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Role Of Holistic Therapy In Cancer

The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.

‘Cancer’ is one of the most dreaded diseases of our times, and ironically off late we are getting to hear of this word more often. The incidence of cancer has increased many fold times in the last decade or so. WHO forecasts a 50% further rise in numbers by 2020.

Now the question is that why is there an upsurge in the prevalence of this particular condition?

Well the answer to this lies in the principal of ‘Mind-body connection’.

What exactly is meant by the word “mind?”

It’s important to note that “mind” is not synonymous with brain. Instead, the mind comprises of mental states such as thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and images. The brain is the hardware that allows us to experience these mental states.

What Is Mind Body connection?

The mind-body connection reveals the emotional, mental and spiritual elements of physical disease.

This means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are.

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How does a negative thought create a negative effect in the body?

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Options for treatment available:

There are both medical and holistic treatment methods available for cancer.

The medical treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

The holistic or complementary medicine has also benefited the patients along with medical interventions. While scientific research on most alternate/ holistic therapies is relatively new and the studies are small, early results show that some alternate therapies may help ease physical and emotional symptoms in some people. When combined with conventional medicine, alternate therapies may offer a more integrated approach to healing and better prognosis.

What is Holistic Healing?

Holistic healing means taking a balanced approach to treat physical and mental imbalances. The main focus is to heal mind, body and soul.Holistic healing is a lifestyle approach where all aspects of a person’s life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental, are considered.

Holistic healing not only helps the patient deal with physical symptoms like pain, anxiety, fatigue, nausea etc., caused by cancer, but also alleviates side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or hormonal therapy.

There are a number of holistic approaches for the symptoms and each complementary therapy works on different symptoms. Some of them are enlisted below.

Physical Symptoms
Pain
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Music therapy
  • Reiki
  • Shiatsu
Nausea/Vomiting
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Shiatsu
Fatigue
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
High blood pressure Aromatherapy
Hot flashes Acupuncture
Headache
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Shiatsu
Muscle tension
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Shiatsu
Emotional Symptoms
Anxiety/Fear/Stress
  • Aromatherapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Hypnosis
  • Journaling
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Prayer
  • Support groups
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
Depression
  • Aromatherapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Journaling
  • Progressive muscle relaxation

How do holistic therapies work?

They involve settling unresolved conflicts, forgiving and asking forgiveness, liberating toxic emotions such as anger, bitterness, hatred, regret, and fear, while embracing our capacity for love, compassion and joy thereby offering a healthy cell environment.

These strategies should be embraced by the cancer survivor as permanent lifestyles changes. Furthermore, the regimen becomes increasingly rewarding once healing begins and measurable results are achieved. The holistic protocol creates a physical, emotional and spiritual environment that is anti-cancer, thereby reducing the cancer of spread and relapse.

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