“Cancer” is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of Cancer.
Ayurveda sees Cancer (Arbudha) as the result of impure blood and aggravated Doshas, the Vata, Pitta and Kapha Doshas. Ayurveda, a Science of Life, can be used as an alternative therapy for deadly cancer. Modern medicine, on the other hand, has less to offer to tackle it.
The ancient Ayurvedic classics like Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhitha discuss Cancer as Arbudha (Major neoplasm) or Granthi (Minor neoplasm), and Tridosaja and Sannipataja as the malignant stage of neoplasm or abnormal growth.
In Ayurveda, each individual is said to have a Prakriti (unique nature). As a system of medicine, which treats the root cause of the disease, Ayurveda tries to find the actual cause of the disease, cancer. There are many reasons for the aggravation of Doshas and impurity of the blood.
Ayurveda describes the development of cancer in the human body as a result of the circulation of aggravated Doshas and impure blood. This impure blood and aggravated Doshas locate in certain parts of the body, which is weaker in terms of immunity. This results in the abnormal functioning of the blood, in that part of the body. Moreover, it also disrupts the ability of the blood to carry Prana to the cells. The Prana (life air), along with oxygen contains a form of energy, which helps the cells in their normal functions. The localization of impure blood the Prana reaching the other parts of the body also turns impure. This results in the abnormal or uncontrolled cell division called cancer or Arbudha.
Few reasons aggravating the Doshas–the root cause of cancer are Improper life style and food, Smoking and chewing tobacco, Breathing of polluted air or chemicals. Consumption of vegetables and fruits containing pesticides.
Ayurveda offers support and comfort for the Cancer patients. Ayurveda offers prophylactic, palliative, supportive and curative solutions for the Cancer. Ayurveda can support the patient in many ways,
Ayurveda can be used as a co-therapy with the chemotherapy, It can also be used along with the radio therapy, It is used for post surgery support, to prevent cancer cell’s proliferation, to cure the tumors, It can be used as a therapy to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of the patient.
Ayurveda preaches harmony with nature to battle Cancer. Balance between the Tridoshas should be maintained to prevent Cancer.