Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 14, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that spiritual healing can be an effective treatment for the side effects of hormone therapy in breast cancer patients.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/how-spiritual-healing-helps-breast-cancer-patients) notes, the healing period after a patient beats cancer can be very trying. For breast cancer patients in particular, survivors usually require five years or more of hormone therapy and medication. The side effects of these treatments are so severe that many breast cancer survivors admit they allow themselves a “drug holiday” every now and then—a day they won’t take their medication, which can obviously have dangerous implications.
As the article “How Spiritual Healing Helps Breast Cancer Patients” reports, a new study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine examined the effects of spiritual healing on women who had survived breast cancer and were struggling with the side effects of hormone therapy medications.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that this new technique is called “spiritual healing,” and the idea behind this age-old treatment is that spiritual healers can channel energy to restore the body’s balance. Anecdotal evidence suggests it works to reduce fatigue, help patients sleep better, lower anxiety, and alleviate pain.
According to the article, the researchers enlisted 12 women with breast cancer who were taking hormonal medication and complained of side effects like joint aches and hot flashes. They participated in 10 weekly spiritual healing sessions with a trained healer, each lasting about 40 minutes. After the 10-week trial, all the participants noted a decrease in physical pain, a decline in hot flashes, an improvement in sleeping, and relief from joint pain. Some of the participants even pointed out that they could return to activities that they had done prior to developing cancer, like knitting, which they previously were unable to due to joint pain.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes, while the sample size was definitely very small, this type of alternate healing is really promising for cancer patients and survivors suffering from the side effects of strong medication.
(SOURCE: Barlow, F., et al., “Effects of Spiritual Healing for Women Undergoing Long-Term Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer: A Qualitative Investigation,” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine March 10, 2013; 19(3): 211–216.)
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