Aromatherapy For Breast Cancer

4 Ways To Add Holiday Cheer To Your Home With Aromatherapy

 

holiday-cheer-with-aromatherpyThe holiday season is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending essential oils that will help get us into the spirit of the season. There are definitely certain smells that remind us of the holidays and these holiday essential oil diffuser blends are a natural way to spread delightful aromas throughout your home. Essential oils are a safe way to bring some scented cheer to your home during the holiday season! Here’s 5 blends for your favorite method of diffusing that not only will warm your heart, but have some health benefits too!

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Gingerbread is one of the sweetest smells of Christmas. This Gingerbread holiday diffuser blend will make your holiday complete with its warm and calming scent.

Gingerbread

5 Drops Ginger

4 Drops Clove

2 Drops Nutmeg

2 Drops Cinnamon

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Holiday fireplace aromatherapy diffuser and Cozy By The Fire aromatherapy blend can be used to bring holiday cheer to your home. Cuddle up by the fire with a warm, cozy scent. Electric warmer mimics flickering flames as it releases the fragrance of your favorite Scent Plus Melt, Aroma Simmers, or Oils.

Cozy By The Fire

3 Drops of Cinnamon

2 Drops of Sweet Orange

1 Drop Clove

1 Drop Nutmeg

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Wish your artificial Christmas tree smelled like a fresh cut tree? Then simply hang this cool new Snowflake Bubble Aromatherapy Ornament. This festive glass ornament has an inner bubble that holds and diffuses your favorite essential oils.

Christmas Tree

6 Drop Fir

3 Drops Spruce

1 Drop Orange

2 Drops Nutmeg

christmas-tree-aromatherapy-ornamentsHow cute are these? Set of 10 wood slice tags (each is 2-2.5 inch diameter). Perfect for a gift tag or ornament. Add a few drops of Spiced Cider essential oil recipe and fill your home with cheer. Add a couple more drops of essential oil every few days as needed.

Spiced Cider

5 Drops Ginger

4 Drops Orange

1 Drop Cinnamon

Enjoy this holiday season and have a healthy and happy New Year!

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

How To Make Your Own Fire Fragrance For Your Fireplace

Breast Cancer Healing Fireplace AromasDuring this winter make those warm fires even more enjoyable with herbs that you can burn in your fireplace. We have collected a variety of natural items that will give off wonderful aromas. And the best part is many of them are items you can find right in your home or grown in your backyard healing garden. Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

Benefits of natural aromas for your fireplace:

  • No chemicals that you really shouldn’t be breathing.
  • Herbal smoke purifies the air if you’re inside.
  • Herbal smoke keeps the mosquitoes away if you’re outside.
  • The smoke smells AMAZING!

Some wonderful natural items to burn in your fireplace

  1. Dry some apple and orange slices in the oven. Then burn them in your fireplace. This can make for a very sweet-smelling scent that fills the air.
  2. For a wonderful pine smell, burn pine cones in your fireplace.
  3. Try burning a cinnamon stick or two for a sweet scent.
  4. For a pleasant fragrance burn orange or lemon peels in your fireplace. The oils in the peels give off a citrus scent which is very clean, not sweet.
  5. Burn a braid of sweet grass in your fireplace. Sweet grass is a herb that is used to clear negative energy and has a wonderful sweet scent that lingers in the air.
  6. Burn dried sage in your fireplace for a more acerbic scent. Once it has burned, it clears any other odors from the air, and then a lighter scent tends to linger.
  7. Toss some rosemary in the fireplace on the outer edges of the burning wood and your space will come alive with a delightful, pine-scented aroma.
  8. Try adding essential oils such as lavender. Just put a few drops on your branches or logs, then allow it to dry and burn in your fireplace.

Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Article source: 10 DIY Fireplace fragrances,   Photo source: Homemade Scented Pine Cones

Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Orange Aromatherapy For Breast Cancer AnxietyAromatherapy — the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to treat disease — is commonly used to treat anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric disorders in the general population. However, their treatment is challenging, because the drugs used for the relief of anxiety symptoms can have serious side effects.

Thankfully, credible studies that examine the effect of essential oils on anxiety symptoms are gradually starting to appear in the medical literature. However, in most of these studies, exposure to the essential oil odor was accompanied by massage. This makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions about the effect of the aroma itself.

A typical example includes this study where patients in the intensive care unit the day after open-heart surgery got foot massages with orange-scented oil. Why not back massages? Because they just had their chests cracked open so they have huge sternotomy wounds. Patients showed a significant psychological benefit from the aromatherapy massage.

But how do we know the essential oil had anything to do with it? Maybe it was just the massage. If that’s the case, then great—let’s give people massages! I’m all for more ICU foot rubs. “There is considerable evidence from randomized trials that massage alone reduces anxiety, so if massage is effective, then aromatherapy plus massage is also effective.” One study where cancer patients got massaged during chemo and radiation even found that the massage without the fragrance may be better. The researchers thought it might be a negative Pavlovian response: the patient smells the citrus and their body thinks, “Oh no, not another cancer treatment!”

More recently the ambient odor of orange was tested in a dental office to see if it reduces anxiety and improves mood. Ambient odor of orange was diffused in the waiting room and appeared to have a relaxant effect—less anxiety, better mood, and more calmness—compared to a control group where there was no odor in the air. No odor, that is, except for the nasty dentist office smell. Maybe the orange scent was just masking the unpleasant odors. Maybe it had nothing to do with any orange-specific molecules. More research was necessary.

So in another study, highlighted in my video, Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety, researchers exposed some graduate students to an anxiety-producing situation and tested the scent of orange, versus a non-orange aroma, versus no scent at all. The orange did appear to have an anxiety-reducing effect. Interestingly, the observed anxiety-reducing effects were not followed by physical or mental sedation. On the contrary, at the highest dose, the orange oil made the volunteers feel more energetic. So orange aromatherapy may potentially reduce anxiety without the downer effect of Valium-type drugs. Does that mean we can get the benefits without the side effects? I’ve talked about the concerns of using scented consumer products before, even ones based on natural fragrances (Throw Household Products Off the Scent), and there have been reports of adverse effects of aromatherapy.

Alternative medicine isn’t necessarily risk-free. For example, there are dozens of reported cases of people having their hearts ruptured by acupuncture. Ouch.

But the adverse effects of aromatherapy were mostly from skin irritation from essential oils being applied topically, or even worse swallowed. Certain citrus oils can also make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

Lavender may also help for both anxiety (Lavender for Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and migraines (Lavender for Migraine Headaches).

The only other aromatherapy-related video is Wake Up and Smell the Saffron, though I have others on natural ways do reduce anxiety, including:

Natural, though, doesn’t always mean safe. See, for example:

Of course eating citrus is good too! I have videos on Reducing Muscle Fatigue With Citrus and Keeping Your Hands Warm With Citrus, but Tell Your Doctor If You Eat Grapefruit.

Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Peppermint Aromatherapy for Nausea

Peppermint Essential Oil For Nausea During Breast Cancer TreatmentBy: Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.

One of the most common fears patients express when facing surgery is postoperative nausea and/or vomiting (PONV), which ranges from minor queasiness to protracted periods of vomiting. Feeling sick to ones stomach and throwing up after surgery is a common problem, affecting between a quarter and a half of those placed under general anesthesia, and more than half of those at high risk, meaning women who don’t smoke and have a history of motion sickness.

I’ve explored the science behind treating nausea with ginger, but if you’re too nauseous to eat, what do you do?
Well, people are often sent home with anti-nausea rectal suppositories, however surveys show that cultural and sexual attitudes may make a number of people sensitive to anything involving the rectum, but the wording of the question they asked was, are you happy to have a drug put in your back passage… And I can imagine many of the respondents thinking well, maybe I wouldn’t so much mind, but wouldn’t exactly be happy about it… especially when you’re feeling sick and throwing up.

