in modern medicine, chemotherapy is the most effective treatment for cancer patients. nevertheless, it is a systemic therapy that can affect other parts of the body and result in complications. while it is used to contain the growth of cancerous cells inside the body, chemotherapy can negatively impact the healthy cells of the body at the same time. the radiation process involved in the therapy takes a toll on the immunity which can become severe. accelerated hair fall, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, sore mouth, etc. can be the many side effects of the chemotherapy.ayurveda and cancer prevention
ayurveda proposes that the lack of the life force (prana) causes the malignancies like cancer to occur in the body. when an imbalance of vata, pitta and kapha creates the environment for toxic accumulation in the body, it leads to manifestation of complex diseases. the dominance of each of these doshas can lead to a specific type of cancer. since prevention is a vital aspect of ayurveda, it lays down a few guidelines for diet and herbal medication, which can lower the possibilities of cancer onset sharply. by consulting a qualified ayurveda doctor, you can understand well what you should eat and what you shouldn’t if your body is showing adverse symptoms and manage the disease better with appropriate herbal medicare. the expert’s recommendation vary for everyone, since the constitution (prakriti) of the individual plays an important role in determining that. ayurveda can help you beat cancer more positively.
ayurveda can reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy significantly
several renowned hospitals in india and abroad have integrated ayurveda in the patient care regimen post the chemotherapy session. it has been observed that this approach reduced complications and adverse effects in the chemo patients by 60-70 percent with the very first application. panchakarma therapy in combination with prescribed herbal medication offered major relief to the patients, not just by reducing the complications but mitigating the pain as well. the cost of ayurveda care is not too high either and quite affordable. encouraged by these findings, further and extensive research is being done on the scope and effectiveness of ayurveda.based on these facts, cancer patients can breathe new hope and seek better management of this highly unfortunate and life-threatening disease. talk to an ayurveda expert at the earliest if you or someone close to you has been suffering from cancer and the pain involved with it and has seen no improvement so far. meanwhile these are some dietary tips to follow:
mustn’t haves for cancer patients
avoid food that is rich in sugar
refrain from taking processed sugar
cold drinks and alcohol are a strict no-n
do not eat food that has preservatives
avoid meat consumption
fatty, oily, fried food is forbidden
do not eat processed or refined food itemsmust haves for cancer patients
include mild quantity of raw spices in food
eat fresh and green vegetables
oats, barley, and rye are the recommended grains
broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, and tomatoes are ideal
eat citrus fruits like orange and lime
avoid sweet fruits like banana and mango
pain associated with different body parts is not something quite uncommon. from headaches to body ache, there are all sorts of pains that people experience from time. some of these troubles could be easy to manage while others might prove to be too excruciating for you. some pain issues are very critical for the health and life as well, for example, the chest pain.
chest pain can occur due to various reasons and sometimes it may be an early symptom of stroke or some cardiac condition like angina pectoris. if you experience a chest pain, it is highly suggested that you do not take it lightly. besides consulting an experienced practitioner, here are some of the precautions you can follow to prevent the chest pain or manage it better when you undergo an episode of chest pain.
usually the chest pain affects the front of the body and neck and spreads to the upper abdomen. chest pain is the greatest indication of a heart attack but it is not compulsory every chest pain cause the same. there are other reasons for chest pain such as a contraction in organs and tissues around the heart can cause pain. moreover, issues with lungs, muscles, nerves, food pipe, or ribs are other reasons for pain and this may spread from back to abdomen.
-------------------------------------------------------------------reason for chest pain-------------------------------------------------------------------the common reason behind chest pain is reduced blood flow to and from the heart and technically, it is known as angina. people who have experienced this pain describe it as the feeling of heaviness, tightness, burning, squeezing, and nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, sweating, and pressure behind the ribs. women may feel this experience these indications even without chest pain or discomfort.
the major cause of this pain is cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease. hence, people suspect chest pain arising because of such reasons as heart attack and angina owing to their similar symptoms. the only difference in both the pain is angina lasts for 5 to 10 minutes.
