Complementary Therapies for Cancer

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Complementary therapies are those treatments that work alongside conventional medical treatments, and while they cannot cure cancer, they can play a significant part in supporting anyone through their fight with the disease. But deciding what complementary therapies actually work is extremely difficult, and this is what medical researcher and doctor, Professor Shaun Holt, tackles in this important new book.

Complementary Therapies for Cancer will tell you which therapies are likely to help and show you why you should make these hugely important health choices based on good medical research, not anecdotes.

It includes evidence-based advice on such things as acupuncture, massage, mind body interventions like meditation, yoga and hypnosis, examines the effectiveness of herbal remedies such as St John’s Wort and other substances such as ginger and capsicum. But importantly it also looks at many commonly-used therapies which are unlikely to help, or worse will actually cause harm.

This is a valuable and significant book, an essential guide for anyone coping with cancer.

“Professor Holt has an excellent track record of sorting out the wheat from the chaff in complementary medicine. Cancer patients are being bombarded with information in this area and, sadly, much of it is less than reliable. Unreliable information is not just a nuisance but can be a serious threat to cancer patients’ lives. This book is therefore a much-needed assistance for vulnerable and often desperate people. It should be made available for all cancer patients who feel tempted to try some form of complementary medicine.” – Professor Edzard Ernst, Co-author of Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.