What is colon cancer?
Colon cancer develops when abnormal cells grow and divide, and may turn into polyps. Polyps vary in type, but many are precancerous tumours that grow slowly but do not spread to other areas of the body. Precancerous tumours can spread to other areas of the large intestine and may become cancerous. This process can take up to 10 years.
Colon cancer symptoms
The symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Anal or rectal pain
- Weight loss
- Unexplained anaemia
- Change in bowel habits
- Abdominal pain, cramping, or bloating
- Blood in the stools
- A lump in the anus or rectum
Colon cancer causes
Some factors that can increase the risk of developing bowel cancer include:
Being overweight or obese
High alcohol consumption
Inflammatory bowel diseases
Ayurvedic herbs to treat colon cancer
Ashwagandha (Withania omnifera)
Ashwagandha is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine for the benefits it may have on the body. Ashwagandha may be able to help in cases of rheumatism, impotency, stress, constipation, and other chronic conditions.
Ashwagandha may be able to help treat cases of fatigue, stress, and low stamina. This herb has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may improve the body’s immune system and promote the body’s overall wellbeing.
Ginger or ginger root may aid in the treatment of colon cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger may help to soothe the digestive tract and reduce inflammation of the colon. Certain compounds in ginger may deter the prevention of colon polyps in the large intestine.
Flax seed oil is rich in proteins and may be used to treat various conditions. The seeds can be ground to derive nutrients such as fibres, minerals, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, phytonutrients, and alpha-linolenic acid. These elements may maintain the health of the colon and prevent polyps from forming.
The bulbs, roots, and rhizome of the turmeric plant can be used for medicinal purposes. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may help to improve kidney and liver function. Turmeric also has antioxidant properties that may help rejuvenate cells in the body.
For a natural way to support those with colon cancer, make an appointment at our clinic.
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘five treatments’ or ‘five actions’. Panchakarma is used to treat the root cause of a problem and aids in balancing the body’s fundamental energies (tridosha). This method may be used to help maintain overall good health as well as aid in easing disease.
It is advised to undergo Panchakarma on a seasonal basis to help improve digestion, metabolic process, and cleanse the body.
Panchakarma is made up of five steps:
Vamana (medicated vomiting)
Vamana is used to remove any of the body’s five elements (doshas) that have been impaired in the upper part of the body. A herbal emetic substance is used to induce vomiting with the purpose of eliminating impaired kapha and pitta doshas.
Virechana (medicated purgation)
Virechana is the downward elimination of impaired doshas or waste products. This treatment aims to expel impaired doshas from the stomach, small intestine, liver, and gallbladder to the gastrointestinal tract for eventual expulsion.
Vasti/Basti (medicated enema)
Basti is the main treatment used for vata disorders, however, can also be used to treat other dosha disorders as well. Many different herbs and other substances can be used to make a Basti such as milk, honey, oil, broth, salt, herbal paste, and many others.
Basti can come in two parts:
- Niruha or Asthapan vasti – also known as a decoction or cleansing enema
- Anuvasana or Sneha vasti – meaning ‘that which remains inside the body for a long time without causing harm’, and mostly consists of oil
Nasya Karma (nasal medication)
Nasya is a process used to clear the head and neck region by administering medications through the nostrils. This process may aid in the prevention of ear, nose, throat diseases, and may treat hair loss or greying hair. Nasya controls all the doshas of the head and may affect the senses and motor organs in the head.
What are the benefits of panchakarma?
The benefits of panchakarma include:
- Better functionality of digestive process
- Restoration and maintenance of health
- Improvement in functionality of sense organs
- Improved skin appearance
- Increased stamina
Panchakarma may aid in boosting the body’s rejuvenation process and immunity. Please contact our Melbourne clinic on (03) 9794 8546 for more information or to set up an appointment.