A study conducted by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center shows that cancer patients reported significant improvement in side effects related to cancer treatment following one session of Jin Shin Jyutsu.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient, Oriental art of harmonizing life energy within the body. It is a physio-philosophy that involves the application of the hands for gently balancing the flow of life energy into the body. This type of therapy is considered an art and not a technique, as Jin Shin Jyutsu is not a physical manipulation of tissue and uses only minimal pressure.
The study was presented by Jennifer Bradley, Jin Shin Jyutsu integrative practitioner at the Markey Cancer Center. Bradley asked 159 cancer patients to assess their symptoms of pain, stress, and nausea on a 0-10 scale, with 0 representing no symptoms, before and after each Jin Shin Jyutsu session.
During each session, patients received light touches on 52 specific energetic points called Safety Energy Locks as well as fingers, toes, and midpoints on the upper arm, upper calf, and lower leg in predetermined orders known as "flows."
Sessions were performed in a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment room, chemotherapy outpatient clinic, or in the patient's hospital room. It is important to note that the greatest overall improvement came from sessions held in the Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment room where they were of longer duration.
Bradley claims that her next study will control variables as they relate to location of service, along with time between sessions. She also hopes to have access to patients' medical records so that she will be able to evaluate their progress with symptom management over time as it corresponds to Jin Shin Jyutsu therapy.
The study found that after each session, patients experienced significant improvement in the areas of pain, stress, and nausea.
Bradley states that regardless of age, sex, or diagnosis, cancer patients received a statistically significant improvement in the side effects from treatment. She also goes on to say that Jin Shin Jyutsu made improvements in these areas without adding additional unwanted effects that so often occur with medication intervention. Bradley said:
The American Cancer Society has noted that quality of life is an issue for all cancer patients; those undergoing treatment, late stage patients, and cancer survivors. 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. I believe that Jin Shin Jyutsu has great promise in this area.
I'd like to hear from those of you who have experienced this type of therapy personally or know of any cancer patients who have.
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