Natural Herbs – Nausea: A Side Effect of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is accompanied by several side effects, including nausea. Nausea is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy and it can lead to a loss of appetite. Dietary changes can help to alleviate symptoms of nausea. Natural herbs are a safe and effective method to alleviate nausea symptoms that many people experience during chemotherapy. During nauseous feelings, the stomach nerves are stimulated. Signals are sent to the brain that induces the nauseous feelings.

Some natural herbs that curb feelings of nausea are listed below:


Ginger may be consumed in its natural form, in the form of a capsule or in the form of an herbal tea. Ginger is known for its soothing effects. It works by soothing the irritated lining of the stomach. The herb speeds the rate of digestion in the body. Not only does ginger soothe the digestive tract, intestines and stomach, it also helps other organs such as the liver by increasing bile production. Bile helps the body digest fats. This helps people avoid overeating. This is an especially beneficial property of ginger. Motion sickness may also be alleviated by ginger. It must be taken 3 to 4 hours prior to the trip to be effective.

Individuals with medical problems such as low blood platelet count and blood clotting problems should avoid using ginger as a supplement.


Intestinal cramping and nausea is eased by peppermint in various forms. Many patients consume peppermint tea, peppermint oil, or other forms of peppermint to alleviate feelings of nausea. Peppermint oil has a tendency to be harsh when ingested. Therefore, peppermint oil should be consumed with caution.

Goldenseal Herb

Goldenseal herb is often effective in individuals who do receive relief from peppermint or ginger. Goldenseal is available in pill or herbal tea form. Goldenseal is available in pill form or in the form of herbal tea. This particular herb soothes the liver and other digestive organs. The herb also increases the secretions from the digestive system.

Other Homeopathic Drugs

These drugs vary in their potency. The recommended doses are 6, 12 or 30 c. The drug should be consumed every 15 to 30 minutes during the first hour or two of nausea. In some instances, a single dose may alleviate the symptoms of nausea.


Colchicum is used to alleviate sudden nauseous feelings. During chemotherapy, exposure to certain smells and sight can evoke the feelings of nausea. When the patient experiences these symptoms, then they should ingest colchicum to curb the feelings of nausea.


Ipecacuanha alleviates prolonged symptoms of nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Before consuming this herb, consult with a physician. The herb may also reduce pains and muscular cramps.


Iris or Blue Flag is used to alleviate nausea and other feeling associated with nausea. This particular herb will also soothe the digestive tract and intestines, additionally.

Nux Vomica

Nux vomica relieves symptoms of nausea, muscular cramps, and other ailments. This herb alleviates nauseous feelings that accompany food and overeating of food.


Pulsatilla alleviates nausea in chemotherapy patients. When patients develop a dislike for food, pulsatilla is often ingested to alleviate the symptoms.


Sepia alleviates symptoms of nausea that arises late in the night. Many patients report relief from symptoms of nausea after consuming the homeopathic treatment.


Life threatening nausea may be alleviated by Tabacum. Sudden retching or nausea relief may be provided by consuming the recommended allowance.

Each of these herbs and homeopathic therapies will alleviate symptoms of nausea in patients experiencing nausea. As with any herb or medication, consult with a physician first before consumption to avoid complications.

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