Category: Cancer

What Is Ayurvedic Treatment of Bone Cancer?

Bone Cancer

What Is Ayurvedic Treatment of Bone Cancer:  In Ayurveda, cancer is recognized as arbuda. Arbuda is defined as the growing mass and formation of mass. According to Ayurveda, when prakruti, the body’s basic constitution is not balanced, then a build-up of ama and imbalance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha is produced, which leads to the diseases like cancer. Cancer also includes the involvement of Agni (digestive fire), Saptadhatus (body tissues), and Srotamsi (the channels of the body).

Therefore, Ayurveda always recommended balance and harmony in the body through herbs, diet, meditation, pranayama, and panchakarma.

In this article, we are going to discuss bone cancer and Ayurvedic herbs for the treatment of bone cancer.

Bones are living tissue in our bodies. It is a rigid organ that constitutes part of the vertebrate skeleton. Bones play an important role in our body. It protects various organs of the body, provides structure and support for the body, produces red and white blood cells, stores minerals, and enables mobility.

Bone cancer is the abnormal growth of cells and the formation of a mass of abnormal cells in bone. It can be either be primary bone cancer or secondary bone cancer. When it begins in the bone, it is known as primary bone cancer. When this bone cancer spreads to distant organs of the body such as lungs, breast, stomach, rectum, prostate, thyroid, kidney, it is known as secondary bone cancer.

bone cancer

Types of Bone Cancer

  1. Osteosarcoma: This is a very common type of bone cancer. It is more common in young adults and children in their legs and arm bones. Males are more prone to be affected by osteosarcoma.
  2. Chondrosarcoma: This type of cancer occurs in cartilage cells. It frequently encounters in legs, arms, and pelvis of the middle age peoples. The risk of this cancer increases with increased age.
  3. Ewing’s tumor: Ewing’s tumors of the bone occurs in the cavity of the bone. This cancer is primarily seen in the pelvis, legs, and arms of the children and adults.
  4. Chordoma: This type of bone cancer usually develops at the base of the bones of the skull and spine.

Causes of Bone Cancer

The cause of bone cancer is not yet known. Cancer occurs due to the abnormal growth of cells. The number of cancers may be due to hereditary and environmental factors or may be due to previous radiation exposure.

Risk Factors of Bone Cancer

There are many factors that increase the risk of developing bone cancer.

It includes:

  1. Inherited genes
  2. Injuries to bones
  3. Paget’s disease
  4. Overgrowth of bone tissue (Multiple exostoses)
  5. Benign bone tumors (Multiple osteochondromas)
  6. Benign cartilage tumors (Multiple enchondromas)
  7. Bone marrow transplantation
  8. Radiation exposures

Signs and Symptoms of Bone Cancer

  1. Pain in the affected bone
  2. Swelling in the affected area
  3. Fractures and weakened bone
  4. Excessive weight loss
  5. Fatigue

Diagnosis of Bone Cancer

Imaging tests can help diagnose the location and size of bone tumors and other parts of the body where the tumor has spread. There are several types of imaging tests and doctors recommend the type of imaging test based on the patient’s signs and symptoms.

It includes

  1. Bone scan
  2. Computerized tomography (CT)
  3. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  4. Positron emission tomography (PET)
  5. X-ray

The biopsy is also recommended by the doctor for the diagnosis of bone cancer.

Natural Herbs for the Treatment of Bone Cancer

  1. Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera)

The constitute Withaferin-A isolated from AshwagandhaWithania has anti-cancer activities, which help to fight against several types of cancers. Ashwagandha is non-toxic and it can be used with chemotherapy and radiation treatments to enhance the effectiveness of therapies. Ashwagandha also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes overall well-being and improves the immune system.

  1. Curcumin (Curcuma longa)

Curcumin is extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of cancer. The antioxidants present in curcumin can help reduce the free radicals in the body, which helps to promote health and immunity. Curcumin has anti-cancer activities because it affects various biological pathways involved in mutation, cell cycle regulation, tumorigenesis, apoptosis, and metastasis. Curcumin also has an anti-proliferation effect that helps treat many types of cancers. The anti-inflammatory property of this herb makes it effective in various allergies, infections, and inflammations. It also has various skin benefits.

  1. Coral (Parvalpishti)

Coral is obtained from red coral roots. It contains a pure form of calcium. It helps in building strong bones, which can make it an effective herb in the treatment of osteoporosis and bone cancer.

  1. Agate (Akkipishti)

Agate is a natural source of calcium and is used to maintain the normal functioning of the muscle. Thus it is very effective in the treatment of bone cancer, osteoporosis, and other conditions, that happen due to low calcium levels. It also acts as a heart tonic.

  1. Pearl (Muktapishti)

Pearl is a natural and rich source of calcium, thus it is very useful in bone cancer and osteoporosis. It also helps to reduce chronic blood pressure, diarrhea, gastritis, bleeding disorders, and burns. Pearl also has a cooling effect that can help to rejuvenate the body.

  1. Giloy (Guduchi)

Giloy possesses anti-cancer, anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune-modulatory actions. It improves the immune system of the body naturally and also helps to manage calcium deficiency. Thus it is also effective in bone cancer. It decreases the duration of fever and infection. It also effective in the treatment of various health issues such as skin conditions, diabetes, improves indigestion, and stress and anxiety.

  1. Guggul (Commiphora Mukul)

Guggul helps to clear tumors and excess growth of cells. It has a rejuvenating property which helps in revitalizing cells. Guggul acts as a cardiac tonic and indirectly protects the heart from plaque accumulation on the artery wall and it also affects triglyceride and regulates cholesterol levels. It helps to promote metabolism.

