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Coping with Cancer

The word cancer can set off alarm bells, and there is a sense of fear and dread. Cancer seems to be so prevalent these days, and more and more people are affected by it either directly or indirectly.
The Bach Flower Remedies can assist on the emotional level, because our emotions can play havoc when fear and shock are involved.   A positive state of mind helps us to stay focused on getting better.

Dr Bach’s philosophy was that a healthy mind is the key to recovery, and the Bach Flower Remedies work by gently restoring balance to negative emotions. The key is to cure the personality, because different personality types react to illness in different ways and how they cope with it. The remedies deal with the personalities by treating the patient and not the malady.
The remedies that can assist with fear are Aspen for fear and worries of the unknown, and Mimulus is for known fear.  For terror Rock Rose is the remedy that can help with courage and a sense of calmness.
Star of Bethlehem is for shock, either when the diagnosis is made or for some time after, if you have failed to come to terms with it. Dr. Bach described this remedy as ‘the comforter and soother of pains and sorrows’.
Red Chestnut is for fear or over-concern for others and assists with putting everything into perspective. Very often the patient can be more concerned for loved ones and how they are coping with everything.
The forms of treatment for cancer can be hard on the body. Olive can assist with physical tiredness after a long course of treatment and surgery by restoring strength, vitality and an interest in life.
Battling with cancer can be a long hard journey and can bring on feelings of despair and hopelessness.  When it may seem useless to try further treatment, Gorse is the remedy that can assist with a sense of faith and hope.  For final despair and anguish Sweet Chestnut can help to liberate those feelings with a sense of optimism and peace of mind.
In times of illness our thoughts can run away with us, with constant thoughts going around and around.  White Chestnut can give us a peace of mind.  Worry is replaced by trust in a positive outcome.
Rescue Remedy is a five in one remedy that is ready to go anytime.  It contains Rock Rose, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum (for panic-stricken irrational thoughts), Impatiens (for restless agitation) and Clematis (for feelings of faintness). Just take four drops whenever you feel the need.
The Bach Flower Remedies can be custom blended for what ever is going on in your life. They work subtly by bringing out the positive qualities that are already in you.

To help with any additional negative emotions caused by shock and trauma you can find comfort with any of the other 38 remedies.

Full list of 38 remedies

Rescue Remedy

Learn more about the remedies by reading Bach Flower Reflections

Bach Flower Classes

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