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A new Fact Sheet from the National Brain Tumor Foundation titled, "A General Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies" is now available by calling NBTF at 1.800.934.2873 or online at the "What's New" section of www.braintumor.org

Here is a collection of links:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Clinical Trials using non-conventional treatments, as well as other info on complementary and alternative healing practices 

Cautions:

bulletSt. John's Wort, commonly used to treat depression, can interact with certain chemotherapy drugs and make them less effective. Check with your doctor about this!

See: Risk of Drug Interactions with St. John's Wort, published in JAMA, by Jane E. Henney, MD

Alternative Health News Online - Provides a number of techniques to discuss with your health care provider.

Alternative Medicine from About.com- information on the latest developments in the world of complementary and alternative medicine

Dr. Andrew Weil, author of "8 Weeks to Optimum Health,"  is a proponent of "Integrative Medicine"-- a healing-oriented system that brings together the best medical and therapeutic practices from around the world to form a unified approach to health maintenance. The common thread among the varied therapies that form the basis of Integrative Medicine is the consistent focus on the body’s own innate mechanisms of healing.  His website contains a variety of information such as a library of questions/answers, discussions about food as medicine, recipes, books, vitamins, and a natural medicine guide. Check out the cancer section or type "brain tumor" into the search box at the top to read his "answers".

Healing Touch International - Healing Touch is an energy (biofield) therapy that encompasses a group of non-invasive techniques that utilize the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields. The Healing Touch educational program was developed by Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN, utilizing a nursing continuing education format. The American Holistic Nurses' Association and Healing Touch International endorse the Healing Touch educational program. You can locate a certified practitioner in your area.

Holistic Healing from About.com - articles, forum, chat and links to holistic healing, spirituality, and alternative medicine therapies, investigating therapeutic touch, acupuncture, Tai Chi, core-energetics, chakra work , etc 

Quackwatch: A Special Message to Cancer Patients Seeking Alternative Treatments

 

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