Cancer is a name used to define diseases that involve abnormal cell growth. These malignant cells have the potential to spread to other parts of the body, carrying the underlying cancerous diseases with them. Even with significant advancements made in medical science, various types of cancers remain incurable. This is especially true in cases where the cancer has progressed into advanced stages of the disease. So, how does cancer respond to Ayurvedic treatment? Is there hope for cancer patients in this body of knowledge that is more than 5000 years old? Well, here are some important things you need to know if you are looking for Ayurvedic treatment for cancer.
Causes of cancer: Normal cells in our body are programmed to die after a certain period of time, which are then replaced by new cells. On the other hand, cancer cells continue to grow and multiply. This abnormality in cells can occur due to various reasons such as genetic factors, damage or mutation in DNA, lack of physical exercise, alcohol & tobacco consumption, exposure to UV rays, exposure to radiation (coming from cell phones, cellular towers, gamma rays, x-rays), etc. Carcinogens such as vehicular pollutants, arsenic, tobacco, asbestos, etc. are also known to cause various types of cancers.Since Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to treating cancer, the above factors need to be eliminated in order to start an effective treatment. Some of these factors may be unavoidable, but one should still try to limit the overall impact of these factors.
Symptoms of cancer:Cancer can have no symptoms in the initial stages, but as it progresses, the patient is likely to experience fever, pain, cough, weight loss, skin changes, bleeding, fatigue, etc. Symptoms of cancer may be similar to other non-lethal diseases, which may make it difficult to diagnose.Often, the cancer diagnosis is made after all other types of medicines have failed to treat the patient.
Ayurvedic treatment for cancer: Ayurveda follows a holistic approach for cancer treatment. The specific nature of the patient and their body energies are analyzed to identify the root cause of the disease. As per Ayurveda, all types of diseases including cancer are caused when there is disharmony between the primary life forces –Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda aims to achieveharmony between these life forces, which in turn automatically provides relief from the associated disease. When harmony is established in the body, the abnormal cells begin to lose their power. Special Ayurveda herbs are used to cleanse the body of toxins and improve blood circulation. Various Ayurveda therapies are also used to de-stress the mind and body. Ayurveda therapies such as panchkarma, pranayama, Ayurveda massage, etc. are very effective in removing negative energies from the mind and body.
Ayurvedic treatment for cancer also involves lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, quitting alcohol and tobacco, eating healthy food, etc. Eating fruits and vegetables and whole grains on a regular basis can help boost immunity and produce cancer-fighting bio-chemicals. Sugar intake also needs to be checked, as it aggravates the condition of cancer patients.
Overall, it can be said that Ayurveda can help treat cancer patients, but it will be possible only when the recommendations are properly followed by the patient. Regular treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, etc. need to be continued along with Ayurvedic treatment.