quote:Mind-body practices , such as yoga and Tai Chi, can be very helpful to people with cancer. M. D. Anderson studies have examined these practices for patients with rectal, breast and prostate cancer, as well as renal cell carcinoma and lymphoma.
"We know from our research that a mind-body practice is useful for helping to improve sleep, reduce anxiety and distress, and improve mood in general," Cohen says. "It's also helpful in promoting a calm and relaxed state. And we've also seen from the physiological side that mind-body practices decrease stress hormones and blood pressure, and also improve aspects of physical function and physical well-being.
Cohen's recommendation stems from the results of ongoing research at M. D. Anderson involving cancer patients practicing Tai Chi, Qigong, Hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga , meditation and relaxation techniques
"So we encourage all cancer patients to engage in some type of mind-body practice throughout their cancer treatment into recovery and survival and to incorporate it as a daily activity for the rest of their lives."
Mind-Body Practices Good for Cancer Patients