January 3, 2017

Alternative Therapies for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

primrose oil alternative therapy MSMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system where the protective covering of nerves called myelin becomes inflamed. Currently, there are no cures for the disease, but several available treatment options. It is common that patients use medical treatments and therapy to treat this disease, but given that there is no cure, more people are willing to try alternative or other complimentary therapies that may ease the patients’ symptoms when suffering from the disease. These therapies are not intended to cure MS but there is evidence that they are helpful if done alongside the prescribed treatment.

It is recommended that these alternative therapies be used only after being discussed with your doctor. For instance, acupuncture or yoga can be a stress reducer and help manage the symptoms of MS, but it can have other negative effects on your body. It is important that all forms of alternative medical treatment are discussed with your doctor first; doctors have the required knowledge of your health and possible interactions, thus are able to recommend the best actions for your health. They are able to point out any potential side effects or negative effects from the alternative treatment.

One example would be to take primrose oil, which may help in lessening the effects of MS symptoms.  Primrose oil contains linoleic acid, an ingredient easily found in sunflower seeds, which has underwent promising studies that show that it may ease symptoms of MS. Additionally, massage therapy is a commonly used option for patients with MS, as it can help reduce stress and depression. It is a low risk alternative treatment, but there is no hard evidence that this therapy helps with treating MS.

Some of these therapies can prove to be quite helpful for patients with MS, but consulting your physician before beginning them is vital. This will allow the patient to have a second opinion and the physician could suggest monitoring techniques to see if that therapy is working for the specific individual.

Sources:

Alternative and Complementary Therapies for MS. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-alternative-therapies#2

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September 2, 2015

You Too Can Beat Breast Cancer With Yoga

Filed under: breast cancer,Uncategorized,yoga for breast cancer — Tags: , , — robertprice @ 10:33 pm

Woman doing a yoga pose

Yoga is often seen as a form of exercise for meditation and relaxation, but it does much more than that. It works out the body, strengthens the muscles and bones lengthens the spine and helps keep you in a generally healthy state. But did you know that yoga also has a positive effect for breast cancer patients and survivors?

Yoga for breast cancer has just slowly been receiving attention, but a new study shows that the practice can help women who are battling with breast cancer – both mentally and physically.

A new study done on yoga for breast cancer patients saw a few women hit the mat for an hour at a time, thrice a week for six weeks, and this produced pretty good results: those women who did yoga and stretching reported a reduction in fatigue. However, those women who actually learned yoga reported greater benefits to their general overall health, and reported feeling more positive to how they faced their cancers.

Regular yoga practice also caused a decline in the stress hormone cortisol, which is linked to negative outcomes when it comes to breast cancer.

Is it the mind-body connection?

In this day and age, and with the findings of studies connecting yoga for breast cancer, doctors are now slowly realizing the connection between the mind and the body. Today, medical practitioners acknowledge that the combination of both mind and body practices have been helpful for many patients in helping them with their physical and mental wellbeing, and thereby helping them in their fight against the big C. 

What about breast cancer survivors

Just as yoga is good for everybody, it isn’t just for breast cancer patients, but for survivors as well. Many breast cancer survivors report that – even after declared 100% cancer-free, the cancer never seems to leave them. Thoughts of cancer going back or coming out from remission can plague them and cause emotional distress. In some women, these negative emotions can still come in even after being given a clean bill of health two years prior.

The meditation and mindfulness aspect of yoga can actually help people process these difficult emotions in a healthy way.  Yoga for breast cancer survivors is not only beneficial not just for one’s psychological wellbeing but even one’s physical wellbeing too.

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