Updated: Mar 14
While conventional treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are the primary methods for treating brain tumours, some people may also explore complementary or alternative therapies. It's important to note that these alternative therapies should not replace conventional treatments but can be used in conjunction with them to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Here are some alternative therapies that have been used for brain tumours:
Acupuncture: This traditional Chinese therapy involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to promote healing and relieve symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and nausea.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: HBOT involves breathing 100% (pure) oxygen while in a special space called a hyperbaric chamber. The air pressure inside is raised to a level that is higher than normal air pressure. The increased air pressure in the chamber helps the lungs collect more oxygen, thus creating a surplus of oxygen within the blood plasma to convert into cellular energy and assist with the body’s regeneration and repair.
Massage therapy: Massage can help relieve stress, improve sleep, and manage symptoms such as headaches and fatigue.
Meditation and relaxation techniques: Mind-body therapies such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
Dietary changes: Some people with brain tumours may explore special diets, such as the ketogenic diet, in an attempt to support their health and well-being.
Supplements and herbs: Some people with brain tumours take dietary supplements and herbs, such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba, to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
It's important to note that alternative therapies can interact with conventional treatments and can have side effects, so it's important to speak with a qualified therapy practitioner for a full consultation prior to trying any alternative therapies.