Cancer An Ayurvedic Approach
Even though there is no explicit mention of cancers in Ayurvedic texts, the description of Granthi and Arbuda is very similar to that of the malignant tumors. The prognosis of these tumors is described to be dependent on the site of the tumor and associated signs and symptoms with it.
Ayurvedic Principles of Cancer
Before starting any treatment, it is mandatory to get the diagnosis confirmed by the various methods available. Also, treatment offered by modern medical science should not be discontinued, because, with the knowledge of the properties of the herbs and minerals available to us today, Ayurveda is able to offer only a complementary therapy in the cancers, which is, most of the time, inadequate to address the severity of the disease or its symptoms.
For all the abnormal growths, including tumors, various preparations made from Gum Gugul (Comiphora mukul) and Shilajit are recommended. The more popular preparations are Triphala Guggulu, and Kanchnar Guggulu.
Dos and Don'ts
Ayurveda prescribes a diet for patients of benign as well as malignant tumors. It includes use of old Ghrita (clarified butter), food recipes prepared from old rice, barley, green grams, pointed gourd (Padval), and drumstick (Shevga).
Dairy products, meat, very sour, sweet, and heavy to digest food items should be avoided, as these all the items vitiate the Kapha Dosha, which is the main culprit in producing tumors.
Some Ayurvedic scriptures, interestingly, have described a disease under the title of 'Yoni Kanda', whose symptoms resembles those of genital tumor. The treatment is mainly in the form of local applications such as the ones described below:
• Vaginal passories should be used in the form of sterile cotton pads, dipped in medicated oils such as Bala Taila.
• Vaginal douches should be given, with cold infusions of medicated infusions such as Triphala Kwath, and Pancha Kashaya to prevent secondary infections.
• Tablets or passories prepared from ingredients such as mango seed,