Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Ayurvedic Treatment of SCLC with Home Remedies

Introduction

SCLC refers to Small Cell Lung Cancer. Let’s have a quick overview on its modern aspect. Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer in both male and female. It is mainly of two types i.e., Non-small cell lung cancer (most common type of lung cancer) and Small cell lung cancer (About 20% of all lung cancer cases).

SCLC (Small Cell Lung Cancer)

Causes

Lung cancer is more common in old people than adults. It is rare in people under age 45. Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. Mostly passive smoking increases the risk of small cell lung cancer. Other risk factors include exposure to cancer causing chemicals such as uranium, beryllium, nickel chromates, chloromethyl ethers, vinyl chloride, mustard gas, coal products, gasoline and diesel exhaust, high levels of air pollution, and radiation therapy to the lungs, etc.

Symptoms

Symptoms of SCLC in early stages include chest pain, cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, and loss of weight.

In late stages, symptoms of lung cancer are eyelid drooping, joint pain, facial paralysis, inflamed face, swallowing difficulty, shortness of breathing etc.

Ayurvedic Aspect of Small Cell Lung Cancer and its Management

Dosh Dushti in Phuphphusarbuda (Vitiation of Dosha involved in Lung Cancer)

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical science. In Ayurveda, Small Cell Lung Cancer may be correlated with Tridosha Dushti, mainly Kapha & vata Dushti (Vitiation of Tridosha mostly with vata & kapha dosha predominance). Small cell lung cancer is highly malignant cancer and Ayurveda defines these types of changes as Granthi or Arbuda or Vidradhi, all develop from Shotha. Shotha is a general term given to all kinds of inflammations. Shotha is of three varieties vata, pitta and kapha on the basis of the vitiated dosha involved. Tridosha vitiations in SCLC interacting with each other may result in proliferation of lung cells. Continuous increase of Vata Dosha is the biggest cause for malignancy in lungs and its Chirkaritva Guna is the cause of chronicity of lung cancer.

Strotas Dushti in Phuphphusarbuda (Vitiation of Micro-channeled environment involvement in SCLC)

Tumor microenvironment allows lung cells to become malignant and as per Ayurveda these microenvironments can be directly related with Strotasa. Let’s discuss about these Strotasas in brief:

  • The Strotasas are channels where different bodily elements are produced or transformed, they are also responsible for the transportation of various elements. Acharya Charka describes that all the visible elements in the body possess an independent strotasa or channel for their production, transformation or transportation. (Ch. Vi. 5/3).
  • Strotasa is merely a hollow channel or space and is independent of the elements which make or constitute it. It is independent of its location and also of the factors it transports. (Ch. Vi.5/4)
  • Even if the Strotasa are described as mere hollow spaces, these spaces or channels display a definite shape and perform certain special functions. Charaka has described a total 13 Strotasa. The first three of them are responsible for intake of air, water and food.

with breathing) in kapha sthanam (seat of kapha) is affected in SCLC. In SCLC, these channels of Pranvaha Strotas display in indefinable shape and the function of lungs get affected which leads to various symptoms in the body.
Thus, in SCLC, air is one of the main causative factors therefore Pranavaha Strodushti is the key to treat in SCLC.

Pranavaha Strotasa Mul Sthan and its Stroto Dushti (Basic seat of Pranavaha Strotas and its vitiation)

As per Acharya Charka, the basic seats of Pranavaha Strotas are Hridaya (heart) and Mahastrotasa (Gastrointestinal tract/ respiratory tract). And as per Acharya Sushruta Hridaya and Rasvahi Dhamani (lymphatic vessels). The transformation of Vayu (air) from outside atmosphere into its bodily acceptable form is also a process which takes place in Mahastrotasa and this Mahastrotasa which is the mul sthana (basic seat) of Pranava Strotasa mainly gets affected in SCLC. As per Pranvaha Strotodushti, there is a Sanga of Prana Vayu (contamination of inhaled air by combination with vitiated doshas) that may cause breathing difficulty, coughing, swallowing difficulty etc. Also, Vimarggamana of dosha (movement of dosha from one place to other within the body) cause various symptoms in other parts of the body, Ati Pravritti (increased number of vitiated) of dosha, dhatu (body tissues), malas (excretory products) in SCLC may cause excessive wheezing and coughing, quickly weight loss etc. And formation of Arbuda (tumor) or Granthi (cyst like swelling) in lungs is the part of Siragranthi (type of micro channeled environment vitiation) which is defined as Kutilibhavatwam (process of calcification) in Pranavaha Strotodushti.

