Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Holistic Approach And Natural Remedies

Updated: Oct 30

Fall is finally in full swing as we make our way through the first full week of October. For many, this is a month of spooky stories told over a warm fire pit or it's a month spent with the nail-biting anticipation that Christmas is right around the corner. I, however, fully plan on basking in all things scary from now until the end of October. Maybe for a day or two after as well. But, as much as I love Halloween, October is so much more than a scary holiday.



October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, millions come together to raise money for donations towards breast cancer research and treatment. Breast Cancer Awareness month was created in 1985 and its primary purpose is to promote screening and prevention of the disease. It's important to note that breast cancer can affect anyone so it's beneficial to have regular screenings starting at the age of 40, or younger if your family has a history of breast cancer. If you're unsure of where to get a screening done check out this resource:




 

Holistic methods to help with cancer treatment:


For the sake of this blog post, I'll be talking about a holistic approach to tackling breast cancer if you've already been diagnosed. These methods are not to be used in place of medical treatment, but rather as something to do on your own to help ease side effects from medicine and treatment. Before doing any of these, please check with your doctor to make sure that this is a good step for you.



One of the most important things you can do for yourself during this time is to remain as active as possible. This may look different for everyone but any activity you do is better than nothing. Yoga and some daily stretches are a good way to get your body moving, but not put it under intense stress.


If you're feeling up for it, some other physical therapies include dance therapy and Tai Chi. Tai Chi aims to move and balance natural energies within the body while strongly emphasizing breathing and meditation. Tai Chi in combo with yoga stretches serves as a great stress and pain reliever which can calm some of the side effects of radiation therapy.


Fall is finally in full swing as we make our way through the first full week of October. For many, this is a month of spooky stories told over a warm fire pit or it's a month spent with the nail-biting anticipation that Christmas is right around the corner. I, however, fully plan on basking in all things scary from now until the end of October. Maybe for a day or two after as well. But, as much as I love Halloween, October is far more than a scary holiday. use of meditation. Whatever direction you choose, it's completely up to you, farand remember that there are no wrong choices! It's your body and no one can take that from you.



 

Natural Supplements


Outside of physical and mental approaches, there are plenty of daily supplements and natural remedies you can try. These supplements won't help treat cancer but they are a good way to help reduce symptoms and pain. Some of the following herbs can be helpful:

  • Black Cohosh

  • Echinacea

  • Garlic

  • Ginseng

  • Green Tea

  • Turmeric

Taking any of these in combination with the methods previously mentioned is a great way to improve mental and physical health. If you're absurdly into tea (no shame, I am too) check out the wellness tea in our shop! The one linked below is great for any nausea you may experience from treatment.



Please note to also speak with your doctor before trying these supplements as well. Your doctors will know the best course of action, but this resource will be here just in case.


 

Monitoring Your Diet:




As always, your diet plays a big role in your body's health. During cancer treatment, and even before, it's important to monitor your dietary choices. Don't worry, you absolutely do not have to cut out all of the fun sugar-filled foods that you love. I myself could never give up my favorite foods. But, actively choosing healthier options and working that into your weekly routine can help prevent cancer (and other diseases) or even make you feel better during treatment. Cutting out processed foods and looking for whole, nutrient-dense food is a great start. Adding more vitamins and mineral-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables is another alternative you can take.


If you're actively going through breast cancer treatment, your doctor should be able to provide you with a more comprehensible list of the foods that will help you mos the sake of this blog post, I'll be talking about a more holistic approach to tackling breast cancer if you've already been diagnosed. These methods are not to be used in place of medical treatment, but rather as something to do on your own to help ease side effects from medicine and treatment. Before doing any of these, please check with your doctor to make sure that this is a good step for you.


 

I wish I could go further in-depth for this blog but just know that you are not alone! I hope this blog serves as a good resource for you, whether you've been diagnosed with breast cancer or not. If you haven't been diagnosed please note that you can still do all of these methods to lower your risk of getting breast cancer.


While we serve as one resource, there are plenty of others available and if you need to talk to anyone; don't hesitate to reach out! The American Cancer Society is wonderful and has provided a program where those diagnosed with breast cancer can talk with a survivor.





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