Ayurvedic Treatment for Cancer
Ayurveda is an Indian science that places importance in five basic elements: earth, air, fire, water, and ether (the space in which everything exists). Practitioners believe that these elements are found on earth as well as the human body, and that they must always exist in balance. Natural disasters are believed to be caused by disruptions of this balance, and disease comes from a similar disturbance in the body.
The concept has been widely applied in alternative medicine, and in recent years has even found its way to cancer patients. Ayurvedic treatment for cancer differs from traditional treatment in that it’s largely about rejuvenating the affected cells, rather than killing them (as chemotherapy and radiotherapy do). It’s a known fact that these treatments kill healthy cells alongside the cancerous ones, causing numerous side effects. By applying a gentler hand to these cells, according to advocates, Ayurveda not only eliminates discomfort, but also improves one’s overall well-being.
The science behind Ayurvedic treatment stems from evolution, which states that when an organism (such as a cell) is no longer able to survive in its environment, it responds by changing its form. The same thing happens when a cell becomes cancerous, according to Ayurveda. Doctors know for a fact that cancer cells develop from a mutation in the cell’s genetic makeup, but aren’t sure whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or a combination of both.
Ayurvedic treatment is made up of three elements: diet, medicine, and Panchakarma. Patients are put on a diet designed specifically for their constitution (“dosha”) and the season. Medicines are often a mix of powders, teas, and medicated oils derived from plants and herbs.
Panchakarma is a regime on its own, consisting of five treatments: nasal therapy (“nasya”), vomiting (“vamana”), purging (“virechana”), and two therapeutic enemas (“vasti”). They are meant to eliminate toxins from the body and restore the balance between the five elements. Rejuvenation is thought to occur at the DNA level, in effect curing the cancer cells.
It’s worth noting that Ayurvedic medicine is compatible with traditional medicine. Many doctors in the West combine it with hospital treatment and report good results, if only for the relaxation it offers the patient. However, no alternative medicine has been proven as effective as medical treatment, and therefore cannot replace traditional methods. If you’re considering Ayurvedic medicine for cancer or any other disease, consult your doctor and make sure it won’t disrupt your current regime.