5 benefits of apitherapy during chemotherapy

Cancer is a set of conditions that appear in different parts of the body and is characterized by the abnormal growth of non-functional cells; Chemotherapy agents are used as part of their treatment. Chemotherapy is based on the use of chemicals in order to stop the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. Chemotherapy produces multiple adverse effects in the body. This article explores the benefits of apitherapy in people undergoing chemotherapy.

The adverse effects of chemotherapy

Although in cases of cancer the use of chemotherapy is fully indicated its form of action can lead to the development of adverse events related to its use. Among them are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Swelling in the mucosa of the mouth
  • Decrease in red blood cells and body defense system cells
  • Bacterial, fungal or virus infections
  • Mucositis

These are the most frequent, however, others may occur. In addition, the natural course of cancer can also produce other symptoms according to the type of disease that occurs.

Benefits of apitherapy in people with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy

Apitherapy is the use of hive products such as honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen and bee venom in order to prevent and treat different diseases. Apitherapy particularly offers several benefits to people undergoing chemotherapy:

Reduces the risk of mucositis. Mucositis is a complication of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is related to the suppression of the body’s defense system. Apitherapy reduces the risk of presenting this complication.

It reduces the risk of anemia. Apitherapy stimulates the production of red blood cells and decreases anemia secondary to chemotherapy.

It modulates the response of the body’s defense system and reduces the risk of infections. Apitherapy reduces the risk of viral infections, by bacteria or fungi and strengthens the body’s defense system’s ability to fight them.

Controls tissue oxidation. Tissue oxidation occurs as a result of the agents used in chemotherapy and the products used in apitherapy reduce the damage that these agents produce.

It decreases the size of the tumor and the risk of metastasis. Even with chemotherapy treatment, the primary tumor can continue to grow in size and the risk of metastasis is reduced. Apitherapy controls its growth and the risk of developing metastases.

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