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Pancreatic cancer

What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer develops when benign or malignant cells grow out of control in the pancreas, which can affect how the pancreas works. Cancer can develop in any part of the pancreas, but mostly develops in the head of the organ.

Risk factors for pancreatic cancer

There is no known cause of pancreatic cancer, but there are factors that can increase the risk of developing it. The risk factors for pancreatic cancer are:

Smoking

Diabetes

Inflammation of the pancreas

Obesity

Family history

  • Pancreatic cancer symptoms
    The symptoms of pancreatic cancer will depend on where the tumour is on the pancreas. Some of the symptoms are:
  • Yellowed eyes and skin
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Light coloured stool
  • Itching, vomiting, nausea, weight loss
  • Pain in the upper stomach

Symptoms of the advanced stages of pancreatic cancer are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue

Ayurvedic herbs that can help support those with pancreatic cancer

Curcumin (Curcuma longa)

Due to its rich medicinal properties curcumin is used in Ayurvedic medicine to aid in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The antioxidants may be helpful in improving immunity. Chinese medicine also uses curcumin to relieve digestive and liver related diseases. This herb may be used to treat various infections, inflammations, and allergies.

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Tulsi is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine in various herbal teas and products due to its strong aroma. The antioxidant properties in tulsi may be able to treat headaches, the flu, the common cold, and other problems in the chest and throat. Tulsi leaves may be used to help reduce stress and maintain emotional balance.

Guggul (Commiphora mukul)

Guggul is used in Ayurveda due to its ability to revitalise and rejuvenate cells. Guggul is used in many different health tonics as it may be useful for those who are anaemic or those with low haemoglobin levels.

Guggul may be used to aid in the treatment of a variety of different health conditions. This herb may also be used to indirectly protect the heart from a build up of plaque in the arteries due to the effects it has on cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda due to the multiple benefits it can have on the body. This herb may be able to help in cases of constipation, rheumatism, stress, impotency, and other chronic ailments.

Ashwagandha may play a role in treating cases of fatigue, low stamina, and stress. Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may be able to improve the body’s immune system and promote overall wellbeing.

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)

Amalaki is an Ayurvedic herb that is known for its antioxidant, rejuvenating, regenerating, liver-supporting functions. This herb may also be used to aid digestion and soothe hyper acidity in the stomach.

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Haritaki is used in Ayurveda to optimise the digestive system. This herb may also be used to resolve constipation and manage cholesterol.

For a natural approach to support those with pancreatic 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:

  1. Niruha or Asthapan vasti – also known as a decoction or cleansing enema
  2. 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.

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