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Reducing The Side Effects Of Radiation Therapy


Author: Justyna G.
Skill: Equine Therapist
Date: 12-10-2012
Views: 10,650
Word Count: 325
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 8053-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I have just finished radiotherapy, otherwise known as radiation therapy. This consisted of 25 sessions, 20 minutes each with installation. Earlier this year I had a mastectomy and chemotherapy.

It took me about a week to find a good combination of oils and my own 'procedure' but as a result I didn't suffer almost at all during radiotherapy.

* SKIN

Just after each session I was putting a couple of drops of the Melrose oil blend on the treated area. Sometimes during the day or before going to sleep I was reapplying my skin oils, Melrose or Melaleuca Alternifolia. The part of the skin which received radiotherapy looks as if I have spent 3 weeks in Hawaii but nothing worse.

* NAUSEA

One capsule consisting of 2-4 drops of Lemon or the Citrus Fresh oil blend taken BEFORE going to the hospital protected me from nausea. If taken after the session it worked well but not 100%. During the day I kept drinking hot water with a couple of drops of Lemon, which I do anyway on a regular basis.

* TIREDNESS

2 drops of Frankincense on each foot before going to the hospital and then again before going to sleep were enough to help me forget about specific tiredness.

* PAIN IN THE ESOPHAGUS

In fact I don't know why I didn't have it. It appeared for 3 days at the beginning of the therapy and then disappeared and never came back. Maybe due to the body saturated with essential oils, or large amount of grapes I kept eating or my prayers. I don't really know.

* HOT FLASHES (sweat showers would be a more appropriate expression)

Limited success there. At the end of the therapy I got my Endoflex essential oil blend but it didn't solve the problem completely. Endoflex diminished the amplitude a lot (I took 2 capsules, 2-4 drops per day) but it didn't make the sweating go away completely.

Overall, I am grateful to have access to therapeutic grade essential oils!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: menopause-(perimenopause) — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: hormones — "Therapy with beta-caryophyllene [present in many essential oils] may present a promising novel, non-toxic therapeutic option for patients with endometriosis."Link
3.Associated topics: hormones,fatigue — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
4.Associated topics: fatigue — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
5.Associated topics: breast-cancer — Frankincense and myrrh showed anticancer effects.Link
6.Associated topics: skin — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
7.Associated topics: hormones,immune-system — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
8.Associated topics: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link

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