Folk remedies can help you relieve side-effects caused by chemo and radiation, like malaise, vomiting, appetite loss, muscle and joint pain. Use ginger, nettle, raspberry leaves…
Statistics shows that the number of cancer patients rises each year dramatically. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030 the number of patients diagnosed with cancer will increase by a third in highly developed countries like the US and EU countries, and in undeveloped countries it will double.
Although modern medicine is quite advanced today, there is still no solution for this “plague.” Even today, cancer therapy consists of surgical removal of the tumor, radiation and chemotherapy.
Modern cancer treatments do both good and harm
Unfortunately, some of the medications used in chemo (cytostatics), despite being helpful in destroying malignant cells and inhibiting the cancer growth, they also cause a great number of side effects that destroy the already exhausted body.
Hair follicles are the first on target, which is why almost all patients who undergo chemo lose their hair. Moreover, chemo also affects blood cells, bone marrow, mucous membranes in the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, intestine… Luckily, in most cases the tissues regenerate. Almost all patients who receive chemo experience nausea, vomiting, pain in bones and muscles, fatigue, appetite loss…
The oncologist determines the combination of drugs that will provide maximum effect with minimum side-effects. In addition to chemo, the patient also receives drugs that will at least decrease the damage after every chemo and radiation.
Even though official medicine still has not officially confirmed that herbs can relieve the side-effects of chemo and radiation, some patients still turn to folk medicine after undergoing chemo and radiation. Most patients use tea blends and bee products -- alone or in combination with herbs and plants.
Artichoke protects the liver
Since the liver “processes” drugs, it is clear that chemo will greatly affect it. Drugs used in the cancer treatment initially slow down the recovery of the liver, which can adversely affect the function of the whole organism.
Therefore, after finishing chemo, experts recommend natural herbal theapies that usually include artichoke.Here is the original recipe: Combine 5 ml of artichoke and half a glass of water, and drink it half an hour before your meals, 2-3 times a day. Do not take this home remedy during the chemo treatment, because it may cause certain side-effects.
Use raspberry leaves to treat diarrhea
Diarrhea is a relatively rare side-effect of chemo and you can treat it by using raspberry or blackberry leaf tea. Pour 2dl of boiling water over a tablespoon of leaves and leave it for ten minutes. Strain and drink your hot tea 2-3 times a day, until your condition improves.
It goes well with probiotics.
Flaxseed oil strengthens the body
Omega-3 fatty acids improve the general condition of the body, strengthens the immune system and stimulate the formation of blood cells. Take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil and some cheese or whole grain cereal. Make sure you always buy organic and fresh oil.
Ginger reduces nausea
Science has proven that this bitter plant is an excellent remedy for nausea, especially the one caused by the drugs used in chemo. For optimal effect, juice the ginger. Shred some ginger root, squeeze out the excess liquid, and put a teaspoon of the yellowish liquid in half a glass of water. Drink it three times a day. Make sure you always drink freshly prepared juice.
Instead of juice, you can also use ginger powder. It tastes much stronger than the juice, so a third of a teaspoon is just enough. Stir it in 1dl of water. People with gallbladder stones should be especially careful when consuming ginger, because it stimulates the bile secretion.
Nettle fights infections
Drugs used in chemo attack bone marrow which leads to decrease in the number of red blood cells, but lymphocytes, granulocytes, and platelets as well… this causes fatigue. Some people are prone to infections, due to the reduced function of their immune system, to that extent that they sometimes are required to stop taking chemo drugs.
Nettle tea restores the reserves of iron and minerals in the body, positively affects the kidneys and prevents their damage during chemo. Boil 1l of water, take it off the heat and add 5-6 tablespoons of nettle tea. Cover and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Strain and keep the tea in a glass bottle. Drink it during the whole day, and it is better if you do it between your meals.
Cancer treatments usually involve radiation, usually after surgeries and chemo.
The number of cancer cells grow easily, which makes them more sensitive to the gamma rays that damages their DNA, thus destroying them. However, same as chemo, gamma cell also destroy healthy cells and skin burns are common side-effect.
Modern technology involves advanced equipment, and they are much safer than those used in the past… but patients still get burns, redness, skin tightening, skin burning sensation…
After the radiation therapy, boil 1l of water, take it off the heat, and add a tablespoon of marshmallow flowers. Cover and leave it for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid. Soak a gauze in the liquid, and apply the compress on the affected area. Repeat the treatment twice a day, and after doing so, apply some oil on the skin area.
Here is the recipe for the oil you need:
- 100ml calendula liquid (squeeze out the juice)
- 10 drops German chamomile essential oil
- 30 drops original lavender essential oil
Lavender oil stimulates skin regeneration, and German chamomile and calendula have strong anti-inflammatory effect.
Tea blends are good for healthy people, too.
Experts say that cancer patients should drink tea, but you cannot be fully sure about which tea has the best effect, but tea, and liquids in general, positively affect the body, in both healthy people and cancer patients.
Bee products help the body resist chemo
People who take chemo drugs should use the following bee products: honey, pollen, royal jelly…
Bee products are rich in vitamins, minerals, acids and other substances that nourish the body, boosts immunity, improve blood count, which ultimately strengthen the body and reduces the side-effects caused by chemo and radiation.
Cancer patients should not take bee products on their own, especially royal jelly. Always consult your doctor before using such products, and buy them from trusted sources.