Cervical Cancer Alternative Treatments

Written by the Healthline Editorial Team | Published on September 15, 2014
Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on September 15, 2014

Alternative Therapies for Cervical Cancer

No type of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) has ever been shown to cure cancer. There is no evidence that CAM can treat either cervical cancer or HPV.

CAM therapies may also cost you valuable time that can be used for conventional treatments. Delaying treatments like surgery and radiation can make them less effective. If you wait too long, they may no longer work.

CAM options include:

  • vitamins
  • supplements
  • herbs
  • mind-body therapies

These products will not improve or cure your cancer. They can interact with your treatments, sometimes to your detriment. If you do decide to use CAM, talk to your doctor to avoid potentially dangerous side effects and complications.

Mind-Body Therapies

Certain mind-body therapy techniques like are helpful in easing the emotional distress that comes along with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment for many patients. Some of these include:

  • yoga
  • biofeedback
  • aromatherapy
  • meditation
  • tai chi
  • acupuncture

Mind-body therapies are often helpful in easing emotional distress. These therapeutic treatments are typically safe for most patients, but always consult with your doctor before initiating a new treatment.

Herbs and Supplements

There is no scientific data to confirm the effectiveness of any of herbs and dietary supplements in treating cancer.  However, some people do find them helpful in relieving symptoms or side effects of medical treatments. As always, make sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your diet. 

Using Alternative Treatments to Cope with Side Effects

CAM cannot cure cancer or HPV. It should not be used as a substitute for conventional treatment. However, CAM may be able to help relieve treatment side effects. For example, it may help with:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • nausea
  • pain

These treatments are safe for most patients. However, you should always consult with your doctor before starting a new treatment.

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