Cancer - Ayurvedic view and treatment options

Cancer - Ayurvedic view and treatment options

Cancer by definition is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Most cancers start in a particular organ; this is called the primary site or primary tumour. Tumours can be Benign ( not cancer- means these do not spread outside their normal boundry to other parts of the body ) or Melignant ( cancer- means if these are not treated, they may spread beyond their normal bounderies and into surrounding tissues, becoming invasive cancer ). Signs and symptoms caused by cancer will vary depending on what part of the body is affected. There are various approaches to treating cancer, many of which involve combinations of therapies to provide the effective treatment- Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Hormone therapy, etc. To understand the treatment and prognosis ( estimate of how the disease will go ) of cancer, one should have clearcut understanding of difference between cure and remission.

Cure means that there are no traces of your cancer after treatment and the cancer will never come back. Remission means that the signs and symptoms of your cancer are reduced. Remission can be partial or complete. In a complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared and you remain in a complete remission for 5 years or more, some doctors may say that you are cured. Still, some cancer cells can remain in your body for many years after treatment. These cells may cause the cancer to come back one day. For cancers that return, most do so within the first 5 years after treatment. But, there is a chance that cancer will come back later. For this reason, doctors cannot say for sure that you are cured. The most they can say is that there is no sign of cancer at this stage.

According  to Australian Institute of Health and welfare & Australasian Association of Cancer Registeries 2017; An estimated 134,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to150,000 by 2020. 1 in 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia- more than 44,000 people died from cancer in 2014. Around 17,500 more people die each year from cancer than 30 years ago. 

Ayurvedic View :-

According to the Ayurvedic concept of cancer, this condition can be categorized as Granthi ( a minor or benign neoplasm ) and Arbuda ( a major or malignant neoplasm ). Close review of etiological factors and clinical manifestations help upto co-relate Arbuda with cancerous growths.

When the aggravated Dosha ( Vata, Pitta, Kapha ) are accumulated in a particular localised area of the body, they cause aberration in muscular tissues ( mansa pradooshana ) and hence in the area, circular, stable, mild painful growths are caused which are gradually maturing in nature. 

Based on the dominance of doshic factor and tissue involved, they are classified as -

  1. Vataja arbuda
  2. Pittaja arbuda
  3. Kaphaja arbuda
  4. Raktarbuda
  5. Mamasarbuda
  6. Medhoarbuda

Treatment includes the administration of detoxifying herbs and diet. Circulatory stimulant also prescribed to promote circulation of blood,increase efficient elimination of toxins and assist in healing tissues. Immunity restoring herbs and minerals are given to boost the strength of patient.

Ayurvedic Herbs and Herbal formulations used are :

  1. Ashwagandharistham
  2. Kanchanar guggul
  3. Chanderprabha vati
  4. Giloyghan vati
  5. Brahmrasayanam
  6. Haridra powder
  7. Dashmoolam
  8. Triphala guggul
  9. Panchatikta ghanvati
  10. Aragwadhadi vati

Proper awareness about the natural and organic food, avoiding oily/ spicy/ fried/ Junk food will surely help to prevent from the disease; for further advise please contact Dr Sandeep Kumar and Dr Anupam of Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic.

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