Ayurvedic Aspect of Carcinoma/Cancer
As far as ayurveda is concerned, it believes in the doctorine of Dhatus (elements that make our body). The dhatus are seven in number:
- Rasa Dhatu( Lymph)
- Rakat Dhatu (Blood)
- Masam dhatu (Skin and Muscles)
- Meda Dhatu (Body fat)
- Aasti Dhatu (Bone)
- Majja Dhatu ( Bone Marrow)
- Shukra Dhatu
It is believed that daily when we take meals the nourishment gradually travels from one dhatu to the other proceeding dhatu and all the dhatus are hence nourished.
One dhatu is connected to the next dhatu by micro channels known as srotasam
Now when a person develops cancer, it is the next adjacent dhatu which is actually having problems and is vitiated. The reason is that the micro channels after the said dhatu which connect one dhatu to the other dhatu gets blocked and the excess of nutrition starts increasing one type of cells which are being produced by the preceding Dhatu.
Now for curing this condition, one has to work on two levels:
- Purifying the vitiated Dhatu (Working on the cells, preventing the excessive division of cells, and preventing the formation of cancerous cells and increasing the scavenging process for the already deposited cancerous cells)
- Purifying the blocked micro channels after vitiated Dhatu, so that only the required nutrition is provided. Once it is purified, it stops the excessive flow of unwanted nutrients to the cancer site so that the cancer cells are deprived of unnecessary nutrition, leading to their gradual removal from the body.Traditional Indian Medicine, Ayurveda, has a unique vision concerning the mechanism that prevents the change of a normal cell into cancerous cell, growth of cancer cells in the human body. However when this mechanism is disturbed, that makes the body susceptible to development of various kinds of cancers.
“Doshas” (Cause Of Symptoms)
Doshas can more precisely be explained as body chemicals. Ie just like we get various parameters like Hb, TLC, Bilirubin, etc. checked in the modern world, the ancients had clubbed all these chemicals into three prime groups: – vata (Those related to movement in body blood,breath and excretion), pitta (Body meta bolism, digestion tempreture heat etc) and kapha (water and earth elements in our body) are responsible for healthy life. Imbalance of any three energies may results in health complications. Vata dosha is responsible for controlling motor and sensory activity of brain. Imbalance of vata dosha is responsible for cerebral palsy as per ayurveda. VayuGrouup of chemicals (Vata) -Pitta Group of Chemicals (Pitta) -Kapha group of chemicals (Kapha)
According to Ayurvedic theory the three doshas are responsible to maintain a stable equilibrium in physiology (i.e. when these remain in their proper levels in the body they are responsible for carrying out of all the body process in normal way and in promoting good health) and the homeostasis is maintained.
The inability of the body to maintain homeostasis is a primary indication of poor health as the organism is not able to adapt to internal or external stimuli. This inability to respond indicates poor health from the lack of functional reaction to internal and external stimulus. The result of this reduced response is either an inappropriate immune response (auto-immune) or little to no immune response (inadequate or suppressed immune response). Thus the first very base towards the contributing factors responsible for the transition of normal cells to cancerous cells is the disturbance in the levels of the tridoshas i.e.
It can be one, any two or three of them completely imbalanced which form the very base of this disease.
Treatment of cancer by Ayurveda is very in-depth and holistic in its approach. Ayurveda treats the disease according to the specific nature of the patient, the aggravated body energies involved and the body tissues that are affected. Treatment does not only focus on the area of the malignancy but on the entire system, as the whole organism must be returned to harmony for the disease to be treated permanently and not recur elsewhere. The body must be purified of the toxins that cause the cells to attack the body. Treatment includes the administration of blood cleansing herbs along with the adoption of a detoxifying diet. Circulatory stimulant herbs are also prescribed to promote circulation, shift stagnation of the blood, increase the efficient elimination of toxins and assist in healing the tissues. Immunity restoring herbs and minerals are given to boost the strength of debilitated patients.
- Ayurvedic Treatment the holistic methods of Ayurveda for cancer treatment include:
- Abstinence from food and lifestyle that cause tridosha imbalance; vata pitta, kapha
- Eliminating toxins through Panchakarma.
- Restoration of healthy jatharagni (digestive power) functions.
- Rejuvenation through chemicab (Rasayana)
- Ayurvedic preparations can act as an adjuvant or a co-therapy along with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. – It is also helpful in post-surgery care.
- Ayurvedic medicines help to minimize the side effects of these therapies.
Disturbance in Homeostasis -Primary Factor
Harmful Immunomodulations – Secondary Factor
Doshic types of Cancer and Diversification
Diversification of Cancer by Doshic Location
Additionally, in Ayurvedic thought the concept of ingested matter (liquid or solid) that is absorbed into the circulation which contributes to the impairment of normal homeostasis. The Ayurvedic term for this non-assimilated / non-eliminated matter which is circulating with the blood isaama.
Cancer Treatment Concept in Ayurveda
When abnormal cancerous cells develop and spread in a women’s cervix. Cervix is the lower part of uterus, the place where baby grows during pregnancy. Cervical cancer can spread to lymph nodes, lungs, liver, and bones. Stages of cervical cancer are-:
Stage – I Cancerous cells found only in cervix.
Stage – II Cancerous cell invade upper part of vagina.
Stage – III Cells start entering in lower part of vagina and if they block the path kidneys will stop their normal function.
Stage – IV Cancer will spread to other parts of body.
Causes– HPV (Human Pappiloma Virus- it enters during sexual intercourse), smoking, weak immune system, genetic factors, long term use of contraceptive pills.
Symptoms– periods that lasts longer, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, increased vaginal discharge.
Treatment In Ayurveda
Our unique ayurvedic combinations and dietary recommendations are quite effective and provide desirable recovery in afflicted patients.
The combination of anti cancerous herbs mentioned in Ayurveda in Charak Samhita, Chakradatam, Shushurat Samhita. The herbs are collected keeping in mind the spiritual guidelines mentioned in ancient ayurvedic texts, extracts are collected and processed, preserving essence in proper form to make them ingestible and quick acting and easy to consume as the dosage decreases.
Our standardized extract based herbal medications shall, primarily contain the following herbs:
- Wheat leaves
Blood cancer is caused by malignancy that attacks the blood, lymphatic system, or bone marrow. There are three types:
- Multiple myeloma
Treatment in Ayurveda
Herbomineral preparation is branch of Ayurveda that deals with medicinal properties of herbometallic and herbomineral compounds known as Rasa shastra and the drugs which are used are known as Rasa Aushadhi. Herbomineral drugs converts the toxic mega particles of metal into safe and efficacious nanoparticles and even smaller picoparticles which explains the usefulness of herbomineral drugs as effective medicines for cancer as prophylactic, palliative, curative, and supportive medicaments.
Treatment Of Breast Cancer in Ayurveda
Breast Cancer is a cancer of the glandular breast tissue.Various constituents of Herbomineral compounds such as gold, silver, lead, iron, and arsenic are never used in the LAS 02 is polyherbal and herbomineral drug which consisted of purified metal and potent Ayurvedic herbs. The drug is most effective, non toxic and has free radical scavenging properties. So the purpose of this study was to to evaluate the efficacy of LAS02 drug in breast cancer patients.
Various minerals are known to increase the activity of herbs in the body increasing the speed of action of herbs manifolds. In addition to this the minerals are known to improve the immune defenses of the body making them more capable of differentiating between useful cells of the body and harmful cells for the body so that the cells which are non beneficial for the body are engulfed.