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Cancer treatments, and cancer itself, can cause side effects like nausea, constipation, fatigue and neuropathy. Not only are side effects unpleasant, they can also delay or interrupt your treatment regime.
Fortunately, cancer-related side effects can be managed, even prevented, with the help of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine uses natural therapies, including vitamins, minerals and herbs, to strengthen the body's ability to heal itself.
When used during conventional cancer treatment, supplements may help to decrease or eliminate side effects, and make treatments more tolerable. Specifically, dietary supplements and herbs may help to:
Some people believe that if something is natural, it’s safe. This is not necessarily true. It’s important to remember that vitamins, minerals and herbs can have strong effects on the body. Some dietary supplements and herbs may interact with your medications and/or cancer treatments, or be contraindicated for your cancer type.
To ensure safety with potential drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions, dietary supplements and herbs should be used only under the supervision of your health care team. There may be supplements you should avoid altogether or at certain times, such as before surgery or during chemotherapy.
Cancer treatment can affect the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, bladder and nervous system in different ways, causing a variety of side effects that can interfere with your treatment regime. Dietary supplements and herbs may be used to help control cancer-related side effects. Here are some examples:
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS AND OTHER NATUROPATHIC REMEDIES DURING CANCER CARE.
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