And for women after a C-section, they might not want to take drugs regardless of the orifice if they’re breastfeeding, so researchers decided to put aromatherapy to the test.

Research has shown that essential oils of both spearmint and peppermint are effective in reducing nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy, but this was after taking them internally, swallowing them.

Would just the smell of peppermint help with nausea?
They had women take deep whiffs of peppermint extract, like you’d buy at a store, and it seemed to work. While none sniffing plain water with green food coloring—the placebo—or the control group who didn’t sniff anything felt better, 80% of the mint sniffers felt better within just a few minutes.

The study was criticized for being small, and for not using pure peppermint oil. Peppermint extract is peppermint oil plus alcohol—maybe it was the smell of alcohol that made people better! And that’s actually not much of a stretch. In 1997, researchers reported a simple, innocuous, and inexpensive treatment for postoperative nausea and vomiting—the smell of isopropyl alcohol, which is what’s found in those alcohol wipes, the little prep pads that nurses swab you with before shots.

They found out that they could just effectively tear one open and wave it under someone’s nose and relieve nausea and vomiting in more than 80% of folks after surgery. It’s been since shown to work as well as a leading anti-nausea drug, and may even work faster, cutting nausea in half within 10 to 15 minutes, rather than 20 or 25.

So was it the alcohol, the peppermint, or both?
We didn’t know, until it was put to the test. Patients were instructed to take three slow, deep breaths, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth, smelling alcohol, peppermint, or nothing. The smell of peppermint cut nausea in half within 5 minutes. And so did the alcohol. But so did smelling nothing.

So maybe it had nothing to do with the scent; maybe it was just the instruction to take slow deep breaths. That would make it a really cost-effective intervention. Maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising, given the proximity of the vomiting and breathing centers within the brain.

And indeed controlled breathing was effective with or without any scent. So next time you feel nauseous, inhale deeply through your nose to the count of three, hold your breath to the count of three, and exhale out the mouth to the count of three. And do that three times.

Ironically the researchers continued to advocate using that nasty smelling alcohol pad even though they showed it wasn’t any more effective than breathing alone.

Why? Because since isopropyl alcohol has a readily detectable odor, patients are more likely to think that their post-operation nausea and vomiting is being actively treated when they inhale alcohol vapors rather than just engaging in breathing exercises.

Doctor’s Note

What do you think of them still using the alcohol pads even though they were shown to offer no additional benefit? I have a whole video on such questions: The Lie That Heals: Should Doctors Give Placebos?

Here’s a link to my Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe. Powdered ginger may be easier though (see Dangerous Advice From Health Food Store Employees).

More on aromatherapy here:

What about actually eating the peppermint? See:

Of course the best way to avoid postsurgical nausea is to try to avoid surgery in the first place. Those that eat healthy may be less likely to go under the knife. See Say No to Drugs by Saying Yes to More Plants.

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Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

How To Grow An Indoor Lavender Potpourri Garden For Breast Cancer Healing

Lavender Indoor Potpourri Garden For Breast CancerBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
Lavender is a valuable and beautiful flower for your indoor breast cancer healing garden. Lavender (Lavandula) is such a wonderfully romantic flower that it should be required that every gardener grow it. This amazing plant is a native of the Mediterranean and a lover of sunny, dry, rocky habitats. Learn how to grow, harvest and use the luxurious lavender below.

Some lavender plants can surprise you. Some varieties can explode in growth and grow extremely large in height and width, while others stay incredibly small. We estimated plant sizes of common adult lavender and the approximate spacing you may need and recommend the following for an indoor garden:

Lavandula Angustifolia (True Lavender)
Can grow up to 24” tall x 22” wide (space > 2.5ft.)
Can be used for landscape, low hedges, oil production, fresh cut and dry flowers, sachet, crafting, and as a culinary delight.

