The following is a clip from my last essay about additional things people suffering from cancer could do to help themselves out. I promise, if it helps those fighting cancer, it can help those fighting addiction!
*** If cancer is the ‘in balance’ of our homeostasis than integrative treatment would be the process of aiding in its rebalancing, as well as helping to alleviate some of the actual symptoms of cancer. The practice of acupuncture can help with: “depression and anxiety … chemotherapy-induced nausea, chronic pain, dry mouth from radiation to the head and neck … and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (Eldridge, 2015).”
Meditation is another alternative ‘medicine’ that is regularly used to help people deal with stress. One of the reasons it can be so beneficial is that it has the potential to be used by anyone at any time, regardless of age, income, or treatments being used. Meditation has been known for its common beneficial side effects of “decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure, ease muscle tension and improved mood (Eldridge, 2015)”. However, mediation has specifically been found to “significantly improve the perception of stress in people with cancer … improve cognitive function with cancer … improve energy levels and lessen fatigue for people living with cancer … (and help with) insomnia and an improved quality of sleep (Eldridge, 2015).” It has also been thought that the drop in the stress hormones could “play a role in how well someone responds to cancer treatment, and even affect survival (Eldridge, 2015)” which also play right into yoga.
Yoga is another one of the alternative treatments that can be very beneficial to those suffering from or recovering from cancer treatment, and is now a very common sight at many cancer centers. Yoga itself has two main beneficial components for cancer patients. First “cancer patients practicing yoga reported significantly less emotional distress and improved sleep”; the other is yoga can be that ‘not to strenuous’ form of exercise that not only improves quality of life issues, but “may improve survival” as well (Eldridge, 2015). Yoga also stacks with mediation in its ability to help with: sleep and insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, pain, and stress. However yoga can also help with the loss off appetite associated with cancer treatment (Eldridge, 2015).
I hope this helps!!!
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!