Learn How Breast Cancer Patients Benefit From Forest Bathing

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Try forest bathing to support your immune system

In 1982, the Forest Agency of Japan first proposed that ‘forest bathing,’ was good for your health. No, forest bathing is not dragging a bathtub into the woods and having a soak – although that does sound good! Rather it is visiting a forest or wood for relaxation, and gentle recreation, and breathing in the volatile substances from the trees. When did you last forest bathe?

Since 1982, forest bathing (aka ‘forest therapy’ and ‘Shinrin yoku’) has become a cornerstone of preventive health and healing in Japanese medicine. Many research studies, mainly from Japan and South Korea, have looked at how forest bathing creates positive effects. One of the key benefits is that it is seen to improve our immune function by increasing the number and activity of natural killer cells.

Natural Killer Cells

Natural killer (NK) cells are a type of white blood cells that provide a rapid response to viral-infected cells and cancer cells. These immune cells don’t rely on antibodies so are able to produce a much faster immune reaction than other immune cells. They have a tumor immunosurveillance role, directly killing tumor cells. Take a look at this brief video which shows you how they work:

Natural killer cells are therefore of prime importance to destroying cancer cells in our body. Thus we can see that using lifestyle approaches like forest bathing to improve our natural killer cell activity can help in both prevention of cancer – by killing those rogue tumor cells formed everyday – and in the prevention of metastasis of tumors.

Phytoncides

One of the factors that has been identified as causing these immune improvements is our breathing-in of phytoncides – the natural chemicals secreted by evergreen trees, such as a-pinen and limonene. The levels of phytoncide in the air seem to correlate with the improvements in immune functioning. If we look back in history, these health effects were recognized then; in the 1800s, many tuberculosis clinics were set up in pine forests. Patients’ outcomes were reported as them having a “forest cure.”

Health benefits of Forest Bathing

In addition to the benefits of increased NK cells and their activity, bathing ourselves in the forest environment has been shown to also:

  • reduce blood pressure
  • reduce stress
  • improve mood
  • increase energy
  • improve sleep
  • support deeper and clearer intuition
  • decrease adrenaline levels
  • reduce pain
  • ease mental fatigue

Image of the concept of forest bathing – immersing in the forest environment for immune support, from CALMERme.com

Incorporating forest bathing into your life

Trees, sunshine, grass, and wildlife all too frequently take a backseat in our busy city or urban lives.

Think back to the last time you were surrounded by nature – maybe a walk when you noticed the fresh, vibrant green of a new leaf, or an insect, or the color of the bark of a tree, or saw a rabbit hop past. These moments of discovery and fascination are spontaneous and effortless kinds of attention, not like the attention we have to use at work or during most of our day. As we follow our curiosity from the leaf to a flower to a butterfly, we relax in an exploration of nature which gives our attention-driven brain a break. The sounds of nature are also important, for example, the calming sound of water helps to balance our hormones. Forest bathing doesn’t involve going for a strenuous hike in the woods; rather, it has a gentleness and awareness to it – a sensory experience.

So consider giving yourself a break, and find some time this week to be in nature. Let that effortless attention and fascination take over. And if you aren’t up for that, try bringing some nature indoors to you – open the windows, look at the trees, listen to the sound of a waterfall on your computer, put a nature screensaver on your computer screen, watch a nature DVD…. Yes, even looking at a scene of a forest has been found to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone) 13% compared to looking at an urban scene.

Resources

For more information on forest bathing, take a look at this Shinrin-yoku website and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Many of the research studies are shown on the Association website too. These resources also include information about guides, local walks, and training to become a forest therapist. The walks are short in distance and focus on breathing, relaxing, listening, healing, wandering, and touch.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Reflexology in Cancer

Advantages of Reflexology for Breast CancerWhat is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the appositeness of appropriate pressure to specific points on the feet, hands and the ear. A reflexologist is of the opinion that these areas and reflex points harmonize to various organs of the human body as well as the systems and that applying pressure over them has a beneficial effect on the persons’ general health.

How does reflexology work?

The primary mechanism behind reflexology is that it helps in reducing the stress that in turn increases the potential for healing and help body cell in re-growth.

Sir Henry Head and Sir Charles Sherrington performed a research and according to their study, there is a relationship between the skin and the central nervous system. That’s the theory behind the healing mechanism of reflexology, which is, by applying pressure at a certain point, the body starts healing or reducing pain.

Where can you find reflexology?

Universally, practitioners who are licensed by the American Reflexology Certification Board can be found in certain therapeutic settings around the world.

Advantages of reflexology with different types of cancers:

People with cancer gain benefit from reflexology as it helps in reducing their anxiety, their levels of stress, and contributes in relieving their pain. It also aids in elevating their mood and gives the state of being well.

Some other benefits of this therapy are:

  • Its ability to support nerve stimulation
  • increase energy
  • boosts circulation
  • induce a deep state of relaxation
  • eliminate toxins
  • stimulate the central nervous system
  • prevent migraine
  • clean up urinary tract condition
  • speed recovery from trauma or surgery
  • helps relieve sleep disorder
  • reduce depression
  • relieves pain

What is the effect of reflexology on metastasis?