Typical Uses For Lavender

  • Aromatherapy: simply stated, this is the practice of using herbs, flowers, and essential oils extracted from them for healing, relaxing, and balancing the mind, spirit, and body. The flowers, leaves, and stems are steamed, releasing the fragrant oils.
  • To scent bath water: add a few drops to the bath to enjoy the relaxing and soothing aromas of this wonderful flower, and delicately scent the skin.
  • To soothe skin irritations: such as sunburn, insect bites, eczema, minor cuts and scrapes.
  • To ease headache and tension: apply a few drops to your temples and rest quietly. Lavender eye pillows are also helpful for this purpose.
  • Lavender sachets: fill your drawers and closets with a fresh clean fragrance. Use lavender as a natural air freshener instead of the chemical-filled products saturating the market today. Sit back and place a lavender eye pillow over your eyes. Pamper yourself by sleeping with a lavender-filled pillow.
  • Lavender aromatherapy: to help reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect. It can also have an uplifting, refreshing and rejuvenating effect on the psyche.

Planting Lavender For A Breast Cancer Healing GardenHow To Plant Lavender
Lavender can be planted in a variety of containers; old tin cans, wooden boxes, crockery, bowls as well as pottery. Sufficient drainage should be provided to ensure that the soil does not become waterlogged.

How To Care For Lavender
Lavender very easy to care for. Their needs are minimal. Most scented herbs do not have insect problems due to their strong odors.

  1. Light & Air – Find a sunny window, a south or west exposure is best. Most herbs like plenty of light and should be turned from time to time.
  2. Temperature – Normal indoor temperatures are sufficient for growing herbs. Warmer temperatures will require more frequent waterings than cooler.
  3. Water & Fertilize – To decide if your plant needs water, stick your finger about 1/2″ into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it is time to water. If it is still wet, don’t. Herbs should not be over fertilized. This leads to excessive leaf growth and a reduced level of aromatic oils in the plant. If you wish to fertilize, do so only once a month using a half dilution of the recommended rate.
  4. Pruning – During the winter months, Lavender grows much slower due to lower light levels and shorter days. Only the top growth of the plant should be removed at any one time to prevent shock and setting back the plant, as they are slower to respond in the winter months.
  5. Insects & Diseases – It is advisable to use an insecticidal soap or other safe, organic methods of pest control such as neem insecticide, according to directions on the label.

Warning: Herbs may interact with certain medications. Talk with your doctor prior to taking medicinal herbs to prevent any interactions with medications or health conditions.

Suggested Links:
How To Grow Lavender From A Seed
Plants for Free – Propagating Lavender
How To Use Lavender & Peppermint Essential Oils

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Calendula Hydrosol Aromatherapy For Breast Cancer Recovery

Calendula For Breast Cancer

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Balancing and Grounding Calendula Aromatherapy Hydrosol Spray:
Aromatherapy has been shown to be an effective complementary treatment for breast cancer recovery.  Special essential oil blends or individual oils are known to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Aromatherapy can also help you navigate the terrain of your healing journey from surviving to thriving by exploring or enjoying either the uplifting, calming or balancing aromas.  Calendula essential oil spray can be used to lessen radiation-induced pain in treatment. When inhaled the major natural chemical constituents (santalols) are absorbed in, and on, the body.

Hydrosol Description:
Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are produced from steam-distilling plant materials. Hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated. Unlike their “essential oil added to water” counterparts, true steam-distilled hydrosols contain all the beneficial components that whole plant materials have to offer. Hydrosols contain all of the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils but in a milder form; making them suitable for all manner of applications where essential oils would be too strong.

