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How is biofeedback used as complementary medicine for the treatment of cancer?

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This technique uses sensors and a monitor to help you gain control over body functions that are normally automatic -- like your heart rate and breathing. It may lower stress and pain and help you manage your illness better.

National Cancer Institute: “Acupuncture (PDQ): Patient Version,” “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer: “Music therapy -- not strong evidence about specific effects in patients,” “Progressive Muscle Relaxation.”

American Cancer Society: “Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients,” “Risks and side effects of dietary supplements.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “Biofeedback,” “Meditation.”

Cancer Research UK: “Chiropractic Care,” “Massage Therapy,” “Meditation,” “Reflexology,” “Reiki,” “The safety of vitamins and diet supplements,” “Yoga.”

CancerCare: “Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “Exercising During Cancer Treatment.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation Techniques for Health?”

Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Guided Imagery.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tai Chi: Healing from the Inside Out.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2017

National Cancer Institute: “Acupuncture (PDQ): Patient Version,” “Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer: “Music therapy -- not strong evidence about specific effects in patients,” “Progressive Muscle Relaxation.”

American Cancer Society: “Creative Arts Beneficial to Cancer Patients,” “Risks and side effects of dietary supplements.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “Biofeedback,” “Meditation.”

Cancer Research UK: “Chiropractic Care,” “Massage Therapy,” “Meditation,” “Reflexology,” “Reiki,” “The safety of vitamins and diet supplements,” “Yoga.”

CancerCare: “Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “Exercising During Cancer Treatment.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation Techniques for Health?”

Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Guided Imagery.”

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tai Chi: Healing from the Inside Out.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2017

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