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How to Balance your Health through Ayurveda


Ayurveda literally means the science or the knowledge of life. But, in practical terms, it has a meaning much beyond words. It is the glory of Ayurveda that an ancient science that flourished over thousands of years ago still holds a crucial part in governing the health of even the most modern generations. Ayurveda gives primary importance to diet, lifestyle, moral values etc along with natural medicines. More than being a health-care system, it shows us a way of life and urges to follow a middle path by avoiding the extremes. The core of Ayurveda emphasizes a customised approach due to the unique constitution of each individual. However, the fundamental rules for a healthy life are mentioned in general to be followed by everyone. Acharya Susrutha holds the view that you are considered to be healthy if the doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), agni (digestive fire), dhatus (tissues) and malas (waste products) are in the balanced state along with spiritual, mental and sensory well-being. So, to keep these in order, we need to follow a certain age-appropriate food regimen and routine daily and seasonally. Let us go for some general rules to balance our health.

For healthy living, food and water have to be taken only when hunger and thirst strike. That is, listen to nature’s call. Frequent eating habits are not at all to be encouraged. It hampers the digestive process and eventually leads to diseases. A minimum of 3 hours and maximum of 6 hours is necessary to be kept in between the meals for proper balance. Digestive fire (Agni) is given utmost importance in Ayurveda and once it is on the right track, rest everything gets corrected automatically. Each one of us would be possessing a different range of digesting capacity and should learn to eat and drink accordingly. For that, the golden rule of “50% solid, 25% liquid and 25% empty space” has to be followed during the meal times. Moreover, eatables should be chewed well before swallowing which initiates proper digestion from the mouth itself. For a well- balanced diet, all tastes should be included regularly, as single taste usage disturbs the dosha balance in the long run. As per Ayurveda, the order of consumption of tastes in a particular meal should be in the order of sweet, sour, salt, bitter and astringent successively. This helps in stabilizing the Doshas and easing the digestion. Moreover, seasonal variations have also been explained in terms of taste predominance, say, for example, excess salt, sour and pungent tastes should be avoided in summer and intake of sweet taste should predominate. Similarly, season-specific changes should be made in the diet.

Food items like red rice, green gram, pomegranate, raisins, rock salt, cow ghee, ginger etc can be used regularly in the right amount whereas black gram, mustard, curd, beef etc are not meant for regular use. A list of incompatible food items (Viruddhahara) has been mentioned clearly by various scholars whose regular intake may act as a slow poison and destroy their health gradually. Some among them are milk and jaggery, milk and fruits, chicken and curd, plantain and buttermilk, wheat preparations in sesame oil etc.

There are so many misconceptions revolving around drinking water while having food. The fact is, Ayurveda advises obese people to drink some water before food and for lean persons, it is suggested after food. Although, little amount of water, buttermilk or rice gruel can also be taken along with food for aiding proper digestion.

Apart from these, filling the tummies just before taking bath hinders the digestion which in turn affects the body balance. Hence, better to enjoy the food after the shower, with a calm mind leaving behind all hurry buries.


Talking about sleep habits, even though ‘brahma muhurtha’ (one and a half hours before sunrise) is suggested to be the best time to wake up, it would be beneficial to be awake at least by sunrise or as early as possible. This routine upgrades the health of healthy people and is for those who sleep on time (by around 9 or 10 pm), as 7-8 hours of sleep is mandatory. Those people can deviate from this, who are debilitated from any disease or who need to be awake at night (though not advisable). For them, day-sleep is advocated for almost half the duration of deprived sleep at night. Except for those exhausted from illness, extremely tired, old-age people and children, day-sleep has been contraindicated for all others as it may result in obesity and diseases due to over-nourishment.

Don’t ever think that following the rules of food is enough for health. Any kind of physical activity or exercise should be executed according to one’s strength. Since over-exercise and no exercise are equally harmful, following a mild exercise would be adequate for proper blood circulation and maintaining the equilibrium.

Further to this, Ayurveda mentions about the suppressible and non – suppressible urges whose violation leads to disturbances in body functions. Urges of flatus, urine, stools, sneeze, thirst, yawning, hunger, sleep, cough, panting, tears, vomit and semen should never be suppressed. Similarly, forceful action of un-manifested urges too results in diseases. Meanwhile, it directs us to overcome the urges of anger, ego, greed, fear, grief, jealousy, over-exertion, violence, stealing, speaking harsh words, lying etc for physical as well as mental well being.

Different varieties of herbs can be made use in our day-to-day life for supporting our health. Twigs from Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Madhuka (Glycyrriza globra) and Karanja (Pongamia pinnata) can be used for brushing the teeth which should be changed after every use. It helps in pacifying the kapha dosha and clears the mouth. Similarly, Gandusha and Kavala can be done with suitable liquids like milk, honey, water, rice gruel etc which gives nourishment and strength to the facial muscles and teeth. It also enhances taste, prevents throat dryness and cracking of lips. Herbs like Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Khadira (Acacia catechu), cumin (Cuminum cyminum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Ela (Elettaria cardomomum), coriander etc can be used wisely, according to seasons and diseases, in boiling water for drinking.

Ayurveda is a treasure trove of many such preventive as well as curative remedies that need to be followed by each and every one of us. From that ocean of knowledge, some simple yet effective rules and techniques have been covered here, in order to live in balance.

Ayurvedic Treatment of SCLC with Home Remedies


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)


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 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

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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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