We understand how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be. Here you can explore the many ways integrative therapy may provide support, while you discover A NEW WAY TO AGE. During cancer treatment, patients may encounter specialists who acutely focus on the disease. Integrative Oncology however, looks at the whole patient, mind, body, and spirit. The emphasis is on nutrition and lifestyle changes, as well as complementary alternate medicine including acupuncture and massage therapy. Integrative Oncology offers a pro-active approach, helping to reducing the cancer’s impact while promoting wellness.
Taking care of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Needs
There are many integrative paths dedicated to taking care of the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Touch therapies for example, such as massage, reflexology, and shiatsu may ease common symptoms of cancer treatment, including pain, anxiety, and fatigue. Acupuncture is thought to be very useful in treating side effects of chemotherapy, including associated nausea and vomiting, and may also be useful for decreasing dry mouth as well as increasing energy. Mind-body therapy is considered an integral part of caring for the whole person. It taps into the amazing ways in which emotional, mental, social, and behavioral factors may affect health. The therapy helps patients and families respond to cancer diagnosis and treatment by teaching empowerment and stress-management, with the goal of improving health, relationships, and well-being. Physical activity is also thought to be beneficial to many patients, helping to improve bone health, muscle strength, and quality of life. Nutrition and diet may play a big role in integrative oncology, helping patients to feel stronger. During cancer treatments, the surgery and chemotherapy may affect eating habits, as well as the body’s need for nutrients. An integrative nutrition plan could help patients maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass, and help ensure that they get enough nutrients and calories. A diet low in saturated fats, rich in antioxidants and plant-based sources of protein, may be recommended to help with vitality. Herbal medicine, vitamins, and nutritional supplements might also be suggested, to ensure patients receive the full spectrum of nutrients needed. Supplements may also help strengthen the immune system, and ease the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. If you’d like to know more about how Integrative Oncology can help improve the well-being of cancer patients, the first step is finding the right practitioner. You’ll want a practitioner who is knowledgeable and experienced in Integrative Oncology, and who will provide guidance and expert care. Just like the practitioners you’ll find in the Forever Health Network.
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Forever Health makes it possible for prospective patients to connect with many qualified practitioners who specialize in Oncology and optimal health. Like us, they passionately believe that everyone deserves access to integrative medicine, which includes BHRT, environmental medicine, vitamins, supplements, and cutting-edge, quality-of-life treatment. Finding a practitioner in your area through the Forever Health Practitioner Network is free of charge. And it starts right here!Find a Practitioner