Cancer Treatment in Ayurveda :

 

Cancer cells are scientifically called carcinomas, they are the cells of the body which start behaving abnormally. Under normal circumstances, the cells of our body grow, divide and then die in a normal way and in the case of adults, only worn-out cells and dead cells are replaced by the process of cell division.DNA mechanisms are responsible for the controlled and regulated growth of cells in our body. 

  

Under certain abnormal conditions, the cells in our body may work awry; the Haphazard  proliferation of cells may occur in certain sites and instead of dying these cells grow and multiply, these cells may be localized or might start invading other normal tissues and organs of the body. These cells may eventually become metastatic and spread to the whole body. 

  

When the DNA of a cell gets damaged and instead of dying it starts growing and multiplying, it becomes a cancer cell. This process gives rise to a huge number of abnormal cells which contain abnormal DNA in them. All these new cells have a similar DNA of the original cancer cell. Cancer can be caused due to many factors like genetic, family history, age, ethnicity, hormones, reproductive history to name a few. The treatment available in allopathy are chemotherapy and surgery. These treatments cause horrific side-effects among cancer patients. 

 

Under certain abnormal conditions, the cells in our body may work awry; the Haphazard proliferation of cells may occur in certain sites and instead of dying these cells grow and multiply, these cells may be localized or might start invading other normal tissues and organs of the body. These cells may eventually become metastatic and spread to the whole body. 

  

When the DNA of a cell gets damaged and instead of dying it starts growing and multiplying, it becomes a cancer cell. This process gives rise to a huge number of abnormal cells which contain abnormal DNA in them. All these new cells have a similar DNA of the original cancer cell. Cancer can be caused due to many factors like genetic, family history, age, ethnicity, hormones, reproductive history to name a few. The treatment available in allopathy are chemotherapy and surgery. These treatments cause horrific side-effects among cancer patients. 

  

 

 

AYURVEDA AND CANCER:  

 A distinctive view and principle are advocated by Ayurveda to deal with this frightful disease. As per Ayurveda, the equilibriums of the three senses of humor or body chemicals need to be maintained. They are the body energies which are responsible for homeostasis. It is believed that a reciprocal growth regulation must exist between the immune system and the epithelial cells. 

A disruption in these balances and processes might lead to a tumor or cancerous growth. This can also cause excessive inflammation which might weakening macrophages, and alter the immune response to external stimuli. This might cause impairment of the ability to fight infections and inflammations. Adverse effects can be observed in the immunomodulation process of the body. 

 

  

Ayurveda advocates the theory of the seven dhatus. The seven dhatus are listed below for reference:

 

1. Rasa Dhatu is also known as the Lymph 

 

2. Rakat Dhatu is also known as the blood 

 

3. Masam Dhatu is referred to as the skin and muscles 

 

4. Meda Dhatu is also known as the body fat 

 

5. Aasti Dhatu refers to the bones in the body 

 

6. Majja Dhatu is also known as the bone marrow 

 

7. Shukra Dhatu is the collection of reproductive cells like the sperm and ova.  

 

According to the Ayurvedic science when we take meals the nourishment gradually travels from one dhatu to the other proceeding dhatu. This ensures that all the dhatus are equally nourished. Shrotas are the micro channels that connect one Dhatu to another dhatu in our body. When one Dhatu gets vitiated its shrotas get blocked and the nutrition supply gets reduced and this causes excessive supply of nutrients to the other precedding dhatus as a result of the interconnection between the dhatus.

Ayurveda advocates a theory that states cancer cells are always present in the body. But there exists a unique mechanism in our body to prevent the growth of cancer cells. There are many factors that have been listed in Ayurvedic texts that describe the fundamentals behind the formation of cancer cells in the body. 

 

 

 Primary Factor:

 

Homeostasis:  As per the Ayurvedic texts of Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana etc. each and every ailment or pathology in our body is related to the three doshas. These three doshas are called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda advocates the balanced state as the homeostatic state of our body. This state further reflects the equilibrium of health. It is conceptualized that human body is in constant interaction with internal and external factors. This is governed by the three factors also called the doshas. The maintained equilibrium state is also known as the homeostatic state.

  

Homeostatic state further indicates the capacity of the body to adapt to the different erratic situation along with the status of the health. The failure of the maintenance results in poor health. This might also result in an inappropriate immune response. Chances are also there that there will be little to no immune response (inadequate or suppressed immune response. This phenomenon can cause drastic effects on the communication of systems.

  

 Ayurveda also emphasizes that the homeostasis may get misbalanced due to the diet. If the constituents we eat are neither absorbed nor eliminated from our body it can cause problems in the body balance. This type of constituents is called Ama. Accumulation of Ama inhibits the accurate functioning of the Doshas. Ama blocks the communication between the systems and functions. According to Ayurveda accumulation process in the body is generally very slow.

  

 

 

 Secondary Factor:  

Immunity and Immune Response: 

 

According to the concepts of Ayurveda, Bala is the term that describes one's immunity. It also states that the immune response can be inherent or developed. Different factors are known in Ayurveda which affects the condition of the immune system. The essence of our body that supports our immunity is called Ojas. Ojas is generated as a result of correct metabolism of food along with refining through various systems. The enzyme actions are actually responsible for the various cellular growth and functions taking place in the body.

  

The enzymatic activity in our body is also called Agni. Agni is the third aspect that acts as the main defense of our immune response system. Thirteen different groups of enzymes are classified by the Ayurveda. When any one of the enzymes gets impaired it may subsequently cause impairment of immune system due to what is termed in Ayurveda as dosha disruption. The interaction of all these factors contributes to the Immunity factor of the body. Impairment of immune system is caused by any of these factors (baala, ojas, agnis). This eventually causes the propagation of cancerous cells in the body.  Doshic type according to the diversification of Cancer cells.

