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Treating cancer-related fatigue naturally

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 by: Sandeep Godiyal
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(NaturalNews) Everyone can relate to fatigue but more so for cancer patients who are subjected to different kinds of treatments that can stress the mind, body and emotions. This is called cancer related fatigue or CRF. But with proper diet, effort at exercise, massage therapy and other natural methods, CRF can be successfully relieved.

Regular individuals with no grave conditions such as cancer go through everyday stress causing activities. But stress and fatigue can be much more stressful to an individual undergoing chemotherapy and other medications and treatments to combat cancer. CRF is not a simple case of feeling tired and it does not just occur during treatment. It can actually extend even after the treatment is over.

What contributes to CRF?

There are actually different factors that can cause cancer related fatigue. This includes the combination of therapies or when a patient undergoes more than one kind of cancer therapy at the same time. It can also occur to patients because of decreased nutrition which may be brought about as a result of treatments. The combination of medication, pain and other conditions that a cancer patient may be going through are also main contributors.

What natural methods can work against cancer related fatigue?

Because the cancer patient is already going through a great deal of stress from medication and unnatural treatments, it will do less to treat CRF the same way. However, balance can be restored within the mind, body and emotional health of the patient using effective, natural methods including the following:

Improve nutrition

It has been found that many cancer patients who are going through different kinds of treatments can suffer from malnutrition. And so the first step to relieving CRF is to focus on a healthy diet. Consuming organic fruits and vegetables can prove helpful. The first goal here is to restore lost nutrients as a result of cancer medication and treatment. The body can be further nourished to give it the boost it needs to handle the challenge presented by cancer.

Promote exercise

A cancer patient may not have much strength for strenuous physical activities. But limited exercises can prove to help treat fatigue. Simple activities such as walking can promote better health.

Rest and massage therapy

A well rested cancer patient can become better able to face the difficulties of treatment. A healthy and uninterrupted sleep can restore much needed energy. With quality rest, a patient can also gain better control of his negative emotions and keep them at bay.

In the same way, massage therapy can provide a relaxing effect. Such can also help effectively fight off nausea and depression which cancer patients are prone to.

Get into stress management

Overall stress management is called for. Other helpful methods include meditation, yoga, reading or whatever gives the patient the relief he needs. There are natural medicines that can also be explored for relieving CRF including curcumin, herb boswellia, vitamins E and B3, amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids among others. The bottom line is no case is hopeless as relief can be sought from various natural means.

Sources:

http://my.clevelandclinic.org
http://www.kitchentablemedicine.com
https://www.naturalnews.com/038679_cancer_fatigue_nutrition.html

About the author:
Sandeep has written many health field articles for both Internet and print publication. He currently writing for insurancetips4u.co.

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