There are several types of leukemia with different symptoms. Examples of leukemia symptoms
All these symptoms can occur with other illnesses. Diagnostic testing by a doctor is necessary to confirm the presence of leukemia.
Alternative treatment options will not cure leukemia. However, they may help ease the symptoms of leukemia and the side effects of treatment.
Nutritional supplements and vitamins
A healthy diet can help support the body of a person who has leukemia. It will not cure the condition but can keep the body in better shape to fight the disease and manage symptoms. Supplements can ensure the body has enough vitamins and minerals to function properly.
For example, vitamin C may help people with leukemia. One
However, more research in humans is necessary to determine whether vitamin C can support leukemia treatment.
Herbs and botanical medicine
Green tea and turmeric
Researchers have explored whether green tea and turmeric may be helpful for people with leukemia.
The active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. One 2017 review suggests that curcumin could help in the treatment of leukemia. It states that curcumin has anti-tumor properties and can help treatments slow disease progression, reducing the doses of treatments necessary and lowering the risk of side effects.
However, the review adds that there are no clinical trials on the safety of high curcumin doses and more research is necessary to assess this.
Ginseng is a plant that people use worldwide as a natural remedy for several ailments.
The active ingredients in ginseng are ginsenosides. Some
Other herbal remedies
Other herbal remedies that may be beneficial to people with leukemia
However, more research is needed to analyze the efficacy of these remedies for treating leukemia.
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The theory that like cures like refers to the idea that someone can cure a condition by taking substances that produce similar symptoms in people without the condition. The law of minimum dose suggests that lower doses of medication are more effective than higher doses. People who make homeopathic products often dilute them to the extent that they contain no active ingredients.
The NCCIH warns people against using homeopathy to replace established treatments, as this could worsen symptoms and allow the disease to progress.
Acupuncture is a traditional remedy that could help people manage the side effects of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy.
The treatment involves placing thin needles into pressure points around the body. The
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Auricular acupressure is a treatment that
Hydrotherapy uses various forms of water to treat diseases, such as water of different temperatures or pressures.
There is no evidence that hydrotherapy works as a treatment for leukemia. However, the
Detoxification or detox therapy is the name for diets, regimens, and therapies that aim to
However, the human body already has an effective system for removing toxins. Detoxification therapy is unlikely to benefit most people, including those with leukemia.
Essential oils are compounds from plants that people combine with a carrier oil to treat various ailments.
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Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells. Traditional treatments for leukemia include chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants. These approaches are effective but can cause side effects.
Several home remedies and alternative therapies exist for people with leukemia, such as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and acupuncture. However, it is unclear how effective these methods are. Some may be helpful for managing the side effects of cancer treatments.
It is important to speak with a doctor before trying any home remedies. Some approaches are unsafe or may prevent other treatments from working properly.