Re: Holistic Treatments Anyone?
Hi Lynda. I'm a huge fan of holistic therapies. I see an Acupuncturist (who is also a Chinese herbalist) regularly, and a Chiropractor/Homeopath as needed.
I opted to have a total thyroidectomy to treat my thyroid cancer because I come from a family of physicians who were extremely nervous that I was considering holistic methods instead of surgery. I knew that their uncertainty could affect my ability to heal myself, so I was practical. However, my acupuncturist has treated cancerous and non-cancerous nodules and was quite certain he would be able to help.
I continued to see my acupuncturist (needles and herbs) and chiropractor (glandular balancing and homeopathy) before, during, and after my surgery. And I strongly recommend using alternative medicine as supplemental care. I am quite certain that the care I received was instrumental in how quickly I healed.
Please note that I'm not recommending that people with cancer use alternative therapies without seeking the advice of a western physician. Or that those who need thyroid meds forego their prescriptions and instead seek nutritional options. I realize that this is a sensitive subject. There are commercial websites that promote the use of certain supplements to "cure" thyroiditis, hypothyroid, and hyperthyroid conditions. Many of these supplements include high doses of iodine, and I do not know if this could actually be harmful. But there are certainly nutritional and herbal supplements that can be helpful.
My best recommendation is to consult a trained nutritionist, herbalist, or other practitioner regarding supplements that sound applicable to your condition. What works for one of us may not work for others.
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