Naturopathic Cancer Support Explained – Is It For You?

People suffering from cancer may find naturopathic adjunctive cancer care to be helpful in supporting their survival and quality of life. It is a combination of complementary therapies that aim to help the patient before, during, and after traditional cancer treatments. But what exactly is Naturopathic Oncology and how can it help cancer patients? More info found below.

According to ONCANP, an organization consisting of licensed Naturopathic Doctors (NDs), naturopathic medical students and allied providers, these are the common side effects cancer patient experience during conventional treatments:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Mucositis
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Common chronic conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pre-Postmenopausal Symptoms
  • Reflux Esophagitis.


These physical effects are not only hard for the patient themselves – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually – but also for their support system. With Naturopathic oncology, a personalized or customized treatment plan is made after a thorough consultation, their current physical and emotional state, lifestyle, and conventional treatments they receive are also taken into consideration. Whatever the approach, the main goal remains – survival and improvement of the quality of life. For example, with breast cancer patients, Naturopathic Doctors work to:

– Boost and sustain the immune system and minimize inflammation after biopsy, lumpectomy, or mastectomy surgery with the goal of shortening recovery times

– Safely reduce side effects of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and pharmaceutical drug therapies, as well as provide natural synergists to these conventional treatments to enhance their efficacy

– Support the patient through mental and emotional stresses that any cancer diagnosis and treatment brings

– Emphasize prevention measures in healthy patients motivated to reduce their cancer risk

– Develop post-treatment recommendations to reduce the risk of recurrence

From Natural Medicine Journal

Here are some of the common naturopathic adjunctive cancer care available:

– Dietary supplements can help reduce side effects and improve overall wellness so you can endure conventional treatments better.

– Botanical medicine—sometimes called herbal medicine—can also help reduce side effects.

– Homeopathic remedies use small doses of natural substances for recovery after surgery, nausea, constipation, diarrhea and hot flashes.

– Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese practice in which needles stimulate specific areas of the skin to promote natural healing for pain, nausea, hot flashes and peripheral neuropathy.

– Hydrotherapy stimulates your immune system with water to decrease inflammation.

– Environmental medicine includes lifestyle recommendations and therapies that decrease the harmful effects of toxins in your environment and food supply.

– Health education and lifestyle counseling offer valuable guidance and counseling on healthy living, quitting smoking and the benefits of exercise.


If you are considering getting naturopathic therapies to help fight and prevent cancer, schedule a consultation with our Licensed Naturopathic Practitioner at our Toronto wellness center. Contact us at (416) 922-4114.

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