Cancer – Exercise and Bodywork


Exercise is an essential component of cancer treatment, as it helps in managing various side effects, such as fatigue, weakness, and muscle wasting, while also improving overall quality of life. Exercise programs can be customized based on individual patient needs and can include various forms of aerobic and strength training, such as walking, cycling, resistance training, and yoga. Exercise can also improve mental health and help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that exercise can improve survival rates in certain cancers and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Patients should consult with their healthcare providers before starting any exercise program.

Reference: Campbell KL, Winters-Stone KM, Wiskemann J, et al. Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors: Consensus Statement from International Multidisciplinary Roundtable. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019;51(11):2375-2390.


Massage therapy is a complementary therapy used in cancer treatment to alleviate various physical and emotional symptoms, such as pain, anxiety, depression, and nausea. Massage therapists use various techniques, such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and reflexology, to help patients relax and feel better. Massage therapy can also improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve lymphatic drainage. However, cancer patients should be cautious when receiving massage therapy and ensure that they receive treatment from a licensed massage therapist who has experience working with cancer patients. Patients should also inform their healthcare providers about any massage therapy they receive during cancer treatment.

Reference: Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ. Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2004;28(3):244-249.


Qigong and Tai Chi are ancient Chinese practices that involve gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. These practices can be used as complementary therapies in cancer treatment to reduce stress, improve overall well-being, and alleviate symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and insomnia. Qigong and Tai Chi are low-impact and suitable for patients of all ages and fitness levels. Regular practice can also improve balance and reduce the risk of falls, which is particularly important for cancer patients who may experience weakness and loss of muscle mass. Patients should consult with their healthcare providers before starting any Qigong or Tai Chi program.

Reference: Zeng Y, Luo T, Xie H, et al. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Qigong and Tai Chi for Reducing Fatigue in Adults with Chronic Health Conditions. Am J Chin Med. 2020;48(5):1031-1056.


Yoga is a mind-body practice that has been shown to have several benefits for cancer patients. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, improve sleep quality, and alleviate symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and nausea. Yoga involves various physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques that can be modified to suit individual patient needs. Patients should consult with their healthcare providers before starting any yoga program and ensure that they receive instruction from a qualified yoga instructor who has experience working with cancer patients.

Reference: Danhauer SC, Addington EL, Sohl SJ, et al. A randomized trial of yoga for patients with lung cancer undergoing radiation therapy. Integr Cancer Ther. 2015;14(4): 349-357.

Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.

Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.


Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.


General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.


Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.


Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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