Also known as thermal therapy or thermotherapy, hyperthermia is based on research that has proven high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells. Many of these studies have shown a significant reduction in tumor size when hyperthermia is combined with other treatments. There are several types of hyperthermia – including local hyperthermia, regional hyperthermia, and whole-body hyperthermia – and have minimal side-effects.
Herbal medicine is commonly used with complementary and alternative therapies by people with cancer, enhancing chemo and radiation effectiveness while reducing side-effects. Western and Chinese are the most common types of herbal medicine. A 2014 study in the United Kingdom (1,134 respondents) found that “most of the people used herbal medicines to feel more in control and to have some responsibility for their treatment.”
Biological response modifiers (BRMs) treat cancer by changing or adding to naturally occurring processes within the body. Immunotherapy uses BRMs to enhance the immune system to increase the body’s natural defense mechanisms against cancer. Examples of biological treatments include Amygdaline / B17, Artesunate, High-dose Sodium Selenite, and High-dose Vitamin C. (Note: Amygdaline / B17 is commonly referred to as laetrile. However, there are distinct differences.)
Some of the common names for metabolic treatments are nutritional therapies, Contreras, Gerson, Gonzalez, and Kelley. Metabolic therapies work to rid the body of the accumulation of toxins in the body from sources such as food additives, preservatives, pesticides, and industrial pollution. The removal of these toxins through bowel purging and a healthy diet allows the body to heal naturally. Several metabolic therapies incorporate coffee enemas.