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Tips on how to deal with nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy

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While Healing Cancer Naturally for many reasons does not endorse the use of chemotherapy as a cancer treatment such as ineffectiveness, serious toxicity and side effects, here are some tips and natural non-toxic medicines for cancer patients who have chosen to go for chemo - but particularly for those who have decided to take their health into their own hands by adopting nutritional-dietary and other lifestyle changes but who suffer from after-effects of their previous chemotherapy treatment such as nausea and emesis [vomiting], concomitant weakness and loss of energy and dizziness.

All the remedies listed are meant as simple pointers based on which to start your further research.


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"Which herbs could help with nausea due to chemotherapy?

Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy. Black Horehound (Ballota nigra) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are particularly helpful herbs. Both are relaxants to the intestinal area.

German Chamomile, often called the "mother of the gut", has relaxing, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and pain relief actions that are effective but gentle enough for even a child. A tea can be made with either of these herbs by infusing a teaspoon of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.

Ginger tea, made by simmering a teaspoon of the chopped fresh root in a cup of water for 15 minutes, is also effective in relieving nausea and vomiting, but because of its stimulating properties, is best taken with food or sipped by the tablespoon.

Thomas Bartram, in "Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" (Grace Publishers, Mulberry Court, Stour Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1PS, England) states that the "severity of vomiting may be increased by defective function of kidneys, liver and pancreas; natural treatments are aimed at strengthening these organs".

Dandelion can be used for this purpose. Daniel Mowrey, in "Proven Herbal Blends" (available at Richters) states that "Dandelion root heads the list of excellent medicinal foods for the liver and related organs". The root can be dried, roasted and ground then prepared as you would make coffee. Dandelion leaves can be added to salads."

Compare Taraxacum (dandelion) medicinal effects Scientific research studies show wide-ranging therapeutic potential, Part 3.

Ginger (more info)

“Ginger has been revered in Indian and Chinese civilizations for over 5000 years for its powerful health-imparting properties. Its health benefits range from prevention of migraines to stimulating digestion. Today, ginger is widely used to relieve severe nausea and prevent colds. Ginger also aids in metabolism.”

Medicinal hemp oil/natural THC/medical marijuana/cannabis/cannabinoid oil

In addition to its many historical uses for various diseases, medical marijuana extract has also been successfully employed for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

According to the study "The pharmacologic and clinical effects of medical cannabis" ( published in Pharmacotherapy, 2013, the cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals Dronabinol and Nabilone "are indicated for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy".

Note: Searching the PubMed biomedical database (which only lists scientifically validated research) for terms such as "nausea chemotherapy cannabis cannabinoid cancer" (in various combinations) will yield hundreds of results.[1]

Vitamin B 17

See Vitamin B 17 against cancer (Laetrile/Amygdalin/Nitrilosides): noteworthy details on effectiveness, sources, dosages, and some caveats.


The easiest acupressure point to find for treating nausea is on the back of the mandible/jaw; just below the ear - the vertical part - push forward... as if you’re pushing the lower jaw out like an underbite.

Push gently but firmly till you get a twinging ache, then hold it gently for a few minutes. Acupuncture, however, is more powerful than acupressure so look for a practitioner in your area. Let him know about the cancer & other symptoms. There are many problems he can work on in the same session. (credits: Deb)


Searching the biomedical database PUBMED currently (4/2015) brings up 186 results for the search terms acupuncture+chemotherapy+nausea such as the study "Wrist-ankle acupuncture and ginger moxibustion for preventing gastrointestinal reactions to chemotherapy: A randomized controlled trial" (

Studies found not only decreased nausea and vomiting but also a measure of pain relief in patients undergoing chemotherapy or surgery who received acupuncture.

EFT: Highly recommended DIY acupuncture/acupressure

Quotes from two EFT success reports: “... she had not really believed that anything was going to be able to help her extreme nausea.” “... my sincere gratitude for your help in dealing with the side effects associated with the chemotherapy I receive ... I was experiencing dizziness, due to low blood counts, and nausea, due to the chemo. Through EFT I was able to bring down both uncomfortable feelings from levels nearing 10 (i.e. maximum) to 3 or below. I was and am truly amazed at the effects of EFT.”

