Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) or Integrative therapies may be used for the treatment of the symptoms associated with lung cancer and the side effects of lung cancer treatment. These treatments may improve the quality of life for cancer patients. 

Always check with your doctor before trying any alternative therapies.

AcupunctureEffective in managing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and also help manage pain after surgery. Treats 
  • Anxiety
  • nausea
  • pain
  • depression
Aromatherapy Stimulates the part of the brain that affects emotion. It promotes mental and emotional wellness by reducing
  • Stress
  • depression
  • pain
  • nausea
Herbal SupplementsEase a few lung cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment. The most commonly used herbal supplements include:
  • Astragalus 
  • Nan sha shen (American silvertop root)
  • Gan cao (licorice root)
  • Poria (fu ling)
  • Oldenlandia diffusa (snake-needle grass)
  • Asparagus root
Eases pain and promotes relaxation in the nerves or muscles around the following areas:
  • Chest
  • neck
  • upper back
  • shoulders

Other Alternative treatments include:

1. Hypnosis

2. Medical Marijuana

3. Meditation

4. Nutrition

5. Yoga

Reference - Cirino, E. (2017, December 24). Lung Cancer Alternative Treatments. Retrieved from