A review of Nia as an exercise option for cancer survivors

Nia is a fusion fitness program that blends elements from the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, creating a workout that is adaptable to all ages and fitness levels. As a nontraditional form of exercise, Nia integrates body, mind, and spirit as well as the five sensations of flexibility…

ProMedica Cancer Institute Study Identifies Benefits of Nia Exercise for Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers from ProMedica Cancer Institute have released new findings about the benefits of Nia exercise for individuals with breast cancer. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that heals the body using music and movement. The results of a 12-week study indicate that Nia significantly reduced fatigue in patients receiving radiation therapy…

Ginger Helps Reduce Nausea from Chemotherapy

Ginger helped prevent or reduce chemotherapy-induces nausea when taken with traditional anti-nausea drugs by patients with cancer, researchers have found. The results are from a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled…

Healing Touch as part of an Integrative Therapy in Outpatient Oncology

The Healing Care Program, part of an outpatient oncology department, is a complementary service that supports oncology patients and their caregiver(s) throughout treatments and the healing process. Services include group classes, such as…

Integrating complementary and alternative medicine: Use of myrrh in wound management

More than 38% of adult Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Many nurses and other healthcare providers have integrated CAM into their practice. Aromatherapy, a type of CAM, uses essential plant…

Integrating complementary and alternative medicine: Use of essential oils in hypertension management

Hypertension affects an estimated 74.5 million Americans and significantly contributes to risk for other cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction, stroke, and congestive heart failure. Nearly 69% of individuals with a first heart…

The effectiveness of valerian acupressure on the sleep of ICU patients: A randomized clinical trial

Severely ill patients residing in hospital frequently experience sleep problems. Factors such as the noise of physiological monitoring systems, warning alerts, lights, and frequent or complex treatments disrupt patients’ sleep. These…

Meeting Needs of Cancer Survivors through Holistic Community Programs

Integrative (CAM) therapies are an integral part of my practice in the outpatient oncology setting. Therapies of a mind/body/spirit/emotion approach are also an important aspect of holistic nursing practice outside the clinical setting…