 

 It is mentioned earlier, vitiated doshas are the root cause of all pathologies including cancer. This is the toughest pathology because doshas which are vitiated multipali act together. Because greatly disturbed homeostasis the state of equilibrium is merely achievable. The doshas being vitiated are for all the pathologies occuring in our body. And initially, if one is disturbed, it causes to disrupt the other cells till all the cells get changed to encourage cancer advocating state. It is also feasible that only a partial disruption in equilibrium happen, or may be there is the possibility of many components responsible for the induction of cancer, increasing the difficulty of the treatment of cancer.

 

 

 Tridoshik circumstances are more difficult to cure than the one which results from only one dosha. But typically the sufferer of cancer comes to know about his status of cancer when the situation is already very complex.  And has emerged from the single doshik stage to generally in the tridoshik stage.  But they have a dosha which is governing and it is the root cause of all doshas. Ayurveda most of the time understand this multiplicity in cancer on the support of the controlling doshas. 

  

Cancer that is migrating, volatile or uneven any feature would connect to Vata dosha the principle of homeostasis that controls all possible communication, coordination, and movement. Cancer that is enzymatic, metabolic and is in a moderate condition would be related to Pitta Dosha.  According to the principle of homeostasis that controls transformation and metabolism.  Cancer that is spreading slowly appears like a congestive disorder or a tumor is related to Kapha dosha according to the principle of homeostasis that regulates structure and lubrication. 

  

The numbers of evidence show all total doshas involved in cancer spreading. A number of doshas combined in symptoms, greater is the degree of immune response. And the treatment and diagnosis become more difficult.    Doshic Location leading to diversification of carcinogenic cells  Ayurveda which assigns a  system that is definite. Organ and tissue based on the communication which is functional to the doshas. A  definite location is attributed that assists in the recognition of casual factor in cancer pathology and the dosha control of a location are given.

  

 The understanding that all doshas are always working together, never independently, through a dominant Dosha may prevail. As per the knowledge of Ayurveda, various dominant Dosha specific locations are listed below:  Vata dosha: bones, lungs, skin, ears, brain, colon, urinary bladder. Pitta dosha: gallbladder, heart, pancreas, blood (hemoglobin), endocrine glands, uterus, stomach, sweat glands, skin, eyes, brain, small intestine, liver Kapha dosha: bone marrow, brain,  pancreas, testicles, ovaries, lungs, stomach, lymphatic tissue, kidneys, blood (plasma), sweat glands, skin, mouth and throat, Ayurveda originated in India more than 5000 years ago AIIMS is currently researching on treating cancer with Ayurveda Integration of Ayurveda in health care services is becoming a popular practice.

 
AIIMS is planning to come together with All India Institute of Ayurveda and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences. It brings a sense of hope to many who have been turning to Ayurveda for an alternative treatment. 

 

 

Remediation 

 

Around 500 years ago Ayurveda originated in the country of India. Modern science and allopathy have changed their ways and now believe in the principles of Ayurveda. An increased amount of research is being directed towards the ancient herbs and natural remedies. A lot of health centers and universities are integrating Ayurveda into their programmes. Allopathy has turned to Ayurveda for finding the cures of non-communicable diseases. Prevention is better than cure as we all know this and understand its benefits. Ayurveda provides the path to a healthy lifestyle. The perfect balance between mind, body, and consciousness can be most definitely be achieved by the means of Ayurveda.  A number of herbs for preventing cancer are recommended by Ayurveda. There is a growing number of scientific studies to backs the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda. We have listed a few common herbs which are believed to have anti-carcinogenic properties in Ayurveda.   

 

 

 

1. Amla:

It is an  Ayurvedic superfood and is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. It also a rich source of quercetin, phyllaemblic compounds, gallic acid, tannins, flavonoids, pectin and various other polyphenolic compounds, making it the king of rejuvenation. The Scientific research that has been carried on amla for more than three decades has finally proved the anti-carcinogenic properties on Amla and the laboratory trials of amla extracts have shown its ability to kill and prevent the growth of cancer cells while not harming the healthy cells.    

 

  

 

 2. Garlic:

 It contains sulfur, arginine, flavonoids and selenium and also bio-active compounds of garlic are formed from allicin when the bulb is chopped or crushed. An ongoing multinational study across 10 countries has shown a positive co-relation between the consumption of garlic and onion and reduced risk of cancer performed by The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Consumption of garlic is associated with lowered risk of cancer as shown by research conducted in USA and France. Garlic is a known anti-bacterial agent. It has the ability to stop the formation and activation of cancer-causing agents. 2-5 grams or one bulb of garlic is recommended daily for adults.   

 

 

 

 3. Turmeric :

Haldi is a most researched herbs for its anti-cancer properties and it is attributed with analgesic, anti-oxidant,  anti-inflammatory, antiseptic values. The main component of turmeric is curcumin antioxidant scavenging radicals which are free and inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells and the 2000 published scientific research have shown that curcumin has the ability destroy cancer cells, not harming the good cells.   

 

  

 4. Ashwagandha :

 Also known as the Indian ginseng it has been used to help the body deal with stress and strain in Ayurveda and Its anti-cancer value was realized about 40 years ago. The researchers isolated the crystalline steroidal compound (withaferin A) from ashwagandha and further research on these extracts which were taken from the leaf of ashwagandha displayed that they were able to kill cancerous cells.