Ayurvedic Treatment for Breast Cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 06, 2011

Breast cancer starts with the tissues of the breast. There are two types of breast cancer namely, ductal carcinoma (starts from ducts or tubes that that move milk to nipples) and lobular carcinoma (starts from lobules). Some of the conventional treatment methods for this cancer are radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and surgery. All of them have their share of side-effects but when these conventional lines of treatment are used with ayurvedic remedies, one gets faster results with minimum side effects. According to ayurveda, breast cancer is caused due to imbalance in three doshas namely, vata, pitta and kapha. This imbalance leads to the formulation of cysts leading to breast cancer.




Panchkarma is the process that cleans vata, pitta and kapha of the patient’s body. It involves snehan (massage), swedan (steam bath) and sirodhara (pouring avurvedic medicines on the forehead of patients).


Smoke Treatment


Smoke treatment is given by burning medicated herbs. This smoke cleans the toxic elements from the patient’s body.


Yukti Vyapashraya


This process is use to get rid of dead cells from the patient’s body. It is very effective in treating breast cancer.


Rasa Rasayan Treatment


This process aims to treat toxic elements that form the basis of breast cancer.

  • Ayurvedic medicines - These medicines are composed of five basic elements that don’t have any side effect. Medicines such as Kamadudha-Ras, Shankh-Vati, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras and Vishwa are popularly used for treating breast cancer.
  • Rasa Rasayan Therapy: The human body contains elements such as mercury, copper, iron, zinc, sulpher, and silver. Whenever there is a deficiency of any of them, then rasa rasayan therapy is used.


Ayurvedic Medicines


Mostly ayurvedic treatment for breast cancer is given as an additional therapy with conventional treatment, as it reduces the side effects and increases the pace of recovery.


The medicines that effectively reduce side-effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy include Shankh-Vati, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras, Vishwa (Zinziber officinale), Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Kamadudha-Ras.


Ayurvedic medicines that act on the 'Mansa' dhatus (tissues),'Rasa’, and 'Rakta' are effective for breast cancer treatment. Some of these medicines include Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Indrayav (Holharrhina antidysentrica), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), (Glycerrhiza glabra), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), and Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Patha ( Cissampelos pareira), Triphala and Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Yashtimadhuk. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), (Glycerrhiza glabra), and Bhringraj (Eclipta alba) are effective for immune dysfunction.


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