Practicing yoga could increase quality of life for
patients with mesothelioma cancer
Improving the quality of life is something that cancer patients are in dire need of. Ayurvedic therapy and yoga address that need, say medical authorities.
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Ayurvedic therapy for mesothelioma patients
November 5, 2009 - Major cancer centers across the country are reconsidering yoga and ayurvedic therapy in their treatment of cancer patients. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, for example, are now offering yoga classes to their mesothelioma cancer patients.
Yoga and ayurvedic therapy promote stress and anxiety relief. Physiologically, ayurvedic therapy has the potential to reduce cortisol levels.
Improving the quality of life is something that cancer patients are in dire need of. Medical authorities agree that those suffering from extremely stubborn cancers, such as mesothelioma, would benefit greatly from a practice that could clear their mind and relive stress and anxiety.
Since mesothelioma is often diagnosed in the later stages of the disease, aggressive forms of traditional treatment often wear the body and mind down leaving it yearning for endorphins to ease the pain.
Psychologists specifically have been researching yoga’s effects on the brain in regards to the ‘feel-good’ chemicals that yoga releases and heightens.
Ayurvedic therapy and yoga
Alyson Moadel, Ph.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., has been tracking yoga’s effect on breast and lung cancer patients for the past eight years. In 2007, she found that patients experienced social improvements and overall emotional well-being, when practicing yoga.
Sat Bir Khalsa, Ph.D. of Harvard says that, “Many disorders have a strong stress component, and I think yoga acts on that.” It also “increases resilience and stress-coping capabilities” if practiced long enough.
Khalsa agreed with Moadel in that, “A lot of stress is due to dysfunctional thinking.” He also pointed out that, “Cognitive behavioral therapy trains you to be aware of those negative thoughts . . . and to replace them with more neutral, rational thoughts. Yoga does something similar, but on a deeper level.”
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