Meditation Therapy For Cancer
Oncologists and those who care for cancer patients are usually open to any and all suggestions for ways that a cancer patient can be treated or cared for better. These doctors and caregivers see the minute-by-minute suffering and pain (both physical and mental) that cancer causes.
It’s been proven that meditation therapy is an effective complimentary therapy for cancer patients. There are several types of meditation. One very common-type meditation is called mantra meditation. Mantra meditation involves repeating a word or phrase (mantra) over and over, either silently or aloud. Another type meditation is often referred to as mindfulness meditation. In mindfulness meditation, a person observes sensations, perceptions, and thoughts without judgment as they arise. There are other kinds of meditation that focus attention by walking or visualizing.
Meditation is often used in conjunction with other kinds of complimentary therapies for cancer patients, like massage therapy, biofeedback therapy, hypnosis therapy, acupuncture therapy, etc. Meditation is not a cure for cancer. It is only a therapy that is used in conjunction with standard cancer treatments like chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and drug therapy.
There are many instructions for meditation, but basically all meditation starts the same way. You start by choosing a quiet place without distractions. You sit or rest quietly with your eyes closed and pay attention to your breathing and physical sensations. You notice them and then let go of all intruding thoughts.
In the last two decades, meditation has been studied in clinical trials with a focus on reducing stress on the mind and body. Research has proven that meditation can help reduce anxiety, stress, blood pressure, chronic pain, and insomnia. It stands to reason that meditation can help cancer patients reduce pain, stress, anxiety, and fear. Meditation can improve the quality of life.