Study finds that those using complementary therapies have fewer infections CANCER patients who take complementary and alternative medicine come down with fewer infections than those who do not, a local study has found.
The study also noted that the difference in outcomes between users and non-users of these treatments is starker among patients with Stage 4 cancer. In this group, for example, 55 per cent of non-alternative medicine users were hit by infections, against 36 per cent of users.
THE study surveyed 357 patients from the National Cancer Centre Singapore. Of these, 195 used complementary and alternative medicines, while the remaining 162 were non-users. The treatments encompassed:
traditional Chinese medicine, including herbs, ginseng, lingzhi and cordyceps;
food supplements, including barley green, bird’s nest and essence of chicken;
special diets, comprising organic vegetables and fruits;
The following were the differences in outcomes recorded by the study:
46.3 per cent of non-users came down with infections, against 34.4 per cent of users.
22.2 per cent of non-users required hospitalisation as a result of those infections, against 14.4 per cent of complementary and alternative medicine users.
42.6 per cent of the non-users needed courses of antibiotics, against 32.3 per cent of users.