Cancer is one of the most painful and life-damaging ailment we are riddled with, today. In the past few years, the number of people affected by this ailment has increased manifold and it will be wrong to say that our researchers haven’t worked hard enough to find its cure. But no matter how much efforts we put in, the ailment is difficult to diagnose early and even difficult to be cured right in the beginning.
That’s when a lot of researchers thought of offering yoga for cancer patients and see if that works well for them. And not-so-surprisingly, yoga helped a lot of patients in multiple ways. In fact, many cancer centres- all around the globe, offer yoga as a part of their treatment. Why yoga and how can it really help?
Yoga for Cancer
About 5,000 years ago, in India, yoga originated as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Today, it has gained immense popularity around the world. It comprises of a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing, and meditation that offers a healthy physical and mental well-being. There are many kinds of yoga but when people generally utter the word ‘yoga’, they refer to hatha yoga. However, any form of yoga, when practiced after expert advice may be highly helpful to help you with the symptoms of cancer as well as healing of your psychological state.
Here are 5 ways in which yoga can help you in managing symptoms better:
- Physical pain: Even if you observe anyone suffering from cancer from decent proximity, one thing you understand is the physical pain that person may be undergoing. Performing yoga can improve your flexibility, strength, muscle tone, and balance.
- Appetite: People with yoga generally have a complaint of change in appetite patterns. Studies prove that loss of appetite caused due to cancer can be improved due to yoga.
- Stress: Stress can play a major role in the progression of cancer for a person. It encourages the production of cortisol in your body. When you perform yoga, stress is said to reduce automatically. In breast cancer patients especially, yoga helps in lowering blood cortisol levels, say studies.
- Emotional duress: Individuals suffering from cancer experience severe emotional trauma. That’s where yoga can help you! Those who perform yoga regularly reported significantly reduced emotional distress related to the ailment.
- Sleep: Sleep is one of the most important things for someone suffering from cancer as it can prove lethal to their health. Yoga can help in falling asleep as well as staying asleep. All of this can help in improving the quality of life.
Note: Yoga can help you in managing the symptoms of the ailment. No research has proven that it can “treat” cancer. Check with your oncologist before starting to practice yoga.
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