Calendula Hydrosol Therapeutic Actions:
•Circulatory specific for cleansing lymph by boosting immune resistance
•Has been suggested to soften hard tumors or to prevent metastasize of tumors
•Naturally promotes fibrin production over the surface of wounds
•Offers emotional support
•Lessens external bleeding, bruise or strain
•First aid for minor burns like radiation burns
•Helpful for insomnia
•Dispels depression with it’s uplifting aromatic properties
•Used in muscular spasms, tightness, and tension
•Heals tissue loss from acute damage
•Reduces irritability
•Decreases some of the side-effects associated with cancer treatment
•Used post surgical recovery

Memorial Sloan Kettering Calendula and Breast Cancer Research:
Two hundred fifty-four patients who underwent surgery for breast cancer were randomized to receive either calendula or trolamine, a routine treatment for topical application during postoperative radiation therapy. Occurrence of grade 2 or higher acute dermatitis was significantly lower in patients who used calendula compared to those who used trolamine.

Calendula Hydrosol Resources:

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Aromatherapy Pendant Diffusers Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

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By: Beth Garver Beha Co – Founder Aromatherapy By Tabs.

Aromatherapy pendant diffuser necklaces are worn by men and women to feel happier and healthier, especially when conflicted with emotional and physical stress and anxiety. These make great holiday gifts! Consider a Breast Cancer Ribbon pendant for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As an alternative and complementary therapy, people with cancer and other ailments benefit greatly from aromatherapy scents that smell good to them. An aromatherapy pedant diffuser necklace worn around the neck with a favorite scent in it can be very cheering and relaxing.

Specific scents from pure essential oils which may benefit breast cancer patients as aromatherapy include Frankincense and citrus oils, such as Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange, Grapefruit. These scents work best when estrogen receptors are negative.

With breast cancer patients, diffusing Frankincense may help to relieve anxiety, while citrus oils may be more balancing. Inhaling the scent of Lavender may also relieve anxiety and insomnia, but only when estrogen receptors are negative.

For nausea, citrus and flower scents may be too strong, whereas Peppermint has shown to calm nausea in some breast cancer patients. Not everyone responds the same to a scent. Smell therapy is very personal and subjective, so whether a cancer patient or not, avoid scents you know are not pleasing to you. Stick with the ones that make you feel better.

To enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils in your diffuser pendant necklace, simply remove the diffuser cork, add the scent to the pendant, dab some on the diffuser cork, gently pop the diffuser cork back on the pendant and wear the necklace around your neck. Some people even use the diffuser pendant necklaces as car diffuser (around the rear view mirror).

Beth & TabsThanks for reading, Tabs and Beth Garver Beha
Aromatherapy AnyWear and Essential Oils by Tabs
http://aromatherapybytabs.blogspot.com

Note: In a 2003 Brigham Young study on the benefits of essential oils on cancer cell reduction, several essential oils, such as Clove, Myrtle and Sandalwood, were encouraging when used topically with cancer patients.

The Raindrop Technique

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By Diana Ross Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

As I promised I want to share each treatment, therapy or session that I am embracing while healing my “imbalance” of lung cancer. First and foremost I want to start with my most favorite, and that is the Raindrop Technique.

The Raindrop Technique® that was created by Young Living. I do two treatments a week, and I do so because I feel incredible for the rest of the day and beyond. My spirit is filled with joy and I feel connected to my higher self. I can feel the high frequencies of the prescribed essential oils as well as the elevated energy. This treatment or specific technique combines the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex and massage. The application of essential oils are applied to various areas of the body. This collection of Thyme, Basil, Peppermint, Oregano, Wintergreen, Cypress and Marjoram are used because of their special balancing properties. They provide an innovative means of bringing balance and harmony to the mind and body – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Now I have to tell you I receive my treatments from a wonderful woman Zora, owner of Holistic Health Solutions in Huntington, NY. The way she conducts her treatment is more a meditative, spiritual and healing experience. Zora meditates before we begin. Her room is so sacred. It is filled with candles, pyramid salt lamps and sacred sounds. I feel closer to my higher power. This is where I invite a healing light to come into my body to remove any imbalance.

