Living with a diagnosis of breast cancer can be a profoundly worrying and upsetting time, but as is so often the case, the way we manage our feelings and responses during times of stress can ensure that we get through the challenges and threats with ourselves intact.
The talking therapies like psychology and counselling can be very helpful and of course you need to find a therapist that you trust and like, someone who listens to your concerns and gives you a strong sense of support.
Interestingly though, acupuncture can be very helfpul during times of change, transition and health stress.
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that acupuncture and herbal medicine can reduce the side effects of radiation or chemotherapy, and is generally well tolerated by patients.
Even those who might be ‘needle phobic’, or just feeling especially sensitive, acupuncture as practiced in the Japanese style is very gentle, and can employ strategies without the use of the ‘pins’.
Acupuncture is often used to induce deep relaxation, which can be elusive when you are depressed, worried and stressed. Acupuncture it seems helps to 'switch off' that adrenal ‘fight or flight’ response we have in times of stress.
Imagine a tap turned all the way on with water just pouring out… that's a little bit like how your adrenal gland is working pumping out cortisol when your stressed… turning those taps off enables the body to come out of that ‘full throttle’ mode and into a place where we can breathe and reevaluate and respond to our challenges in a calmer and clearer way.
And truly this often can make all the difference to how we then envisage and embody ourselves.
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