Complimentary Energy Healing Approaches to Coping with Cancer
Regardless of what type of cancer you may be diagnosed with, recent research indicates that many forms of complimentary medicine can benefit individuals living with cancer. This can be especially true if you are dealing with an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma or pancreatic cancer.
By Jillian Alternative Medicine Advocate
Coping with the Diagnosis
One of the issues that many cancer patients have a hard time dealing with is the initial diagnosis. From a purely emotional standpoint, a pancreatic cancer or mesothelioma prognosis can be difficult to integrate into your life. In many cases, research has shown that emotional health can have a strong influence on life expectancy and survival rates for aggressive forms of cancer. As a result, if you find yourself facing a cancer diagnosis, it is important to have a strong network of support around you. Consider joining a support group for cancer survivors, getting personal counseling or using creative outlets such as writing or art as a way to regain your emotional equilibrium.
Holistic Complimentary Energy Healing Approaches
In addition to traditional Western medicine, many doctors are now recommending other complimentary holistic healing therapist. One of these therapies is Reiki. Reiki is an energetic touch healing therapy that has been used for centuries in Japan. Many people report that Reiki treatments are relaxing and energizing. Reiki is performed while clothed, by having a practitioner lay their hands on or near your body, drawing in universal energy to strengthen and align the energy centers of your body. According to the website New Approaches to Cancer, patients do not need to have any specific belief in whether or not Reiki and energy healing work, only the desire to be healed.
Acupuncture is another form of energy healing therapy that is commonly used by many people with aggressive forms of cancer. While many traditional Western doctors may view a mesothelioma prognosis as a certain death sentence, traditional Chinese medicine takes a different approach.
From the Chinese medicine perspective, the important part of treating any patient is to engage them holistically, including addressing imbalances in energy, or chi, nutritional deficiencies and social or emotional health problems. According to the National Center for Complimentary Health, electromagnetic acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for pain management in cancer. While the studies are still preliminary, the support the theory that stimulation of the energy paths in the body with acupuncture can be beneficial to cancer patients.
Regardless of what specific type of alternative or complimentary medicine approach you take in dealing with cancer, having a holistic focus will improve your health overall. Even with an aggressive cancer such as pancreatic cancer or mesothelioma, if you address not only the physical symptoms of the illness, but also the impact it has on your emotional and spiritual health, you will be better able to cope with and fight the cancer.