  1. Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)

Amalaki has many properties that can be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of cancer. It possesses antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antitumor, antigenotoxic, and anti-inflammatory activities, etc. These help to reduce inflammation, promoting the immune system, and fight against the free radicals.

  1. Kumaizasa Bamboo

Kumaizasa Bamboo leaves have various activities such as antitumor activity, anti-oxygen radical activity, and antioxidant activity. Thus it is also useful in the management of bone cancer.

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Remedies for Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Skin Discoloration

Melanin is a pigment that gives color to the skin and protects it from rays of the sun.  When there is an overproduction of melanin, skin discoloration is the result.  There are some special cells in the body, which make melanin when these cells get affected melanin production gets imbalanced. The reason could be inflammation of the skin; other reasons like internal or external factors of the body can be the culprits of this problem.

Pigmented birthmarks, port wine stains, muscular stains, hemangiomas are some of the common types of pigmentations, due to which our discoloration of the skin occurs on our body.

Due to the difference which occurs in melanin levels, skin patch occurs on certain part of the body or on all of your body.

Skin Discoloration

Types of Skin Discoloration Or Pigmentation

Vitiligo:

Vitiligo mainly affects the loss of color in blotches, any part of your body can be affected with this problem, most people with dark skin tend to get this problem with their skin, as far as this problem is concerned it does not harm you any other way than skin discoloration but its stressful kind of situation for person suffering from this problem as he feels bad about him/herself. The reason for this problem is when cells that produce melanin stops functioning hence discoloration occurs.

Melasma:

It is a condition that causes discoloration on your skin. As it’s known as “Mask of pregnancy” too, when it occurs in pregnant women, the condition is much more common in women, but men can get it too, brownish color skin patches can occur on cheeks forehead, bridge of the nose or on the chin. Though it will not do any harm, you may feel self-conscious about the way it appears on your skin texture.

Hypopigmentation:

Hypopigmentation is patches that are lighter than your overall skin, the problem with melanin can cause you this condition of hypopigmentation. This condition can also be due to the injury as it can develop into hypopigmentation.

Solar Lentigines:

It’s a patch of dark skin, the cause of this problem is UV (Ultraviolet rays), due to which local proliferation of melanocytes happens and leads to the accumulation of melanin within the skin cells (Kertinocytes). People over 40 are prone to be under the umbrella of this condition of solar lentigines.

Freckles:

Freckles are the brown spots on fair skin people, who are the victim of this problem, due to UV (ultraviolet) radiation stimulation. Genes such as MC1R or sunburn can be the cause of freckles.

Causes Of Discolored Skin Patches

Burns:

Sunburns can be the cause of damaging your skin and some time some other factors which lead to burns can also damage your skin, hence it tends to get patches on the skin.

Skin Cancer:

When genetic material in the skin is damaged, this can cause cancer, which can change the color of skin and texture of the skin. Long term sun damage and exposure to chemicals can also be the reason for skin cancer.

Some Types of Skin Cancer

Melanoma:

It’s the least common type of cancer, but if not treated, it can be dangerous also. Mole on the skin when it gets triggered which is also a cause of melanoma. Place of their occurrence in men is on chest and back. In the case of women, they appear on legs.

Actinic Keratosis:

It’s a condition where crusty or scaly kind of spots on hand, arms or face appears. It’s a precancerous skin problem. These spots are brown-gray or pink, the area affected with this problem tends to itch or even burning sensation is felt.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

It’s a type of skin cancer that begins in squamous cells, due to this disease sores and scaly patches can be seen. Squamous cells make an outermost layer of the skin.

Basal Cell Carcinoma:

Due to this condition, painful bumps in the early stages are making the patient irritate as they bleed, it also affects the top layer of skin. The appearance of this kind bumps are shiny or with scar-like looks.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Skin Cancer

Ayurveda can help us to treat these problems we face due to skin discoloration and pigmentation. According to Ayurveda, “Subdoshas” like ‘Pitta” and ‘Vatta” are the main factors due to which color of skin gets affected.

In Ayurveda, we not only treat with medicines for skin disorders but we include different procedures to overcome the problem of skin discoloration, by diagnosing the nature of the problem. We apply the procedure to treat it from the root. All these procedures are natural and without any side effects.

It includes the following herbal and home remedies:

Home Remedies for Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Changes in Lifestyle:

For combating with pigmentation on any part of the body you have to control the base of the problem that is causing an imbalance in Pitta and Vatta, hence lifestyle changes are required to do away with this problem. Exposure to the sun and wearing dark color clothes that absorb heat quickly are prohibited in this condition, due to it, stress meditation is required to keep you calm and relaxed.

If you are habitual of smoking then it’s very difficult to treat the problem of skin discoloration, as it increases the free radical content in your body, thus aggravating the factor of skin discoloration.

Detoxification of Body:

Water, which is essential for all living beings on earth, proves to be very beneficial in skin discoloration problems. With the help of Water therapy, which is known as “Usnodaka,” which is a very useful therapy for skin discoloration, the patient is asked to drink boiled water, which is a technique proven to be best for detoxification of all bad elements in the body. Apart from this, the patient is advised to drink 5 to 7 cups of boiled water on a regular basis on an empty stomach, till the Ayurvedic therapy is going on. Apart from this the Ayurvedacharya by examining the condition of the problem, can also recommend some other procedures as done in Ayurveda.

Herbal Remedies

Fruits like plums, peaches and fruit juices are recommended to hydrate your body and give you a good skin tone.

Cumin seeds, coriander, and fennel seeds are some of the seeds, when mixed and boiled in water, helps you to get relief from skin problems, you can take bath with this boiled water after cooling it and bringing it at room temperature. Herb like Manjhsthia helps you in relieving the skin disorders as it’s a blood purifier and it’s an anti-allergy herb, which can do wonders for your skin.

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