Nursing and External Applications for Loss of Appetite, Nausea, Vomiting

Loss of appetite

  • Ginger tea or ginger water (drink on an empty stomach)
    has a warming effect in the deeper areas of the metabolism, very helpful during chemotherapy as well (1).

Particularly suitable for morphine-induced nausea and loss of appetite, which are often accompanied by dry mouth and fatigue:

Nausea and vomiting

  • Eat small meals, eat with upright posture.
  • Provide good smells, air the room.
  • Lemon juice: a few drops to 1 tbsp. several times a day or suck a slice of lemon for prophylaxis and therapy of morphine-induced nausea (see also “Loss of appetite”).

For nausea induced by chemotherapy or morphine (see also “Loss of appetite”) (2):

  • Ginger tea or ginger sticks
  • Treat the feet: movement, embrocation, foot reflexology massage (approximately in the middle of the arch of the right foot).
  • Yarrow tea liver compress at midday
    For instructions, see:
    http://www.pflege-vademecum.de/schafgarben_leberwickel.php?locale=en
  • Chamomile abdominal compress
    has an antispasmodic effect in cases of vomiting.
  • Melissa oil abdominal compress with Melissa oil WALA (Ingredients: Carvi aetheroleum, Foeniculi amari fructus aetheroleum, Melissa officinalis ex herba 5%, Origanum majorana ex herba 5%) has a relaxing, warming effect (see also: http://www.pflege-vademecum.de/2714.php?locale=en).

Research news

Pilot study  on the clinical effect of yarrow liver compresses  
Liver compresses are commonly applied in integrative cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. A randomized pilot study was conducted to investigate the influence of yarrow liver compresses on the autonomic nervous system by analyzing heart rate variability in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue. The study found that this application led to increased sympathetic activity during daytime in the intervention group, whereas in the control group, which did not receive any external application, increased parasympathetic activity. The study is open access:  
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253


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