Even “surrogate tapping” has been reported as successful in an extreme case of nausea (not chemo-induced) where the person concerned was too ill to talk or tap for himself.
Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): Healing Mind and Body By Reestablishing Healthy Energetic Flow


"A full strength dose of Ipeca will cause vomiting. In a very diluted dose, it becomes a remedy to control nausea and vomiting."


See Qigong & chemotherapy side effects: an anecdotal experience.

Guided imagery

"Imagery has been successfully tested as a strategy for relieving nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients...".
Detailed background on Guided imagery for healing


The above-quoted PUBMED database contains at least one recent (2014) study "Use of musical experiences as therapy for symptoms of nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy" ( which found music to be highly therapeutic against nausea and vomiting. Quote:

"Heart rate has decreased in 77% ..., and the reduction of nausea occurred in 100% of patients after the first musical experience, and in 85% after the second one." Free full text available in Portuguese.

... "indicates the effectiveness of music in mitigating nausea and emesis in chemotherapy patients...

Incidentally, the same beneficial effect of music therapy was observed in postoperative patients

Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, suggestion and biofeedback

"Hypnosis and biofeedback have both been shown to ease chemotherapy-related nausea and anticipatory nausea (queasiness caused by psychological triggers..."

"The power of suggestion has been found effective for many problems that hinge on emotions, habits and the body's involuntary responses. Although hypnotherapy won't "cure" cancer, it can relieve the pain associated with the disease.... Although hypnotherapy is not for everyone, success has been noted for persons with high blood pressure, nausea from chemotherapy, severe morning sickness and muscle spasms."

I would include here self-hypnosis and self-suggestion.

Color therapy

A most dramatic healing report re uncontrollable diarrhea is reported at I would suggest trying a similar approach for nausea:

"In 1897, Dinshah was presented with a unique opportunity to apply these theories in order to save the life of a woman who had been given up for dead by her orthodox physicians and was merely hours away from death.

When all other conventional avenues were exhausted, Dinshah saved this woman's life by the application of colored light directed to portions of her nude body using a blue colored glass bottle and light from a kerosene lantern as his sole source of illumination. The woman ... was dying of mucous colitis.

She was losing all of her vital fluids because of almost constant diarrhea; which occurred up to a hundred times a day. Dinshah also exposed to the sun, the same blue colored bottle filled with milk and gave it to her to drink.

After the first day of treatment, her urge to evacuate reduced from a hundred times a day down to ten. After three days, she was able to get out of bed and soon recovered completely. Needless to say, her doctors were dumbfounded.

Following this remarkable experience, it took Dinshah an additional 23 years to fully integrate and focus on his theories of Spectro-Chrome color therapy that history would show to be his greatest (and almost lost) contribution to humanity."

Color therapy apparently has also been used to heal cancerous tumors. The sun of course provides the full spectrum but there seems to be great value in selectively "applying" parts of the spectrum as well - as shown in the above example - to both heal physical, emotional and other challenges.

Negative magnetic fields

William H. Philpott, M.D. reports in The Magnetic Answer For Cancer that applying specific magnetic fields (including sleeping on a negative-poled magnetic bed pad) has healed cancer and alleviated the side effects of chemotherapy, respectively.


One might also try Bach flower remedies (an energetic or vibrational healing tool) or aromatherapy where one would just use smells or oil massages.

To start rebuilding the cancer patient's energy & health naturally

Implementing Dr. Johanna Budwig’s Healing Diet & Protocol has been anecdotally reported to have rapid effects in terms of energy and well-being as well as apparently to result in complete remissions. It is based on simple and inexpensive nutritional and lifestyle improvements and thus addresses and implements some of the major factors in cancer development and healing this and other disease.


1 Incidentally, medicinal hemp oil/natural THC even has been successfully employed as a cancer cure, see Free cancer cure videos (scroll to "Hemp [Cannabis/Medical Marijuana]").


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