While modernisation and rapid technological advancement have made our lives easier, it has also had an adverse effect on our lifestyles. Researches show that bad diet, inactivity, regular alcohol consumption and smocking are among the causes of 90% of cancers.
On this World Cancer Day, we should invest a little time in understanding how we can avoid this? How a cancer patient can lead a better life during treatment and while recovering?
Just a few decades ago, cancer was not that common, unfortunately now there is a huge increase in the number of cancer cases found at all stages. Cancer and especially bone cancer is very painful for patients, both physically as well as emotionally.
The diagnosis of cancer shatters not just the person but also their relatives creating anxiety and fear of loss. While treatments for some types of cancers are available, some types such as Bone Cancer are incurable. The struggle with this disease is extremely tedious and stressful.
Ayurveda can help patients suffering from such conditions lead better quality of life by improving their physical as well as mental health with various medicines, herbs & Panchkarma. These have no side effects and have the power to provide relief.
Panchkarma plays a major role in giving strength to the body by expelling toxic vitiated doshas out of the body. Panchakarma is a five procedure method of cleansing the body of all unwanted waste. The ancient Panchakarma treatment is unique as it includes preventive, curative and promotive actions for various diseases.
Ayurveda also recommends few herbs and ingredients which are proven good in case of pain in bone cancer and are easily available. The use of Turmeric, Chitrak, Ashwaghandha, Garlic and Amla to aid people suffering from Bone Cancer.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa): a well-known spice of India is popular for its benefits and use for medicinal purposes. Research has shown the curcumin in turmeric may play a role in preventing cancer growth, killing cancer cells, and even easing treatment side effects.
Patients suffering from Bone Cancer are often treated with high doses of chemotherapy and surgery which mostly have harmful side-effects. Curcumin in Turmeric has shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and bone building capabilities, so is helpful for patients suffering from this disease.
Chitrak: Also called Doctor Bush or Ceylon, is considered as rasyan that is immunomodulatory and works on cellular level. It helps in prevention of excruciating cancerous pain in bone. It also helps in strengthening immune system and protect body from free radicals. The potential of plumbagin, derived from the root of Chitrak can be used to modulate RANK signaling and bone loss.
Ashwaghandha (Withania somnifera): there is some evidence to suggest that the herb can have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation occurs due to many health conditions, and reducing inflammation can protect the body against a variety of conditions. It also helps in preventing growth of new cancer cells in several ways. It also helps in preventing chronic stress.
Garlic (Allium sativum): is a medicinal plant and a spice that is quite pungent when raw. Garlic has direct anticancer properties in cell culture. It has natural antibiotic and anti-oxidant properties.
Amla (Indian Gooseberry): has proven to be beneficial for patients, it is likely that the combination of compounds present in Amla extract acting in synergy soak up free radicals with efficiency.
Amla as we know is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which increases the activity of natural killer cells. This leads to toxicity and breakdown of cancerous cells. Also Alma inhibits the multiplication of cancer cells to some extent.
Due to its innate sustainability and use of easily available ingredients, Ayurveda has the power to close the care gap and provide effective solutions for those in need. A qualified and experienced Ayurveda Doctor can guide how best these ingredients can help a Bone Cancer patient to lead a better quality of life. (By Ram N Kumar, Founder & CEO, NirogStreet)
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