Toronto, ON (PRWEB) July 08, 2012
Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports a recent study that shows how touch therapy could greatly improve cancer symptoms.
According to a recent report published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the use of touch therapy as a natural cancer prevention approach may improve the symptoms of cancer, thus increasing the quality of life of patients. The study involved pediatric cancer patients who underwent hematopoietic cell transplant, also known as stem cell injection, which is a cancer prevention technique designed to replace cells that have been damaged by chemotherapy or radiation treatments. For cancer prevention, hematopoietic cell transplant introduces immature cells derived from the bone marrow or blood, which will eventually mature into specific cell types.
The application of hematopoietic cell transplant in cancer prevention is considered as a lifesaving approach for cancer patients because it immediately provides replacement cells to the body. However, these cancer prevention injections are very painful and thus it may be even more difficult to conduct among pediatric patients.
The study involved the participation of approximately 23 pediatric cancer patients, with ages ranging from 5 to 18 years old. Sixteen of the patients were randomly assigned to the natural cancer prevention technique of massage or touch therapy group, whereas 7 were assigned to the usual care group. The parents of the patients assigned to the touch therapy group were taught to conduct massage therapy on various parts of the body of their child, including the arms, legs, and feet. In addition, the parents were also educated on how to perform acupressure massage as a natural cancer prevention technique for associated cancer symptoms such as nausea, pain, and stress.
The results of the study showed that patients of the natural cancer prevention or touch therapy group were less rundown after hematopoietic cell therapy and recovered faster from mucositis, or the inflammation of the stomach lining. Mucositis is a common side effect of chemotherapy, resulting in nausea and difficulty in eating. The natural cancer prevention or touch therapy group also showed less symptoms of pain, tiredness, and nausea, thus allowing them to gain their strength a few days after hematopoietic cell therapy. Although the study involved a very small population, the results showed that touch therapy may serve as a potential intervention for cancer treatments. It may also possibly help in cancer prevention by improving the overall condition of a patient.
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says, “Touch therapy is technically considered as a natural cancer prevention technique that integrates different types of massage styles. For example, acupressure is an Eastern therapy that may have served in natural cancer prevention by stimulating specific nerves of the body to respond to pressure.”
For centuries, acupressure has been used to reduce the level of fatigue and nausea in individuals and has thus eventually gained attention in the Western world. Acupressure has also been included in the natural cancer prevention regimen the East, based on its reputation in improving the condition of patients. Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “Based on the observations described by the recent medical report, the use of touch therapy may be helpful in cancer prevention treatment schemes.”
(SOURCE: “Evidence Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine”, Hematopoietic Cell Transplant and Use of Massage for Improved Symptom Management: Results from a Pilot Randomized Control Trial, January 2012)
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