What is Raindrop Technique?
This technique involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils (Thyme, Basil, Peppermint, Oregano, Wintergreen, Cypress and Marjoram) to your spine, neck and feet. The session can last an hour or more however the benefits may last up to a week or more. There are three ingredients in the Rainbow Technique:

Aromatherapy – Raindrop Technique uses seven single essential oils, two blends and one essential oil massage blend during each session. It is congruent with the French application of aromatherapy where essential oils are applied NEAT (undiluted) to the body.

Vita Flex TechniqueVita Flex was brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It is an ancient Tibetan healing methodology meaning “vitality through the reflexes”. Its theory is based on the fact that applying slight pressure to different parts of the body creates an electric charge. This charge is therapeutic to the body. This is known as piezoelectric.

Feather Stroking – This is similar to a massage term technique called effleurage. But this technique was actually termed by the Native American Indians.

The essential oils are actually dropped from about 6 inches above your spine, simulating rain drops! It feels like a rain drop gently striking your spine, and it is very relaxing and comforting. It is thought that the oils interact with a person’s electric field before even penetrating the skin of the back. Thereby, enhancing the electromagnetic properties of the oils as well. Amazing!

If you want to try a Rainbow Technique make sure the person who is doing it is of high vibration and of joy. This is what you want transmitting to and through you. Please let me know if you do this. I would love to here back on how you received it. Blessings to everyone.

Diana RossAbout 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

A Look at the Complementary Treatment Options for Cancer

Complementary Treatment Options For Cancer

Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers.

Most people diagnosed with cancer are aware of the standard medicine options — chemotherapy, radiation therapy and so on — but they unfortunately don’t hear as much about the other side of complementary treatments. The thing is, cancer treatment is aggressive and powerful; it has to be, in order to successfully combat the disease. But because it is so intense, traditional cancer treatment often comes with side effects. These side effects, which range from pain and nausea to fatigue and discouragement, are tough to face, too. That’s where complementary treatments and therapies come into play. By engaging in activities like yoga or acupuncture, for example, or by making certain diet and lifestyle changes, patients often find relief and help in the midst of cancer care.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the leading complementary treatment options for cancer, along with what advantages they offer:

Traditional Chinese Medicine: A major part of Chinese medicine is Chinese herbal medicine, a discipline that focuses on restoring the natural balances of energy to the body and spirit. This treatment can help alleviate patient complaints and symptoms associated with medical care. According to most Chinese herbalists, “[H]erbal remedies can help ease the side effects of standard cancer treatments, control pain, improve quality of life, strengthen the immune system, and in some cases, stop tumor growth and spread,” says the American Cancer Society®. Herbs are available in various teas, tinctures, powders, pills, syrups, etc., and may be purchased at health food stories as well as from traditional Chinese practitioners.

Acupuncture: A form of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture offers several benefits for cancer patients. “It’s been shown that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy,” says Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. “In addition, research has shown that it can relieve pain, possibly by triggering the body’s pain-killing chemicals and by inducing the release of chemicals that regulate blood pressure and flow.”

Hypnosis: Because hypnotherapy moves a person into a deeply relaxed, trance-like state, it can be helpful in managing pain and stress in a patient’s life. “A report from the American National Institute for Health in 1996 stated that hypnosis can help to reduce some kinds of cancer pain,” says Cancer Research U.K. What’s more, “in 2012, researchers in Spain again reviewed studies of children with cancer and found that hypnosis appeared to help reduce pain and distress from cancer or from medical procedures.”

Yoga: Long known as a relaxing, meditative form of exercise, yoga also offers distinct advantages to cancer patients. “Research has shown that yoga can be used to control physical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism, body temperature, brain waves, and skin resistance,” says the American Cancer Society. It can relieve stress, improve sleep and fight feelings of anxiety and/or depression.