-------------------------------------------------------------------chest pain prevention -------------------------------------------------------------------more often, this pain occurs during exercise and alleviates after you rest. it also goes away after taking medicine but there are other preventive measures that you must keep in mind so, that this pain does not occur again.
• avoid tiring exercise that brings angina or chest pain
• eat non-oily balanced and nutritious meal
• do not take fast food and soda drinks
• try to cut the excess fat from food
• maintain body mass index
• limit alcoholic drink and smoke
• reduce stress by taking stress management session or yoga
• control blood pressure and take fiber diet
• avoid extreme hot and cold environment
• take medicine prescribed by doctor and perform exercise in presence of an expert
-------------------------------------------------------------------do’s while pain occurs-------------------------------------------------------------------
• take adequate water
• include fenugreek seeds, garlic, basil leaves, lemon, turmeric, and ginger in food.
• take food rich in natural carbohydrates like potato, cereals, and wheat
• consume at least a day fermented food such as yogurt
• grapes and amla are beneficial for heart
these are the do’s and don'ts for the chest pain. moreover, while you apply these prevention daily, if the chest pain becomes frequent or severe or your heart rate increases suddenly too often, you must consult a doctor.
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so many times, due to a hectic schedule, sedentary work habits, or sleeping in the wrong posture you have to experience the neck pain. it can indeed be quite bothersome as the pain can further spread to head, forehead, shoulders or arms. there can be various reasons for neck pain but mainly it is due to wrong posture, unhealthy habits, strenuous lifestyle, some injury or any chronic diseases. an injury or a chronic disease is not in our control but the other reasons which comprise about the maximum cases of neck pain can surely be checked. as it is said that prevention is better than cure, it is better to take follow some best practices to avoid the possibility of a neck pain.
here are some health safeguards which can be very effective in preventing a neck pain:
a) in maximum cases of neck pain, the cause of the pain is the wrong posture. hence the most important measure to prevent neck pain is to maintain the right posture. some of the things you can implement in your daily practices are:
when you sit or stand, the shoulders must be in straight line with the hips and ears should be directly above the shoulders. this ensures that your neck remains straight.
it is obvious that the due to demand of work, sitting for long hours in front of computer is normal practice, but it should be ensured that the monitor is at eye level so that there is no requirement of bending neck for longer duration. it must be also taken care that a break is taken between the long sitting hours to relax and stretch the neck and shoulders.
the bending of the neck in between ear and shoulder to speak on the phone while driving or for any other reason should be strictly avoided.
maintaining the right posture while sleeping is very important, try using a soft small pillow which supports and maintains the natural curve of the neck.
avoid the strain in neck, doing anything which makes your head bend for longer duration should be avoided.
b) lifestyle exercises are a good way to avoid a neck pain. the exercise should include the neck exercise, stretching, and walking or jogging.
c) healthy eating-eating right is very important for the healthy body. to prevent the neck pain one must avoid the food which can cause an inflammation. for example something too cold, too spicy, too bitter, or too astringent should be avoided. drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated is always recommended. the foods which have calcium, vitamin d, and fibers should be consumed more.
role of ayurveda -- ayurveda has not only cure for any pain or disease but ayurveda also helps in prevention of the pain .for prevention of neck pain, in addition to the right posture, vyayama and eating healthy, ayurveda has various therapies. the therapies such as nithya abhyanga, greeva vasti, pinda sweda and dhara help in relaxing our body, lubricate the tissues and muscles as well as rejuvenate the body. an individual can avail these therapies to prevent the pain.