Samprapti of Phuphphusarbuda:- (Pathogenesis of SCLC-Ayurvedic aspect)

Formation of Phuphphusarbuda (Lung cancer) starts with taking various Apathykarak Hetu Sevana (consumption of causative factors) which includes the diet & lifestyle responsible in vitiating Tridosha (Tridosha Prakopak Aahar-Vihara) that directly affect on Dhatvagni (the fire such as epithelial cadherin inside body, responsible for checking the formation & proper functioning of body tissues), decreasing Dhatvagni will increase tissue growth in lungs of human body and it leads to SCLC. Aggravation of Vata Dosha will suppress the Kapha Dosha and after interaction between these Dosha, Dhatvagni decreases and there is a formation of cancerous growth in lungs.

Mukhya Samprapti Ghataka: (Major factors in disease’s pathogenesis)

  1. Strotas Dushti (Vitiation of micro-channels involved) :- Pranavaha Strotasa (Siragranthi)(microchannels associated with breathing)
  2. Hetu (Causative factor) :- Tridoshkar aahar &  vihar(diet & lifestyle provoking vitiation of Tridosha)
  3. Dosh Dushti (vitiated dosha involved) :- Tridosh dushti Mainly Kapha and Vata (Tridosha with predominance of Kapha & Vata)
  4. Agni:- Dhatvagni
  5. Dushya (vitiated body tissues) :-Blood Predominent (Shonitphen prabhava Phuphphusa)

Chikitsa of Phuphphusarbuda (Treatment of Small Cell Lung cancer

Agni and Dosha stay in every cell of the human body. In SCLC, there is a continuous interaction of tridosha that may cause decrease in Dhatvagni and increase of abnormal cell formation in lungs. Since, the carcinogenic formation starts, it takes a long time to become malignant and As Acharya Sushruta quoted in Sutra sthana topic no. 21 Vranprashnadhyay,

There are Shadkriyakala which take prolonged time duration for formation of Phuphphusarbuda (Lung cancer). Therefore, the person with mild symptoms in SCLC can treat easily at Sthansanshraya level that is poorvrupa of Arbuda (prodromal stage of tumor). After that disease goes Balvattara (strong) and it’s hard to treat.

Ayurveda believes in maintaining a healthy digestive system and regular bowel habit that removes all toxins from the body and makes cells rejuvenate that includes Brahma Muhurta Uttishtha (waking up in Bramha muhurut i.e. approximately 45 min. before sunrise). It will keep the person away from abnormal cell generation and extra tissue growth in the body. Ancient medicine will keep the body healthy and maintain Strotasa (micro channeled environment) in normal condition, So that the metabolic waste will transfer easily and all cells get nourished. Following Dincharya krama (daily regimen) by Ayurveda will keep the body healthy and prevent from many deadliest diseases like lung cancer. Breaking of Samprapti (pathogenesis) is the major line of treatment in SCLC. Avoid Hetu Sevana (consumption of causative factors) and follow Pathykar Aahar and Vihar (Suitable diet & lifestyle modifications) to prevent formation of SCLC. Some Ayurvedic herbs are very useful to increase Dhatvagni and suppression of Dosha prakopa (vitiation of dosha).

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for SCLC

Planet Ayurveda is a manufacturing hub that manufacture various herbal & mineral preparations that are 100% natural in origin. These products are made by the faculty of our expert vaidyas and are strictly based on ayurvedic formulations.