Massage has shown to be beneficial in reducing one’s anxiety

Does reflexology enhance the effect of chemotherapy?

As our body ages, the peripheral nerve endings become less sensitive in various parts of our body system, particularly in the extremities. By applying pressure on a single point, nerve function starts stimulating around on more than 7000 nerve endings which increase its sensitivity and keeps it in a healthy state. People who are having chemo with reflexology experience fewer episodes of shortness of breath, which is a common side effect faced by patients with chemotherapy. Patients with reflexology can perform their daily task quickly like climbing the stairs, getting dressed, going grocery, etc. as compared to patients who are having chemo session alone.

However, certain research studies still claim that reflexology does not seem to be effective in reducing emotional problems that one faces due to chemotherapy, such as anxiety, stress, and other psychological problems. It also does not aid in reducing nausea, which is a very common side effect of chemotherapy. Hence, the role of this therapy for cancer treatment is still controversial.

Does reflexology enhance the effect of radiation therapy?

Cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy often complain about early fatigue. Reflexology for cancer treatment has shown to relieve these symptoms of easy fatigue, sickness, anxiety and nausea in such individuals. Studies have reported better experiences of patients with breast cancer, who undergo radiotherapy with reflexology for cancer treatment. They are observed to have an improved quality of sleep and lesser fatigue during and after their radiation sessions.

Can reflexology reduce the side effects of radiation and chemo drugs?

Wyatt said that “These supportive measures are intended to create hard link for the patient to the treatment center,”

Reflexology reduces the side effect of chemotherapy because it enhances the function of peripheral nerve endings, along with improving the use of the central nervous system. It is also beneficial because it helps in alleviating the mood symptoms and in decreasing nausea

Wyatt said that “We see things like a decline in depression and anxiety, and improvements in spirituality and emotional quality of life,”

According to research at MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, patients who are having chemotherapy face a lot of problems with anxiety, stress, nausea, and pain. Reflexology is the treatment which helps them cope with these side effects.

What is the influence of reflexology on the immune system?

The most suitable way to boost your body’s defense mechanism is by undertaking reasonable measures such as reflexology and acupuncture.

Stress, lack of sleep, obesity and poor diet: these are some features which reduce immunity whereas reflexology is the treatment which deals with all these predisposing agents. It supports and enhances the peripheral nerve ending which in turn helps in reducing the stress and sleep disorder. All these factors eventually contribute towards and improved immune system.

Does reflexology increase the quality of life and the survival rate?

Reflex therapy increases the quality of life because it aids in reducing stress, anxiety, pain, reduce depression, lack of sleep; aces recovery from surgery, prevents a migraine, enhances central nervous system function and much more.

There are seven important sites in our body which help in increasing our immune system which indirectly boost the quality of life. These points are mentioned as follows:

  • great ravine
  • great rushing
  • three yin crossing
  • Three-mile points
  • she mansion
  • crooked pond
  • upper si of qi

SUMMARY:

Reflexology is the art of applying pressure on different parts of body to enhance nerve functioning in the body. It aids in reducing pain, stress, and nausea which arise as a consequence of various cancer therapies. It also boosts the immune system of our body.

If you want a personalized recommendation on your case, Contact Dr. Adem for online cancer consultation.  

References:

Top 7 Acupressure Points for Strengthening Immune System

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How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology popular amongst women receiving chemotherapy

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Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at

Natural Treatment of Cancer Background Information and Therapies

Natural Treatment of Cancer Background information and therapies

Doctors are trained to treat illness with medication (chemicals) and surgery (not with herbs and diets). Normally they will be unwilling to treat patients with natural products (as a result of their training and knowledge). If you have decided to take the alternative route you should be knowledgeable in natural treatments (this report gives you the necessary tools) and preferably have some family members on your side. Your doctor may be asked to keep an eye over you, as he/she could check on your health and do blood and urine tests. In this way your condition is objectively monitored and you will know if you are getting better and if your diet provides enough minerals, etc. If your doctor is unsympathetic or you need a doctor with a more holistic approach, look on the internet for medical associations in your country that concentrate on a natural approach.

Natural Teatment of Cancer

FREE Natural Treatment of Cancer E-book. CLICK HERE

“Immediately eliminate bad habits and begin building good ones so that you will make sure that you no longer have habits that weaken your immune system and that you will be able to build your body to fight and conquer illness. A sedentary lifestyle with a poor diet, lack of pure water, sunshine and fresh air, and constant exposure to toxins will in time lead to bad health conditions. On the other hand, also be sure to get an abundance of sleep and physical rest to conserve energy for healing and cleansing”

This e book is freely available to everyone as the author feels strongly that no one should be excluded from the use of this report as a result of financial considerations. Much time and energy went into this report, written by an academic librarian. Thousands of documents were consulted. Please note that I am not medically qualified and cannot give medical advice. This is a study of the literature for educational purposes. The information provided should enable you to consult more effectively with professionals.

