Jin Shin Jyutsu Helps Cancer Patients Deal With Symptoms

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According to a paper presented at the 2012 Markey Cancer Center Research Day, the stress, the pain and the nausea experienced by cancer patients can be relieved after just one session of touch therapy. The study further showed that progressive sessions demonstrate a continued decrease in these unfortunate cancer side effects.

The study was presented by Jennifer Bradley, a Jin Shin Jyutsu integrative practitioner who works out of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

Her study included 159 patients at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and used a self-reported scale of 0 to 10 regarding their experiences with those three symptoms: pain, nausea and stress. Patients reported their experiences before and after the Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions.

Bradley and her team determined that Jin Shin Jyutsu session was effective in reducing the patients' stress, pain and nausea from the very first session, with the average decrease on the scale being three points for stress and two points for nausea as well as pain.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center offers Jin Shin Jyutsu free to its cancer patients and is part of the hospital's integrative treatment plan.

Jin Shin Jyutsu consists of touch therapy at 52 predetermined, specific energy points including touch on the fingers, toes, and parts of the upper arm, upper calf and lower leg.

"There is a need for additional research to develop evidence-based interventions that have a positive impact on the quality of life for all of these individuals without adding to their burden," says Bradley, who regards this as a quality of life issue as much as anything else. "From what I have seen in my office and the results shown in the study, I believe that Jin Shin Jyutsu has great promise in this area."

Source: Medical News Today

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