Healing role of Ayurveda in treating Cancer
by Kirthana Lingala, India
a mere mention of the word makes people shudder and experience a “chill run down their spine”; for it is not something minor. Cancer is a disease that keeps many in prayers and a few more hopes high! While many have succumbed to this disease, there are people who have survived the trauma, with their family’s support. The trends in cancer treatments have changed; from not knowing the diagnosis to identifying medicines to radio and chemotherapy, and alternative medicines playing their roles, the trends have changed. While specialists suggest medication and therapy as treatments for cancer, there are many who have emerged successfully from the battle with alternative treatments such as Ayurveda. Before knowing about what Ayurveda could do, it is important to get a better understanding of cancer.
As per WHO’s (World Health Organization) reports, cancer is a disease in which some cells grow without control and spread to other parts of the body. Through cell division, human cells grow and multiply, biologically. Sometimes, this chain breaks and changes with abnormal cell growth, which generally form as tumors. The nature of the tumor may or may not be cancerous.
While normal cells grow as and when they receive signals, cancer cells grow in the absence of these signals, marking it different from normal cells. Also, normal cells do not move around, i.e, normal cells stop growing when they encounter other cells. Since cancer cells multiply, they are capable of being hidden from the immune system, hence avoiding damage.
So, how does one get cancer?
While there is no one particular cause for cancer technically, rather, researchers believe the cause to be a combination of genetic, environmental, causes, and constitutional characteristics of an individual. Most often, adults are diagnosed with cancer due to their repetitive exposures such as tobacco use, consumption of alcohol, and/or exposure to toxic chemicals; while in other adults and children, genetics play a vital role as the cause.
As the types of cancer are varied, the diagnosis of cancer is classified into two – primary and secondary. Primary cancer is diagnosed based on the origin of the cancer cells; for instance, the cancer cells originate in the lungs, the diagnosis would go by the same name. When the cells spread to another organ, they would still go by the same name and become secondary cancer, and staging in cancer determines the spread and severity of cancer.
How can Ayurveda help in not falling prey to Cancer?
Role of Ayurveda in Treating Cancer
Ayurveda advises us to live according to our constitution, daily and seasonal rhythm, and every once in a while undergoing a Pancha Karma treatment – to prevent or restore the imbalance of Doshas and Dhatus – and a number of conditions can be relieved at an early stage. Ayurveda doctors urge their patients to have more Sattvic foods to balance both body and mind, respectively Doshas and Gunas. Sattvic foods consist of fresh, energizing foods such as fresh fruits and (leafy) vegetables, milk, cereals, pure fruit juices, butter and fresh cheese, fresh nuts, seeds, sprouts, honey, and herbal teas.
How to treat cancer?
The medical field and team are adapting to the dynamics in treating cancer; recent studies have thrown some light to alternative medicine, specifically Ayurveda. Ayurveda, one of the most ancient techniques of treatment, works around identifying the root of a diagnosis using multiple techniques. The core belief in Ayurveda revolves around balancing the body, mind, and spirit for the longevity of life; and ayurvedic medicines include specific diets, herbal medicines, yoga, meditation, and many more. Ayurvedic practitioners believe the combination of nature’s elements increases energy, wellness, along with the prevention of disease.
Apart from the accepted medication process such as surgery and chemotherapy, Ayurveda has also proved to be effective in countries that face difficulty in accessing treatments. A study has shown that Ayurveda has proved to be a wanted treatment methodology among patients hailing from varied economic groups; this treatment method has not only eased their financial burden, it has also eased their psychological burden when compared to opting for surgery.
Various hospitals across the nation are collaborating with institutes focusing on alternative medicine to treat cancer. Experts and therapists prepare modules based on the patients’ diagnoses and are under observation – to understand if yoga helps to improve the quality of life among cancer patients; and, has proven to be less traumatic among patients.
Why is Ayurveda most opted for in recent years?
Ayurveda does not follow aggressive practices in treatment, which marks it different from Western medication. Since the herbs support the purification process, they can determine subtle or major disturbances at an early stage.
Ayurveda advises to live according to the individual’s constitution, as a way to prevent imbalances; following so, many conditions are identified and treated at the early stages. Practicing yoga and meditation improves the stability of the body and the mind; and maintaining a strict diet of having healthy food (more fruits and vegetables, avoiding oil/junk, and so on), has proven to be beneficial for the body, thus reducing the risk of cancer or any other illness.
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