What is lung cancer?
Lung cancer is an uncontrolled malignant tumour that develops on one or both of the lungs. The cancerous cells may have spread to the lungs from a different part of the body, or may develop in the lungs.
What causes lung cancer?
There are several risk factors associated with an increased the risk of developing lung cancer. Some factors are lifestyle or environmental risks, while others are inherited risk. Having one or more risk factor does not guarantee the development of lung cancer, but the cancer may sometimes develop without any risk factors. Risk factors that are associated with the development of lung cancer include:
- Smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Radiotherapy treatment around the chest
- Exposure to asbestos fibres
- Exposure to workplace substances i.e. chromium compounds, radioactive ores, arsenic, nickel, tar, soot, diesel fumes
- Personal or family history of lung cancer
- Exposure to radon gas
- Infection with HIV
- Exposure to air pollution
- A history of certain lung disease, i.e. tuberculosis, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or fungal infections of the lungs
Lung cancer symptoms
The symptoms of lung cancer are not always present, and tend to show up in the later stages. These symptoms include:
- Wheezing sounds when breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- Paralysed vocal cords
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
How can Ayurveda help with lung cancer?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of Indian medicine that uses herbs to naturally formulate herbal remedies. Ayurveda believes that herbal remedies may be able to improve the body’s immunity and provide strength for the mind.
The Ayurvedic herbs used to help in the treatment of lung cancer may deter the growth of abnormal cells and promote the regeneration of healthy cells. This herb may be used in later stages of lung cancer to help alleviate pain and anxiety.
Ayurvedic herbs that can be used to treat lung cancer
Curcumin (Curcuma longa)
Curcumin is widely used in Ayurveda to aid in the treatment of cancer due to its rich medicinal properties. The antioxidants present in this herb may be helpful in improving immunity. Curcumin is also used in Chinese medicine to relieve liver and digestive related diseases. Curcumin may be used to treat various allergies, inflammations, and infections due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that has beneficial effects across the whole body. Ashwagandha may help in cases of impotency, constipation, stress, rheumatism, and many other chronic conditions. This herb has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help to promote the overall wellbeing of the body and improve the immune system.
Giloy may improve the body’s immunity, maintain balance, and prevent diseases. This herb may also be used to manage calcium deficiencies.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
Guggul has very strong rejuvenating properties, which may help to revitalise and rejuvenate cells in the body. Due to its purifying properties guggul is used frequently in Ayurvedic herbal tonics. Guggul may be useful for those who have low levels of haemoglobin or are anaemic. This herb may be used to treat a number of different conditions.
Guggul has an effect on triglyceride and cholesterol levels and may indirectly protect the heart from hardening of the arteries. Guggul may help in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, which can reduce hardening of the arteries. This herb may also help with the treatment of hyperthyroid related disorders, promoting healthy metabolism, and aiding in weight loss.
Pippali (Piper longum)
Pippali may be very effective in treating the common cold and its symptoms by enhancing circulation to the lungs and its decongestant properties.
Vasaka (Malabar nut tree)
Vasaka acts as an antifungal and antibacterial herb, which may also help relieve indigestion. The herb may be able to speed up the healing process and help reduce asthmatic activity. Vasaka may also help relieve the symptoms of diseases such as tuberculosis, scabies, throat disease, jaundice, and pneumonia.
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Tulsi is used to make various herbal teas and products due to its strong aroma and the benefits it may provide to the throat and chest. Tulsi has antioxidant properties and may help maladies such as headaches, the common cold, and the flu. Tulsi leaves are used to make teas that may relieve the common cold, reduce stress, and maintain overall emotional balance. The anti-inflammatory properties may be beneficial in treating respiratory inflammations such as sinusitis and rhinitis.
For a natural way to support those with lung 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.