the pain in the joints has become a very common issue, blame it on the kind of lifestyle we have or the hectic schedule. we often ignore the demands of our body; as a result, the health gets comprised. pain in knee, back, shoulders or neck is all the signs through which our body tells us that we need to pay attention to our health. out of these pains, neck pain is the problem of many people. the neck is part of the body which supports the head and allows the head for any kind of motion. the pain in the neck not only affects the neck but it sometimes affects the other body parts such as head, forehead, and arms making the pain unbearable. neck pain should be not taken lightly and the person should accordingly take the treatment before it becomes severe. it is also very important to know the causes and symptoms of neck pain.symptoms of neck pain:the symptoms of neck pain are: severe pain in neck nausea or vomiting inability to move arms or hands trouble swallowing or feeling of lump in neck headache fever throat pain stiff neck tenderness tingling or weakness in arms causes of neck painneck pain can due to various reasons;a) the first and foremost reason for neck pain is due to strain or sprains in muscles. this could be due to reasons such as sleeping in the wrong position, the poor posture of the neck, jerk in the neck while doing any activity, desk work or working on computers for long hours. the strain in the neck is basically because of the bad postures of the neck which can be blamed on our lifestyle or any particular habit.b) an injury or accident which causes harm to neck can be reason for neck pain.c) meningitis is a medical condition which often leads to stiff neck.d) there are plenty of medical conditions which lead to chronic neck pain these are; rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, cervical spondolysis, disc herniation. these medical conditions when affect the cervical vertebrae leads to the pain in neck.generally people don't take neck pain seriously until it becomes severe. or else people try to get the solution of neck pain through painkillers. however this is not the right way to deal with neck pain .if your neck pain has become constant problem, it is better to take the proper treatment.the ayurvedic treatment for neck pain proves to be very positive as ayurveda deals the problem of any pain by understanding the root cause of the pain. in ayurveda, the neck pain is situation which arises because of aggravated vata dosha in neck region.the ayurvedic treatment of neck pain includes the methods such as: Øuse of medicines made from ayurvedic herbs some of which are rasna, ashwagandha, dasamoolha. these medicines are made from natural herbs. Øthe person suffering from pain are given various ayurvedic treatments were the main aim is to relive the pain in a soothing way. these therapies are shiro dhara, shiro vasti, abhyangam, greeva vasthi and nasyam. Øthe ayurvedic treatment also includes the diet management and exercise which helps in reliving the stress which is very important for the body. image reference: source/link: https://goo.gl/images/y3akco
'joint pain' is a term which does not need any introduction, a lot of people suffer from this type of pain. stress on joints, tendency to over-stretch, sedentary lifestyle, etc. may cause the joint pain. we often try to curb the pain by taking the painkillers. however, the joint pain is not a disease which will go away just by taking the painkillers. painkillers are, in fact, a way of getting the relief temporarily. if you want to have a permanent relief from joint pain, then it should be treated to its root cause. the ayurvedic treatment for joint pain has time and again proved to be very useful. the ayurveda way of treatment involves understanding the reason behind the pain and the kind of dosha, an approach which is the basis of all ayurvedic treatments.a human body has 206 bones and 360 joints. the joint pain can occur in any joint. there are some common joint pains, such as:knee pain -- one of the most common areas for joint paint are knees. it is generally believed that knee pain occurs due to ageing, however, this is not the only reason. the knee pain can be due to excess strain, injury, exertion, or due to the conditions such as gout, osteoarthritis, septic arthritis. the ayurvedic treatment for the knee pain depends upon the root cause of the pain and accordingly the person is given the treatment. the ayurvedic treatment of knee pain involves giving the medicines and oils extracted from ayurvedic herbs such as rasanadi and guggulu. the person is given the treatment through therapies such as abhyanga, janu basti, patra panda sweda, lepa, upanaha. the person is encoouraged to do exercises which strengthen the muscle, help in managing the pain and reduce the stiffness. the overweight people are advised to exercise and follow a diet so as to reduce the weight. weight loss helps relieve the pain and does not let the joints to get damaged further.back pain-it is also one of the common areas of joint