Non-drug treatments may be used alone for mild nausea, and are often helpful for anticipatory nausea and vomiting. These methods can be used along with anti-nausea/vomiting medicines for a person whose cancer treatment is likely to cause nausea and vomiting. If you’d like to try one of these methods, ask a member of your cancer care team to refer you to a therapist trained in these techniques.
These methods try to decrease nausea and vomiting by:
- Helping you feel relaxed
- Distracting you from what’s going on
- Helping you feel in control
- Making you feel less helpless
Patients who learn PMR often go on to use this method as a way to cope with other stresses, too. It’s also used to help with nervousness, pain, anger, headaches, and depression.