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Cancer & It’s Ayurvedic Treatment Concept

In Ayurveda, Arbuda can be correlated with cancer which originates due to metabolic changes during cell division. As per Ayurveda, the cell division is governed by Vata Dosha. Aggravation of Vata Dosha and suppression of Kapha Doshas along with Mamsa and Rakta Dhatu may result in the proliferation of cells that can lead to abnormal cell division which causes the Ekadesavriddhi (growth at a specific part) is a part of an abnormal cell division.

In Ayurveda Shushruta Acharya has explained about six stages in the pathogenesis of diseases:-

  • Sanchaya: - It is an early stage that shows localized neoplastic changes due to an unhealthy accumulation of Dhatus.

  • Prakopa: - It is the second stage that shows a transformation of primary growths into metastatic tumors.

  • Prasara: - This is a metastasis stage in which the capability of spreading begins.

  • Sthana Sansraya: - This stage encompasses complete metastasis and secondary growth.

  • Vyakti: - In this stage, the clinical signs and symptoms are apparent and can be observed during a medical examination.

  • Bheda: - This is the final stage where differentiation of growth is understood on the basis of histopathology.

  • Bheda: - This is the final stage where differentiation of growth is understood on the basis of histopathology. The ancient medical system of Ayurveda (Asthang Sangraham) dictates that most diseases are caused due to Mithya Aahar and Vihaar (improper dietary and lifestyle). The aim of cancer therapy is to first find the root cause of disease, while the therapeutic approach is divided into four categories: -

The ancient medical system of Ayurveda (Asthang Sangraham) dictates that most diseases are caused due to Mithya Aahar and Vihaar (improper dietary and lifestyle). The aim of cancer therapy is to first find the root cause of disease, while the therapeutic approach is divided into four categories: -

  • Prakritisthapani:- Chikitsa (to maintain health)

  • Chikitsa:- (restoration of normal function by use of rejuvenating herbs)

  • Roganashani Chikitsa:- (therapy against disease)

Ayurveda treats cancer by treating the devitalized body energies involved using Apunarbhava Chikitsa. As per Ayurveda, it is mandatory to cleanse off the toxins from the body by the following: -

1. Administration of blood cleansing herbs along with the intake of a detoxifying diet.

2. Circulation stimulant herbs to promote blood circulation that helps in shifting of stagnation of the blood, and increase the efficient expulsion of toxins to assist the healing of the tissues.

3. Immunity restoring herbs to boost the vigor of patients.

4. Ayurvedic healing focuses on restoring the tranquility of the mind and body. So, counselling and Yoga are also recommended to support the aspect of personal healing. According to Ayurveda, health ailments emerge due to the disparity between mind, body, and spirit. The above protocols for cancer are helpful in bringing back the lost equilibrium and harmony of the body. According to Ayurveda, the natural cancer therapy involves Shamana Chikitsa, Shodhana Chikitsa (purification therapy) to eliminate the vitiated Doshas and Dhatus. Also, rejuvenating therapies (immunotherapy) in cancer & Shroto Shodhak Aushadh with Ashukari effects (fast acting), to scavenge on all kind of cancer cells.

Ayurvedic herbs for cancer therapy

Amlaki: - It is commonly known as Indian gooseberry or Amla. It is used as an anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory agent. It has rich amounts of anti-oxidants. So, it helps to quench the free radicals in your blood and tissues.

Ashwagandha: -It is a major Rasayana in Ayurveda. It is an immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidizing agent. Ashwagandha naturally helps to increase cytotoxic T- lymphocyte production.

Guduchi: - Its plant extract is used for many types of cancer. Being an immunomodulator, it helps to regulate immune system to check cancer cells.

Draksha: - This herb stops pancreatic and colorectal cancer cells from spreading and migrating without harming healthy cells. The grape seed extract actually gets accumulated in large amounts in the colon, as they are not well absorbed in the stomach and start building up in colon. Thus, it can inhibit the creation of new blood vessels and naturally arrests the growth of colon tumors.

Rason: - Rason contains a natural compound that has immune-strengthening and anti-carcinogenic qualities. It has the ability to prevent the formation of cancer-causing substance, and reduces the cell proliferation.

Diet for the therapy of cancer

• Eat anti-oxidant rich food/fruits (apple, strawberries blueberries, plum, pomegranates, avocados, green leafy vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables) in your diet to reduce free radicals concentration.

• Eat vitamin C rich foods along with whole grains, cereals and pulses.

• Consume probiotic (yogurt or whey water) & prebiotic (raw onion, garlic, wheat bran) food items.

• Wash all fruits and vegetables with warm water to destroy contaminations.

Beneficial Yoga Asana for the therapy of cancer

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Butterfly pose):- It relieves the tension of shoulder, chest muscles, & stimulates abdominal organs. This Yoga Asana ensures a naturally relaxed state of abdominal muscles. It is effective especially for breast cancer patients as the muscles become weak and tight around these particular areas.

Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall pose):- It is a restorative posture that allows mind and body to relax, and facilitates venous drainage and increases circulation. It relieves lower back tension and causes pelvic floor relaxation. It stretches hamstring and lowers back. It soothes swollen or cramped feet and legs.

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