Holistic approach to cancer
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exercises and relaxation techniques, among others are being embraced in dealing with the disease in conventional medicine practice.
The recent Malaysian International Conference on Holistic Healing addressed the importance of considering the needs of cancer patients on all levels. Here are some of the insights gathered from the event: “negative” emotional state as it may affect their recovery process, it is not the most productive approach. Instead, patients need to be reassured that being diagnosed with cancer is not a “death sentence”. The word cancer has been so charged with fear that it is immediately associated with death. This narrow perspective prevents patients from seeing any potential for recovery. This may quicken the decline of health. Alternatively, when cancer patients feel more positive, it has been shown to have a beneficial impact on the healing process. are feeling is essentially to provide a release for the emotions. By a constant monitoring of a patient’s emotions and also that of family members, a more positive environment can be cultivated and this can encourage the patient to have the will to survive. At least, there will be a sense of hope that will allow the patient to focus his or her attention on recovery. It is embracing that even if there is a possibility of death, right now the focus should be on living. “We should change our perception and deal with cancer like a chronic illness or a challenge. Until our last breath, we have something to live for, ” shares Teoh.