Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Chemotherapy Side Effects - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of chemotherapy side effects generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Chemotherapy is a treatment used to destroy fast-growing, cancerous cells in the body. During this process, however, healthy cells can also become damaged, which can lead to several side effects. These include vomiting, nausea, low blood counts, fatigue, pain, hair loss, anemia, diarrhea, constipation, and mouth sores. Some people even experience long-term side effects from treatment, such as problems with the lungs, heart, reproductive organs, nerves or kidneys.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Chemotherapy Side Effects.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for chemotherapy side effects:

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The following (0) acupuncture points may be useful for chemotherapy side effects. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

There are no associated points at this time.



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with chemotherapy side effects. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for chemotherapy side effects. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

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