CANCER SIDE EFFECTS: ‘CHEMO BRAIN’
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If you suffer a ‘chemo brain’ as a consequence of oncologic cancer treatment, see how to relieve this side effect with natural medicine. While all of the following recommendations are scientifically validated in the Anglo-American sphere as a general rule, they cannot replace a strictly personalized advice based on your individual metabolism.
Unfortunately, chemotherapy (a term coined in the early 1900s by its inventor, the German chemist Paul Ehrlich) not only attacks cancer cells, but any fast proliferating cells like hair cells (causing hair loss) and of the stomach lining (causing nausea and vomiting). They also attack the central nervous system and brain cells. The latter leading to forgetfulness and loss of concentration in a seemingly fuzzy head.
In fact, according to School of Psychological Science at the University of Manchester, UK, the non-age-related cognitive performance of more than half of patients on chemotherapy is 10% at best of what it is without chemotherapy.
A realistic impact which many doctors deny, disregarding the fact that – yes – these highly toxic drugs can cross the blood-brain barrier. Scientifically validated at the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as the West Virginia University School of Medicine and by the Radiological Society of America (RSNA).
Since FDA has not approved any drug to treat this phenomenon of chemo brain, some doctors prescribe, inter alia, ‘off label’ drugs they usually prescribe for ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder). With no positive result.
However, there are some encouraging natural alternatives such as
- Ginkgo (Botanical name: Ginkgo biloba)
- Ginseng (Botanical name: Panax ginseng)
as recommended by Mayo Clinic. Along with
- Vitamin E
Another herb based on research at the University of Wollongong in Australia is an herb historically known and appreciated in Indian Ayurveda natural medicine and Traditional Chines Medicine (TCM) –
- Bacopa (Botanical name: Bacopa monnieri)
Also encouraging is the amino acid
according to research at the Institut de Cancerologie de l’Ouest in Nantes, France, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the U.S.
Another prospective amino acid to be used for chemo brain is
according to U.S. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Shizuoka in Japan.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
a vitamin-like antioxidant found in some foods and available in supplement form may also relieve chemo brain according to research at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles.
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