Homeopathy and Nausea management during Chemotherapy

Nausea and vomiting are usually common side effects of certain chemotherapies. Currently nausea is well controlled by Antinausea medications or antiemetics. Despite this some patients still suffer from nausea.


Now the question is can homeopathy provide any support to bring relief to patients suffering from nausea? Homeopathic remedies being gentle and safe, can certainly provide supportive care to the patients suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy. Let us see how and which homeopathic remedies can minimize the side effects of treatment without disrupting the curative treatment in progress. Remember homeopathic treatment can be used as complement to the usual treatment but should never replace the actual treatment.

Individualization is the key to success in homeopathy. For homeopathic treatment choose one or two remedies according to matching symptoms. You can take 6-7 pills of 30C potency.

Nux vomica: This remedy is generally indicated when patient feels worse after eating or taking lot of medicines. Patient always feels better after vomiting. There is constant feeling of nausea after eating in the morning time. Patient might have sour and bitter eructations.

Ipecac: In cases of constant nausea, with profuse salivation and no relief after vomiting. Patients’ tongue is usually clean or slightly coated. There is sinking feeling in the stomach.

Colchicum: There is nausea, vomiting, and faintness from the odor of cooking food. Distention of abdomen with gas, feeling as if it would burst.

Sepia: nausea at the sight or thought of food. There is painful sensation of emptiness in stomach which is relieved by eating.

Arsenicum Album: there is burning thirst but patient cannot drink as stomach does not agree with water. Takes only small sips. Gastric complaints after eating cold fruits, ice cream, cold water, and strong cheese.

Tabacum: deathly nausea aggravates with motion. Violent vomiting with cold sweat. Patient feels better in cold fresh air. There is feeling of coldness in abdomen but uncovering abdomen relieves nausea and vomiting.

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