Cancer Medicine in an Ayurvedic Perspective: A Critical Overview

The Concept of Prakriti in Perspective of Cancer

Author(s): Jagruti N. Chaple * .

Pp: 24-30 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815123852123010007

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Currently, there is a lot of talk about cancer (arbuda) at all levels of society. It includes both benign and malignant tumors. Our body is made up of Tridosha, the three fundamental energies or principles that govern our body function on the physical and emotional levels. The three energies are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each individual has a different constitution from others. Prakriti is a unique concept of Ayurveda that explains individuality and has a role in maintaining health & prevention, of diseases, and achieving longevity. Each person must know their Prakriti constitution to determine the correct food, exercise, yoga, lifestyle, and environment to remain healthy and achieve longevity. Our Prakriti in Ayurveda roughly resembles DNA or genes in western medicine. Most of the theories offered regarding cancer cause fall into the following categories: embryonic,bio-chemical, infectious agents, and genetic. Ayurveda can play a big role in the last causative factor, genetics. Cancer in each person differs according to the person's exposure to pathogens and Prakriti (genetic constitutions), assessment of Prakriti is very useful in prognosis & therapeutic management of cancer. It is also helpful in prescribing suitable Ahar, Vihar, Yoga & Rasayana therapy. 

Keywords: Cancer, Genetic, Prakriti, Tridosha.

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