Potential Role of Ayurveda in Integrative Oncology

Ayurveda has potentially important role to play in Cancer Prevention, Palliation and Control, encompassing the domains of preventive and clinical oncology involving

  • Risk reduction
  • Health promotion
  • Improving prognosis and treatment response
  • Improving long term survival
  • Preventing recurrence
  • Minimizing treatment side effects, toxicity and adverse events.

There are several potential compounds in Ayurveda which can be utilized in above mentioned aspects of Cancer Care. However these roles are yet to be well defined/well accepted/well established, due to lack of evaluation in well designed observational and experimental studies, with long term follow up supported by appropriate statistical analysis.

The potential role of Ayurveda need specific validation in rigorously conducted clinical research incorporating good clinical practice and appropriate research designs. Experienced Practitioners of Indian System of Medicine working hand in hand with clinical oncologist conducting good quality Preventive, Palliative and Clinical Research could successfully integrate safe and effective Ayurvedic interventions in substantially increasing the preventive therapeutic and safety profile of modern cancer management. This may render cancer prevention, palliation and control a more affordable reality.

The Holistic Methods of Ayurveda for Cancer Care include:

  • Abstinence from food and lifestyles that cause Tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) imbalance.
  • Eliminating toxins through Panchakarma.
  • Restoration of healthy Jatharagni (digestive power) functions.
  • Rejuvenation through Rasayanas.
  • Ayurvedic preparation can act as an adjuvant or a co-therapy along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It is also helpful in post surgery care.
  • Ayurvedic Medications helps to minimize the side effects of these therapies.

Depending on the status of the patient and the illness, Ayurveda Medications is been given to the desired patients to provide symptom control, improvement in quality of life and general condition.