Ayurvedic treatment for Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Globally, cervical cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Half of cervical cancer cases occur in women aged between 35 and 55. Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 80% of cervical cancer, whereas adenocarcinoma makes up for about 15%. Risk factors for cervical cancer include: early sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, sexually transmitted diseases, cigarette smoking, and a weak immune system. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy form the conventional treatment of this condition.
The Ayurvedic treatment of cervical cancer aims at treating the cancer, treating the symptoms, preventing the spread of the cancer, reducing the side effects of conventional treatment, and prolonging survival. Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Triphala-Guggulu, Kanchnar-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Mahamanjishthadi-Qadha, Chandraprabha-Vati, Ashokarishta, Ashoka (Saraca indica), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Udumbar (Ficus glomerata), Ulatkambal (Abroma augusta), Shalmali (Bombax malabaricum), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), and Tandullya (Amaranthus polygamus) are used to treat the local tumor. In addition, medicated douches containing Triphala (Three fruits) and Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra) are used to treat local ulceration.
Medicines which act on the ‘Rasa’, ‘Rakta’ and ‘Mansa’ dhatus (tissues) are useful in this condition. These medicines include Indrayav (Holharrhina antidysentrica), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Patha ( Cissampelos pareira) ,Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Nimba (Azadirachta indica) and Triphala. Medicines like Kanchnar-Guggulu and Mahamanjishthadi-Qadha are used to prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the body. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Nagbala (Sida humilis), Suvarna-Bhasma and Heerak-Bhasma are used to improve the immunity of the body. To prevent or reduce side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, medicines like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Kamadudha-Ras, Shankh-Vati, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras and Vishwa (Zinziber officinale) are used.
Thus, Ayurvedic medicines can be used as additional therapy to conventional treatment, to improve the overall survival of the patient. It is important to note that all such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of an Oncologist.
Cervical Cancer Symptoms
Cervical cancer symptoms are hard to be distinguished from normal female reproductive processes. However, the much larger danger with cervical cancer symptoms is that they often go unnoticed because they mimic so many other common conditions such as PMS and ovulation pains. These common symptoms that most females have at one time or another are written off without ever being reported to a doctor. At other times cervical cancer can have no symptoms at all. Unfortunately when symptoms present themselves, it usually means that the cancer has already progressed into a more advanced stage.
Some of the common symptoms are abnormal bleeding during the month or an unusually heavy discharge that may be foul smelling, watery or contain mucus. Both of these symptoms can be symptoms of other conditions common with females. Any change in cycles or discharges should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Some of the other symptoms that can occur, but are seen less frequently are:
Pelvic pain unrelated to the normal menstrual cycle that range from dull aches to severe sharp pains lasting for hours. As with any abnormal pain, this should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Pain during urination. This includes pain that is in your bladder and kidney areas. Bladder pain which can be an indication that the cancer has spread to the bladder.
Bleeding between cycles or after sex. This is caused by an irritation of cervix. This can also include bleeding when douching, having a pelvic exam, or when inserting a diaphragm.
Pain during intercourse or pain that lasts for more than 30 minutes after an orgasm.
Leakage of urine from the bladder to the cervical area. This includes becoming incontinent or having pools leak out when you cough or sneeze.
Since abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause any symptoms at all, it is vital that women have regular pap test screening (even women who have stopped the normal cycle). Regardless of how small the problem seems, it is a wise choice for all woman to report any changes to your doctor. Early detection can be your best choice chance for a complete recovery. It is of utmost importance that woman of all ages have regularly scheduled pelvic examinations including a Pap smear.