How can naturopathic medicine ease the side effects of chemotherapy? According to Dr. Andrew Rubman, naturopathic physician and author of Bottom Line’s “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” blog, B vitamins will help the liver to break down and release the toxins created by the chemotherapy. Glucomannan binds toxins and releases them from the gut. Finally, the botanical milk thistle protects the liver. All these supplements can decrease the side effects of chemo and possibly even increase chemotherapy’s beneficial effects. But, he cautions, these interventions should be used under your oncologist’s supervision to avoid any counterproductive effects.
Andrew Rubman, ND, is a teacher as well as a physician, helping his patients make better-informed choices about their healthcare and become better consumers of both traditional and conventional medical options. He is also a member of the Bottom Line Personal Panel of Experts. For more great tips from Dr. Rubman, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary.”