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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, November 21, 2022

Asbestos And Its Harmful Effects On Health, How It Causes Cancer?


Cancer is a condition in which there is an uncontrolled growth of body cells that spreads to the various body parts. It can start anywhere in the body and form trillions of cells. Generally the human cells multiply and grow, forming new cells that are much needed for the growth of the body. And in the normal process when the cells are damaged they die and new cells accumulate their place. Sometimes this order breaks down and the cells start growing in abnormal and uncontrolled ways. These abnormally growing cells start making tumors that can be cancerous as well as non-cancerous. The cancerous one has the ability to spread all over the body by the process of Metastasis. The benign or non-cancerous ones do not spread or invade into the nearby tissues. Sometimes these benign tumors can also cause serious complications especially when situated into such sites like in the brain. In the following article we are going to discuss one such particle that causes cancer which is asbestos, and also we will discuss the management of asbestos causing cancer in Ayurveda.



Asbestos refers to a group of fibrous minerals which is resistant to any kind of corrosion or heat. These properties make it useful for various purposes in a commercial department. On the other hand this material is highly toxic and once it gets ingested, will remain stuck in the body permanently. Although this material is used in making various substances to make them stronger which includes cloths, cement, paper, plastic and some other materials. Now let us discuss what are diseases related to Asbestos exposure, how it leads to Cancer and how to protect yourself from cancer. So let us discuss below about this cancer causing dangerous material.


Following are some of the facts about Asbestos that one must know: 

  • The Asbestos Exposure must occur in occupational settings as well as in homes. 
  • The primary cause of Mesothelioma is considered as Asbestos Exposure, this is the cancer of the lungs and abdominal lining.
  • There are other various kinds of Cancer that may occur due to Asbestos Exposure which includes ovarian, lung and laryngeal cancer. 
  • Until the 1980s, thousands of products in the US contained Asbestos.


Scientific research shows that Asbestos exposure can be linked to various diseases along with Cancer. Following are some of the diseases that can be caused by Asbestos:

  • Mesothelioma 
  • Lung Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleuritis
  • Pleural plaques
  • Diffuse pleural thickening
  • COPD


When a person inhales the fibers of Asbestos he  or she is unable to excrete it outside or to digest it. These fibers remain stuck around the sensitive lung tissues or abdomen tissues. Years and years pass these stuck fibers start causing inflammation and irritation which further damage the DNA and cells. This causes genetic changes, abnormal cell growth and at last cancer. It includes lung cancer and Mesothelioma and leads to half of the cancer deaths due to Occupations.


If a person experiences these symptoms they should pay attention to it and must have regular screenings. These symptoms include various symptoms.

  • Symptoms related to Respiratory System - Coughing, Shortness of breath, chest pain. If a person experienced these symptoms then it might be the symptoms of lung Cancer, pericardial mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma.
  • Symptoms related to Digestive System - Digestion issues, swelling and pain in abdomen, nauseous, altered bowel habits, etc. if a person is facing these symptoms then there must be a chance of stomach cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, ovarian cancer or colon cancer.
  • Symptoms related to Throat - Persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, chronic sore throat, always a feel to clean throat, etc. so if anyone notices these symptoms they will definitely get them diagnosis for pleural mesothelioma and laryngeal cancer.


Asbestos exposure even in small amounts is not safe but the worst impact is seen when the concentration is very high. Whenever the exposure occurs more and more Asbestos gets accumulated in the body and by no way we can reverse it back. Once the Asbestos fibers become airborne they get easily inhaled. So it is important not to disturb the product containing asbestos. Especially people who are living by the side where the soil contains Asbestos must have to avoid contact with the soil. Most of the population having Asbestos related diseases are Men in 60s or more than 60s. It happens in old age as Asbestos causes disease by living in the body for decades.


Following are some of the tips for handling asbestos safely:

  • It is necessary to seal off the working area by covering it with plastic sheets.
  • Turn off the Air Conditioner and wear a respirator with HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air).
  • Usage of Pump sprayer is necessary to keep the Asbestos material wet by which we can suppress the dust containing Asbestos all the time.
  • With wet wipers clean the work area or also you can use a HEPA filter for it.
  • Place Asbestos in  labeled bags at a landfill which can accept asbestos.


The first step to diagnose Asbestos is to go and talk to your Doctor which is available at Primary Health Care Centre, tell him about Asbestos exposure, your symptoms and the health history. If a Doctor feels you are having symptoms of mesothelioma then he will conduct a proper physical examination and check the unusual signs. For clear diagnosis of this condition following steps can be offered by your Doctor:

  • Imaging Tests: These techniques involve X-ray, CT Scan and MRI. 
  • Blood tests and Biomarkers: Mesomark, Somamer and Human MPF can be done under this category. 
  • Biopsy Procedures: Thoracoscopy, Cytology tests, Mediastinoscopy and laparoscopy is to be done under Biopsy procedures.

Till here we discussed all about Asbestos, how it can accuse Cancer and how that cancer can be diagnosed. Now we will discuss how this cancer can be managed by Ayurvedic remedies. So let’s have a look!!!


Classical Ayurvedic Texts provide reference to cancer and describe this as a tridoshaj vyadhi. Cancer as per Ayurveda is regarded as Arbuda (Malignant neoplasm)  and Granthi (Benign Neoplasm).  Acharya Sushruta explains 6 types of tumors among which first four are considered as benign tumours and other two are considered as malignant tumors. The six types of tumors are Vataj Granthi, Pittaj Granthi, Kaphaja Granthi, Medas Granthi (affected adipose tissue), Rakta Arbuda (affected blood) and Mamsa Arbuda (affected muscle tissue).

