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People undergoing chemotherapy and
experiencing side effects may find some relief in homeopathic
remedies. These remedies are not intended as substitutes for
treatment, nor should they be considered part of the therapy.
Homeopathic remedies are safe, non-toxic, and do not interfere with
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Cadmium sulphuratum: This remedy
may be helpful to a person with debilitating nausea and vomiting
after chemotherapy. A person who needs this remedy usually feels
extremely chilly and exhausted.
Gelsemium: This remedy is often
helpful when a person feels ill from anxiety or nervous anticipation
of a stressful event or outcome. Weakness and trembling may occur,
and the person may have chills and headache.
Ipecacuanha: Persistent nausea and
violent vomiting that does not relieve the discomfort suggest a need
for this remedy. The person may also salivate profusely. Lying down
and resting offer little or no relief.
Kali phosphoricum: This remedy can
be helpful for exhaustion and weakness after any kind of illness or
extended stress. The person may be oversensitive to light and noise,
and feel deeply chilly. Mental dullness, depression, and a feeling
of inability to cope are often seen when this remedy is needed.
Nux vomica: A person who
experiences nausea but has difficulty vomiting may find relief in
this remedy. Headache and great sensitivity (to odors, noise, and
light) are also likely. Chilliness, irritability, and impatience are
often present when Nux vomica is needed.
Sepia: This remedy may be indicated
if nausea is severe and debilitating, with a headache (especially
left-sided) and a dragged-out feeling of weariness. The person may
have a strong desire to be left alone and not be expected to
interact with others.
(Note: The homeopathic remedy Cadmium
iodatum has been used by some physicians to counteract
unpleasant side-effects of radiation therapy.)
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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