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

Anthroposophic Medicine is an evaluated part of CRF treatment   
Cancer-realted fatigue (CRF) is one of the most frequent and prevalent symptoms expressed by cancer patients and cancer survivors. A current systematic review aimed to identify different clinical evaluation scales and interventions available for fatigue associated with cancer. Therefore, 2611 research articles were screened and revealed also non-pharmacological interventions such as exercise, complementary therapies, nutritional and psychoeducational interventions, sleep therapy, Anthroposophic Medicine, and various pharmacological agents effective in managing CRF. The results are published open access: 
https://doi.org/10.25259/IJPC_455_20.
Supplementary note: The impact of misteltoe therapy in CRF has been evaluated by a research group at Havelhöhe Community Hospital: 
https://doi.org/10.1177/1534735420917211


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