Herbal Remedies for SCLC

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1. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar Guggul is a classical formulation that is available in tablet form from Planet Ayurveda. This poly herbal preparation mainly works on kapha Dosha. The ingredients include Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata), triphala i.e. haritaki (Terminalia chebula), bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) and amlaki (Emblica officinalis), which aids in detoxification of the cells and trikatu i.e., Sonth (Zingiber officinales), Maricha (Piper nigrum) and Pippali (Piper longum) that helps in improving the Agni (digestive fire) and the last ingredient is Varun (Crataeva religiosa) which acts as a diuretic thus, helps in reducing the swelling. So, it is useful in Kapha Pradhan Symptoms of Small cell lung cancer.

Dosage: 2 Tablets twice a day with plain water, after the meals.

2. Praanrakshak Churna

Praanrakshak churna is used to prevent respiratory disorders. Pranrakshak churna contains Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Mulethi (Licorice), Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum), etc. which are used in lung disorders.

Dosage: 2 tsp thrice a day with plain water, after the meals.

3. Curcumin Capsules

Haridra (Curcuma longa) is an antioxidant drug as well as it improves the immune system, hence it is useful to prevent cancerous symptoms in the body. The standardized extract of Curcumin is obtained & is formulated in capsule form.

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice a day with plain water, after the meals.

4. Giloy Capsule

Giloy capsule is the standardized extract obtained from Tinospora cordifolia. Guduchi has anti-neoplastic tendencies and is an excellent blood purifier. It helps to reduce extra cell growth, thus is effective to be used in SCLC.

Dosage: 2 Capsules two times a day with plain water, after the meals.

5. Immune Booster

It is a poly-herbal formulation available in capsule form. Ingredients of immune booster contain Grape seeds, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), bhumi amalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), etc. These help to boost immunity and reduce the chances of cancerous growth in the human body.

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice a day with plain water, after the meals.

6. Ashwagandha Capsule

Ashwagandha capsule is a single herbal formulation which contains the extract of Withania somnifera. Ashwagandha has withanolides constituent which acts as anticancer. Also, Ashwagandha is well known for its immune enhancing and health promoting benefits.

Dosage: 2 Capsules two times daily with plain water, after the meals.

7. Graviola Capsules

Graviola is an herbal drug that is made up of extract of single herb that is Annona muricata. Some specific bioactive components in Graviola are anticancer in nature. Graviola has anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial property. Thus, it is an efficacious herb to be used in the treatment of SCLC.

Dosage: 1 Capsule twice a day with plain water, after the meals.

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CONCLUSION

Here, in this article the whole detail about SCLC is discussed clearly in both modern & Ayurvedic aspects. Thus, despite adopting harmful exposure to radiation and chemotherapy, it is better to let the body heal itself in a natural way with the support of Ayurvedic drugs and diet/lifestyle modifications. Avail more details and consult with our Ayurveda Experts by visiting www.planetayurveda.com.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Crocodile Shagreen

Crocodile Shagreen

Abstract

Crocodile shagreen is the opacity within the central posterior corneal stroma. The opacities are without any defining edges with clear spaces. The pattern closely resembles crocodile skin. That’s why it is termed as Crocodile Shagreen. Crocodile shagreen is a benign and degenerative condition of the cornea which is mostly asymptomatic.

Crocodile Shagreen
In Ayurveda, due to the resemblance in clinical pictures and manifestations we can correlate the corneal opacities with AvranaShukra as described by Achayara Shusrutha & Acharya Bhagbhatta. AvaranShukra comes under the heading of Krishan mandal rogas. Avrana Shukla means opacity without ulcer which indicates healed corneal ulcer or the senile changes that are occurring in cornea leading to the formation of such opacities.
Here, in this article we are going to discuss Crocodile Shagreen and show a better way for treating it with Ayurvedic Remedies.

Introduction

Crocodile shagreen appears as bilateral, polygonal in shape, grayish-white opacities of the corneal stroma. These opacities have indefinite edges with clear spaces. This disease is usually seen in the elderly, as it is a degenerative disorder. According to Ayurveda, AvarnaShukra based on location comes in the Netra KrishangataRoga. It is a Raktaja Netra Rog i.e. caused due to vitiated blood. Acharya described it under the heading of Aushadsadhyavikaar which means this disease is treatable with medicines, no surgical intervention is required.

