COLON CANCER

COLON CANCER- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Colon cancer is the carcinoma of the colon (a part of the large intestine). Cancer is a disease in which abnormal and uncontrolled cell division occurs and destroy healthy body tissues.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER
    • CAUSES OF COLON CANCER
    • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF COLON CANCER
    • DIAGNOSIS OF COLON CANCER
    • TREATMENTS FOR COLON CANCER
    • PROGNOSIS OF COLON CANCER
    • COMPLICATIONS OF COLON CANCER
    • COLON CANCER AND AYURVEDA
    • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF COLON CANCER
    • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER
    • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF COLON CANCER
    • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER
    • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF COLON CANCER
    • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER
    • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER
    • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER
    • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR COLON CANCER
    • HOME REMEDIES FOR COLON CANCER
    • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR COLON CANCER
    • YOGA FOR COLON CANCER

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER

  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bloody stool
  • Anaemia
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • The feeling of incomplete evacuation

CAUSES OF COLON CANCER

  • Gene mutations
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Radiation therapy
  • Other risk factors like smoking, alcohol, chronic inflammatory bowel syndrome, a low fibre diet and intake of excess red meat

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF COLON CANCER

Due to the above-mentioned causes, abnormal and uncontrolled cell division occurs in the colon which further attacks the healthy tissues. The uncontrolled cell division causes the formation of a tumour. If the early symptoms are neglected it spreads to the other areas of the body, called metastasis.

DIAGNOSIS OF COLON CANCER

  • Physical examination
  • Colonoscopy is the ‘gold standard’ method of detecting intra-luminal colonic lesions. 
  • Biopsy

·       CT scan

·       MRI

·       Laboratory tests – total blood count etc.

TREATMENTS OF COLON CANCER

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Palliative care
  • Supportive care

PROGNOSIS OF COLON CANCER

  • Prognosis is based on the stage of the disease and condition of the patient
  • As per statistics, for colon cancer, the overall 5-year survival rate for people is 63%. If the cancer is diagnosed at a localized stage, the survival rate is 91%. If cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs and/or the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 72%.

COMPLICATIONS OF COLON CANCER

  • Chronic pain
  • Weight loss
  • Metastasis

COLON CANCERAND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,the treatment of colon cancer is based on ‘arbuda’ chikilsa.
  • In Ayurveda the term ‘’arbuda” is used to describe a malignant tumour. According to Sushrut the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) when aggravated may develop a malignant tumour; especially aggravated Kapha and Vata Doshas. This affects the tissue, which might result in developing a malignant tumour. Rakta Arbuda occurs when aggravated Doshas disturbs the normal functioning of rakta dhathu, comparable to the accumulation of toxins (ama) in the blood. 
  • Ayurvedic medicine provides preventive, curative, and supportive management for cancer.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF COLON CANCER

  • Excess consumption of acrid, dry,  ununctuous food
  • Virudhahara – incompatible foods
  • Excess dosha vitiation
  • Vitiation of dhatus and upadhatus
  • Suppression of natural urges 

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER

  • Change in bowel habits

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF COLON CANCER

Due to the causative factors, doshas become vitiated with the predominance of vata and kapha dosha, which resides in the rectum, which further vitiates the mamsa and rakta dhatu. Uncontrolled mamsa vridhi occurs in the colon and finally, symptoms of colon cancer are manifested.

LAKSHANA – AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COLON CANCER

  • Raktasrava  – bleeding per rectum
  • Udara Sula – abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Vibandha – constipation
  • Ksheena – fatigue
  • Karshyam – weight loss
  • Development of tumour (arbuda/ grandhi)
  • Ojakshaya
  • Dhatukshaya

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF COLON CANCER

Early symptoms are manageable with proper ayurvedic management. But it cannot cure completely when it progresses.

  • Krichra sadhya in early stages and asadhya in late stages
  • Three forms of metastasis according to Sushruta
  • Raktarbuda: When a tumour is surrounded by smaller tumours
  • Adhyarbuda: Development of another tumour over the first tumour. Or when a tumour arises
  • On a pre-existing site or near a primary tumour.
  • Dviarbuda: When two tumours arise at the same time.

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER

  • Avipathikara churna – To control constipation
  • Varanadi kashayam
  • Triphala guggulu
  • Kanchanara guggulu
  • Indukantam ghrita
  • Gandhaka rasayana

AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER

  • Agnikarma and kshara karma – removal of the tumour by cauterisation

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES TREATMENT FOR COLON CANCER

Ayurvedic medicines for the internal administration of colon cancer

HOME REMEDIES FOR COLON CANCER

  • Intake of water frequently to avoid dehydration
  • Intake of water boiled with coriander and cumin seeds
  • Intake of a balanced diet

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR COLON CANCER

  • Avoid food items that produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, gruels
  • Take proper rest.
  • Avoid junk foods
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco

YOGA FOR COLON CANCER

  • Nadi shuddi pranayam   

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, and the body relaxed. The patient has to close one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.                             

  • The practices of shatkriya or yogic cleansing techniques purify the body and prevent digestive tract problems. 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, United States. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your GP before the intake.

Ayurveda Expert, India
Dr. Rajesh Nair, Consultant, Ayurvedaforall

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