments are widely used and increasingly tolerated by conventional clinicians and patients:

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