In addition, the focus of Eastern philosophies on spiritual values Uttana Shishosana Yoga Pose and acceptance can help cancer patients adjust better to their situation with a greater sense of peace Uttana Shishosana Yoga Pose . For example, many people become distraught over their sense of losing control of their bodies. Learning to let go of the need for control and focusing on the present moment instead of worrying about what comes next, helps cultivate a greater sense of calmness.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR A randomized, wait-list controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction MBSR in 90 heterogeneous cancer patients showed a 65% decrease in overall mood disturbance and 31% decrease in symptoms of stress Speca, Carlson, Goodey, & Angen, 2000. An eight-week open study of MBSR based on the program of Kabat-Zinn 1990 in 49 patients with early stage breast cancer and 10 with early stage prostate cancer showed significant improvements in quality of life, symptoms of stress, and sleep quality.
The immune profile shifted in a pattern consistent with improvement in depressive symptoms, including no changes in the number of lymphocytes, but a decrease in IL-10 production by natural killer NK cells, increase of IL-4 from T cells, and decrease in IFN-gamma from T cells Carlson, Speca, Patel, & Goodey, 2003. Tibetan Yoga Lorenzo Cohen, director of the Integrative Medicine Program at M.D.
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