Today more than ever people suffering from illness and disease such as cancer are researching practices and therapies outside of the traditional realm of western medicine. One such technique is feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of creating an environment that maximizes a flow of positive energy.
Modern interior decorators and architects have been influenced by feng shui to create spaces that are calming and positive. Today, those battling cancers like mesothelioma are utilizing feng shui to relieve stress, increase optimism, and take control over their surroundings. Feng shui is easy to learn and can be used with the objects and furniture already located in their environment. By working with a caregiver, a patient can also take the opportunity to learn more about Eastern practices and traditions.
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Principles of Feng Shui
This Eastern technique is based on the idea of energy, called chi (or sometimes qi or ki). It is said that there is both positive and negative energy in the environment. In completely natural settings, the positive energy flows freely and outweighs the negative energy. By raising houses and skyscrapers, the negative energy gets caught, and the positive energy cannot flow through naturally. The aim of feng shui is to reduce the entrapment of negative energy and increase the natural flow of positive energy.
The premise behind using feng shui for mesothelioma patients is to utilize the positive energy in the hopes it will help improve their outlook, decrease stress, and give them more mental stamina. Feng shui can be as easy as moving small decorations and furniture and as advanced as rearranging the location and direction of the fixtures in a home to maximize positive chi.
If a person would like to try out feng shui, he or she can either get a book or guide about the practice and try it in the home, or a professional practitioner of feng shui can be brought into the home for a transformation that will truly let the positive energy flow throughout the environment. While feng shui hasn't been proven to change the prognosis of a patient, its effects on quality of life can be very rewarding. Most doctors do not think feng shui interferes with medical treatment and is an acceptable complementary practice. By using Eastern practices, the treatment of a patient can become more unique and positive.