complementary and alternative cancer care

4 Top Benefits of Complementary Cancer Treatment

I am often asked about the benefits one can expect from complementary cancer treatment, so below I have listed what I consider to be the four top benefits.
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1. Feeling empowered: Taking part in the decision making process of your health care plan and being an active participant in your healing is empowering. It takes you from a passive mode to an active mode, and helps you to feel that you are back in the driving seat when it comes to your health. While your medical care team is doing all that they can do, you can feel that you too are playing a part in the process and doing all that you can possibly do to create the best environment within your body for healing to take place.

2. The human connection: When you work with a practitioner of complementary alternative medicine, certainly when working with me, you get a more personalized one-to-one connection. You get more than just the few minutes allocated to you by your doctor; with me you get at least an hour and a half. Being rushed and having to wait for doctors to show up, for test results and all that is in between can make a person feel as if he or she is just their illness.

3. Safe, non-invasive treatment: Immersive Healing offers a safe, non-invasive and drugless process of healing. It can be practiced in conjunction with conventional medical care. Results can be felt in ‘real time’, meaning that they are felt as they occur, first in the Mind and then in the body. There is no need to spend time in hospital, no need to worry about dependency or side effects from medication and no downtime spent in recovering from treatment. These aspects of the treatment are very important because at a time when your body is being overloaded with medical treatment, drugs, hospital stays and recovery time etc. the last thing that you need is to add more of the same.

4. A holistic approach to illness: When you use alternative cancer treatments you get support on all levels, by this I mean that your emotional and spiritual well-being is acknowledged and addressed. Some types of complementary alternative therapies also address the physical dimension (for example those that focus on health through nutrition) and, of course, hypnosis works with the mind-body connection, where the aim is to enable the physical body to follow the healing that takes place in the mind. Without disrespecting to the amazing work that your medical team is doing, it has to be said that medical professionals are trained to treat the disease and not the whole person. In my office I offer a more holistic approach, treating the whole person and not just their illness.

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Is Guided Imagery for Cancer Right for You?

In previous posts we explored the promise of hypnotherapy for treating and healing cancer. But what if you are unable to attend regular hypnosis sessions because you don’t feel well enough to do so, or because you an experienced hypnotherapist or for any other reason?

guided imagery cancer If this is the case for you, the next best thing you can do, as an alternative to face-to-face treatment, is to listen to an audio program such as my Guided Imagery for Cancer CD. There is an assortment of audio programs available online from many different practitioners, but as you’ll find out, not all products are equally effective.

Before you choose which one is right for you, listen to a sample of it. Do you like the voice, tempo and even accent of this practitioner? Hmmm…

For me it was important to produce a highly professional product with recording studio quality. It was also important for me it will be easy to follow the guided meditation. I infused the audio with powerful suggestions, imagery and metaphors to calm your Mind, sooth your body and help you heal from within.

The beauty of an audio program is that you can listen to it as often as you like so it’s very cost effective. Whether you listen to it while waiting for your doctor appointments, whale watching or before you go so sleep you will surly benefit.
It combines imagery, sensory awareness and auto-suggestions to engage your imagination and Mind. These techniques share some qualities and blend very well together. It is this combination that helps you to become immersed, and therefore fully involved, in a healing experience. It what helps you to shift your focus and attention from whatever emotions you are going through – be that fear, stress, hopelessness or rage to calmness and hopefulness.

The CD can also be used during any procedures you are having for cancer, such as chemotherapy. Listening to the CD during a procedure can help you to shift your attention from the clinical external environment to an inner positive and desirable one. The metaphors, mental images and suggestions used in this CD help your mind to create a better experience within yourself, which is important because we know that the mental images we hold within our minds have an effect on our bodies – for better or for worse.

A prime example of this is worry; when we worry about things that haven’t happened; we play out different scenarios in our mind. These scenarios affect us even though they are just imagined; the more we worry the worse we feel. If we want to empower ourselves and create the optimum conditions for healing within our bodies, it is important for us to have a tool that we can use to help ourselves – a tool that can help us to create better, more positive state of Mind.

hypnosis for chemotherapy, cancer cdMy CD, The Healing Power of Your Mind: Guided Imagery for Cancer does this and also helps you to drift off into a sound a peaceful sleep that will leave you feeling refreshed when you wake in the morning. Healthy sleep patterns are crucial when it comes to healing the mind and body but can be difficult to achieve when we are feeling worried, stressed or afraid because of illness.

If you are interested in the concept of Immersive Healing but are unable to attend sessions with me, you may find my Guided Imagery CD helpful during your own healing journey.

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The Limitations of Conventional Medicine in Treating Cancer or Chronic Illness

If you were to break your arm or leg in an accident, without a doubt, conventional medical treatment is what you most need. A physical cause needs an immediate physical response and the hospital is certainly the place to be.

Likewise if you have cancer or any other chronic illness it goes without saying that you need medical treatment. Conventional medicine is certainly the way to treat the symptoms of your illness – that is not in dispute.

Treating the symptom or condition is extremely important but at the same time addressing the root cause of the condition or symptom is just as important.

Frequently in my office, clients facing serious illness express immense need to look far deeper than the physical symptoms. As people struggling to make sense of a world spinning out of control we search for answers.

Conventional medicine does a great job in treating the symptoms of disease but that is where it stops. The cause of the disease is confined to the realm of biology and environment, but we know deep inside that we are much more than just a physical body or a biological machine.

A doctor or surgeon is all about the facts, what they can see with their own eyes or what they have learned from received medical knowledge.

In many ways, this is a good thing; we need skilled professionals who can fix the symptoms of illnesses or accidents. However with all the $$$$$$$$ thrown at cancer research and all the resources invested it remains a fact that the medical profession is still nowhere near to finding out the actual cause of illnesses such as cancer.

Medical research has provided a vast amount of data that tells us about the structure and mechanisms of cancer. But the one thing that research hasn’t provided is the answer to the question “Why does cancer occur”?

Maybe conventional medicine is looking for the answer in the wrong place by looking for answers from purely within the physical body?

I believe that the real answers lie within an individual’s mind, and more appropriately the subconscious mind. The part of the mind we can access with hypnotherapy.

If negative emotions and thought habits are allowed to evolve over the many years of our conditioning process they can become toxic. In other words we may become conditioned, by certain events or inherited beliefs, to think in certain ways. Not all of these will be helpful to us.

Healthy, balanced and positive thought patterns that facilitate our progression in life will not be harmful, however negative thought patterns held within the mind too deeply may eventually prove to be detrimental to our health if they cannot be identified and released.

I call this process the subconscious Illness Paradigm.

Immersive Healing as an immunotherapeutic approach to healing aims to find the root cause of the disease at the subconscious level, in doing this we can help individuals to heal on a deeper level i.e. emotionally bringing about changes for the better that go way beyond the physical.