General Benefits of Integrative Indigenous and Traditional Therapies Treatment adjuncts:
(Clinically researched i.e. validated in clinical trials and traditional anecdotal and benefits)
A} References clinical trials:
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 37, 45)
- Enhances the function of the parasympathetic nervous system and other stress-related variables (5)
- May reduce Chemotherapy induced vomiting (37)
- Helps normalize blood sugar levels (3)
- Boosts Lymphocyte count by 11% (4)
- Boosts immune system, helps increase resistance to infection (4, 8, 9)
- Lupus, autoimmune syndrome support improves immune function (4, 11)
- TTM Traditional Herbal remedies proven to kill Head and Neck Cancer (1, 2)
- Improves cellular immunity in colorectal cancer patients receiving chemotherapy (4)
- Effective lymphatic drainage modality, reducing and or eliminating static lymph, lymphadenosis/ lymphadema. (Acts as a Complex Decongestive Therapy: CDT enhance the resolution of edema via the lymphatic system and are especially beneficial post surgery, Orthopedic injuries) (39, 40, 41)
- Addresses nutritional and food issues and increases nutrient motility (32)
- May alleviate oxidative stress and improve antioxidant system (32, 33)
- Reduces toxicity and lymphatic stagnation in breast tissue and surrounding areas. (39, 41)
- Significantly reduces chronic pain (1, 2, 4, 5, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 46, 49)
- Increases Parasympathetic activity, decreases Sympathetic activity (5, 45)
- Increases delta, reduces theta, alpha and beta brainwave activity (1)
- Assist in managing type 2 diabetes (3, 10)
- Lowers blood pressure (reduces muscle tension)(2)
- Significantly reduces Peripheral Neuropathy in Diabetic Patients (1, 3)
- May improve activities of daily living, mood and sleep patterns, and pain intensity of stroke patients over time. (15, 49)
- Effective in treating TMJ (temporal, Mandibular Cranial and Jaw Dysfunction) (16)
- Increase bone density, resorbtion, formation by stressing connective tissue and “bending the bones” (19, 20)
- Resolves many soft tissue/ connective tissue disorder (Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)(16, 21, 23)
- Reduces, improves hand mobility for Scleroderma patients (21, 46)
- Effective in reducing chronic tension and migrane headache severity (24, 25)
- Promotes health related fitness, bone formation and quality of life in menopausal women (3, 26, 27)
- Reduces and or eliminates active/ latent Trigger Points and equalizes/ reduces areas of low oxygen, chronic inflammation and high neurologic activity. (16, 44)
- Improves physical fitness and performance in athletes (7, 49)
- Increases relaxation and decreases anxiety and pain in Scapulocostal Syndrome patients (2)
- Helpful in rehabilitation of stroke patients. (29, 30)
- Decreases spasticity and aids in rehabilitation in elderly stroke patients (29, 30, 31)
- Effective treatment for Repetitive Stress Disorders (1, 16, 26)
- May improve mental and emotional/ psychological/ neuro-emotional issues (1, 10, 34)
- Facilitates Birth and Delivery, May reduce Postpartum hemorrhage after vaginal delivery (35)
- May reduce Post Partum Depression (1, 4, 34, 35)
- Can facilitate, assist release of afterbirth (35)
- Reduces pain, particularly soft tissue, joint, back, low back and neck pain (2, 16, 36, 38, 44, 46, 49)
- Reduces Spasticity in patients with Cerebral Palsy (42)
- More effective than OTC medications in symptomatic treatment of Osteo-arthritis pain (1, 2) (43, 44, 49)
- Improves blood sugar levels of pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (3)
- Beneficial effect on autistic children’s behavior (6)
- Reduces risk of heart attack (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 45, 46)
B} Anecdotal/ Historical/ Traditional Therapeutic Outcomes and Indications:
- Based on genuine Indigenous, Traditional, Native, Tribal, Familial and or Natural spiritual and vitality based medicine systems and philosophies. (Native American (North and South American), Traditional Thai Medicine, Classical Indian Ayurveda (22), Traditional Chinese Medicine, Indian Naturopathy/ Homeopathy.
- Increases happiness and a general sense of well being for receivers and therapist/ counselors alike.
- Indigenous food and Diet principles addres chronic, long term malnutrition issues
- Virtual “Cure” for some Cancers
- The practice is an expression of compassion
- Practically expresses loving kindness (Promiiwihan Sii)
- Helps with weight management (stimulates metabolic processes)
- As good for the practitioner as it is for the receiver
- Is by definition a form of Chirothesia/ Laying on of Hands health care (d)
- Can be done in groups and or in less than private surroundings
- Increases lean muscle mass as passive exercise
- Reduces toxicity and lymphatic stagnation in breast tissue and surrounding areas.
- May reduce risk of some cancers (Static Lymph and or site toxic)
- Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “Good” cholesterol)
- Lowers low-density liprotein (LDL) cholesterol (”bad” cholersterol)
- Can be done “hands free”
- Virtual cure for many soft tissue/ connective tissue disorder (Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)(a, b)
- Can be performed on a Portable Massage Chair (c)
- Anyone can do it with adequate training.
- Integrates and supports proper alignment of all structural parts of the body without ballistics or force. (Non ballistic, non- specific, facilitated, passive assisted, natural range of motion supporting nominal osseous structural alignment)
- Sharing facilitates nurturing and community values.
- Does not require special equipment
- Can be done virtually anywhere in any clinical or home environment
- Is a great way for patients to be more active and engaged in active life style.
- Low impact exercise i.e. facilitated range of motion
- Reduces and or eliminates cystic and or fibrotic syndromes and corresponding nodules
- Increases range of motion and reduces resistance to motion (PNF)
- Increases tendon and connective tissue extensibility. (Strengthens extensor and support ligaments in breast tissue thus correcting sedentary/ non-ambulatory based atrophy and decrepitude.)
- Helpful in reducing dependence and or eliminating psychiatric medications for various disorders.
- Practice causes NO harm to world ecosystem
- Flow practice improves cardiovascular fitness
- Activates experience of Joy
- Integrates mind, body and spirit
- Reduces risk of heart attack
- Increases tendon and connective tissue density and elasticity
- Can address and support treatment for infertility
- (Mostly anecdotal however, new scientific research) Supports the knowledge, wisdom and practical solutions for suffering, injury, disease. The promotion and maintenance of well being is passed down directly to our practitioners and ministers directly through hundreds of generations of elders.
- Religious and or Indigenous Practitioners legal to practice without a Medical License in most jurisdictions under religious freedom of expression.
Conclusion: I answer the question “Can Indigenous and traditional, native medicine practices and or evolving therapies derived from Indigenous culture traditions make a positive contribution towards Cancer complication remediation and palliative care? “ with an imperative affirmative. Indigenous and traditional based therapies offer non-invasive, viable complimentary adjuncts in support of and or alternative to conventional Allopathic treatment schedules and procedures for Cachexia and other complication issues in Cancer patients. At the very least they support a greater sense of vitality, wellbeing and enhanced capacity to be active during Cancer treatment and at the most they support positive outcomes and the efficacy of care.
Non Drug therapies which have been shown to be effective in managing and or treating Cancer and Cancer induced Cachexia include nutritional counseling, psychotherapeutic interventions, and physical training.
European Palliative Care Research Collaborative. “New European Guidelines: CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES ON CANCER CACHEXIA IN ADVANCED CANCER PATIENTS”. Final Guideline document http://www.epcrc.org/publication_listfiles.php?id=mWdBCMI5eXVlcNFk7GnqRetrieved 23 February 2014.
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