As a women, it’s almost like you’re programmed with an innate fear of breast cancer. It’s the plague that seems to haunt the best of the best. In this blog we take a look at breast cancer through the eyes of a holistic health provider and yogi. Ways in which we can turn the fear into power by taking control of our health, holistically.
If we look at energy medicine there’s the belief our physical imbalances and therefor diseases, begin with an imbalance on an energetic level.
Breast cancer is one of the physical imbalances manifested through the imbalance of the heart chakra.
Emotions such as regret and the classic “broken heart” are energetically stored in this center of the body. Guilt over not being able to forgive oneself or forgive others also blocks the breasts’ energy. The energy of a broken heart and guilt must be released to restore the balance and flow of energy through the heart center. We feel powerful when we help others, but the power must be balanced with the vulnerability from accepting help from others.
HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT OF BREAST CANCER
- Exercise – regular (4 times per week) yields 50% reduction of recurrence and ↑ quality of life
- Dietary modification may prevent as many as 20% of breast cancers. Decrease animal fats and processed foods
- Balance the heart chakra
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- All the antioxidants!
- Increase or begin to take in cruciferous vegetables
- Selenium – 200 mcg per day
- “I approve of myself”
- “I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my world”
- “All love resides within my heart”
- “I take in and give out nourishment in perfect balance”
Medical literature has long noted associations between breast cancer and loneliness, sorrow, and even rage and anger. Multiple studies have profiled women with breast cancer as frequently having a tendency toward self-sacrifice, inhibited sexuality, an inability to see themselves as supported by others, an inability to discharge anger or hostility, hiding anger and hostility behind a facade of pleasantness, and an unresolved hostile conflict with their mothers. Given our society’s tendency to suppress, ignore,c or denigrate women and their anger, it is easy to see why so many women have breast problems.
Bacon, C. L., et al. (1952). A psychosomatic survey of cancer of the breast. Psychosomatic Medicine, 14 (6), 453–459.
PREVENTION: PERFORM A SELF EXAM
- Best to do after your period ends
- post-menopausal can select any day per month
- Using your finger tips, massage around the breast tissue feeling for anything hard, lumpy or nodular. Focus your search in the upper outer corner of the breast (near the armpit)
- Search the tissue in a soft, superficial scan, performing this again pressing in to feel the deeper tissue.
- Good time to start is after an exam with your physician, that way you know what “normal” feels like!
- 8 of 10 lumps found are benign.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. Christine Northrup, M.D.