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The averagerate of improvement for the combined side-effects of all the patients was64%.
Liver having a clear association with the storage,distribution and elimination of the toxinsinherent in the chemotherapy, and Stomachrelating to the preoccupation with nausea andvomiting experienced by the patients. Eachsession began with a systematic treatment ofthese two meridians, in order to address themost distressing aspects of the chemotherapy.This table below shows the rate of improvementfor each side-effect.Generally speaking, almost all the side-effectswere diminished, some more than others,ranging from 40% to 83% reduction. Theaverage rate of improvement for the combinedside-effects of all the patients was 64%. Themost significant improvements occurred withthe very common side-effect of vomiting andnausea. In one case, a patient who, beforeShiatsu, had been vomiting up to 10 times aday for the whole week following thechemotherapy, vomited 3 times only on the dayafter the chemotherapy, after the first Shiatsutreatment.Another significant improvement was in mouthproblems: patients were quickly able to resumenormal eating because of this improvement,and therefore more quickly recovered fromphysical fatigue.On the other hand, the side-effect leastimproved was that of hair loss. However,Shiatsu enabled the patients to find the wearingof the refrigerated cap more acceptable, on anemotional level. The distress caused by loss ofhair and its relation to the question of self-acceptance, evolved positively with time.Second least improved was psychologicalfatigue. It is difficult to measure the extent ofthis effect, since there are many factorsinvolved, even when the general effects ofShiatsu were appreciated by the patients. Both
Side-effect Average intensitywithout ShiatsuAverage intensitywith Shiatsu% gain
Hair loss7,66,120,0Nausea72,268,6Vomiting6,91,282,6Physical fatigue8,42,866,7Psychological fatigue8,24,742,7Skin problems4,61,371,7Tingling sensations4,81,079,2Headache3,01,066,7Shivering6,01,083,3Diarrhoea4,02,928,8Constipation6,21,871,0Mouth problems6,51,478,5Liver pain6,00,0100,0Fever8,52,768,8Muscular/articular pain4,02,245,0Odour of the chem.10,03,367,0Coughing8,05,333,8Ringing in the ears8,00,0100,0Sensation of drunkenness9,01,880,0