GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Traditional Chinese medicine has a variety of practices including acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional dietary therapy, and Chinese massage and moxibustion. They are all based on the philosophy that the human body functions as a whole and as part of nature. Disease occurs when the harmony between bodily functions and the environment is disrupted.
The use of complementary therapies by women with gynecological cancers is widespread. Motivations for the use of complementary therapies vary. Women see complementary therapies as providing psychological support, and believe that they are useful for strengthening the immune system and thus helping to stop the progress of the disease and also preventing recurrence.
There are also issues of self-empowerment, personal growth and communication. Patients perceive these issues as being more part of the complementary therapists’ view of treatment, rather than a conventional medical approach. Part of their decision to use these therapies is based on the need to take control of the management of their cancer treatment and overall well-being.
Did you know…
•     That 2 out of 3 women with gynecological cancer use some form of complementary therapy during the course of their treatment?
•     Younger and better-educated women seem to use complementary therapies more than older women do?
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GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINETraditional Chinese medicine has a variety of practices including acupuncture, herbal medicine, traditional dietary therapy, and Chinese massage and moxibustion. They are all based on the philosophy that the human body functions as a whole and as part of nature. Disease occurs when the harmony between bodily functions and the environment is disrupted.The use of complementary therapies by women with gynecological cancers is widespread. Motivations for the use of complementary therapies vary. Women see complementary therapies as providing psychological support, and believe that they are useful for strengthening the immune system and thus helping to stop the progress of the disease and also preventing recurrence.There are also issues of self-empowerment, personal growth and communication. Patients perceive these issues as being more part of the complementary therapists’ view of treatment, rather than a conventional medical approach. Part of their decision to use these therapies is based on the need to take control of the management of their cancer treatment and overall well-being.
Did you know…•     That 2 out of 3 women with gynecological cancer use some form of complementary therapy during the course of their treatment?•     Younger and better-educated women seem to use complementary therapies more than older women do?*98/144/5*

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