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Is there a natural medicine for after radiation treatments?

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Natural treatments for the effects of radiation therapy exist. They include acupuncture, herbs and probiotics, according to About.com. However, patients should consult their oncologists before using natural treatments because they may interfere with the effectiveness of radiation treatment.

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Research evidence reveals that acupuncture relieves the symptoms of radiation treatment, such as fatigue, insomnia and a severe dry mouth, notes About.com. Herbal remedies for after-radiation therapy include green tea, milk thistle, holy basil, aloe vera, calendula and chamomile oral rinse, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. Aloe vera is often applied to minimize or to prevent skin reactions and changes that are associated with radiation therapy. Research shows that curcumin, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, can also prevent skin damage after radiation treatment. Probiotics are healthy micro-organisms which are used to minimize radiation induced diarrhea, discloses About.com.

However, some natural remedies, such as massage therapy and antioxidants often cause negative effects when used with radiation treatment, according to About.com. Adequate rest, good hygiene and a balanced diet also minimize the negative effects of radiation treatment. Patients should also protect the skin from cold, heat and the sun after radiation therapy. Tight clothing over the treatment area should be avoided. Detailed follow-ups should be used to prevent long-term complications of radiation treatment, suggests University of Maryland Medical Center.

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