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World Cancer day 2021

Cancer Management in Ayurveda

Life on earth has been rationalized with new pathway of technologies and modern science. Along with these easiness the world has gifted mankind a lot of anxiety and misery of certain chronic health issues such as Cancer, AIDS, Auto-immune disorders, Diabetes, Hypertension etc.
Cancer is defined as a group of disease in which a group of cells displays uncontrollable growth. The Latin word Cancer meaning ‘Crab’ most likely applied to the disease because of the finger-like spreading projections seen in these cases. It is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018 and in 2019, 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 cancer deaths are projected to occur in the United States. Globally, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. First World Cancer Day was celebrated in 1993 in Geneva, Switzerland under the direction of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).


Ayurvedic classics describe cancer as inflammatory or non-inflammatory swelling and mentioned it under Arbuda. Treatment are based on principles which include Conservative management by use of Ayurveda medicines, Various Panchakarma procedures (Detoxification) like Vamana (Emesis) ,Virechana (purgation) Nasya (Nasal medication) etc, Rasayana chikitsa (Immunotherapy), Diet and life style management, Satvavajaya (Counselling)etc. Control the harmful side effects of chemo and radiotherapy and can be used as adjuvants to improve the quality of life.


Several research studies in the last two decades workout on the benefits of yoga in terms of improved mood states, symptom reduction, stress reduction and improved quality of life apart from improving host factors that are known to affect survival in cancer patients.

These systematic yoga techniques include Yama’s (moral doctrines), Niyamas (disciplines), Asana (postures), Pranayama (regulated nostril breathing/breath control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) which help to heal body ,mind and spirit in the midst of cancer


Naturopathy is a drugless system which mainly deals with life style modification, prevention, education, treatment and optimal health of mind, body and spirit. Therapies include Diet and fasting therapy, acupuncture, physical medicine like hydrotherapy, mud therapy, heliotherapy etc. which helps to improve the immunity and life style to a greater extend