What You Should Know About Alternative/Complimentary Mesothelioma Treatments

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Mesothelioma & Asbestos Published on February 15, 2021 and updated on March 15, 2022.

yoga at homeMesothelioma treatments can cause numerous side effects that make everyday life painful and difficult. That is why many patients are looking for ways to mitigate their symptoms to help improve their quality of life. For example, they may look to alternative treatments, even though there may not be much if any scientific evidence to back up their effectiveness.

Below, learn more about some of these alternative treatments and their potential benefits. If you have questions about what to do after a mesothelioma diagnosis, the Maryland mesothelioma attorneys at Peter T. Nicholl Law Offices offer a free initial consultation to discuss possible legal options. Our firm has helped numerous mesothelioma victims recover compensation to help them pay for medical treatment and other damages.

You should discuss alternative treatments with your doctor as they may interfere with medications and other treatments. You should also keep in mind there is limited evidence showing the effectiveness of these methods.

Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies

Although supplements and herbal remedies are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they may help relieve symptoms of chemotherapy, such as nausea, loss of appetite and anxiety. There is some research showing cannabis may be effective in helping to treat these symptoms. There are also herbal remedies that may help boost your immune system.

Plant extracts, minerals, cat’s claw and mistletoe are just a few other examples of herbal supplements and remedies mesothelioma patients may try.

Research reveals turmeric has had some promising results as far as decreasing tumor size. This could help make traditional treatments more effective and reduce symptoms caused by the disease.


This involves physical manipulation of the body to help with stress relief and make victims more comfortable.

Examples of bodywork include chiropractic care, osteopathic medicine, acupuncture and massage.

Chiropractic Care

This may help improve mobility and lessen stiffness. There is research showing chiropractic care may help patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Osteopathic Medicine

This is a hands-on therapy targeting certain body parts, particularly the joints. The goal is to try to help restore balance and reduce fatigue and pain.


Acupuncture involves inserting small needles into the skin at specific pressure points to help relieve pain. There is research showing acupuncture may help to treat breathing troubles, which are common in mesothelioma patients.


This involves manipulation of the body’s soft tissues, which may help patients relax and provide pain relief. Massage may also help to relieve depression and nausea.

Lifestyle Changes

Physical fitness may help improve patients’ ability to withstand aggressive treatments and improve their overall well-being. Patients often work with personal trainers who specialize in working with those diagnosed with mesothelioma. Yoga may also be effective in helping patients relax and deal with the stress and anxiety of their diagnosis.

Calming Techniques

This includes things like meditation, hypnotherapy and aromatherapy. These treatments may offer victims a sense of peace and help them deal with depression, anxiety, stress and pain, which are all common issues for those diagnosed with mesothelioma. In some cases, meditation may help patients think more clearly about their treatment and other decisions that must be made.

Can I Claim Alternative Treatments in a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

This is something to discuss with a licensed attorney. Even though these treatments may not be nearly as expensive as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, they can still be costly. However, it may be difficult to prove the need for these treatments.

That said, there may be ways to establish how these treatments have helped you. Make sure to document the alternative treatments you used, along with receipts and bills showing what you had to pay out of pocket.

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