One of the most common cancers that the 21st century has witnessed is lung cancer and to get rid of it is no less than a miracle. Even after years of study scientists have not been able to detect the appropriate cause and cure of it.
In modern cancer therapy, patients have to undergo extreme painful conditions to reach a stage where the cancer is probably destroyed but there is no surety. There are toxic side effects as well.
Ayurveda is the oldest Indian indigenous medicine system of plant drugs and is known from very early times for preventing or suppressing various tumours.
According to Charaka and Sushruta Samhitas of Ayurveda, cancer is described as inflammatory or non-inflammatory swelling named as Granthi (minor neoplasm) or Arbuda (major neoplasm).
The three Doshas of Ayurveda that maintain a balance in the Prakriti of the body are; the nervous system known as Vata or air, the venous system as Pitta or fire and the arterial system as Kapha or water. These three make the base of Ayurveda and are significant for the body to function normally.
In tumours, all three Doshas’ equilibrium is disrupted and they lose mutual coordination which causes tissue damage, resulting in critical condition. This in the end causes excessive metabolic crisis resulting in rapid multiplication of cells of the body also known as proliferation.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer has officially become the most dangerous killer in the world. Cancer is said to be the result of an advanced pattern of irregular and stressed life dominated by Western medicine.
The first step and main goal of Ayurveda are to find the ultimate cause of cancer. The approach of Ayurveda consists of four major parts:
In the Ayurvedic procedure, herbs play the most important role because they promote total healing and can eliminate side effects caused by complications of cancer. Herbs possess great potential in curing cancer.
It is scientifically proven that herbs contain anti-cancer properties, some of them are Amorphophallus Campanulatus, Oxoxylum Indicum, Basella Rubra, Flacourtia Romantchi, Moringa Oleifera and Ficus Bengalensis, etc.
People who smoke are prone to having lung cancer. About 90% of lung cancer patients are smokers.
Other factors which also cause lung cancer are radon gas, asbestos, air pollution exposures, and chronic infections can possibly contribute to lung carcinogenesis. Sometimes cancer can be inherited too.
Lung cancer is broadly divided into two types:
Stages of Lung Cancer
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
The common symptoms:
Preventing Lung Cancer
Nine plant-derived compounds have been given a nod for use as anti-cancer drugs.
Ayurvedic herbs have multiple properties that produce therapeutic benefits lowering adverse effects of cancers. Awareness about Ayurvedic therapies for combating cancer should be spread so that nature can do its work. Science needs Ayurveda.