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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Prostate Cancer- Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Ayurvedic treatment

Prostate Cancer

It is male reproductive disorder in which prostate gland is affected. Majority of the people in society are not aware about this disease. It commonly occurs with advancing age. Approximately about 50-60% of all men between the age of 40 and 60 years are affected by this. It is the second prominent reason for deaths in United States among men. It can be managed with the help of herbal medicines which are purely obtained from herbs like Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) etc.

What is Prostate?

It is sex gland in male that exists directly under the bladder and in front of rectum. It plays a role in both sex and urination. It produces fluid which carries sperm during ejaculation. The size of prostate is as that of a walnut. Growth of prostate start during puberty period and attain maximum growth by middle age.

What is prostate cancer?

It is the slow progressive disease in men. In this, the growth of prostate is abnormal. It starts with alterations in size and shape of prostate gland cells called Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PIN). It is highly dangerous and life threatening disease. It may spread into other parts of reproductive system, bones and lymph nodes. It is common in age over 40 years.

CAUSES OF PROSTATE CANCER

The exact cause of disease is not known but there are some possible factors which may be responsible for disease which are given below:

  • Age: It is primary risk factor for prostate cancer. As man is older the risk of disease is higher. The common age is above 40 years.
  • Genetics: It is also common factor. It may be transmitted from parent to their children. There are some genes which may be responsible for prostate cancer called BRCA 2.
  • Diet: Diet which are low in fiber and vitamin D and high meat diet may also lead to prostate cancer.
  • Obesity: It may also responsible for prostate cancer.
  • Sexually transmitted disease: Some disease like gonorrhea is also responsible for prostate cancer.
  • Enzyme: An enzyme, PRSS3 that changes the environment of prostate and may cause cancer in prostate cells.

SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATE CANCER

In early stages, there are no signs and symptoms observed. In advanced stages, the common symptoms are:

  • Difficulty in urination
  • Bone pain
  • Pain in back, pelvic region
  • Leg weakness
  • Blood in urine and semen
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Fever (in case of infections)
  • Involuntary passage of urine
  • Burning and frequent urination

DIAGNOSIS OF PROSTATE CANCER

As per modern science it can be diagnosed with the following tests:

  • Digital rectal examination
  • Prostate antigen tests
  • Biopsy
  • MRI
  • CT scan

AYURVEDIC OUTLOOK

In Ayurveda, prostate cancer is correlated with Puaraush Granthi Shoth. There are three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) present in body which are responsible for healthy body. In today's busy life style people prefer junk food, packed food etc. which are responsible for vitiation of body doshas which may results in symptoms associated with disease.

HOW AYURVEDA HELPS IN PROSTATE CANCER?

Ayurveda is ancient science of life which helps in management of symptoms associated with the disease. It is natural and safe way to manage the diseased condition. As per Ayurveda, it is slow progressive disorder which gets adverse with age and it involves the aggravation of all three doshas. There are many herbal formulations present in Ayurveda which help to balance the doshas such as Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) etc.

PLANET AYURVEDA'S FORMULATION FOR PROSTATE CANCER

Planet Ayurveda is herbal manufacturing company which offers different products for different diseases. These products are purely natural and safe. These have no side effects because these are free from chemicals. There are many effective medicines offered by Planet Ayurveda which are useful to manage the symptoms of disease. These medicines are present in the form of pack called Crab Care Pack.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. Ashwgandha Capsules

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

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

Dose - 1-2 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- 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Kachnaar Guggul

This is a natural product obtained from mixture of kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum) and Varuna (Crataeva religiosa).

Uses- It helps to maintain cells and tissues healthy.

Dose: 1-2 tablets twice 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 eliminate antioxidants from body.
  • It has overall effective results in respiratory system.
  • It has anti- inflammatory property.
  • It is also useful in treatment of cough, cold, flu and headaches.

Dose- 1-2 capsules, twice daily with plain water after meals

5. Chanderprabha Vati

This tablet contains mixture of different herbs for eg. Shilajit (Asphaltum), Sugar (Shakara), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Karpoor (Cinnamomum camphora), Amla (Emblica officinalis) etc.

Uses- It has calming effect on entire body. It is one of the most potent adaptogen and stress busters that cause relaxation of tenseness. This is effective against infection and helps to lose weight.

Dose- 2 tablets twice 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 revitalizing cells and therefore rejuvenates them.
  • It has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving property.

Dose- 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

Tips for prostate cancer

Some common fruitful remedies for prostate cancer which are given below:

Healthy diet

According to Ayurveda, healthy eating habits help you to prevent many diseases and prostate cancer is one of them. Diet contains cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower as they have anti cancerous properties and act as anti-androgen and it helps to fight against production of cancerous cells in prostate. As it is rightly said that

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".

  • Regular exercise helps to maintain overall health of body.
  • Maintain body weight.

"Prostate cancer is like golf. You need to play it as it lies. Because the disease is variable, each treatment solution requires a unique strategy."

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