Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases estimated and 8.2 million deaths from cancer globally. It is expected that the number of new cases will rise to 22 million within the next two decades.
Cancer is defined as a mass of tissue formed as a result of an abnormal, excessive, uncoordinated, autonomous and purposeless proliferation of cells.
Today when modern medicine battles relentlessly to end the trauma of cancer patients, there comes the need of Ayurveda in solving the problem.
The general symptoms present are:
- Rapid and unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty in breathing
- Frequent infections and pain
Ayurveda follows a holistic approach depending upon the advancement of the disease. Initially, the principle adopted in the treatment includes the correction of digestive power. Immunomodulatory and rejuvenation therapies are administered to improve the quality of life of the patient.
Purificatory therapies like Panchakarma plays a vital role in the prevention of the further spread of the ailment. Treatments are prescribed depending upon the site and stages of cancer.
Moreover, Ayurveda therapies act as adjuvant therapy, along with chemo and radiation therapy and help in minimizing the side effects of both.
Hence, an integrated approach helps in enhancing the lifespan with a better quality of life in cancer patients.