Cancer Chemotherapy Support
Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Homeopathic Mouthwash containing Arnica montana, Calendula officinalis, Hamamelis virginiana, Achillea millefolium, Atropa belladonna, Aconitum napellum, Hepar sulfuris, Symphytum, Mercurius solubilis, Bellis perennis, Chamomilla, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Hypericum
- Arsenicum album
- Mercurius solubilis
While chemotherapy for cancer can be lifesaving, it frequently produces serious side effects. Many of the side effects occur because chemotherapy is designed to attack rapidly dividing cells. These rapidly dividing cells include not only cancer cells, but also normal cells in the digestive tract and elsewhere. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and mouth sores. Hair loss and anemia may also occur, again due to the chemotherapy’s effects on healthy cells that undergo rapid division as part of their normal life cycle.
This article focuses on the one complication of chemotherapy for which homeopathy has been studied at the present time: mouth sores.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Cancer Chemotherapy Support
In a double-blind trial
The mouthwash used in this trial contained the following ingredients:
- Arnica montana
- Calendula officinalis
- Hamamelis virginiana
- Achillea millefolium
- Atropa belladonna
- Aconitum napellum
- Hepar sulfuris
- Mercurius solubilis
- Bellis perennis
- Echinacea angustifolia
- Echinacea purpurea
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Cancer Chemotherapy Support
According to the principles of classical homeopathy
Mercurius solubilis may be used when the symptom picture includes a tongue that is swollen and coated, bleeding gums, and mouth sores that feel worse at night.
Homeopathic Sulphur could be indicated for red, inflamed mouth sores that are aggravated by hot drinks. Swollen gums, a bitter taste in the mouth, and dark red lips also go along with this remedy.
1. Oberbaum M, Yaniv I, Ben-Gal Y, et al. A randomized, controlled clinical trial of the homeopathic medication TRAUMEEL S in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced stomatitis in children undergoing stem cell transplantation. Cancer . 2001;92:684–690.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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