pain. the back pain makes people's life really stressful. the back pain makes even the simple task such as sitting or driving very tough. the back pain can be due to sitting for a long time in a wrong posture, any strain in the spine, or the conditions such as arthritis and spondylosis. in ayurveda there are many effective therapies which help the patient in getting relief from the back pain, such as abhyangam, kati basti, pizhichil, kizhi, sneha basti, kashaya basti. these therapies use the medicated oil made from ayurvedic herbs.neck pain-the neck pain is the problem in the joint when the person finds it too stiff to move the neck freely.the most common term or cause which leads to neck pain is cervical, other causes of neck pain are the strain, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, sitting in wrong postures, pronged use of computers, etc. the neck pain is a very horrifying experience as it generally starts with the neck and even affects forehead or at times the shoulder. the ayurvedic treatment of neck pain involves first understanding the cause of neck pain, the history and time period of pain. accordingly, the patient is given the treatment through medicines and therapies so that the pain subsides and further there is no degeneration of nerves, bones or cartilages.shoulder pain-shoulder is the part of the body which can rotate 360 degrees, thus the pain in the shoulder restricts the movement of the person. the shoulder pain can be due to stress, strain, dislocation of the shoulder, pinched nerves, heavy exercise and any activity which causes strain on shoulders. the ayurveda use the medicines made from the herbs such as asavams, thailams, and lehyams for the treatment of the shoulder pain. there are various ayurvedic therapies which are very effective for shoulder pain such as pizhicill, elakiazhi, and najam.hip pain-the hip pain can be due to pain in hip joint, muscles surrounding hip or ligaments. the most common cause of hip pain is arthritis. according to the cause of hip pain, the ayurvedic treatment is given for hip pain which includes the treatment through ayurvedic herbs.image reference: source/link
we have often seen people who are unable to climb the stairs or walk a mile easily or have problem sitting for a long duration. these all people have a common problem, i.e., aching joints. the pain in joints is one of the most known reasons for which people visit the doctors. it is generally a conception that pain in joints is due to increase in age. although this is one of the reasons for joint pains, there are also many other causes of joint pain. understanding joint pain and its treatment is very important otherwise it becomes very tough to lead a ‘painful' life.causes of joint pain:the joint pain can be due to any of these three causes; degeneration, inflammation, and injury. degeneration - the cartilage lines of bones get worn out, decreasing the space between the bones which causes the friction. this wear and tear can be due to age, deficiency of vitamin d or calcium or lack of exercise. inflammation - sometimes the inflammation process of the body goes out of control and the process damages the tissues of the body, thus it becomes the reason for pain. injury - any accident or injury which causes harm to any tissues of the joint can be the reason for joint pain. as per ayurveda, the aching joint is due to aggravated vata and accumulation of ama. the ama circulates in the body and gets deposited in any area. if ama accumulates in joints, its accumulation results in a disease known as amavata which is the reason for joint pains.symptoms of joint pains:the people with the joint pain have symptoms such as: pain in joints or the body part associated with the joint. the pain in joints makes the movement of that joint very difficult or the movement becomes very limited. the body part associated with the joint becomes very weak. there is tenderness in touching the affected body part. the affected area may swell or at times become very stiff. the people having the joint pain have a tough time dealing with pain; the condition of pain worsens in cold weather. so people have to take painkillers or the related treatment. however, it becomes very challenging to eliminate the pain completely.ayurveda has many treatments to help the people in not only relieving the pain but also in preventing the reason of recurrence of pain .the ayurvedic treatment is available for any kind of joint pain be it the elbow, hip, wrist, ankle ,foot, and so on. the ayurvedic treatment focuses on the cause of the pain whether it is due to inflammation, injury or degeneration. the person suffering from the pain is given the medicines made from ayurvedic herbs such as guggulu, rasana, and garlic. the person is given various therapies depending upon their condition such as dhanyamladhara, abhyanga, ilakkaizhi, and podikkizhi. the person has to follow the diet and consume the food items which are good for the health and avoid the food items which can elevate the pain.image reference: source/link