  • Vataj Granthi - It is charecterised by sharp pain, large, black and mobile, hard bulge with aggravated vata  dosha.
  • Pittaj Granthi - Yellow and red in colour, cause burning sensation, grows quickly and has aggravated pitta dosha.
  • Kaphaja Granthi - It has no pain, cold, big hard lump, produces itching and has skin colour due to aggravated kapha dosha.
  • Rakta Granthi - In this type of granthi the aggravated vata, pitta and kapha dosha circulates throughout the bloodstream but predominantly the pitta dosha.
  • Mamsa Granthi - This type of Granthi is caused by consumption of excessive meat.
  • Asthi Granthi - Injuries and fractures in the bones lead to aggravation of vata dosha which further causes Asthi Granthi.
  • Sira Granthi - The excessive accumulation of vata dosha causes vitiation in the bodily tissues channels and causes Sira Granthi.
  • Vrana Granthi - Excessive intake of vitiated food prevents ulcer from healing and leads to granthi, known as Vrana Granthi.


  • Garlic - Along with various herbs Garlic also assists in preventing Cancer, especially stomach Cancer. It has wonderful anti-carcinogenic and immune strengthening properties that assist in managing cancer.
  • Ginger - There is one another kitchen ingredient that acts as a Cancer weapon. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thus fighting against cancer.
  • Black Pepper - Black Pepper contains a great substance that is piperine, includes miraculous antioxidant properties, along with other herbs it boosts the anti-cancerous effect.
  • Turmeric - Turmeric (Curcuma longa) contains curcumin which is one of the most effective antiinflammatory agents. Cancer cells get nourishment from newly formed blood vessels. Curcumin works against these newly formed blood vessels and prevents the nourishment of the cancer cells, thus preventing cancer.

For alleviating these types of Granthi, Planet Ayurveda provides you with a Crab Care Pack. It includes several herbal remedies that effectively assist in the management of cancer with their effectiveness. Let’s have a look on the remedies by Planet Ayurveda!!


Ayurveda is a holistic science which has been serving a population since more than 3000 years. It is one of the oldest Holistic Science in the healing systems. This holistic science is based on a great belief, health and wellness turn on a fine balance between body, mind and spirit. The main goal of Ayurveda is to promote good health and a treatment is there toward various specific health issues. Planet Ayurveda is a company that is working for 20 years on the aim of this holistic science. They formulates their own herbal remedies by strict adherence to Ayurvedic classical texts. There are various supplements produced by Planet Ayurveda that can be used by a healthy person to maintain their health. For the purpose of managing various diseases Planet Ayurveda provides you with a wide range of products. For managing Cancer they provide a Crab Care pack for advance stages, below we are going to discuss this pack and how it is beneficial in the management of Cancer. So let’s have a look!!!!


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

Crab Care Pack

Cancer Care Pack


1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin Capsules is a single herbal capsule formulation prepared by planet Ayurveda. These capsules consist of standardized extract of herb haridra (Curcuma longa). This herb consists of immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties. It prevents cancer, slows down its spread and also protects the healthy cells from being damaged. It controls the cell's proliferation with the blockage of cell cycle and reduces kapha dosha. Curcumin Capsules also prevent the neovascularization (formation of new blood vessels) that are responsible for initiating the growth of abnormal cells.

Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha Capsules consist of standardized extract of single herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This is one of the capsule formulations prepared by Planet Ayurveda which can be used as a health supplement as well as for managing various kinds of disorders. Ashwagandha herb consists of adaptogenic properties which means it regulates the normal functioning of the body. These capsules also consist of immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties that prevent cancerous growth with its free radicals eliminating properties.

Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Chandraprabha Vati

Chandraprabha Vati is one of the classical Ayurvedic formulations used since ancient times for various disorders. These tablets are prepared by Planet Ayurveda as per strict adherence to classical Ayurvedic texts. These tablets consist of various ingredients like Guggul (Commiphora mukul), haridra (Curcuma longa), giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), etc. These herbs provide immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic properties. It will reduce the size of abnormal cancerous growth as well as prevent further growth of cancerous growths.

Dosage - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Tulsi Capsules

Tulsi Capsules are a single herbal capsule formulation that is formulated by Planet Ayurveda with standardized extract of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum). This herb consists of antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and various other properties. Tulsi along with kapha pacifying properties and anti-carcinogenic properties assists in reducing cancerous growth size as well as preventing the further growth of cancer cells.

Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar Guggul is one of the classical Ayurvedic formulations used since ancient times for reducing abnormal growths in the body. These tablets consist of various ingredients such as kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), amalaki (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and various others. It contains properties such as  This remedy is useful in the management of tumors, PCOS, cystic swelling and ulcers. It assists in reducing the size of these growths by drying the excessive kapha dosha in the body.

Dosage - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

6. Guggul Capsules

Guggul Capsules is a single ingredient capsule formulation that is prepared by Planet Ayurveda with the standardized extract of Guggul (Commiphora mukul).  These capsules consist of best anti-inflammatory properties and kapha pacifying properties. Thus these capsules are considered as effective in case of eczema, acne, arthritis, psoriasis and abnormal growths. Especially its kapha pacifying properties are best which assists in management of the cancerous growths, thus these capsules are given in case of cancer caused by Asbestos.

Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.


Asbestos refers to a group of fibrous minerals which is resistant to any kind of corrosion or heat. On the other hand this material is highly toxic and once it gets ingested, will remain stuck in the body permanently. The Asbestos Exposure must occur in occupational settings as well as in homes. The primary cause of Mesothelioma is considered as Asbestos Exposure, this is the cancer of the lungs and abdominal lining. There must be special methods of handling asbestos at occupational working places. For preventing and managing Asbestos Cancer various remedies are provided by Planet Ayurveda. So people working in areas having Asbestos can use these remedies to prevent as well as manage cancer.

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