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A Holistic Approach to Cancer PDF Print E-mail

As a practicing Reiki healer and teacher I have treated patients with cancer at various stages of the illness, from the earliest diagnosis, to the terminal stage. Cancer is such a powerful and frightening illness - its effects are both physical and emotional, affecting not only the patient, but their family and friends also. I have seen the devastating physical and emotional effects of cancer, but I have also seen the power of hope, determination, positive thinking and the strength of the Human Spirit. 

People, generally, are mentally and physically incredibly resilient and have an instinctive and overriding desire to survive. Yet when someone is told they have a serious illness, their conditioned response is to abdicate responsibility and give all control to someone else.  In effect they become passive recipients.

Being passive goes against our natural programming and can lead to negative feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and a weakening of the belief and resolve to survive. This state of mind effectively inhibits and suppresses the body’s own healing responses.

To maximize the healing benefits of any and every external modality, the power of the mind must be used in a conscious and controlled manner to activate and heighten the body’s own healing responses.  Ideally, the patient must be an active participant.

Being active gives the patient some sense of control and power over their illness. They now have additional means of fighting the illness so their belief and resolve grows. This more positive state of mind stimulates the body’s own healing responses.

Effective treatment of cancer needs to include the healing ability of the body and the mind, as well as all the external treatments. Patients must have belief and focus and it is essential they understand that where the mind leads, the body follows. It is vital to stay as positive and optimistic as possible, and keep focused on fighting the cancer. As long as there is life, there is hope.

Cancer is a life issue and needs to be treated as such to have the best chance of success. Aspects of the patient’s emotional and physical life need to be looked at with the patient, and if necessary, suggested modifications offered to create the best possible conditions for promoting healing. 

Reiki healing is a good addition to any medical treatment, and there are other methods that can and should be used as well. The primary treatment is the Gerson Therapy. Some treatments will work directly on the cancer, and others will work on initiating the body’s healing process. Individually, these will have a chance of helping the patient, but they should all be used together where possible to maximize the healing effects.

The following methods are my recommendations for my cancer patients:

Adopt Healthy Nutrition

A 2009 report released by the World Cancer Research Fund, entitled "Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention" reported that over 40 percent of colon and breast cancer cases could be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly and abstaining from smoking and drinking alcohol (or at least minimising consumption of alcoholic beverages). Recent research published in the International Journal of Cancer also discovered that consumption of mushrooms and green tea can lower women's risk of developing breast cancer by up to 90 percent. Another World Cancer Research Fund review of 206 epidemiologic studies and 22 animal studies looking at the relationship between vegetable and fruit consumption and the risk of cancer found that greater fruit and vegetable consumption offers a protective effect against various types of cancer. Raw vegetables offered the most protection. 

These are just a few studies there are hundreds more demonstrating the benefits of eating healthily in terms of preventing cancer. Green tea has also been found to attack cancer cells without harming healthy cells in the body. For thousands of years different cultures have intuitively understood that eating natural, unprocessed foods is the key to health and wellbeing. Processed, packaged and fast foods are chock full of preservatives, toxic flavour enhancers and artificial colours and sweeteners that have been linked with a myriad of health problems. Going organic and opting for a healthy, natural diet, is really essential for cancer sufferers and for everyone else.

Use Reiki

Reiki works by directing naturally occurring electro-magnetic energy at the frequency needed to destroy the cancerous cells and strengthen the vital organs to support the healing process.

I give Reiki healing on a daily basis to begin with, then I teach the patient basic Reiki to enable them to heal themselves daily. I do this to ensure the patient does not become dependent on me, and more importantly, to help the patient feel empowered and take back responsibility for their life.

I also teach the patient's close family basic Reiki so they can do something constructive to help. This helps their family feel empowered and more useful, which has a positive impact on the patient.

Use the Power of the Mind

Visualisation / intention / positive affirmations utilise the power of the mind to help the body fight the cancer. The patient needs to work with the practitioner to find the most suitable and effective methods for them to programme their mind to fight off the cancer. For more information on the power of visualisation and intention read the book How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body, by former organic chemist David Hamilton. This book explains the power of visualisation, intention and placebo from a scientific perspective and also includes case studies of individuals who have cured themselves of cancer and other illnesses using visualisation and intention. 

Stress Reduction

The patient also needs to have lots of rest and relaxation to eliminate all stress from the their life to help the body's healing process.

The above is by no means the only way to treat cancer, but it is a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach that works with the patient, as well as working on the patient. The system has elements to work directly on the cancer and crucially has elements to encourage a major attitude shift towards a positive and active role in the healing process.

There are no guarantees with any treatment for cancer, all we can do is try our best to help in every way we can.  I believe the best approach is to use every means available to us. Treatment needs to be comprehensive and wide-ranging and must utilize the power of the mind and spirit and body to heal itself. 

© Copyright Andrew Chrysostomou 2005