Originally Posted by limitme
How are you?
Are you interested in visiting a Health Spa like Chiva Som because you have cancer or someone you care about does? Are you recently diagnosed? Have you undergoing any therapy yet? Have you relapsed? Or are you actually in remission?
Your question is a complicated one and requires more information to be answered in a way that is meaningful for you. The road to recovery from cancer can be long and is not likely to end at a health spa. Some treatments may actually worsen your situation unless you do your research and ensure the qualifications and experience of the treating staff.
For the person experiencing cancer, one thing is certain. It will change their life one way or another. A specialist treatment centre or health spa may be an excellent place to begin learning about the kinds of things you need to do to give you the best chance of coming out on top with a new vigor for life.
I would recommend emailing or calling each place you're interested in and asking if they can treat or accomodate someone with cancer. Many places are not equipt to take cancer patients for reasons of patient safety and related legalities. An increasing number of Health & Wellness Spas also have doctors who can oversee and assist in integrate of treatments both natural and orthodox (mainstream).
Different types of cancers respond differently to different treatments and some things that sound logically like they would help (such as taking antioxidant supplements) have actually been shown to 'feed' tumors (obviously, that's bad). Similarly, there was some research a few years ago (I'm sorry, I can't remember which journal I read it in, now) that supported the use of fasting prior to conventional chemotherapy as it actually reduced the side effects related to the chemo. Many Spas offer fasting as part of 'Detox' programs but few are taylored for people with cancer.
I would suggest you research and choose treatments with an evidence of success in your particular type of cancer.
A health spa can be an excellent intensive and I'd highly recommend it for anyone wanting to change patterns and habits and clear a lot of the stored 'junk' out of their bodies for improved general health and wellbeing.
I have been a practitioner in Thailand in the medical tourism industry, consulted with various health & wellness spas and know many of the directors, practitioners and practices in the industry. Treating cancer requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Be open to what works and watch out for any practitioner who pushes the 'magic bullet' that will cure you!
If you find somewhere that ticks all your boxes the most important thing is to make sure you have a plan for what you will do when you get home. You will need continual support in your journey from a practitioner accessible to you as well as from family and friends.
PS. Remember: Take advice from practitioners who are qualified to give it - your life is too precious to gamble with.