Reiki And Cancer Treatment

Reiki For Breast Cancer HealingBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff, Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Reiki is being used at a growing number of top progressive hospitals across the US, and in many other hospitals throughout the world. Reiki is used to augment conventional therapy and to help reduce the cancer patients’ time in the hospital and the need for medication (especially pain-relieving medication). Reiki is better accepted by conventional doctors and hospitals if it is explained in conventional terms, such as promoting relaxation and healing, rather than in metaphysical terms.

“Reiki is the primal energy of the universe being guided by the highest wisdom of the universe.”

Reiki beneficial for radiation treatment and chemotherapy

It is at its simplest, a relaxation technique which relaxes the body, mind, and spirit, all of which are beneficial to healing any condition. There have not been any known cases of Reiki interacting with medications; on the contrary, Reiki has been known to aid with side effects from anesthesia, radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Most patients experience less nausea and have a quicker recovery when having Reiki sessions.

  • Reiki is a complementary therapy option that promotes relaxation, decreases anxiety and discomfort.
  • Used as an effective healing touch therapy for stress reduction and pain control.
  • It assists patients both when in the hospital, and during their continued recovery after leaving the hospital.
Reiki as an effective integrative medical tool

Reiki Energy Healing is a form of hands-on healing practice used to promote physical and psychological well-being in the user developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. Since coming to America in the mid 1900s, it has become a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine. It has also become increasingly more mainstream. Reiki has gained ground and is recognized as an effective integrative medical tool.

Reiki is a simple relaxation or energy balancing technique. Reiki energy is known as a primal energy that is responsible for the health and well-being of all living things.  So all encompassing is the importance of this energy that it is considered to be the manifesting force behind everything that exists. This energy that is within our physical body, mind and emotions can be directly effected by thoughts and feelings. If we have positive thoughts and feelings, our energy will be strengthened. It will give us greater confidence, more energy and the opportunity for greater success in what we pursue, like better health. Now on the other hand, if we have negative thoughts and feelings, we are likely to have less energy, want to do less and are less likely to flourish.

 Reiki as an adjunct complementary therapy to patients

Doctors have been known to tell their patients that are receiving Reiki to continue sessions since they see the benefits of Reiki. Interestingly, there are many doctors that have taken Reiki classes as well. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas is a world renown cancer-treatment hospital that first offered Reiki classes in 2001.   Then in 2003 offered Reiki sessions as an adjunct complementary therapy to patients.

Researchers are now studying Reiki in earnest because of the extraordinary positive results in healing. Interestingly enough the more scientifically minded want to know if the benefit of Reiki comes from suggestion alone, which is called the placebo effect, or if there are positive benefits beyond this.

Reiki for relief from the physical and emotional effects of stress

Reiki does not replace medication. However, because of its relaxation effects and overall benefits, some patients have found that they might require less medication. Reiki is used to help to balance and harmonize the over-all well-being of the body, mind and spirit.  It also brings relief from the physical and emotional effects of stress and anxiety. Reiki is an excellent relaxation technique that has great healing potential.

Both powerful and gentle, Reiki has aided in the healing of many illnesses, including headaches, colds, insomnia, fatigue, heart disease, broken bones and cancer. It has been shown to relieve pain, assist the body in clearing toxins from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. After even one Reiki treatment patients have expressed an increase in feeling wellness and in a quicker recovery from injuries, surgery or trauma.

It is important to note that Reiki is not an alternative cancer treatment. It is not used to cure cancer or in place of treatment. Reiki is a complementary therapy, used to ease the emotional and physical side effects of injury, illness or treatment.

Reiki is a wonderful ally in our quest to live a healthy, and productive life.  Its higher wisdom knows how to heal any difficulty or condition we may come across in life, and adjusts it response to our individual needs.  The good news is that anyone can learn Reiki.  So I leave you with this inquiry to personally explore about this invisible energy that has the capacity to change someones overall condition. I recommend everyone should try one session with a well know practitioner and see for themselves. Good luck and good energy.

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.
 

Natural Pain Relief for Breast Cancer Patients

Natural Pain Relief For Breast Cancer With Acupuncture

By Jenni Hewster.

