Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases ever, and as if that wasn’t enough, the treatment of cancer is entirely another struggle. The constant checkups and going through chemo, making your body go through all that radiation just to kill those cancer cells. All of these processes can cause great mental and physical stress on your body. The after-effects of cancer treatment stay long even after the treatment is over.
In such cases, going to doctors again and taking just more medication to help with those side effects can be too much for the patient. Sometimes the patient has gotten so sick of hospitals and medicines that they just want to get away from all this stuff as far as possible. And just the thought of them is enough to break you mentally. In these situations, something simple and natural is all that the patient is looking for. Something with no equipment. Fortunately, such holistic therapies have been existing for a long time. And as more people are getting aware of them, they are turning to these traditional methods of curing pain.
Many ancient methods treat illnesses with the help of touch. Acupressure, or acupuncture, is one such technique. According to this method, there are some specific points in our body and when you apply just the right amount of pressure on them, or even massage them, for the right amount of time, then they can greatly help in treating some illnesses. Acupressure is mainly used to cure body aches, but it has been proven effective when it comes to other health conditions as well. It is also used to reduce the fatigue and exhaustion that cancer patients feel after their treatment. A person who has just gone through the treatment of cancer can also feel stressed and anxious. They might even go to a depressed state. Acupressure is also known to help with that. Applying pressure on acupoints can remove any blockages and maintain the flow of our blood within our body. This greatly helps in calming our minds and making us feel relaxed.
Another technique that uses touch is Reiki. Instead of applying pressure on specific points of our body, reiki is a much simpler practice of just holding hands above the patient’s body. Now, this might not make sense to some people and they might get confused, but Reiki has proven to be medically beneficial. In words of Jun Mao, who works as the director of the Integrative Oncology Initiative at the Abramson Cancer Center;
“Our recent study has shown that Reiki induces relaxation, decreasing anxiety, stress, and a patient’s perception of pain.”
Patients have also said that they felt so much better after their Reiki sessions. One such case is that of Joan Pouch. Joan Pouch was at Stage 3 breast cancer. After she got done with her chemotherapy, she received some reiki sessions. According to her;
“It gave me a sense of relaxation — a tremendous balancing, both mentally and physically,”
She was so impressed by the effects of Reiki that she decided to become a Reiki practitioner.