Mind over Matter: Post-Cancer Treatments

Any type of cancer diagnosis presents life-changing challenges and difficult questions to those affected as well as their relatives and loved ones. More and more, patients are deciding against chemical treatments and opting for innovative options in naturopathy (natural medicine). Part of the decision-making process includes extremely personal and thorough discussions with therapists and physicians to find a tailor-made treatment plan for each patient. These in-depth consultations and examinations help to avoid side effects of standard treatment, to try all out all options and to effectively use natural medicine against the disease itself.

What is Natural Medicine?

Also known as “Naturopathy,” natural medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapeutic doctrines, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling.

Germany has long been a leader in the field of naturopathic medicine, which is based on centuries of knowledge and practical experience. On the medical campus of the University of Freiburg at the Center for Complementary Medicine (CCM), experienced physicians take a great deal of time and care to adapt a holistic approach to each individual case. The consultations and treatments take place in a welcoming and calming atmosphere. Patients there can be sure that the naturopathic recommendations are compatible with the necessary standard therapy, which are often provided directly in the cancer center on campus. Naturopathy is used in close collaboration with oncologists, radiotherapists and family doctors.

The CCM has an extensive outpatient department and two research units (clinical research, laboratory research) on site. The staff is experienced with international patients from all over the globe and many of the staff speak English. Annually, they treat about 6,000 patients. In addition to individual patient treatment, the Center for Complementary Medicine also conducts clinical studies and preclinical research, particularly on herbal preparations, and even provides training in natural medicine for students and physicians. The medical doctors at the CCM are experts for both, conventional therapy (specialists in general medicine, internal medicine, gastroenterology, endocrinology, pain treatment) and complementary therapy.

Patient seeking treatment at the CCM can enjoy a full spectrum of consultations/treatments including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chemopreventive plant substances
  • Plant substances for side effect treatment
  • Vitamins and trace elements
  • Nutrition
  • Immunostimulants
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Self-help via physical means
  • Hyperthermia
  • Training programs

If conventional medicine is not giving you the results you’re seeking, consider treatment using naturopathy in your area. In many cases, these therapies are recommended to use in combination with conventional medicine. After all, it takes time, comprehensive approaches and teamwork to treat a chronic illness.

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