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I was researching alternative treatments to help with

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I was researching alternative treatments to help with chemotherapy and was interested in frankincense as an essential oil and reservatrol as a supplement. Then I noticed they are both natural blood thinners so I assume you cannot take them if you are on
Eliquis?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. C. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, It's Dr. C. Board certified physician. I can help you today.

Yes that's right, it will change the dosage of Eliquis that's required. You may still be able to use the supplement but it would take some extra monitoring of your coagulation labs best guided by the doctor prescribing the medication.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about soursop tea? Do you know if it would be
a blood thinner...or a strong enough one to effect meds
if it was drank twice a day?
Expert:  Dr. C. replied 1 year ago.

Soursop is not a known blood thinner but there is very limited research. It's not a very commonly used supplement so less is known. Theoretically, it doesn't seem to have thinning effects.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much. I know doctors don't usually recommend
alternative treatments, but my dad has recently been diagnosed
with stage 4 lung cancer. We are trying to get him stronger and
build his immunity so he can get chemo. He is quit nauseated and
having trouble eating. Do you have any recommendations on alternative
methods of killing cancer cells or raising immunity. He is already
changing his diet. We are from IL and they have not started the
medical marijuana pilot program yet I don't think and his doc is not
a fan anyway (which annoys me). Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks and I will rate. ( I personally know a lady from Puerto Rico who believes
she cured herself of breast cancer with soursop...that is where that idea came from)
Expert:  Dr. C. replied 1 year ago.

I do believe that medical marijuana is a great option for nausea and poor appetite. It may be worth traveling to a state that has legalized marijuana for purchase. Unfortunately there aren't any well-designed research studies on many alternative and complimentary treatments. Marijuana does also seem to have good effects on immune response. Talking to someone who specializes in medical marijuana would be helpful in finding the correct strain and delivery method.

Expert:  Dr. C. replied 1 year ago.

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