Radiation Therapy Support
Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Combination Homeopathic Remedy, containing Belladonna 7c and Irradiated Water Plus Alcohol
- Ledum palustre
Radiation therapy is one of the most important methods used to treat cancer. However, while it generally causes fewer side effects than chemotherapy, it can still cause problems, including skin damage, diarrhea, and fatigue. Homeopathic remedies have been proposed for minimizing these side effects.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Radiation Therapy Support
Radiation therapy can cause significant skin damage, similar to that of a severe sunburn. A 10-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Radiation Therapy Support
According to the principles of classical homeopathy
Homeopathic Belladonna is traditionally used to treat skin conditions that are red and hot, and possibly accompanied by fever.
The remedy Sulphur might be used for radiation skin damage that involves red, irritated skin, with scaly patches that may be dry or moist. The irritated area of skin will be made worse by application of heat or water and contact with clothing.
Homeopathic Ledum palustre is traditionally used for conditions involving puffy, swollen skin, that feels cold to the touch, and feels better when cold compresses are applied.
1. Balzarini A, Felisi E, Martini A, et al. Efficacy of homeopathic treatment of skin reactions during radiotherapy for breast cancer: a randomised, double-blind clinical trial. Br Homeopath J . 2000;89:8–12.
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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