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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment of Breast Cancer

Cancer is considered as fatal and complicated disease. In this the abnormal growth of cells occur. It is also known as Malignancy. Cancer may affect any organ or any part of the body. There are many different types of cancer like lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, myeloma etc.

Nowadays breast cancer is very common in women. It is mainly due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle. There are different ways to manage the breast cancer. In modern science, the different medicines are given or chemotherapy is done. In Ayurveda, different natural herbs are used to manage cancer, like ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) etc. In this article we will discuss about major causes, symptoms and management of breast cancer as per Ayurveda.

Breast cancer

Breasts are the vital organ in women for preparing milk for baby. Breast consists of milk glands which is supported by tissue and fat. Breast cancer is a type of cancer found in the cells of breast. The breast cells grow abnormally (grow out of control). It can occur in both men and women. But most common in women. About 90% of breast cancer starts from ducts or lobes (called lobular carcinoma) and almost 75% from cells of lining of milk ducts (called ductal carcinoma).

Types of breast cancer

There are different types of cancer but some are very rare.

A breast tumor can be a mix of different types which are given below:

  1.  Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - In this the cancer starts in cells of lining duct without growing (invading).
  2.  Invasive (or infiltring) ductal carcinoma (IDC) - It is most common type. In this abnormal growth starts in lining cells which get spread into breast tissue. From there it can spread to surrounded tissue or other body parts.
  3.  Invasive (infiltring) lobular carcinoma (ILC) - It starts from the lining cells of milk glands (lobules) and it grow through walls then it may spread to nearby lymph nodes or other body parts.
  4.  Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) - It is rare type of breast cancer. In this no single lump or tumor is present. In this breast looks reddish and has feeling of warmth. The swelling of breast may occur and it becomes harder, tender or itchy.

SYMPTOMS

The signs and symptoms of breast cancer are:

  • Lump formation in breast that feels different from breast tissue.
  • Severe pain in breast.
  • Change in breast appearance (size, shape)
  • Discharge of blood from breast other than milk
  • Inversion of nipple
  • Redness on breast skin
  • Irritation over breast

Causes of breast cancer

The exact cause of breast cancer is unknown but according to research there are some factors that may be responsible for this which are given below:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle - smoking, drinking alcohol and abuse of drugs
  • Medical history - presence of any other cancer may be responsible for breast cancer.
  • Genetics - History of mother having breast cancer increases the risk of breast cancer in children.
  • Weight - highly obese person are at risk of breast cancer.
  • Diet and lifestyle - high fat and unhealthy diet may also be the cause of breast cancer.
  • Pregnancy - late pregnancy or abortion or in a woman who never got pregnant.
  • Age - about 60 or above age are at high risk.
  • Family history
  • Medications

DIAGNOSIS

There are different tests to diagnose breast cancer which are following:

  • Breast Examination - It helps to check the lump or mass formation in  breast.
  • Biopsy - In this a tissue of breast is taken to test the cancer.
  • Mammogram - It is most common method for diagnosis of breast cancer. It is X-Ray of breast which is used for screening the breast.
  • Breast ultrasound - It is used to produce images to differentiate the lump or fluid filled cyst.
  • Breast MRI

AYURVEDIC OUTLOOK

Ayurveda is a science of life which mainly works on natural supplements to manage the diseased condition. According to Ayurveda, the body is mainly based on tridoshas (vata, pitta and kapha). Imbalance of any of three energies results in diseased condition. Cancer condition is mainly due to imbalance of all three doshas. It is due to improper diet and lifestyle. When women create imbalance in routine due to improper diet, lifestyle, overwork, use of chemicals, drugs, anxiety, working in night shifts then tridoshas get imbalanced that is the main cause of any disease according to Ayurveda. It also affects the digestive fire (jataragni) which causes accumulation of toxins (ama) that results in blockage of channels (strotas). These all are collectively responsible for cancer. In Ayurveda Breast cancer is called Karkata-Arbuda.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF BREAST CANCER

Cancer can be managed with the help of both allopathic and Ayurvedic but in allopathic or modern science there are many side effects of radiations and medicines on body. Ayurveda provides natural and safe medications for any disease. It helps naturally and enhances body functioning. There are many herbs in Ayurveda which help in breast cancer that control the abnormal growth of breast cells and in later stages it will help to reduce pain and curb it spread to other organs.

PLANET AYUREVEDA'S FORMULATION FOR BREAST CANCER

Planet Ayurveda is an herbal manufacturing company which provide 100% pure and natural products. It mainly works on ancient science of medicine i.e. Ayurveda. They provide different herbal formulations like herbal tablets, capsules and powders, syrups which are pure and safe. These are made from natural herbs without adding any chemical substance.

It is a combo pack of different products which are given as:

Sr. No. Product Name Herbs Used
1 Ashwagandha Capsules 2 Bottles (120 Capsules)
2 Curcumin Capsules 2 Bottles (120 Capsules)
3 Kachnaar Guggul 2 Bottles (240 Tablets)
4 Tulsi Capsules 2 Bottles (120 Capsules)
5 Guggul Capsules 2 Bottles (120 Capsules)
6 Chanderprabha Vati 2 Bottles (240 Tablets)

1. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

It is 100% natural product obtained from Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).

Uses: It possesses natural rejunvating properties for the body. It is also used in fatigue, stress and weakness.

Dose: 2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

2. CURCUMIN CAPSULES

It is obtained from Curcuma longa which is rich in medicinal properties. It is anti-oxidant in nature that reduces the free radicals from body thereby improving health and immunity. This herb has power against infection and toxins. It is also helpful in many malignant cancers.

Dose: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. KACHNAAR GUGGUL

This is a natural product obtained from mixture of different herbs which are given below:

Main Ingredients

  • Kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegata)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)  
  • Varuna (Crataeva religiosa)

Uses:

  • It helps to maintain cells and tissues healthy.
  • It helps to stop extra growth of cancerous cells.

Dose: 2 tablets thrice daily with lukewarm water.

4. TULSI CAPSULES

This is natural extract obtained from pure tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)

Uses:

  • It has strong anti-oxidant properties that eliminates toxins from body.
  • It has positive effect on chest and throat.
  • It has overall effective results in respiratory system.
  • It has anti - inflammatory property.

Dose: 2 capsules, twice daily with plain water after meals

5. CHANDERPRABHA VATI

It is an ancient formulation which is used in Ayurveda. This formulation helps in improving overall functioning of body. the main ingredients of chanderprabha vati are:

  • Shilajit (Asphaltum)
  • Guggul (Comniphora mukul)
  • Sharkara  (Sugar)
  • Karpoor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Vacha (Acorus calamus)
  • Mustak (Cyprus rotundus)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Chavya (Piper chaba)
  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
  •  Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinalis)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Sarjikashaar (Sodium carbonate)
  • Yavkshaar (Potasium carbonate)
  • Saindhav lavan (Rock salt)
  • Suvarchal lavan (Sodium sulphate)
  • Vida lavan (Black salt)
  • Danti (Baliospermum montanum)
  • Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
  • Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala)
  • Ela (Elettaria cardamomum)

Uses:

  • It has calming effect on entire body.
  • This is effective against infection.

Dose: 2 tablets thrice a day after meal with plane water.

6. GUGGUL CAPSULES

This is obtained from Guggul (Commiphora mukul).

Uses:

  • It has antioxidant property.
  • It has blood purifying property.
  • It is useful in many health conditions.
  • It revitalizes cells and therefore rejuvenates them.
  • It has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving property.

Dose: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

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