For people suffering from breast cancer, experiencing pain on some level is usually sadly inevitable. This is often due to the cancer itself but treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery can also come with unpleasant and painful side effects. Your oncologist or healthcare provider will be able to prescribe pain relief medication, but at a time when many cancer patients feel as though their body is already being pumped full of chemicals, some prefer to use natural, holistic methods of pain relief instead. These can range from herbal treatments to mental and physical exercises or even simple diet and lifestyle changes – all of which can improve your health, prognosis and offer some relief from pain. Here are some of the most commonly used natural pain relief remedies for people suffering from breast cancer.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy where thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific pressure points on the body. The aim of acupuncture is to improve the flow of vital energy (or Qi) through the body and encourage the production of the body’s natural pain relief hormones through the nervous system. These include endorphins and brain chemicals such as serotonin – when released this helps have a calming effect on the body and increases a sense of happiness and wellbeing. Cancer patients mainly use acupuncture to help reduce anxiety which makes pain worse. Another form of acupuncture (and one that might be preferable for those who don’t like needles) is wearing acubands – or ‘sea bands’. These wristbands have a small button on the inside which, when positioned around the wrist correctly, help stabilize the pulse, apply pressure to certain points and reduce feelings of nausea that can be brought on by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They get their name from their ability to also help relieve motion, travel and seasickness.

Diet
A healthy, well balanced diet is important to anyone but for those fighting cancer it is vital to provide the body with the nutrients that it needs to keep energy levels high and fight off the disease. Studies show that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can have a direct impact on fighting breast cancer whilst green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale can help speed up liver and kidney function and detoxification which means emitting chemotherapy quickly so that they cause as little disruption as possible in the way of painful side effects. Fruits full of antioxidants such as berries and citrus fruits also have great immune system boosting qualities which are much needed to fend off colds and other bugs at a time when your body’s natural resources are fighting off the cancer. Comforting wholegrains such as brown pasta, bread and cereal are a good way to keep energy levels high and blood sugar levels stable which will help reduce symptoms of nausea and fatigue. Many experts also agree that organic produce is preferable for cancer patients as other produce may contain traces of pesticides and chemicals that can encourage tumor growth.

Yoga and meditation
Yoga can have benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing in cancer patients but it is important to discuss your diagnosis and treatment with a qualified yoga instructor before beginning as certain types of yoga can be strenuous on the body. On a physical level, yoga is exercise and can help improve posture and allow the body to generally build itself back up to stability following surgery. The deep breathing exercises associated with yoga and meditation also increase oxygen flow to the muscles and joints which helps relieve aches and pains. Mentally, meditation is thought to take the individual to a higher, more spiritual consciousness where your anxiety levels are lowered and the production of stress busting hormones are once again released. Some experts advise that using Guided Imagery during meditation and deep relaxation can help improve pain; this involves using visual imagery and thought techniques to almost self hypnotise oneself into believing that they are able to take control of their pain and rid themselves of the harmful cells in their body.

Herbal treatments
Certain herbal remedies have been known to decrease the pain caused by chemotherapy and even slow down the spread of cancer cells in the body. Turmeric, a spice used commonly in Asian cuisine, contains a compound called curcumin which is an anti flammatory and also has been shown to interfere with cancer cell reproduction. St Johns Wort is also a herbal, yellow plant that can be taken in capsule, powder or liquid form and is thought to help ease fatigue, anxiety and stomach upsets. However some evidence does suggest that this and other herbal remedies can interfere with cancer treatment and medication so do always check with a professional before taking any herbal treatments. The benefits of herbal rememdies is that they are generally made from natural substances rather than chemical ones and are less addictive than some perscription medication.

Massage
Massage is a great way to unwind and relax and it can also help ease pain from muscles and joints. But aside from that some experts believe that stimulating certain areas of the body can improve blood flow and encourage the production of the bodies natural pain relievers (in a similar way to acupuncture) whilst also boosting immune system health. Although it is a good tool in healing, you should wait a while before having a massage around the area where you have had surgery to avoid damaging or bruising the area and take special care if you have had radiotherapy as the skin will already be sensitive so massive oils may irritate it further.

References
“Acupuncture” – Breastcancer.org – Accessed 20th May 2014.
“Sea Bands” – Sea-Band.com homepage – Accessed 20th May 2014.
“Healthy Bites: The benefits of dark, leafy green vegetables” – Brain Balance Achievement Centres – Accedded 20th May 2014.
“Imagery” – American Cancer Society – Accessed 20th May 2014
“Turmeric for Breast Cancer Prevention?” – Dr Andrew Weil – Accessed 20th May 2014
“Other treatments for pain” – National Cancer Institute – Accessed 20th May 2014.
“Tracey Walton: Cancer and Massage Therapies” – Tracey Walton and Associates – Accessed 20th May 2014.
“Painkiller Addiction Treatment Program” – Addiction-Treatment.com – Accessed 23rd May 2014

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