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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Can Ayurveda help in treating Melanoma?

In this modern age, cancer remains a great threat to the society and Ayurvedic science can significantly help the patients to cope up with this dreadful disease and can be used as an adjunct to alleviate the symptoms associated with the conventional therapies such as nausea, pain, fatigue, etc.

These days cancer is increasing because we have polluted our food, lifestyle and even our mental status is also polluted. These negative energies have become part of our body which cause multiplication of cancer cells and cause cancer.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which is a very serious condition. It develops in the cells that produce melanin pigment. It is a pigment which is responsible for giving skin, eyes and hair their color.

melanoma, skin cancer


Melanoma can develop anywhere in the body but they mostly develop in the areas which are exposed to the sun such as the face, arms, legs.

In people with darker skin, it can also develop in those areas which don't receive any sun exposure such as soles of the feet, fingernail beds, palms of the hands etc.

The Symptoms Are:

  • A change in an existing mole
  • The development of pigmented skin
  • Unusual growth on the skin


The only way to accurately diagnosing melanoma is biopsy which is done by removing the suspicious growth or mole. The pathologist then analyzes the sample.


In modern medicine, the treatment for early-stage Melanoma is surgery. Sometimes, Melanoma is very thin which can be removed by biopsy and no further treatment is required. When it spreads to other body organs including lymph nodes, affected nodes may also be removed. Other treatments such as Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Biological therapy etc. are recommended.


The science of Ayurveda has deep roots and presents a great opportunity for battling the global burden of cancer. Seeking out and researching plant-based agents that have a long history in the traditional system can be more effective.

In Ayurveda, there is a mention of various herbs that are useful in the treatment of Melanoma or skin cancer. In Ayurveda, it is believed that cancer is caused due to the vitiation of all the three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

In Ayurveda, it is also mentioned that the cause of all the diseases is srotas avrodh means blockage of channels.

srotas avrodh, cause of all the diseases

Reference: Sushrut Samhita, Nidan Sthan, Chapter No. 11, Shloka No. 13 & 14

Meaning: According to this shloka, due to the vitiation of Vata dosha in the body there is a formation of the lump which is circular, stable, less painful, and large, can spread in all the tissue elements, slowly increases in size and never gets ripened. This is known as the tumor in Ayurveda which is caused due to the vitiation of vata, pitta, kapha, blood, mamsa, and meda.


Crab Care Pack Consists Of

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Curcumin Capsules
  3. Kanchnaar Guggul
  4. Tulsi Capsules
  5. Guggul Capsules
  6. Chanderprabha Vati

Crab Care Pack

cancer care pack, herbal remedies for melanoma

1. Ashwagandha Capsules (Withania somnifera)

Withania somnifera is a plant that has been described as Rasayana or rejuvenating herb by the ancient Masters. Ashwagandha Capsules by Planet Ayurveda consist of the standardized extract of the herb Withania somnifera. This herb balances all the three doshas and it works well in all types of people. Moreover, Ashwagandha is found to be radio-protective in the cancer treatment. The anti-oxidant properties of Ashwagandha are the first line of defense against cancer. Anti-oxidant property of Ashwagandha fight off free-radicals that might otherwise support the growth of cancer cells. Therefore, these capsules are very effective in the treatment of melanoma as well.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily to be taken with plain water after meals.

2. Curcumin Capsules (Curcuma longa):

Turmeric is a commonly used spice in Indian and Asian foods. The active ingredient of turmeric is Curcumin which inhibits the cell proliferation and induces cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and senescence. In research, it was also found that it decreases the expression of multiple different enzymes, transcription factors, growth factors, inflammatory cytokines and other cell-signaling components that are responsible for cancer growth and progression.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily to be taken with plain water after meals.

3. Kanchnaar Guggul (Bauhinia variegata):

Planet Ayurveda's Kachnaar Guggul is prepared using the standardized extract of Kachnaar bark and other ingredients. It is a traditional Ayurvedic preparation which is useful in fibroids, tumor, cysts, skin diseases, wounds etc.

Dose: 2 tablets to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

4. Tulsi Capsules (Ocimum sanctum)

Tulsi is considered as a sacred herb. Tulsi has immense medicinal properties such as it reduces the ill effects of radiotherapy of cancer. Tulsi has been found to protect tissues and organs against chemical stress such as industrial pollutants, heavy metals, physical stress from prolonged physical exertion etc. It reduces the damage caused to DNA and induces apoptosis in pre-cancerous and cancerous cells thereby reducing the growth of tumors.

Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

5. Guggul Capsules (Commiphora mukul)

The standardized extract of the gum resin of this plant is used for the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’ Guggul Capsules. The gum resin of this tree is a source of a phytosterol, Guggulsterol that has been widely used in Ayurveda as a remedy for various diseases. It targets multiple signaling molecules with a varied range of mechanisms with its anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects.

Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

6. Chanderprabha Vati

Chanderprabha Vati is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which is used as a general health tonic and a supplement for reducing general debility and increasing physical strength. It acts as 'Yogvahi' i.e. acts as a catalyst with other herbal ingredients for swift therapeutic action and balances all the three doshas.

Dose: 2 tablets to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Thus, these Ayurvedic herbal remedies help in regulating the body's metabolism, protect the healthy cells and halt cancer cells progression or acceleration.


A healthy rich and nutritious diet is also helpful in overcoming melanoma along with the intake of Ayurvedic medicines.

  • A diet such as crucifer vegetables, leafy green vegetables, beta carotene-rich sweet potatoes, carrots etc. should be consumed regularly.
  • Take fresh coconut water in the morning as it is anti-cancerous. It has all the enzymes that are needed by the body.
  • Consume fresh green leaves such as coriander leaves, mint leaves, radish leaves, curry leaves, basil leaves etc. as they contain nitric oxide. They also contain antioxidants which protect us from cancer.
  • Antioxidant rich diet is very important for cancer patients and it is generally found in raw things such as fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid the consumption of canned juices, processed foods, and chemical-based food products as they are carcinogenic as they are acidic in nature and cancer cells grow in acidic medium.
  • Include spices such as turmeric in the diet.
  • Avoid using plastic products like plastic bags.

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