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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) & Cancer in British Columbia

love540Integrative medical practices are uniquely focused on every element of a patient’s life from emotional well-being and stress management to nutrition and mind-body connection.

Complementary and alternative medicine is “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.” The term “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” is frequently referred to as “CAM”. (NCCAM definition)

Complementary treatments are used in combination with conventional medicine. Alternative treatments are used instead of conventional medicine.

For more on defining CAM, please see NCCAM, http://www.nccam.nih.gov


 

Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Biologics and Natural health products “Biologics” describes food and nutrition as a form of managing your health. This includes changes in diet and special diets and foods, as well as natural health products (NHPs). NHPs are defined as vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, probiotics, and other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Mind-body practices include meditation and prayer, relaxation therapies, visualization, and creative activities, such as art and music therapy.

Manipulative and body-based practices include therapies such as spinal manipulation and forms of massage.

Energy therapies involve the use of energy fields such as therapeutic touch, reiki, and acupuncture.

Whole Medical Systems are based on distinct theories about treatment and practice and include multiple products and/or practices. Examples are traditional Chinese medicine and naturopathy.


 

Why People Use CAM

People living with cancer give many reasons for using CAM. Some of these reasons include:

•    Easing cancer symptoms or the side effects of conventional treatments

•    Dealing with the stress of cancer and its treatment

•    Restoring a sense of hope

•    Strengthening the body’s ability to heal

•    Offering a sense of control over their cancer experience

•    Seeing the treatments as natural and less toxic than medical treatments.


CAM Use in British Columbia (BC)

Surveys have shown that many people living with cancer in Canada use CAM. These surveys also show that CAM use in BC is higher than in any other province.

A recent survey of 412 people conducted by CAMEO at the BC Cancer Agency in November 2008 showed that:

•    49% have used CAM during their cancer experience

•    42% discussed CAM with their oncology health professional, but only 23% received enough information.


 

CAM Associations & Societies

These are the primary associations and societies for CAM more commonly used in by patients with cancer. They all have practice standards, codes of conduct and ethics, and disciplinary procedures.

Inclusion of the list below is for reference only and does not imply endorsement (therapies or members) by CAMEO or the BCCA.

Please see the list below in choosing to work with your health care practitioner.

 

HERBALISTS & NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS  REDUCTION FACILITATORS


B.C.’s Medical Services Plan provides $23 a visit to a maximum of ten visits a year only to low-income patients who use any of the following services: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physical therapy and non-surgical podiatry.

Costs above this amount are the responsibility of the individuals receiving care. To find out if you qualify for MSP Premium Assistance Program visit: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/infoben/benefits.html

Original Sources cited:

Vancouver Sun Article on Alternative Care

BC Cancer Agency – Informational Guide for CAM

 

 

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Quiz: Are Your Chakras Blocked? Experiencing health problems or feeling stuck?

It could be a sign that one of your seven major chakras is blocked.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means “wheel.” In traditional Eastern medicine, it is believed that the body contains seven major “energy wheels” or chakras. They are responsible for keeping your mental, physical and spiritual health in balance. If you’re experiencing health problems, it could be a sign that a specific chakra is blocked. See the following quiz to find out which chakras might be causing you issues.

 

Root Chakra

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When your Root Chakra is blocked you are more susceptible to colon issues, lower back pain, varicose veins and emotional issues around money and survival.

  • Do you tend to get constipated easily?
  • Do you often feel fatigued?
  • Would others describe you as “ungrounded” or “spacey”?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Root Chakra.

 

Sacral Chakra

539657_418423854913242_500971289_nYou can identify a blocked Sacral Chakra by infertility issues, hip pain, sexual dysfunction and arthritis.

  • Do you have problems with you reproductive organs, such as painful menstruation?
  • Do you feel like your creativity is blocked?
  • Do you wish your sex life was different?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Sacral Chakra.

 

 

Solar Plexus Chakra

willpowerYou are more likely to have stomach issues, ulcers, liver issues, eating disorders and a lack of confidence when you’re Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked.

  • Do you have problems with digestion?
  • Do your blood sugar levels fluctuate easily?
  • Do you struggle with issues surrounding will power or self-esteem?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Solar Plexus Chakra.

 

Heart Chakra

healing-heart1If you have a blocked Heart Chakra you should look out for heart problems, asthma, allergies and lung disease.

  • Do you have heart disease or high blood pressure?
  • Is it difficult for you to empathize with someone who is going through a difficult time?
  • Does intimacy frighten you?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Heart Chakra.

 

Throat Chakra

1310bThe Throat Chakra affects your ability to communicate and can contribute to thyroid issues, as well as esophageal and mouth problems when blocked.

  • Do you have thyroid problems or do you get a sore throat easily?
  • Is it hard for you to express how you feel?
  • Do you feel like your mind and hear live in two different worlds?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Throat Chakra.

 

Third Eye Chakra

7917360_f520Your Third Eye Chakra influences the pituitary gland, hormone levels, eyesight, intelligence and intuition.

  • Do you have headaches?
  • Do you have a tendency to have hormonal imbalances or get depressed?
  • Do you have poor intuition?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Third Eye Chakra.

 

Crown Chakra

fibromyalgia_RF5468731_sleep-issuesA blocked Crown Chakra can cause spiritual discomfort and insomnia.

  • Do you have difficulty with your sleep/wake cycles?
  • Is it difficult to meditate?
  • Do you feel disconnected from your own body as well as others?

If you answered, “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a blocked Crown Chakra.

 

 

If your experiencing any of above symptoms, you may benefit from a Reiki Crystal healing treatment. Contact info@positivereiki.com for a free consultation.

1400536116237

 

 

 

Original quiz from Dr. Oz


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Getting pregnant : Natural Fertility with Reiki Healing

Getting Pregnant and Natural Fertility: Reiki Therapy

One natural fertility treatment that is on the rise in popularity is Reiki therapy.

Reiki treatments are based on the channeling of positive energy to promote overall health. As such, Reiki healing is a natural fertility method that can help improve your chances of getting pregnant by removing energy blockages and chakra imbalances.  By promoting total relaxation and bringing balance to your core being, Reiki can help minimize health problems and conditions that can hinder your fertility.

Reiki Benefits for Fertility and Labour can help to:

• Reduce levels of stress
• Increase energy levels
• Improve immune system health
• Reduce muscle pain
• Reduce levels of anxiety and depression
• Improve methods of detoxification
• Promote Good Prenatal Health & Ease Labor Pains
• Reduces morning sickness
• Help reduce labor pain

Some tips for conception

Positive Attitude
Positive thinking is an important component of improving your chances of getting pregnant. Keeping a positive attitude is so essential to getting pregnant because it improves your overall mental health; studies have found that positive thinking decreases levels of stress and the risk of depression, which in turn led to increased odds of getting pregnant.

Relax and Let it Happen
Busybodies delight in giving advice to those with fertility issues. One of their favorite claims is: “You just have to relax.”

Learn more about How to use Reiki to Support Fertility

References:
http://www.thechakragarden.com
http://www.gettingpregnant.co.uk/natural_fertility/reiki_therapy.html
http://iarp.org/articles/Enhancing_Fertility_with_Reiki_and_Mind- Body_Techniques.htm
http://www.natural-health-for-fertility.com/reiki-therapy.html

Feature photo by: Elena Shumilova