Alternative therapies offer unconventional ways to treat disease and are used in place of traditional medicine. Complementary therapies are used in combination with traditional medicine and, in some cases, alternative therapies.
An example of an alternative treatment for chronic myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) is stem cell transplant. This is still in experimental stages, but may be more effective for certain types of these disorders. Complementary therapies available for chronic MPD are diet, vitamins, and herbs. Nutrition plays an important part in fighting disease and promoting healing. Some advocate foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries and squash, and healthy fats such as olive oil. Try to avoid trans-fatty acids, refined foods, smoking, and alcohol. You may also want to ask your doctor about using vitamins or herbs to complement your treatment. Vitamins like omega-3 fatty acids may promote a healthy immune system, and herbs found in green tea and milk thistle contain antioxidants, which help promote healthy cell production. Always talk to your doctor before adding any complementary or alternative therapies to your chronic MPD treatment.