HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Other Treatment
Counseling may help you to:
Reducing stress can help you
better manage the HIV illness. Some methods of stress reduction include:
- Relaxation, which involves breathing and muscle
- Guided imagery, a series of thoughts and suggestions
that help you relax.
- Biofeedback, which teaches you to relax through
learning to control a body function that isn't normally under conscious
control, such as heart rate or skin temperature.
- Problem solving, which focuses on any current problems
in your life and helps you solve them.
- Acupuncture, which
involves the insertion of very thin needles into the skin to stimulate energy
flow throughout the body. It may also help reduce the side effects of HIV
Marijuana has been shown to stimulate the appetite and relieve nausea. Talk to your doctor if you're interested in trying it.
complementary treatments for HIV need to be carefully
Some people with HIV may use these types of treatment to help with
fatigue and weight loss caused by HIV infection and reduce the side effects
caused by antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Some complementary therapies for other problems may actually
be harmful. For example,
St. John's wort decreases the effectiveness of certain prescription
medicines for HIV.
Make sure to discuss complementary therapies with your
doctor before trying them.