Causes of Crocodile Shagreen

Causes can be any of the following:

  • Maybe seen in association with corneal degeneration
  • As a complication of conjunctivitis.
  • Following corneal ulcer which is healed
  • After any trauma
  • Crocodile shagreen is mostly a degenerative condition of the cornea with a non-familial type of occurrence
  • Familial type (very rare) occurs with X-linked enlargement of cornea.

Clinical features (Sign & Symptoms) of Crocodile Shagreen

In Modern Science

Symptoms

It is usually an asymptomatic condition but in rare cases it may present with blurring of vision or night glare, etc.

Signs

  • Appears as polygonal, grayish-white opacities.
  • Anterior shagreen are observed in the deep layers of the epithelium or in Bowman’s layer.
  • Posterior shagreen is mostly seen in the central deep cornea.

According to Ayurveda

Ancient References
The above shloka is quoted by Acharya Bhagbhatta: (Ref- Ashtaang Hridaya, Uttarsthan, 10/25)

Meaning of Shloka: The Shloka states that Avaranashukra (innocuous corneal opacity) looks like Shankha (Conch shell) which is white in color and featuring Kapha dosha having mild / no pain, is curable.

  • Whiteness of the black part of the eye (cornea)
  • No severe pain
  • No excessive discharge of tears.

As described by Acharya Madhava in his book Madhava Nidana, the features of this harmless corneal opacity is that it appears like a shell / moon / white lotus or thin white clouds.

Diagnosis of Crocodile Shagreen

Clinically, examination with slit lamp biomicroscopy is the standard for diagnosis. Vivo confocal microscopy is started to be used recently which shows dark striae in the extracellular matrix and a mosaic pattern of the collagen lamellae. Electron microscopy shows the presence of vacuoles in corneal stroma and collagenous lamellae look like a sawtooth. These changes may lead to polygonal opacities which are seen clinically.

Differential Diagnosis of Crocodile Shagreen

Following are the differential diagnosis of Crocodile shagreen :-

  • Ocular hypotony
  • Central cloudy dystrophy of francois.
  • Flattening of cornea by a hard contact lens
  • Band keratopathy,
  • X-linked megalocornea (enlarged cornea).

Prognosis

Good, if present without any associated progression or any kind of visual disturbances. This condition is considered curable both by Sushruta and Vagbhata. Though it is a treatable condition, Avarna Shukra is said to be located in the deep layers of cornea i.e. 2nd and 3rd layers (tunics of eye), thicker, chronic and is difficult to treat. Features given by Acharaya Bhagbhatta for the condition after which the disease becomes incurable. (Ref. Ashtaang Hridaya, Uttarsthan, 10/31)

  • When there is loss of internal vision due to the Shukra (corneal opacity)
  • When starting to give somewhat blackish or reddish appearances internally.
  • When it is inflamed or too deep.
  • When it starts creating sinuses filled by tears.
  • With it becomes chronic, having cuts in the middle.

Food items Recommended for Crocodile Shagreen (Pathya Ahara)

  • Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains
  • Citrus fruits and berries
  • Nuts
  • Legumes
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato

Ayurvedic Treatment of Crocodile Shagreen

As Crocodile Shagreen is mostly an asymptomatic condition, in those cases treatment is not that much required. But if the symptoms begin to appear and the signs persist, following are the considerable Ayurvedic treatment principles as described by Acharyas for Avarnashukra.

Ancient References

The above shloka describes the line of management of AvarnaShukra as quoted by Acharya Vagbhata. (Ref- Ashtaang Hridaya, Uttarsthan, 11/29)

Meaning of Shloka: Triphala can be used in wet or dried form according to doshas, in Shukar Roga. Use of tikatghrit, use of Jaloka etc. (leech therapy) for blood-letting, Virechan (detoxification method of the whole body), Aaschyotan, trepan and putpaak etc. (Ayurvedic Panchakarma procedures beneficial for eyes) can be done.

