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Relieving Chemotherapy Side Effects of Nausea, Vomiting and Mouth Sores

by Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, Master Herbalist, D.C. (ret)

What many cancer patients fear most about cancer is the side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, mouth sores and of course, hair loss. The sad part about these chemotherapy side effects is that food doesn't taste good anymore, doesn't smell good, and there can be constant irritation in the mouth while chewing. Life is naturally full of social opportunities to partake of food together with loved ones, and when this happy part of life is taken away from someone, it can easily contribute to depression.

During cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy, it is difficult for a patient to consume the calories he or she needs to maintain good nutritional status. This can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies that contribute to loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, and hair loss. The treatments themselves of chemotherapy and radiation can also cause the same side effects of loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, mouth sores, hair loss, nausea and vomiting.

All Natural Herbs Are a Solution

For the past few decades, health professionals and research scientists have been reporting that when all natural herbs are used as an adjunct therapy for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation, the amount of suffering that is experienced from chemotherapy side effects dwindles down to a minimum. As a result, the patient can continue receiving medical treatment and hopefully recover in the shortest amount of time possible.

One way that all natural herbs are used in the alleviation of side effects of chemotherapy and radiation is by mixing them together in proprietary formulas. One such formula is called Apazin (R). Herbs selected for this purpose in this formula are fennel, tangerine, Chinese hawthorne, Bai-zhu atractylodes, dendroblum, Chinese licorice, Codonopsis, ginger root, Job's Tears, Poria, and Astragalus.

How These Herbs Work

The choice of these herbs by the formulator was determined by their usefulness in regulating the digestive system. For example, fennel helps the sense of taste return and increases the secretion of fluids needed for the digestive process. Ginger improves loss of appetite and stimulates blood circulation in the stomach. Ginger has been used for centuries to combat nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Astragalus is effective for loss of appetite and diarrhea.

The retention of body fluid is also important, since a dehydrated body makes toxic chemicals floating around in the body more toxic. The two herbs Job's Tears and Dendrobium are helpful for minimizing dehydration.

Return to Health Quicker

The quicker a cancer patient on chemotherapy and radiation can regain his or her strength and feel better physically and mentally, the quicker he or she can get on with living life to its fullest. The quicker the chemotherapy side effects can be alleviated, the sooner he or she can start living life again to its fullest.

The inventors of this particular herbal combination found that Apazin was even helpful in those who did not have cancer, but had problems with their digestive tract, such as those with irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.

Chemotherapy side effects such as nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea and even hair loss can become a thing of the past.

For more information on Apazin (R), see the website on Natural Solutions to Chemotherapy Side Effects
For more info on other all natural solutions for chemotherapy side effects, see Reduce Chemotherapy Side Effects