Ayurvedic Treatment for Lung Cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 29, 2011
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Lung cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled growth of lung tissues. It accounts for most number of cancer related deaths and the figure stands at 1.3 million globally. The standard  treatment methods for lung cancer include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Ayurveda is used as an additional therapy with these standard treatments of lung cancer.

 

There are two main types of cancer namely non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer. There can also be a combination of both of them. When the cancer develops in some other body part and later effects the lungs, it is referred to as metastatic cancer. More cigarettes you smoke on daily basis and how early you started have an influence on your chances of developing lung cancer. Passive smoking is equally harmful. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 3,000 non-smoking adults die annually from lung cancer due to passive smoking.

 

Ayurvedic Medicines

 

Ayurvedic medicines control the disease and prevent it from spreading to the other parts of body. Medicines used to treat lung cancer include Ras-Sindur, Hema-Garbha-Ras, Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Sameer-Pannag-Ras, Nag-Guti, Chaturbhuj-Ras, Bhallatak-Asav, Karpuradi-Churna, Kantakari-Avleha, Sitopaladi-Churna, Talisadi-Churna, Pippalyadi-Ghrut, Drakshasav and Vasavaleha.

 

The concurrent use of ayurvedic remedies for lung cancer treatment puts more emphasis on controlling the spread of the disease, improving quality of life and thereby, improving the survival chances of the patient.

  • Medicines that improve spread of tumour within the body of patient are Maha-Manjisthadi-Qadha and Kanchnaar-Guggulu.
  • Medicines used to control tumour and strengthen immune system include Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Suvarna-Sameerpannag-Ras, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Madhu-Malini-Vasant, Vasant-Kusumakar-Ras and Suvarna-Bhasma.

 

Ayurvedic Herbs

 

Pipalli and hirak rasayan are the two popular herbs that are used to treat lung cancer. They purify the blood and help to stimulate detoxification of lymphatic system.

 

Some of the herbal medicines used for treating lung cancer include: Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Bhruhat-Kantakari (Solanum indicum), Vasa (Adhatoda vasaka), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Pippali (Piper longum), Behada (Terminalia bellerica), Bharangee (Clerodendron serratum), Kushtha (Saussurea lappa), Dhatura (Dhatura fastuosa) and Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa).

 

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