- Follow Medical Advice
Ensure that you adhere to specific instructions left by your physician, because not following this advice could endanger your health once again. Take your medication regularly, attend follow-up and rehabilitation sessions, consult your physician about any problems, follow dietary requirements, and evaluate your priorities. If you are concerned that you are not receiving the medical help that you need, seek a second opinion, but do not simply stop treatment.
After a serious illness, it is quite common not to have an appetite. It is important that your body receives nourishment so that you can regain your strength and physical recovery. Eat foods that you enjoy and that are simple to digest like soups, crackers, juice, yogurt, steamed vegetables, fish, and fresh fruit.
- Counseling and Therapy
Psychological intervention may be necessary to deal with emotional distress and improve the patient’s mood, depression, and anxiety about the illness. Feelings of guilt, denial and blame, as well as financial and social stressors can all add to the patient’s negative state of mind. The patient may experience fears and phobias about the illness, struggle to resume a normal life, or have to deal with a disability. Group therapy or relaxation training will help the patient maintain a positive outlook and help him or her to cope with the illness.
- Physical Therapy (physiotherapy)
This is a vital part of recovery because it helps the patient rebuild his or her strength, become flexible, and gain endurance.
Improves circulation of fluids such as blood, aids nerve function, and reduces stress levels.
- Art Therapy
Patients can construct a meaningful narrative of the illness, and in this way express their emotions.
- Aromatherapy Massage
The benefit of touch relaxes the body and mind, and facilitates open and honest communication.
- Music Therapy
This type of therapy can help the patient cope with illness, develop stress management techniques, and address psychological issues.
- Family Support
Family members are often the primary caregivers during convalescence, and need all the support they can get to enable them to care for the patient well. Support may take the form of professional therapy but should also include practical support such as financial help, time out for their own rest and relaxation, as well as assistance with meals, household chores, etc.
Natural and holistic treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies can stimulate the appetite, boost the immune system and reduce fatigue in the recovering person. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are 100% safe, side-effect free and non addictive – although it is always important to speak to your doctor when combining herbal remedies with prescription drugs.
There are a number of herbs which are commonly recommended for their restorative, strengthening, and immune-boosting properties. These include Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato), Agothosma betulina (buchu), Mentha piperita, Viscum album, Astragalus membranaceus, Azadirachta indica, Ginseng, Ginger, Echinacea and Olea europea (extract of olive leaf). An experienced homeopath or herbalist will be able to help you choose the remedy most suited to your symptoms.