Foods For Cancer Patients With No Appetite

Foods for cancer patients with no apetite

For the people who are diagnosed with cancer is a challenge for their life to survive. They thought that their life is now finished so they start avoiding their day to day activities like exercise, eating nutritious food, walking etc. It is a duty of a doctor to always motivate the cancer patient that they will be well very soon if they maintain their nutrition by eating proper food and maintain their proper weight as cancer patient losses their weight rapidly. If the cancer is of starting stage it can be cured by medication and proper lifestyle itself but it is progressed than doctors advised to go for chemotherapy and radiotherapy. But these therapies have many side effects on the body.

The most common side effects are a loss of appetite. There is no desire for food. If then also they eat it gets vomited because their stomach cannot resist the food, as their digestive system is disturbed. So the doctor advised for natural appetite stimulants means fruits, vegetables which can be eaten as raw which will stimulate natural appetite, act as an appetizer. These foods and vegetables have the property to heal the body from inside and helps in removal of the waste products of the body. Even though there are many homeopathic medicines which help to increase appetite in cancer patients.

Symptoms of Cancer

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Palpable mass
  • Finger clubbing
  • Tendency of bleeding
  • Fatigue (weakness)
  • Bone pain or easily fracture
  • Various skin diseases
  • Ulcer in internal organs like oesophagus, stomach, anus
  • Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
  • Severe constipation with abdominal discomfort
  • Recurrent respiratory infections
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal swelling (ascites)

These are the common symptoms which are presents in almost all cancer patients. There can be a variety of symptoms in each patient, as in the early stage of cancer symptoms can be less and as it progresses symptoms will be more and prominent.

Natural Appetite Stimulant For Cancer Patients

It is said for cancer patients that to increase their appetite they should eat 5-6 times but smaller meals per day. Take proper protein diet and calorie-free diet. Beverages can include green tea which helps in increasing immunity and acts as an antioxidant (helps in the removal of waste products from the body and acts as a natural appetizer). Drink plenty of water so that waste products can be removed easily from the body.

Along with these, there are many natural appetizers which help as a stimulant for cancer patients are

Avocados ( Nashpati in Hindi):- It is said that this fruit helps in fighting with cancer. It is rich in vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, and potassium. It also contains fat which helps the patient to maintain weight. It is one of the most common natural appetizers for cancer patients. So it is advised to have this fruit daily in their diet.

Aloe Vera:- In India it is said that aloe vera has the power to fight against many diseases. Most of the people eat aloe vera in raw form, as its taste is bitter but very healthy for cancer as well as for normal person also maintain their health. It acts as an antioxidant and helps in fighting against cancer. It is not a fruit, it is a small plant and their leaves contain jelly-like fluid. It is advised to drink aloe vera juice in empty stomach.

Citric Fruits:- It includes all fruits which are juicy and bitter in taste like orange, lemon juice, vinegar etc. They contain vitamin C which helps in fighting against cancer. With this, it also helps in increasing gastric juice for proper digestion. Lemon on other hands also works as an antioxidant and helps to remove waste products from the body. Citric fruits also help in healing fast the injury part.

Cruciferous Vegetables:- It includes green vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and green leafy vegetables. These vegetables also act as an antioxidant and help to increase the immune system. It also helps to increase appetite. One can eat green leafy vegetables in raw as a salad or in cooked form. Cruciferous vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals. They also contain photochemical which helps to excrete excess hormones like estrogen and other hormones.

Sweet Potatoes and Carrot:- It is said that these two has an important role against fighting with cancer. Beta-carotenes are present in them which act as a strong antioxidant. They also contain folate and vitamin C.

Olive leaves:- It has a good disease fighting property. As cancer patients are also more prone to other diseases. It also acts as an antioxidant and helps in increase in appetite.

Banana:- It is said that banana has an anti-cancerous agent. Besides this, it also acts as an anti-oxidant.

One should not get limited to only these natural appetite stimulants for cancer patients. It is advised to consultant doctor and dietician for their proper diet. As a nutritious diet plays an important role in defeating cancer along with medications.

Homeopathic Medicines For Increasing Appetite in Cancer Patients

Once the cancer is diagnosed and progressed and chemo and radiotherapies started, patient during that time have many other problems like loss of appetite, weight loss, hair falling, nausea and vomiting, fever, irritability etc. The most common statement of the patient is that he/she is not feeling hungry. For a doctor, it is quite difficult to overcome these symptoms. But still, some homeopathic medicines act well in cancer patient help to overcome these side effects. There many homeopathic medicines are present which help in increasing appetite in cancer patients. These are:-

Alfa - For increasing appetite this medicine comes first in mind. Its action is through sympathetic nerves. It influences nutrition, increases appetite and improves digestion, and results in mental as well as physical improvement with a gain in weight. It also acts as a fat producer, correct tissue waste. Best results are elicited when given in mother tincture.

Chelidonium:- It increases appetite by acting on the liver. Beside this, it also acts on portal system. A patient may complain of bruised, aching pain at the inferior angle of the right scapula. Yellowness and bilious disturbances. Paralytic drawing and lameness in a single part. A patient does not have the desire to eat. Aversion to meat, coffee, cheese. Loss of appetite. A patient is drowsy.

Cadmium Sulphuratum:- Patient complain of nausea and vomiting after eating. Craves little drinks of cold water which are vomited at once. There will be vomiting with extreme prostration. A patient also complains of burning and cutting pain in stomach with intense retching which brings up all the food. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy poisonings.

China Officinalis:- Patient is in the very debilitated state. Loss of appetite with no desire for food. There is also a loss of vital fluid. Patients also have weak digestion, fermentation, gas, and diarrhea. Want of appetite. Frequent vomiting of undigested food. Stomach sore. Flatulence, belching of bitter fluid or regurgitation of food gives no relief.

Ipecacuanha:- It is frequently indicated when the patient suffers from persistent nausea and vomiting. Immediately after vomiting patient instead of relief, there is again a desire to vomit. With this, there is clean or not a very dirty tongue. Patient has aversion to all foods. He is thirstless. There is a loss of appetite.

Hydrastis:- Patient complains of weak digestion with loss of appetite. There is sore feeling in the stomach. There is gone sensation in the stomach. Patient whatever eats vomits out all except milk and water mixed. There is great emaciation.

These are few homeopathic medicines which can be indicated to increase appetite in cancer patients as these medicines counter the side effects of therapies and patient digestion can be improved. There are many more medicines in homeopathic for loss of appetite and to increase appetite in cancer patients. Every patient is differing from each other so every patient symptom will be differing. So the homeopathic medicine prescribed will be different in each any patient. One should consult their physician before taking any medicines.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad