Classical Ayurvedic texts have several references to cancer. Some terms used to describe the condition are general while others are much more specific. 



Charaka and Sushruta Samhita (700 BC) both described the equivalent of cancer as granthi (benign or minor neoplasm) and arbuda (malignant or major neoplasm). Both can be inflammatory or non-inflammatory, based on the doshas  (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) involved. The term dosha describes the three principles that govern the psychophysiological response and pathological changes in the body. Ayurveda described health as the balanced coordination of these three systems in body, mind and consciousness. The fundamental theory of Ayurvedic treatment is based on restoration of the balance between these three major bodily systems.


Herbs : 


1. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols and this is a powerful anti-oxidant. This compound found in large quantities in green tea also helps individuals in inhibiting the formation of cancer cells. Green tea has also found to be very effective in the killing of cancer cells without harming the tissues. The processing involved for making green tea helps in retaining the good elements in it and makes it more beneficial for cancer than the black or the oolong teas. The green tea leaves are fermented and this helps in the retaining of the catechin polyphenols which are the cancer destroying compounds. Recent research conducted by clinical researchers has proved that drinking green tea helps in the killing of the colon tumors in the initial stage. About fifty seven percent of the people who consumed green tea have been found to have been cured from colon cancers, which have been detected in the initial stages. A glass of green tea every day can be consumed by an individual for preventing the spreading of colon cancer. 


2. Greater celandine is a Chinese traditional herb which can be used by individuals to prevent as well as to cure colon cancer. This herb not only helps in fighting cancer, but also boosts the immune system of an individual. It is also helpful in the treatment of diseases like asthma and atherosclerosis. Scientists have brought forth facts which clearly show that the herb greater celandine helps in starting the process of apoptosis. This is a kind of programmed death of the cells and this process helps in the stopping of the cancer cells from further spreading to other parts of the body of a person. Greater celandine are available as supplements for the consumption of individual.


3.This is herb commonly used by the ayurveda practitioners. Ashwagandha is a kind of adaptogen, which increases the resistance to stress and also increases the energy levels of the person. This herb also has been found to boost the immune system of an individual. According to research conducted on the herb, ashwagandha helps in the slowing down of the growth of the cancer cells and also inhibits the growth of tumor cells without harming the good cells. This herb is available in capsules and powdered forms. Before taking the herb, one should consult his doctor as large doses of the herb can lead to feelings of depression in individuals.


# For fighting against the problems caused by the colon cancer, an individual must increase his intake of raw vegetables which is also rich in fiber. This will help in eliminating the disease from the colon and restoring the health of the individual. Carrots, potatoes, yams, beans, avocados, guava, kiwi, are useful fruits and vegetables in the flushing out of the cancer causing element in the colon. These fruits and vegetables should be most preferably consumed in their raw form to derive the maximum benefits from them. This step will help in the prevention of the formation of colon polyps which later lead to the formation of colon cancer in individuals.


# Colon cleansing after every six months using the three day liquid fast method is also effective in the treatment of colon cancer. Fresh juices must be regularly consumed to start the process of decaying the injured tissues and deposits in the colon area. This also helps in the removal of undigested materials from the colon. Aloe vera juice fasts and apple cider fasts are some other techniques of colon cleansing. Kidney cleansing has also been found in preventing colon cancer in individuals. Using different herbs, the kidney can be cleansed as this will prevent the breakout of a colon cancer. 


# Ginger or ginger roots can be consumed by individuals to prevent as well as to cure colon cancer. Inflammation is reduced greatly by the intake of ginger in individuals. This inflammation has been found to have led to colon cancer in individuals. The inflammation markers which have been earlier proved in clinical researches as precursors to colon cancer can also be reduced significantly by the consumption of ginger or ginger roots. Research conducted on individuals who have been given two grams of ginger root supplements daily for one month have shown lessened amount of colon inflammation. Ginger soothes and heals the digestive tract and hence has been suggested as one of the best home remedies for the treatment of colon cancer. Ginger root supplements are available for the consumption of individuals. Even consuming raw ginger twice daily has beneficial effects on the health of the individual. 


