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Can Ayurveda provide insights into preventing colon and rectal cancers?

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Can Ayurveda provide insights into preventing colon and rectal cancers?

QuestionsCategory: cancerCan Ayurveda provide insights into preventing colon and rectal cancers?
Chitranjan asked 8 months ago
Can Ayurveda provide insights into preventing colon and rectal cancers?
Dr. Bommu Venkateshwara Reddy Staff replied 7 months ago

We all know the growth of cancer cells in the large intestine referred to as colon or rectum cancer or colorectal cancer. ‘Colon’ is the large intestine present in the human digestive system and ending of the colon is ‘rectum’ which helps in breaking down the food materials

As ayurveda is derived from two sanskrit words ‘ayur’ (life) and ‘veda’ (knowledge). It gives immense knowledge of how to prosper life by various practices and methods.

‘Agni’ the sacred fire present in our body maintains proper health and prevents the formation of ‘ama’ which is a sticky sludge-like substance made up of wastes, toxins and poorly digested foods.

The fire in our digestive tract is the first line of armour of health and the impaired agni is the reason for disease and imbalance. Healthy elimination plays a crucial role in the well being of a person to prevent colorectal cancer.

Healthy elimination can be done by;

Hydrating the body is a key factor. Take two large cups of water at room temperature before your meals
Daily routine is to be implemented such as proper consistent time between every meal, not to eat after 7 PM, regular few minutes of bowel habits each morning, and having a regular exercise routine 3-4 days per week that supports our metabolic activities to help in elimination.
Eating appropriate quantities of food by keeping our ⅓ of stomach empty. It helps in optimal digestion
Dietary cleansing is a powerful method that supports good elimination and health. A cleanse can be a half or full day fast, short juice cleanse, longer mono diet such as ‘kitchari’ made up of by two grains
Having a 15 minutes of yoga, daily meditation with pranayama technique gives a great impact on state of mind and digestive health
Taking Triphala, a traditional ayurvedic formula that includes three fruits which helps in balancing vata, pitta and kapha. It has the ability to cleanse, detoxify the digestive tract, replenish the nourishment and rejuvenate the tissues.

Lifestyle changes:
Regular physical activity prevents the developing colorectal cancer, as well as reduces the risk of recurrence after treatment.
Less use of red and processed meats in food. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains have to be included in the diet.
Stop smoking cigarettes
Drink moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages per day
Dietary changes:
Taking probiotic supplements help to prevent colorectal cancer by increasing the healthy bacteria in the gut and reduces the inflammation in the colon.
Colon wellbeing is to be kept up with by taking food varieties with vitamin-D and omega-3 unsaturated fats
Takeaways of ayurvedic for colorectal cancer prevention:
Ayurvedic herbs:
Curcumin, a herbo-mineral present in turmeric reduces inflammation in the colon as it has anti-inflammatory properties
Green tea can stop the growth of tumours and reduce inflammation in the colon. It is a natural remedy for preventing colorectal cancer development.
Garlic has anti-cancer properties that inhibit tumour growth and reduces inflammation in the colon and prevents recurrence of colorectal cancer
Several ayurvedic medicines that treat colorectal cancer are Triphala; an herbal mixture, Amalaki Rasayana; a tonic for rejuvenation and Kaishore Guggulu; an ayurvedic formulation.
Ayurvedic techniques:
Abhyanga, an ayurvedic massage therapy improves circulation of blood and also reduces stress levels. It relaxes the mind, body, improves immunity and reduces inflammation.
Yoga postures such as Trikonasana; triangle pose and Ardha Matsyendrasana; half spinal twist pose are helpful in reducing stress levels and fights with the cancer cells in the body.
Meditation is a beneficial technique for colorectal cancer patients as it relaxes and reduces anxiety levels during the cancer treatment.
Detoxification therapies like panchakarma remove toxins from the body. Toxins are accumulated due to a poor diet or lifestyle habits including smoking and alcohol consumption. It improves overall health and indirectly affects the growth of cancer cells, reduces inflammation and stimulates immune system responses.

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