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Dealing With Cancer-Related Pain is No Spring Picnic

Posted: April 25, 2022

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Self-care

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5 MIN

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Mindfulness

Nutrition

Sleep

When the ceaseless steps you go through to reach that final “all-clear” feel body-breaking, it’s hard to do the things that may make you feel better in the short-term. Alternative approaches to pain management might help.

According to Mayo Clinic, alternative treatments may not play a direct role in curing you, but they could help you cope with symptoms caused by cancer and cancer treatments. The most common signs you may have experienced are anxiety, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, difficulty sleeping, and stress – all of which may be lessened by alternative treatments. 

Luckily, there are a sh*t ton of herbs and holistic practices that can help you manage it all.

First and foremost, if you’re in treatment, talk to your care team before trying any of these methods to find out if they’re going to be right for you.

Open up the dialogue with your care team to determine the best course of action specific to your needs before making any moves on your own. Be sure to let them know if any new pains arise after starting a new alternative therapy, too.

Now, the part you came here for: realistic methods to talk to your care team about incorporating into your life. Aside from CBD oils, essential oils, and acupuncture, you can find nutritional supplements that can also help kickstart your body’s healing. All of these are easily accessible to the public and won’t require a prescription. Just remember to keep a list of any herbs or supplements you use so that you can bring them to your doctor.

It could be worth a try to incorporate these methods with your medical treatment:

Oil Change – For Your Body, Not Your Car! 

CBD

Pick whatever form’s easiest for you to use. There are CBD tinctures, soft gels, gummies, topical oils and more - all targeted at reducing some of your most irritating side effects, such as: 

  • Sleep problems

  • Irregular eating 

  • Poor immune system 

  • Feeling less pleasure 

  • Widespread pain 

  • Inflammation

We usually order ours from Equilibria or House of Wise. Check out Cannabis 101: The Helpful, Plant-Based “Bud” for Cancer Thrivers, Caregivers, and Supporters to learn more before dabbling into this method! 

Essential Oils 

Use them for massages, aromatherapy, or soothing applications for your skin. Eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, and lavender are popular options for pain relief. There are several brands offering pure and safe products, but we’re still screaming about Saje from our rooftops.

Eat Well

Looking for natural foods and herbs to take the edge off of your pain?

This list of natural ways to relieve pain from Medical News Today features several non-inflammatory foods to incorporate into your daily nutrition. You can find them in most grocery stores, so why not try them out?

Topping our list? Ginger! Research indicates that it shows great promise as a natural pain reliever. With your doctor’s all-clear, try adding some raw ginger to your favorite smoothie or tea. Turmeric and feverfew are a couple more science-backed favorites at buddhi. Just remember to ask your care team before starting a new supplement, and keep a list handy of any herbs or supplements you use so that you can bring them to your doctor.

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