Herbal Remedies for Crocodile Shagreen from Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a leading manufacturing unit that makes herbal / herbo-mineral products with the adherence of Ayurvedic texts as well as experts’ guidance. All the medicines here are made from natural sources with ancient time-tested formulas. The herbal medicines as suggested by our experts for Crocodile shagreen are:

  1. Bilberry Capsules
  2. Angel Eye Vitale
  3. Pitta Balance
  4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  5. Brahmi Chyawanprash
  6. Saptamrit Loha tablets
  7. Jeevantyadi Ghrita
  8. Curcumin Capsules

Products Description

1. Bilberry Capsules

It is single herb capsules’ formulation which has the extract of Vaccinium Myrtillus containing flavonoids, anthocyanin pigments, and other naturally occurring antioxidants that are very much beneficial for the eyes. Vaccinium Myrtillus (bilberries) is the main source of this medicine.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice a day after meals with plain water.

2. Angel Eye Vitale Capsules

Angel eye vitale is an herbal formulation that contains grape seed oil, almond oil and vitamin rich ingredients .This formulation gives great results for the patients of eye defects. All these elements give proper nutrition to eyes.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Pitta Balance

It is a capsule formulation made by the mixture of many herbal ingredients. As this disease involves the Pitta Dosha, so the drug helps to balance the vitiation of Pitta. Ingredients include Praval pishti (Coral compound), Akik pishti (Agate compound), Jawahar Mohra Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Mukta Pishti (Pearl compound) and Giloy Satva (Tinospora cordifolia).

Dosage: 1 capsule once or twice a day after meals with plain water.

4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

It is a classical natural product made from minerals, available in tablet form. It is a dietary supplement that is prepared using Swarna Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Abhraka Bhasma and various other minerals in powdered and purified form. It helps to maintain a healthy nervous system. By improving the nervous system, it plays a key role in keeping the eyes healthy as well.

Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice a day with lukewarm water after the meals.

5. Brahmi Chyawanprash

It is a poly herbal classical preparation in avleha form, which is very much beneficial for the brain and eyes. It helps in maintaining balance of the doshas (body energies), the dhatus (body tissues) and the malas (body waste). Its ingredients include Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), Dashmoola, bala (Sida Cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri), etc.

Dosage:2 teaspoonful, twicedaily after meals, preferably with milk.

6. Saptamrit Lauh Tablets

It is also a classical polyherbo-mineral compound which contains loh bhasma (ash of iron) along with triphala, which are very effective for healthy eyes. Avarna shukra as we know is a raktaj disorder so these ingredients aid in maintaining the vitiated rakta dosha, and ultimately supports in treating Crocodile Shagreen. Other ingredients include Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) along with Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) and Loh Bhasma (detoxified ash of iron).

Dosage: 2 to 3 tablets twice a day with Honey or Ghee, after meals.

7. Jeevantyadi Ghrita

It is a poly herbal classical preparation in ghrita form. This medicine has ghee as its base. According to Ayurveda, this ghrita is used for snehana karma (internal oilation therapy) which is very much beneficial for all the Netra rogas. It can be used for various netravasti and netratarpan. Here, in this disease we will use it for vata kapha Ghana properties and for snehan to get better results.

Dosage
o For internal use: 1 teaspoon with lukewarm water or with food (as suits the patient).
o For external use: Quantity sufficient or as directed by the physician.

8. Curcumin Capsules

It is the single drug formulation available in capsule form and is an effective medicine for many ailments. It is basically the standardized extract of Turmeric (Curcuma longa 95%). It exhibits a wide range of pharmacological properties such as, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and antimicrobial. Curcumin belongs to a group of natural antioxidants. It exists in the form of strong antioxidant agents, vitamin C and E. The effect of curcumin on free radicals is carried out by several different mechanisms. It may also scavenge various forms of free radicals, such as ROS and reactive nitrogen species. (Refrence for Curcumin – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)

Dosage – 2 capsules twice a day with plain water, after meals.

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CONCLUSION

For a better life it is necessary to keep our eyes healthy and free from any ailment. So, take the top most care of your eyes. As, in early stages the disease seems to be asymptomatic it is not necessary that it can’t proceed further to any complication. To avoid such conditions, one must be concerned in the early stages. Therefore, as explained above with Ayurveda and herbal products, there is a great scope of preventing and treating eye related disorders including Crocodile Shagreen.