# Garlic has been used extensively in different cultures of the world mainly for the medicinal properties that it possesses. It is used not only as a spice but also for the treatment of various diseases. Recent researches have proved that garlic can also be used for the treatment of colon cancer in many individuals. It is in recent years that the popularity of this herb has increased as a colon cancer treating element. Garlic is a rich storehouse of organo-sulphur compounds. These compounds are the reason behind the pungent odor of garlic. Research has proved that these organo-sulphur compounds in garlic help in the prevention of the formation of colon polyps in the large intestine. These polyps actually are the precursors of the colon cancer. Consumption of raw garlic is therefore very helpful in the treatment of colon cancer in individuals. A few strands of garlic can be made into a paste and can be consumed daily for the colon cancer treatment. The juice of the garlic is the most essential element as it contains the organo-sulphur compounds and helps in restoring the health of the colon.


# Flax seed is the yellow or brown colored seed derived from the flax plant. Flax seed is a very important source of oil. The oil from the flax seed is rich in proteins and often consumed by individuals for the treatment of various diseases. The seeds of the plant are grounded so as to derive the main nutrients from the plant. Flax seed is rich in fibers, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients lignan, omega 3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid. These elements help in maintain the good health of the colon and helps in cleaning the colon from the undigested wastes that remains in the colon and also helps in preventing colon polyps’ formation. These minerals can be effectively utilized by the digestive tract and this is the result why flax seed consumption helps individuals suffering from colon cancer. The high amount of lignan present in flax seed is also helpful in the prevention and in the treatment of colon cancer.


# Turmeric can not only be used for spicing up the dishes that an individual cooks but also is helpful for the treatment of various diseases including colon cancer. Turmeric is a relative of the ginger plant. The bulbs, roots and the rhizome of the plant are used for medicinal purposes. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory qualities and is also helpful in improving the kidney and liver functions of an individual. Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric and is responsible for the treatment of the various diseases. Curcumin is an anti-oxidant and helps the human body to clean itself from unwanted elements known as free radicals. These free radicals can alter the DNA build up in the body of an individual and also damage or destroy the healthy cells in the human body. The anti-oxidant quality of curcumin makes it effective in treating these damaging particles. Curcumin helps in the cleaning of the digestive tract from the unwanted food elements and prevents the formation of colon polyps there. 


Fruits and Vegetables


Fruits and vegetables provide rich amounts of antioxidants -- nutrients that help your body protect itself from toxins associated with cancer and other illnesses, including infections that may interfere with cancer treatment and recovery. Since having cancer increases your risk for secondary cancers, the American Cancer Society recommends that all cancer patients consume a variety of foods rich in antioxidants daily. Fruits and vegetables particularly rich in protective nutrients include berries, cherries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, kiwi, red grapes, mango, leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and winter squash. If your appetite is reduced, you may find fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies more palatable.




Grains provide glucose -- your body's main dietary source of energy. If your doctor has suggested a low-fiber or low-residue diet to temporarily reduce the amounts of undigested food and stool in your digestive tract, the American Cancer Society recommends white bread, plain pasta, pretzels and low-fiber cereals as valuable options. Otherwise, 100 percent whole-grain breads, cold cereals and pasta, brown and wild rice, quinoa, oatmeal, pearled barley and air-popped popcorn are valuable sources of fiber and antioxidants.




Dehydration can cause tiredness, confusion, fatigue and low moods -- symptoms you may already be faced with during colon cancer treatment. Cancer treatment side effects, such as vomiting and diarrhea, increase your risk for dehydration. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends that cancer patients aim for sufficient fluid intake. Valuable sources include water, pure fruit and vegetable juices, herbal tea, kefir and low-fat milk. In addition to promoting hydration, milk and kefir supply valuable amounts of protein and nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D. Healthy bacteria in kefir known as probiotics promote digestive health.


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