Balanced Diet: While there are many different diets and eating plans recommended for cancer patients, if you are undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment, the most important thing to remember is to give your body support. To do this, the American Cancer Society recommends “eating a balanced diet that includes five or more servings a day of vegetables and fruit, choosing whole grains over processed and refined foods, and limiting meats and animal fats.” It goes on to suggest that it “is best to choose foods from a variety of fruits, vegetables and other plant sources such as nuts, seeds, whole grain cereals, and beans to take in all needed nutrients.” By supporting your body through a balanced diet that minimizes processed food and junk, you give it fuel to heal during treatment.

Art or Music Therapy: Designed to reduce stress, anxiety and fear in a patient, both art and music therapy can be helpful outlets for patients who are undergoing the often emotionally taxing and physically draining cancer treatment process. In music therapy, patients enjoy musical experiences that are designed to relieve pain, nausea, depression, stress, etc. In art therapy, they get a chance to creatively use materials to both express themselves and work out their feelings. In both types of therapy, sessions can be catered to the individual needs of the patient. Plus, “researchers have found that music therapy, when used with anti-nausea drugs for patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy, can help ease nausea and vomiting,” says the American Cancer Society. Likewise, “numerous case studies have reported that art therapy benefits patients with both emotional and physical illnesses,” it also states.

Wherever a patient is in his or her cancer journey, turning to complementary treatment options can be a wonderful resource. These supportive therapies offer assistance and help outside standard medical care, as well as a tangible way to move toward better quality of life.

Bonnie Coberly At Natural Horizons Wellness CenterAuthor Bio: Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor and a holistic health counselor. Bonnie uses her knowledge and experience to educate her clients at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers to reach their wellness goals.

Safe Aromatherapy May Benefit Cancer Patients

Bet & Tabs A Mother Daughter Team - Founders of Aromatherapy By Tabs

Beth & Tabs A Mother Daughter Team – Founders of Aromatherapy By Tabs

By: Beth Garver Beha Co – Founder Aromatherapy By Tabs.

Sporting a cute, fun aromatherapy pendant necklace with the right essential oils may increase your overall well-being and recovery.

Aromatherapy is the use of Essential Oils to alter moods, improve health, healing and bolster the immune system. Scents from the Oils impact healing in a couple of ways: by absorbing into the blood stream and sending messages/scent receptors through the olfactory system to the brain – to empower the body’s emotional and physical responses to heal. Wearing an Aromatherapy pendant allows the Essential Oils to be directly inhaled -through the nose by means of the pendant’s cork diffuser. The pendant carries the complementary Essential Oil or blend, so when you need it most, it’s there with you.

Clinical trials (source: American Cancer Society) suggest certain essential oils may reduce stress, anxiety, pain, muscle tension, depression, nausea and anxiety. Research shows that some Oils can help prevent the loss of white blood cells during chemotherapy (source: Dr. Robert Tisserand). Common Essential Oils for Cancer recovery include lavender, chamomile, frankincense, orange, ravensara, sandalwood, thyme. Certain Oils should be avoided during chemo, as they may be too strong and actually cause nausea.

Beth & Tabs of Aromatherapy By TabsAbout Beth Garver Beha: Beth and her 10 year old daughter Tabetha (Tabs) co-founded their business Aromatherapy (and Essential Oils) by Tabs in January 2014 (http://aromatherapybytabs.blogspot.com; facebook-essential oils by tabs). They sell and design aromatherapy pendant necklaces and create custom essential oil products. Beth’s sisters are both cancer survivors: breast and cervical. Beth is vegan, Tabs is vegetarian. Beth and Tabetha both run, swim and cycle. Aromatherapy by Tabs donates a portion of its profits to Relay for Life and animal causes. To learn more, visit us at aromatherapybytabs.blogspot.com or e-mail Beth at bgarver@rochester.rr.com.

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