Itching after chemotherapy

Itching after chemotherapy Author: Chen Yingping Shen Zhong July 5, 2018

Zhang Zhongde, vice president and professor of Guangdong Hospital of traditional Chinese Medicine

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Article / Yang Cheng Evening News reporter Chen Yingping correspondent Shen Zhong

A 48 year old man with skin rash after chemotherapy for lung cancer was reported

Mr. Lin has been suffering from lung cancer for 8 years. He has done dozens of chemotherapy before and after. He is also a loyal fan of Uncle De. After the previous chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and other discomfort appeared, which was significantly relieved after the treatment of traditional Chinese medicine. But recently, after chemotherapy, he developed a rash scattered all over his body, and the itching was intolerable. He bought a topical ointment to apply it for convenience, and it was relieved at first, but the itching became worse after stopping the drug. I went to the dermatology department of a local hospital, but I didn’t get better after treated with Chinese patent medicine. Recently, there are more and more skin rashes, itching, fatigue, lack of energy, sweating, poor sleep, dreaminess, and often oral ulcer. Seeing his health going from bad to worse, Mr. Lin came to see Uncle De for treatment.

Uncle De’s solution to the mystery: chemotherapy hurts the healthy qi and can’t nourish the skin.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the spleen is the foundation of the day after tomorrow and the mother of the lung. When the spleen becomes weak, and after many times of chemotherapy, Mr. Lin hurt the vital energy and the transportation of the spleen and stomach. The raw materials of Qi and blood biochemistry are not enough, and he can not nourish the skin, resulting in skin itching and other discomfort. Most of the topical ointment for the treatment of pruritus is mainly to clear away heat, remove dampness and stop itching, but not to cure the symptoms. The problem of Mr. Lin’s skin pruritus is spleen. Therefore, in the treatment, we should take invigorating the spleen and removing dampness, promoting qi and appetizing, and dispelling wind and relieving itching as the method. After one week of taking traditional Chinese medicine, Mr. Lin basically disappeared the rash, made a lot of spirit, and successfully completed the next chemotherapy.

Prevention and health care, reasonable diet, combined with massage acupoint

Uncle De suggested that Mr. Lin should be in a good mood and listen to soothing music, such as light music and piano music, to ease his tension. At the same time, he could increase outdoor activities. The intensity of exercise should not be too high and he should not sweat profusely. He suggested that he should practice Baduanjin or Taijiquan to help healthy qi. In terms of diet, don’t eat fried, spicy and greasy food. It is not recommended to eat too much nourishing food for a long time, because eating too much nourishing food will increase the burden on the spleen and stomach, not only it is not easy to absorb nutrition, but also abdominal distension, belching, sticky stool and other symptoms. In addition, at home, you can also knead some health acupoints, such as Zusanli, Taichong, Quchi and so on. Massage them alternately on both sides with moderate strength. It’s better to have a sense of acid swelling. Knead each acupoint for 3-5 minutes, twice a day, which can play the role of soothing the liver and strengthening the spleen, tonifying the lung and resolving phlegm.

Zusanli: it is located at the anterolateral side of the leg, three inches at the front of the outer knee, with a horizontal finger beside it;

Taichong: located in the dorsal side of foot, the depression of the front end of the first and second metatarsal junction;

Quchi: bend the elbow at a right angle, at the midpoint of the line connecting the lateral end of the elbow transverse striation (chize point) and the lateral epicondyle of the humerus.

Old duck stewed with TAIZISHEN and Huaishan

Ingredients: half an old duck, 15g Pseudostellaria heterophylla, 100g yam (fresh), two or three pieces of ginger, proper amount of refined salt.

Efficacy: invigorating spleen, eliminating dampness, tonifying qi and nourishing blood,

Cooking method: wash the old duck, cut it into small pieces, put it in the pot and boil for one minute, then take it out and set aside; peel the yam, cut it into small pieces and set aside, put it in the casserole with the radix Pseudostellariae and ginger, add about 2000 ml of water (about 8 bowls), boil it in a slow fire for about 1.5 hours, and add appropriate refined salt to taste. This is for two or three people.

Editor: Wang Nan

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