George Bekker, Auhtor of Natural Treatment of CancerAbout George Bekker: George was born in Cape Town, within sight of Table Mountain. He went to school in the Picturesque Hex River Valley and studied at the University of South-Africa, Stellenbosach and Cape Town. He was employee in various capacities at the university of Western Cape.

Hydrogen Peroxide Oxygen Therapy To Protect & Restore Wellness

Hydrogen Peroxide Bath Therapy For CancerBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Medical researchers around the world have found that many degenerative diseases are anaerobic. That means lacking oxygen. It has been suggested that the spread or metastasis of cancer is directly proportionate to the amount of oxygen around the cancer cells. The more oxygen the slower the cancer spread. The less oxygen, the faster the cancer spreads. Hydrogen peroxide provides extra oxygen.

Hydrogen peroxide oxygen therapies may help protect and restore one’s wellness level. Healthy cells need oxygen and tumor cells cannot survive in oxygen. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) provides extra oxygen atoms that may slow down the spread of cancer.

Hydrogen Peroxide Therapies Include:

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide Daily Body Rub: Have a daily body rub with 3% hydrogen peroxide, best after a bath or shower.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide Bath: A 20 to 25 minute hydrogen peroxide bath allows the body to absorb the peroxide through the skin.
  3. Bathe Infected Tumor: It may also helpful to bathe the infection or tumor site daily in 3% hydrogen peroxide or better cover it with a cloth soaked in it, preferably combined with a honey pack or mixed with aloe vera gel.

No one can legitimately say that one therapy or surgery is the cure for cancer. In most instances it is your environment, exercise, diet and complementary therapies all contributing towards assisting your cellular body towards recovery. Always consult your healthcare professional before starting a hydrogen peroxide oxygen therapy.

On A Personal Note: My Mother, Diana Ross, had purchased some of these referenced materials and the 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide kit during her cancer treatments. It is with love that I now share with you this oxygen therapy in the hope that this article will help you in your journey towards cancer recovery.Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy For Cancer Kit

Sources & Resources:
True Power of Hydrogen Peroxide: Miracle Path To Wellness By Mary Wright.
Educate Yourself – The Freedom of Knowledge, The Power of Thought.
Hydrogen Peroxide Cancer Treatment Cancer Tutor
Beat Cancer With 35% Hydrogen Peroxide Natural News
Oxygen Therapy American Cancer Society

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.

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.
 

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.

Dry Brush & Pink Salt Bath For Breast Cancer Lymphedema

By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Relaxation and detoxification of your body with a therapeutic bath is a complementary therapy that anyone can perform in the comfort of their own home. If in a cancer related weakened state please have friend or family member close by during and after a therapeutic Pink Salt bath and dry brush body massage.

A detox bath is thought to assist your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and awakened. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. When the body rids itself of toxins, it is able to run more efficiently in all areas.

Relax & Detox Bath Instructions

  1. Schedule time for yourself
  2. Fill tub with hot water
  3. Add 4-6 ounces of “Pink Salt” aka Himalayan Salt
  4. Mix bath water gently with hand
  5. Enter bath and soak for at least 20 minute however 40 is recommended
  6. Be sure to drink plenty of water after a “Pink Salt” bath to rehydrate the healthy relaxed cells

After Bath Care
Be sure to stand up with care, baths can make person feel dizzy or lightheaded. Have a towel ready and use a dry brush to brush/rub the body down and help stimulate the lymphatic system.

Dry brushing stimulates the skin and circulates lymph fluid which is vital for overall health. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification. The ability of the skin to excrete toxins is of paramount importance. Dry skin brushing helps to shed dead skin cells, which improves skin texture and cell renewal.

How To Use A Dry Brush For Breast Cancer & Lymphedema

  1. Dry Brush your entire body before you shower, preferably in the morning or before bed. This helps loosen and remove dead skin and uric acid crystals.
  2. Start at the soles of your feet doing circular movements, then brush upwards on your legs toward your heart. Use long, even strokes.
  3. Brush all the way up your legs, scooping forward from behind your hips to your tummy. If you have cellulite on your hips and thighs, concentrate their a little longer.
  4. Then begin circular movements over your tummy. Start with up on right and down on left, simulating the natural movement of the bowels.
  5. Be kind in the thin sensitive skin areas of inner arm, arm pits or tops of hands and not directly on breasts. Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken or where you have a rash, infection, cut or wound.
  6. When ready, start the shower with warm water and end briefly with cold. Let the cold water start at your legs then the heart is last. This hot/cold therapy further stimulates the lymphatic system which improves overall circulation.
  7. Dry off vigorously and massage pure plant oils into your skin or spray on Simply Lavender. You may want your skin to breathe for a while too. Enjoy this process of good health and detoxification.

Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. When the body rids itself of toxins, it is able to run more efficiently in all areas. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified.

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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.

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