Nursing and External Applications for Constipation

Nursing measures

Ground psyllium husks: 2 tsp. in 250 ml liquid
(not for opiate-induced constipation) 

Milk and honey enema: 3 tsp. honey in 500 ml warm milk
For instructions, see: https://www.pflege-vademecum.de/m-h-einlauf.php?locale=en 

External applications

Abdominal compresses with chamomile tea
have a warming and antispasmodic effect

Liver compresses with yarrow tea at midday
warm through and stimulate the digestive process
See: http://www.pflege-vademecum.de/schafgarben_leberwickel.php?locale=en

Abdominal compresses with Oxalis, Folium 20% tincture (Weleda)
For instructions, see: http://www.pflege-vademecum.de/oxalis_essenz_bauchwickel.php?locale=en  

Abdominal compresses with Oxalis e planta tota W 10%, Oleum
relaxing, decongestive, stimulates elimination

Abdominal compresses with anise caraway fennel tea
relieving, soothing for spastic constipation

Rhythmical embrocation of the thighs with Oxalis, Folium 10% ointment WELEDA or Lavender 10% oil WALA, WELEDA
stimulates elimination

Rhythmical embrocation of the abdomen with Melissa oil WALA
has a calming and relaxing effect 

Gesellschaft Anthroposophischer Ärzte in Deutschland/GAÄD, Medizinische Sektion am Goetheanum (Hg.) Vademecum Anthroposophische Arzneimittel. 4. Aufl. München 2017. www.vademecum.org

Debus M. Medikamentöse Begleitbehandlung bei onkologischen Erkrankungen. Der Merkurstab 2009;62(4):320-325.



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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