Cancer Care Treatment & Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects Crouch End
At Bien Jn Chinese Medicine I am still helping people to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy. However, I also help people with Covid-19 and “Long Covid” through the use of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.
Why side effects occur with Chemotherapy
Many people experience side effects from chemotherapy. Side effects are caused when the chemotherapy damages rapidly dividing healthy cells.
Common side effects
- Chemotherapy can cause fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, bowel issues such as constipation or diarrhoea, hair loss, mouth sores, and skin and nail problems.
- You may have trouble concentrating or remembering things. There can also be nerve and muscle effects and hearing changes.
- You will be at increased risk of infections. This is because chemotherapy can reduce your levels of white blood cells, which are necessary for fighting infections.
Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
Some therapies have been proven to be safe and effective in scientific studies. For example, therapies such as acupuncture can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and fatigue. These therapies are part of guidelines for complementary therapies and breast cancer.
I use Chinese Herbal medicine for both Covid -19 and for managing chemotherapy side effects. My aim is to help you manage your side effects better so you are more comfortable whilst at the same time not putting more drugs in your body.
As well as this I look to help your body recover faster by treating the symptoms you are experiencing – in other words, I don’t give the same medication to any two people.
A Rough Guide to Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
- Nausea and Vomiting:
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture may help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Fine needles are inserted at specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy (qi) and restore balance.
- Herbal Remedies: TCM practitioners may recommend herbs like ginger, mint, or citrus peel, which are known to alleviate nausea. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner for proper guidance.
- Herbal Tonics: TCM herbal tonics, such as ginseng or astragalus root, may be recommended to help combat fatigue and boost energy levels. These herbs are believed to strengthen the body’s vitality and improve overall well-being.
- Qi Gong or Tai Chi: These gentle exercises can help improve energy flow, reduce fatigue, and promote relaxation. They can be beneficial in managing chemotherapy-induced fatigue.
- Immune System Support:
- Herbal Formulas: TCM herbal formulas like Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Windscreen Formula) may be used to strengthen the immune system. These formulas often contain herbs such as Astragalus membranaceus, Atractylodes macrocephala, and Ledebouriella divaricata.
- Diet and Nutrition: TCM places emphasis on a balanced diet to support the immune system. Including foods like mushrooms, goji berries, and dark leafy greens may be recommended.
- Peripheral Neuropathy:
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture may help alleviate the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, such as numbness, tingling, and pain. Specific acupuncture points are targeted to improve circulation and nerve function.
- Herbal Remedies: TCM herbs like Baikal skullcap root or Ginkgo biloba may be recommended to support nerve health. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner for appropriate guidance.
- Emotional Support:
- Mind-Body Practices: Techniques like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness can help manage stress, anxiety, and emotional distress commonly associated with chemotherapy. These practices promote relaxation and emotional well-being.
It’s crucial to remember that TCM should be used as a complementary approach alongside conventional cancer treatments, not as a substitute. Always consult with a qualified TCM doctor or an integrative oncologist who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs and monitor your progress.
Please, therefore, take a look at the page related to Covid-19
Read “Covid-19 and Long Covid Treatments“