What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops when abnormal cells in the breast grow out of control, which forms a tumour. A tumour becomes malignant if the cells spread into surrounding tissues or other area of the body. Breast cancer almost solely affects women, but it is possible for men to get breast cancer.
There are several types of breast cancer:
- Ductal carcinoma is situ (DCIS) – this cancer begins in the cells that line the ducts
- Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) – this cancer begins in the cells which line the ducts and spreads into the breast tissue or other parts of the body
- Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) – this cancer beings in the lining of the milk glands and spreads to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body
- Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) – in this cancer there is no single lump or tumour in the breast
Symptoms of breast cancer
Some of the signs or symptoms of breast cancer are:
- Severe breast pain
- Inversion of the nipples
- Redness of breast skin
- Irritation of the breast
- Change in breast appearance
- Lump formation in the breast tissue
- Discharge of blood from the breast
Causes of breast cancer
The exact cause of breast cancer is not known, but some factors can increase the risk of it developing, including:
- Smoking and drug use
- Medical history
- Those over 60
- Family history
Ayurvedic breast cancer support
Ayurvedic herbs may be able to support the treatment of breast cancer. The herbs may naturally enhance the body’s functioning and reduce the abnormal growth of breast cells. They may also help to manage pain and anxiety in the later stages of breast cancer.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that is used due to the benefits it may have on the body. Ashwagandha may be able to assist in the treatment of rheumatism, stress, constipation, impotency, and other chronic conditions. This herb may aid in the treatment of breast cancer by helping to reduce fatigue, stress, and low stamina. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of ashwagandha may help to promote overall wellbeing and improve the body’s immunity.
Curcumin (Curcuma longa)
Curcumin is used in Ayurvedic medicine for its medical properties that may assist in the treatment of breast cancer. The antioxidants present in this herb may be able to help improve the body’s immune system. Curcumin is also used in Chinese medicine to help relieve liver and digestive related disease.
Kachnaar guggul is a combination of several different herbs:
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica)
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
- Kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegata)
- Black pepper (Piper nigrum)
- Varuna (Crataeva religiosa)
Kachnaar guggul may aid in maintaining cells and healthy tissue, and reduce the growth of abnormal cells.
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Tulsi is used throughout Ayurvedic medicine for making various herbal products and teas due to its strong aroma. This herb’s antioxidant properties may help in treating the flu, headaches, the common cold, and other problems in the throat and chest. Tulsi leaves may also be used to maintain emotional balance and reduce stress.
Chanderprabha vati is a combination of different Ayurvedic herbs that may help to improve overall body function. The herbs that make up the mixture are:
- Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
- Sharkara (Sugar)
- Mustak (Cyprus rotundus)
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
- Shilajit (Asphaltum)
- Karpoor (Cinnamomum camphora)
- Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
- Vacha (Acorus calamus)
- Chavya (Piper chaba)
- Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
- Maricha (Piper nigrum)
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Ela (Elettaria cardamomum)
- Shunthi (Zingiber officinalis)
- Yavkshaar (Potasium carbonate)
- Visa lavan (Black salt)
- Danti (Baliospermum montanum)
- Saindhav lavan (Rock salt)
- Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Suvarchal lavan (Sodium sulphate)
- Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala)
- Sarjikashaar (Sodium carbonate)
Chanderprabha vati may be used to help relieve stress and fight infection.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
Guggul is used in Ayurvedic medicine for its rejuvenating abilities. Guggul is used in many different health tonics for those with low haemoglobin levels or those who are anaemic.
Guggul may be used to indirectly protect the heart from plaque build up in the arteries due to the effects it can have on triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
Make an appointment at our clinic for a natural way to support those with breast cancer.
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.