Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects

What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

The goal of chemotherapy is to destroy cancer cells. According to, “traditional chemotherapies work by killing cells that divide rapidly. But as they wipe out fast-growing cancer cells, they also can damage fast-growing healthy cells.”

Fatigue and infection are some of the side effects caused by damage to healthy blood cells. “Chemotherapy can also damage the cells that line mucous membranes throughout the body, including those inside the mouth, throat and stomach. This can lead to mouth sores, diarrhea or other issues with the digestive system. And damage to cells at the hair roots, or follicles, can lead to hair loss.”

Natural remedies for chemotherapy

The recent partnership announcement between West Cancer Clinic and Xu Wellness Center included above is an example of how cancer patients can benefit from collaborative healthcare partnerships. Professionals like Dr. Mark Xu offer natural remedies that provide relief from the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Dr. Xu has utilized the traditional ways of Chinese Medicine to help thousands of patients to enhance the quality of health in people's lives. Dr. Mark likes to share his wisdom and experience with those around him to help provide the body what it needs to heal itself.

Acupuncture for chemotherapy:

An article published by WebMD and reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on November 08, 2018 says, “Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation may save your life. But they also cause side effects that range from mild (dry mouth) to severe (vomiting). If you’re sick of -- and from -- taking medicine, you might look to natural remedies to ease your symptoms. These aren’t just herbs and vitamins. They can also include massage, acupuncture (a treatment in which tiny needles prick your skin), and more. Your doctor might call this CAM, which is short for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves putting very thin needles into your skin to improve your body’s energy flow. Used most often for tension relief, acupuncture may also lessen other symptoms associated with cancer treatment, like:

  • Nausea and vomiting,
  • Dry mouth,
  • Anxiety and hot flashes.

One Tuuwa client shares her #TuuwaTestimonial about how Dr. Mark Xu through acupuncture was able to restore quality of life during and after her chemotherapy.

More natural relief: Tuuwa topical treatments

Cancer treatments can bring on anxiety, stress, tension, nausea, and vomiting. According to Scientific Research, Apricot kernels found in Tuuwa Tension Relief Oil have been used for cancer treatment. Tuuwa Relief Oil with Herbal Boost helps soothe severe discomfort in vulnerable musculoskeletal areas of the body. This earthy herbal blend with essential oils provides anti-inflammatory properties to de-stress the body as well as calm the mind. It can be used for any skin type. Users apply a small amount of Tuuwa Tension Relief Oil to joint or muscle areas. You can use as body oil or massage in until fully absorbed. Usage is recommended first thing in the morning and last thing at night, during the day on any troubled areas and lymph nodes, before and after workouts.

Tuuwa Tension Relief Lotion for Him & Her with Herbal Boost supports tension relief by helping increase blood circulation, assisting in the healing time of bruises and minor scrapes, while also increasing the function of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Often the Tuuwa Relief Lotion is used along with the Tuuwa Tension Relief Oil. The effects are stronger, and good for all ages and skin types. Oil is applied first, then followed with Lotion for added benefits.

About Dr. Mark Xu

As a cornerstone of the Chinese medicine Memphis community, Dr. Mark Xu is a third generation licensed and certified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Herbalist and Acupuncturist. In his 30+ years of professional practice, he has utilized the traditional ways of Chinese Medicine to help thousands of patients and developed new and very effective protocols and formulas to enhance the quality of health in people's lives.