We suggest an approach to the analytical calculation of the strain distribution due to an inclusion in elastically anisotropic media for the case of cubic anisotropy. The idea consists in the approximate reduction of the anisotropic problem to a (simpler) isotropic problem. This gives, for typical semiconductors, an improvement in accuracy by an order of magnitude, compared to the isotropic approximation. Our method allows using, in the case of elastically anisotropic media, analytical solutions obtained for isotropic media only, such as analytical formulas for the strain due to polyhedral inclusions. The present work substantially extends the applicability of analytical results, making them more suitable for describing real systems, such as epitaxial quantum dots.