Natural Health & Counteracting the Side Effects of Radiation Treatment

Herbal Therapies

Natural approaches to combat nausea from radiation treatment include supplementing with herbs that possess carminative properties, such as fennel, ginger, chamomile and caraway. The Chinese herbal formula Qi Zao Granule---which contains astragalus, jujube, hoelen, and millettia---is reputed to increase while cell production while a patient undergoes radiation treatment.

Ganoderma

According to The Cancer Cure Foundation, this fungus contains polysaccharides that provide several anti-cancer benefits in addition to reducing nausea, fatigue, hair loss, decreased appetite and compromised immunity due to radiation treatment.

Nutritional Therapy

Antioxidants like coenzyme Ql0, vitamin E, beta-carotene, alpha lipoic acid and B-complex vitamins may offer protection from nerve damage (neuropathy) and the toxic effects of radiation.

Acupuncture

Some patients experience relief of nausea and pain associated with radiation treatment from acupuncture.

Mind-Body Medicine

Guided imagery, visualization, and gentle movements performed in yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong help some patients overcome anxiety and stress associated with radiation treatment.