Complementary Therapies for Breast Cancer Recovery
Complementary therapies are used alongside medical treatment(s) for breast cancer to support the patient’s recovery during their cancer journey. It should be noted that an integrated approach to cancer care would include the best of medical treatment and the best of evidence-based, supportive complementary standards. Complementary therapies would include such areas as botanicals, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, massage and reiki.
Aromatherapy Massage to Reduce Anxiety
Receiving an aromatherapy massage during and after recovery can have a positive influence on psychologic parameters of a patient. One evidence based study from Japan showed results that anxiety was reduced in just one, 30 minute aromatherapy massage. This study also showed a reduction in hospital anxiety and depression scale with aromatherapy massages for breast cancer patients.
Medicinal Herbal Teas to Reduce Stress
Botanical medicinals, include herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, and catnip. These teas are beneficial in supporting the physical and emotional needs of the patient. They help with relieving nausea, insomnia and assisting in soothing nerves. It is common knowledge that herbal teas, aromatherapy and massage oils are beneficial to help support the personal and emotional needs of the patient.
Yoga Therapy to Reduce Nervousness and Strengthen the Mind
Yoga is now being studied in great lengths because of it’s demonstration in improving the overall quality of life for those in recovery. Breathing, stretching and strengthening will tone and build the mind and body. When the mind comes into a balance state, better choices are made. When the body comes into nurtured with yoga the immune system is boosted to fight off disease and illness. In order to create this equanimity of the whole person, yoga, breathing and meditation can influence the recovery process for many.
About Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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