Many cancer centers are now offering Healing Touch as part of an integrative approach for cancer care. It is important to note Healing Touch is not used as a cancer treatment but rather as a method to help improve quality of life during and after treatment. Healing Touch is effective with assisting a person to cope with the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments.
Benefits for People With Cancer
Healing touch has been reported to increase relaxation and support a sense of well-being. Some of these include:
Improved Immune Response
One study found that people who underwent healing touch had less toxicity to cells in the immune system (natural killer cells) that play a role in fighting cancer.
Less Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Grief
Studies suggest that people who have Healing Touch performed along with standard treatments for cancer are less depressed and experience shorter periods of grief through out their cancer journey and less anxious before and after procedures, surgery and treatments.
Improved Pain Management and improve Physical Functioning
Healing touch may decrease the intensity of pain experienced by people with cancer. This, in turn, may decrease the dosage and frequency of pain medication needed, and hence the side effects that pain medications can cause.
Improved Fatigue and Vitality
One study looking specifically at cancer-related fatigue in people going through radiation treatment found that Healing Touch was associated with a significantly reduced level of fatigue thereby, providing an increased quality of life during treatment. Additionally, reported was an increase with mental clarity associated with ongoing Healing Touch sessions.
Studies continue to document patients reporting less nausea associated with anesthesia from surgery and chemotherapy.
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