Hiccups in Oncology

Hiccups can occur with tumors in the cardiac region, for instance, or be centrally induced. Hiccups can last for days or weeks and be extremely tormenting for patients.

With each normal inhalation, a person’s soul body connects more closely with their rhythmic system, only to then detach itself somewhat again with each exhalation. All states of mental tension (e.g., fright) are associated with an emphasis on inhalation, whereas exhalation dominates in relaxed states of mind. 
With hiccups, the intervention of the soul body becomes too strong, resulting in spasmodic, involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, as can be seen from the patient’s intensified, staccato-like repetitive inhalation. 

The therapeutic aim is, on the one hand, to release the soul body and thus the overly alert consciousness from its cramping activity, and on the other hand, to connect the soul in a healthy way with the body regions below the diaphragm, right down into the feet.

Research news

Art therapy & anxiety: In her doctoral thesis published 2020, Annemarie Abbing investigated the effectiveness of art therapy in the treatment of anxiety. Outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (n=59) showed preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of art therapy: Three months of anthroposophic art therapy led to a significant reduction in the severity of anxiety symptoms in the women compared to waiting list treatment. The therapy also improved quality of life and various aspects of self-regulation. The second part of this PhD research focused on case report methodology and the development of tools for research within this field. The doctoral thesis is available at 
https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/83276.


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