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Practicing Self-Care & Spiritual Wellness During Cancer Treatment by Scott Sanders

Scott Sanders is the creator of CancerWell.org, which provides resources and support for anyone who has been affected by any form of cancer. He is also the author of the book Put Yourself First: A Guide to Self-care and Spiritual Wellness During and After Cancer Treatment, coming Summer 2018!

Practicing Self-Care & Spiritual Wellness During Cancer Treatment

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After being diagnosed with cancer, it may seem difficult to focus on yourself, especially when your mind is racing with how you are going to fight this. During one of the hardest times of your life, it’s important to take a moment and practice self-care. This will not only improve your quality of life during treatment, but help you improve your spiritual and mental health when you need it the most.

Make sleep a priority
We spend one third of our lives sleeping, and it plays an important role in making sure our body and mind is rested. This is especially important when you’re going through cancer treatment. Radiology, chemotherapy and other drugs that are fighting cancer can cause you to feel tired and weak. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try coloring in a color book before bed. It can relax your mind and put it at ease. You can also try taking a warm bath or drinking tea to get a good night’s sleep.

Safe use of opioids
Cancer can be painful, depending on the type you have been diagnosed with. In some cases, doctors will prescribe opioids to assist with the pain and provide you with relief. However, it’s important to keep in mind that while opioids can be successful in providing you pain management, they can also be highly addictive. In order to prevent opioid addiction, you have to practice safe use of this medication. If you notice yourself becoming dependent on opioids, or if you have to keep taking more and more to relieve the pain, talk to your doctor. He may be able to prescribe other natural pain relievers that you can try.

Spend time with loved ones
Being diagnosed with cancer can make you feel lonely, especially if no one you know is going through it. That’s why it’s crucial to spend time with loved ones during your treatment. This doesn’t mean you have to do anything crazy like going on a trip or going out on the town. You can simply watch a movie together or read together. Being around people while you’re going through treatment makes all the difference. When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you may also realize how precious life is, and that you actually do have the time to spend with people you care about.

Start a cancer journal
You probably feel a lot of emotions while you’re going through cancer treatment. Whether you’re sad, grateful or determined, writing down your feelings in a journal can help you get through your treatment easier. Expressive writing, or writing that focuses on your thoughts and feelings, has actually been proven to increase the well-being of cancer patients. Some reasons why journaling is beneficial is because you can be open and honest, you can process what you’re going through and it can help put things into perspective. When you start journaling, take just a few minutes every day to write down what you feel, and then build from there.

Practice yoga and meditation
Going through cancer treatment, you may feel lost and defeated. Yoga and meditation can not only enhance your spiritual, mental and physical wellness, but these practices can provide you the peace you need to stay tough through treatment. Yoga is the art of posing and stretching while focusing on your breathing and staying in the moment. Meditation is the art of focusing on your breaths and practicing mindfulness. During chemo or after surgery, it may be hard to recognize your body. Yoga and meditation can help by allowing you to reconnect to your body emotionally and spiritually. These exercises can also greatly improve your quality of life while you fight cancer.

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NHP/Celticare Patients- coverage will no longer be available to the Boston area starting March 2018. Options to consider:

Attention patients with Neighborhood Health Plan or Celticare coverage:

You may or may not have received a letter from Masshealth telling you that come March, NHP and Celticare will no longer be available to patients as a health insurance provider in the Boston area…in light of having to switch care plans, if you would like to continue to receive acupuncture benefits under your masshealth careplus insurance but are unsure of which other plans might cover our services- please see below or give us a call and we would be happy to go over insurance options accepted by AcuPUNKture.

Below are a list of masshealth careplus plans AcuPUNKture accepts:

BMC Healthnet
Tufts Community plan
Commonwealth Care Alliance
United Health Care
Fallon Community Health plan

Unfortunately, the new physician care plan does not cover any acupuncture benefits.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to call us at 617–971–8623.

Food for Thought: Combating that Nagging Cough

Winter cough got you down? Try these natural remedies!

Suffering from a nagging cough that just won’t quit? Try these natural remedies to knock out that cough for good!

Daikon, Ginger and Scallion Soup: *Popular for treating coughs as well as clearing nasal congestion, and counteracting body aches, weakness and lethargy due to colds*

3 cups (750 mL) water

1 medium daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices

1 tablespoons (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger

6 white heads of scallion, sliced

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the daikon to the water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 20 minutes, or until the daikon is soft (you should be able to push a chopstick or toothpick through the daikon slice with ease)

Add the sliced scallion scallion and ginger to the pot. Reduce the flame to low. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until two-thirds of the water has evaporated. Remove…

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Price Changes in effect January 2018

Attention Patients:

Due to an increase in expenses over the past 2 years, AcuPUNKture’s Cash/Credit Rates will be Increasing starting January 1, 2018.

We are pleased to have been in business with you over the past 2 years. Since opening our doors in October 2015, we have not raised the prices of our services despite the continuous rise in expenses.

There has been an undeniable rise in prices of materials, rent and utilities since we first opened. In light of this increase and in order to continue to provide our patients with the best possible, comprehensive treatments, we can no longer avoid either sacrificing level of care or raising our prices.

Since we have never compromised the quality of our services even in the hardest of times and we endeavor to keep going with the agenda of excellent quality, we feel that an increase in price is a necessity. This will allow us to continue to offer services such as cupping, moxa, essential oils, take home magnets and teas in conjunction with your acupuncture sessions.

Below are the details of our new price tariffs. We look forward to your cooperation in the process and hope to continue being in business with you in the New Year.

To help offset this rise in out of pocket costs:
We will be offering you the opportunity through the month of December to prepay for future services at your current treatment rate.

 

Starting January 1, 2018 new prices will come into effect:

Initial Consultation and First Time acupuncture Treatment: $110

Follow-up Acupuncture Treatment: $90

Follow-up pre-paid packages: 4 prepaid treatments for $320 (10$ off- $80 per session)

Cancellation policy: 24 hours notice is required or a 50$ charge will be applied. This fee is not covered by insurance.

 

Food for thought/ Insurance options: It is now open enrollment for 2018 Health Care in Massachusetts. Your plan may have an option to cover acupuncture services- if this is of interest to you we highly suggest calling your HR department or inquiring with your Insurance provider about adding Acupuncture Benefits to your plan.

We also accept Flex Spending and HAS accounts.

Thank you for your understanding,

Crystal Meyers, LAc., Owner

Health Insurance- Open Enrollment and Acupuncture Coverage!

Did you know that more and more Health Insurance plans are starting to cover Acupuncture Services?

Right now is open enrollment for Insurance Healthcare 2018– see if your plan has an option for Acupuncture Coverage and start your journey to a healthier you today!

Plans we currently accept:
Neighborhood Health Plan
BMC HealthNet
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Commonwealth Care Alliance/One Care
Celticare
Fallon
Blue Cross Blue Shield MA
Tufts Community Health
Aetna
Cigna
Health Net Federal Services

If you are wondering if your plan covers acupuncture, give us a call and we will be happy to check for you: 617-971-8623