Tai chi chuan, reflexology, acupuncture, music therapy, massage, and meditation are some of the practices that are increasingly being added as a complement to traditional medicine and are already being implemented in several hospitals in buenos aires and private centers of the City where the used to relieve patients with cancer or joint pain.
From the Hospital to the Institute of Oncology, Angel Roffo , and the hospital Rivadavia and Carlos Bonorino Udaondo or private clinics as the Italian Hospital, or Fundaleu (Foundation to fight Leukemia), are some of the health centres that are now incorporating these complementary therapies to improve ailments and relieve the hospitalization of their patients.
Medical Fundaleu, and the Clinical agreed in dialogue with Telam on the benefits that these practices can give to patients because they improve your immune system, release tension, strengthen the bone tissue and joints, in addition to connecting them with a positive thought that changes the vision of being “patient sick and shut in”.
“You can go out running and keep thinking what you’re concerned about; that is why, we we try to get patients to rest the thought of interpretation and resolution. I want to fix things, to people, and I am in the present and if I can, I enjoy”, explained the doctor hematologist of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Paul Mountford, who performs acupuncture digital to cancer patients and directs twelve years ago the service of integrative medicine in Fundaleu.
Alongside the traditional treatments, Fundaleu offers bodily disciplines for their patients such as music therapy, meditation, reflexology or chi-kung, a technique of traditional chinese medicine based on the mind-control,the breathing and physical exercise.
Mountford also explained that the patients focus their attention on the present, “released the imagination of the future and the past”, that is the trigger of the anxiety and focus in the form of “breathe, feel the support, or what causes them the music.”
“There are replacement therapies the traditional treatments, but also alternatives because they are supported by health professionals“, explained from the Hospital of Clinics, which depends on the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
The incorporation of these practices grew so much that the UBA incorporated to the department of Internal Medicine, where they teach the benefits of reflexology, music therapy and painting therapy.
The balance in the health of the hand of the Tai Chi
For his part, the doctor a specialist in fibromyalgia and psychotherapist Clinics, María Cristina Lunic, said in dialogue with Telam, as it works the workshop of psychoeducation of health, which runs from 20 years ago and that includes the practice of tai chi chuan and chi-kung.
“We ask the patient to do physical exercise to maintain the range of joint movement, muscle tone and balance. After researching and practicing it, I found that tai chi is very useful for those goals. In addition to the informational workshop that talks about the disease and teach the patient about basic pain management, so that you are more calm when you have a crisis,” explained Lunic.
Two times a week, a group of women meets in the Clinics to practice tai chi. Many claim that they feel the changes and that, in many cases, they left the pharmacological treatments because of their total improvement.
Nélida Stop, 84-year-old, is one of the students of the tai chi classes that the professor Sandra Tobal given in the Clinics. Started in 2013, due to a box of polymyalgia rheumatica -he suffered pain in the four limbs, decreased body strength, and low-grade fever – and she says that for many years had to take a very high dose of steroids, but now I finished it”. “I am strong, I travel alone, even to Spain to visit my children, this space gave me physical and mental strengths,” admitted Parry.
Cancer was the thing that pushed Isabel Armidas, 65 years of age, to join the group at the end of 2015. “The chemotherapy takes you out muscle mass, when I first heard of the talks of Lunic, came and took me many fears, because you speak of the dream, the pain, daily rest periods and breaks. And then, with the tai chi, I have to sit within 15 minutes of starting the class, or be able to get to the bus and to walk 20 blocks and make the whole class”, he told Armidas.
Tai chi chuan is a gentle exercise that works on the basis of chinese medicine and, according to the teacher, Tobal, “harmonizes the functioning of organs, the skeletal system, circulatory and nervous as a whole.” In addition, it details, through breathing and body movements help to rearrange also emotional issues, to tone up bones and muscles and restore elasticity.
“It is a practice that can be done up to 100 years, including a lot of young people is also stiff and can harmonize certain features of the personality and the quieting of the mind,” he explained.