chemo side effects

Deal with Chemotherapy Side Effects Naturally

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for cancer and comes with some hard to handle side-effects because of the toxins that are introduced to the body to kill off cancer cells. It may, at times, feel like the cure is worse than the disease but there are simple, easy and natural ways to help fight back the side effects so you can recover from your treatments more quickly and easily. Don’t let the side effects of chemo get you down and make you feel worse. Help yourself heal with these easy remedies and beat cancer back!

 

Common Chemo Side Effects:

  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Increased risk of bruising, bleeding and infection
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Intestinal and stomach problems
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight changes
  • Sore mouth, gums and throat
  • Nerve problems
  • Muscle problems
  • Dry skin
  • Discolored skin
  • Kidney and bladder irritation
  • Sexual issues
  • Fertility issues

 

Special note about treating chemo side effects naturally-

Always discuss alternative treatment options with your doctor. Some herbs or methods of alternative medicine may hamper the effects of your chemotherapy, worsen your side effect symptoms or cause new issues to arise. Be sure you talk to your doctor any time your symptoms change or when you add something new to your diet or treatment regimen.

 

How can I recover from my side effects?

  • Acupuncture has been shown to help manage chemo-related nausea and vomiting. It can also help improve fatigue, activity and motivation.
  • Massage therapy can help with pain, anxiety and sleep as well as reducing nausea and improving mood.
  • Ginger can be taken to help reduce nausea and vomiting if taken both before and after chemo treatments.
  • Milk thistle can be taken to help reduce chemo-related liver inflammation.
  • Start taking tai chi. It’s a low impact form of exercise that can help relieve fatigue, stress, anxiety and pain.
  • If you’re suffering from diarrhea following treatment, follow the B.R.A.T. diet: bread, rice, apples and tea. They help to soothe the stomach, give you necessary nutrients, and green tea can even help fight cancer with antioxidants.
  • An L-Carnitine supplement can help to boost energy and help repair nerve damage.
  • Foods with probiotics, such as yogurt with live cultures, help to rebalance the gut flora and relieve diarrhea, gas, bloating and stomach/intestinal pain.
  • Caraway and fennel seeds can be munched on both before, during and after chemo to help relieve nausea.
  • Peppermint tea will help to alleviate nausea as well.
  • Aloe vera juice may help to settle an upset and damaged stomach.
  • Ginseng can be taken to help boost immunity and fight fatigue.
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