Herbs for Nausea Due to Chemotherapy
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Teresa
Posted on: April 5, 1998

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.

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