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Dao Clinic - Picture of sad sea to image life during Oncological treatments


Oncological treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy, are essential for treating cancer but can have various side effects. Some common side effects include:

  1. Fatigue

  2. Nausea and vomiting

  3. Diarrhea or constipation

  4. Pain

  5. Hair loss

  6. Mouth sores

  7. Skin changes (e.g., dryness, itching, or rash)

  8. Infections due to weakened immune system

  9. Anemia

  10. Changes in appetite and taste

Chinese medicine can help reduce these side effects and support overall well-being during cancer treatment. The holistic approach of Chinese medicine aims to strengthen the body's energy or "Qi," maintain the balance of Yin and Yang, and support the organs involved in detoxification and immunity. Here are some ways Chinese medicine can help alleviate the side effects of oncological treatments:

  1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture can help alleviate nausea, vomiting, pain, and fatigue associated with cancer treatments. It can also help improve sleep quality and reduce stress.

  2. Herbal remedies: Customized Chinese herbal formulas can address specific side effects and support overall health. For example, herbs that tonify Qi and blood can help combat fatigue and anemia, while herbs that clear heat and dampness can alleviate diarrhea or mouth sores.

  3. Dietary therapy: A nourishing and balanced diet can help support the body during cancer treatment. Foods that are easy to digest, nutrient-dense, and rich in antioxidants can help manage side effects and support overall health.

  4. Stress management: Practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga, can help reduce stress and anxiety related to cancer treatment.

  5. Moxibustion: The application of heat through burning moxa (a dried herb) near specific acupuncture points can help improve circulation, alleviate pain, and support overall well-being.

It is important to note that Chinese medicine should be used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional cancer treatments, not as a replacement. Consult with your oncologist and a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner to develop a personalized and integrative treatment plan that supports your well-being during cancer treatment.

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