Category Archives: Chemotherapy

Using Complementary Therapies to Reduce Side Effects of Radiation



I love integrative oncology because it allows me to interact with my patients in a holistic manner.  And holistic is a word that means taking care of the whole patient.

I use complimentary alternative medicine therapies with radiation for a variety of reasons.  I’ve found that they may be helpful to reduce the side effects of radiation treatment.  For example I might use a botanical based cream to apply to the skin that we’re radiating.  Calendula is the name of the cream that I like to use.  Aloe vera is another one.  Both of these have been shown to reduce the radiation skin reaction that is fairly common during radiation treatment to the skin.


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Therapeutic Fasting and Chemo Side Effects

Supporting the whole person and managing the side effects of chemo is important in cancer care.

Listen as Dr Dave Allderdice, ND, FABNO, explores how nausea, fatigue, hair loss, neuropathy, vomiting and other chemo side effects can be reduced by utilizing therapeutic fasting along-side treatment.  Learn how naturopathic doctors support the whole person and provide healthy building blocks during cancer care.  Dr Alderdice also shares the importance of nourishing the body in-between chemo to undergo treatment in as healthy a manner as possible.

Powerfood Profile: Medicinal Mushrooms

 

Medicinal mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms contain compounds that can enhance the effectiveness of chemo while reducing side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, as well as suppress metastasis and increase levels of natural killer cells. One type of mushroom compounds, beta-glucans, has been shown to boost the cancer-fighting powers of the immune system’s cyto-toxic T cells.
Again, it is difficult to obtain clinically meaningful quantities of the mushroom phytochemicals from even the healthiest diet, which is why Dr. Block recommends getting them in the form of extracts. Look for those containing maitake (Grifola frondosa), agaricus (Agaricus blazei), shiitake (Lentinula [or Lentinusedodes), reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), turkey tails (Trametes [or Coriolusversicolor), and caterpillar fungus or cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis).

By Keith Block