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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Herbal Remedies for GIST Cancer - Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor


Gastrointestinal tract is also known as the alimentary canal or digestive tract. It is a muscular tube which is hollow starting from the oral cavity. Digestive tract includes the mouth, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus where the waste is excreted. The large intestine consists of appendix, cecum, colon and rectum while the small intestine has three parts called duodenum, jejunum in the middle and ileum in the end. There are various organs which help in enzyme secretion which in turn helps in breaking food into nutrients. The main purpose of the gastrointestinal tract is to breakdown food to consume the nutrients from it. GIT has four layers called mucosa, sub mucosa, muscularis externa and serosa.


GIST means Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor. A tumor is formed when the cells grow abnormally forming mass. A tumor can be both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) spreading from one part of the body to the other. There are many types of tumor and one of them is Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor.

Gastrointestinal Stromal tumors are soft tissue sarcoma which can occur anywhere on the digestive tract but the most common sites affected in the digestive tract are Small intestine and stomach. The sarcoma cells are the cells which hold the body together and it consists of fat cells, tendons, joints, blood vessels etc. The tumor starts from the pacemaker cells found in the walls of the Gastrointestinal tract. The pacemaker cells are called ICCS (Interstitial cells of Cajal). They send signals to the digestive tract to move food and liquid into the digestive system.

GIST Cancer, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor


Other types of GIT malignant tumors which develop from other cells:-

  • Adenocarcinomas:- This GIT cancer can occur in esophagus, colon, rectum and stomach. It starts from the gland cells which line almost all the parts of the digestive tract.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma:- This cancer starts from the squamous cells or flat cells which covers part of our digestive tract. It covers the upper part of the esophagus and the end part of the anus.
  • Neuroendocrine tumor:- They have common functions like nerve cells and also with endocrine cells (Hormone producing).
  • Epidemiology:-
    • 4000 to 6000 adults are affected by gastrointestinal stromal tumor all around the world.
    • 60 percent of gastrointestinal stromal tumors are of the stomach while 35 percent is of the small intestine.


Clinical features presented in Gastrointestinal stromal tumor are:-

The symptoms depend on the severity, size and location of the tumor in the digestive tract. The signs may vary from person to person. Below are the commonly presented symptoms:-

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Blood while passing stool
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling or Sensation of Mass inside the stomach
  • Weakness all the time
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Obstruction of bowels


The main cause for the gastrointestinal stromal tumor is not known yet. But the cancer develops when the cells start to grow uncontrollably. They can spread to the liver and even cause death. The main reasons to develop GIST are due to mutation of certain genes. There are some risk factors which are the cause for developing gastrointestinal stromal tumor.


  • Age:- People who are above 50 are more likely to develop this cancer while people below 40 are less likely to have it and occur in very rare cases.
  • Sex:- Men are more likely to be affected by gastrointestinal stromal cancer as compared to women.
  • Hereditary syndrome:- Mutation of the gene called neurofibromatosis type1. If this mutation runs in the family for example if your mother or father had GIST then you are more likely at risk to develop this cancer. But this does not happen in every case.
  • SDH gene mutation:- The mutation of succinate dehydrogenase gene and people born with this mutation are more likely to develop GIST.


There is variety of laboratory test to diagnose for GIST which includes:-

  • Physical examination:- It is done to look for any mass around the abdomen or any other health related issues. Medical history along with family history should also be included to detect the cause of GIST.
  • CT scan:- It is useful for the patient to determine the location and size of the tumor present in the digestive tract.
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) scan:- This shows the detailed images of tissues in the body. It will help with the patient who has GIST to know how much has it spread?
  • Barium X-Rays:- Before the test you have to do fasting the night before or you may need to take laxatives to clean the digestive tract for examination. In this test, you have to drink barium liquid which coats the esophagus and the x-rays are taken to detect for tumors.
  • PET scan:- It is done to look for possible areas where the cancer has spread. It is also useful to know if the treatment is working or not.
  • Endoscopy:- In this test a tiny video camera is inserted into the digestive tract to have a clear image of tumors on the lining of the GI tract.
  • Biopsy:- The sample tissue from the affected area is taken and further sends it for pathology. It is done to detect a type of tumor if it is benign or malignant.


All the herbal medicines provided by Planet Ayurveda are 100% vegetarian, pure and natural. Planet Ayurveda provides herbal remedies prepared from the best quality herbs and follow the strict rules of Ayurveda. All herbal remedies are free from chemicals, preservatives, and additives. These herbal medicines will help to stop the abnormal growth of cells in the body and manage the disease. Below are the medicines which will help you to manage the disease:-

  1. Curcumin Capsules
  2. Kanchnaar Guggul
  3. Digestion Support
  4. Mahashankh Vati
  5. Graviola Capsules
  6. Pitta Balance
  7. Praval Panchamrit

Herbal Remedies for GIST Cancer

Herbal Remedies for GIST Cancer


1. Curcumin Capsules

It contains the herbal extract of Haridra (Curcuma longa) and is one of the best remedies to treat cancers and tumors.  It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. It is useful in all kinds of Digestive Problems. Curcumin helps to stop the spread of Cancers. It is also helpful in purifying the blood.

Dosage:- 1-2 capsules two times daily after meals with water.

2. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar is a beautiful tree growing in India, it has been found effective in tumors especially in the gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Also, it helps in both malignant and benign cancers having anticancer properties. It is also recommended in cases like Gangrene, Fistula in ano, Adenoids and tonsillitis too.

Dosage:- 1-2 tablets twice daily with water after meals.

3. Digestion Support

This is the safe herbal formulation prepared using Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Sounf (Foeniculum vulgare), Pippali (Piper longum) and many more. All these herbs help in all kinds of digestive problems. These aid in balancing the ‘kapha’ dosha and removing all the toxins from the intestine. It also assists in treating the ailments like constipation, gas or flatulence related to GIST cancer.

Dosage:- 1-2 capsules with water, after the meals.

4. Mahashankh Vati

It contains extract of herbs like Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Danti (Baliospermum montanum), Sarjikakshara (Natural Sodium carbonate) etc. Combining all these herbs, make it the best remedy for any kind of tumors and bars the cells from growing abnormally. Mahashankh vati also helps in digestive problems.

Dosage:- Take 1-2 pills daily with water, after meals.

5. Graviola Capsules

It is made up of herbal extract called Graviola (Annona muricata) which contains antioxidant and anticancer properties, thus, aids the body to restrict the growth of tumor and cancer. It is useful in treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal stromal tumor. It also detoxifies the body.

Dosage:- 1 capsule twice daily with water, after meals.

6. Pitta Balance

It contains herbal extract of Akik Pishti (Agate compound), Jawar Mohar Pishti (Calcium compound) Praval Pishti (Coral compound) etc. Pitta which means Fire element, also called Agni helps in balancing our digestion. It helps in treating the disorders of gastrointestinal tract including tumors.

Dosage:- 1 capsule twice daily with water.

7. Praval Panchamrit

This is a classical herbo-mineral formulation in the tablets form, prepared by following the ancient Ayurvedic principles. It is helpful in reducing any growth or mass in the abdomen and all the problems related to the digestive tract like diarrhea or constipation. It helps to remove toxins from the body and aids the cells for growing normally. The tablets are also useful in cough asthma and urinary tract related problems.

Dosage:- 1-2 tablets twice daily with water, after the meals.

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Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is one of the rare but dangerous disorders. But, it is treatable and can be well managed through Ayurvedic medicines. All the herbal medicines mentioned above, will help in treating the disease and stopping the cells from growing more abnormally. Moreover, these also help in managing the entire health of the individual. For consultation, you can write us at:

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