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Why Try Holistic Therapies?
According to a Los Angeles Times report, “Over 75 per cent of the oncologists polled said that if they had cancer, they would never use the same chemotherapy they prescribe for their patients, because of the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy, and its unacceptable degree of toxicity.”
Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells, but harm the immune system. The temporarily suppressed cancer often reappears, since the body cannot defend itself with weakened immunity. “How much better it is to nourish the immune system directly by the use of natural therapies to assist it in getting you well, instead of destroying it by the use of these therapies! Then the immune system itself can kill the cancer cells without any side-effects, and heal your body at the same time,” writes Dr Loraine Day, M.D., who cured her breast cancer naturally.
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For cancer treatment, Dr Chauhan recommends the following Ayurvedic holistic methods:
• Abstinence from root cause: The first step is avoiding a harmful diet or lifestyle that aggravates the root cause, tridosha imbalance.
• Eliminating aggravated doshas: They are eliminated by flushing them out of the body through panchakarma, involving purifying therapies to enhance metabolic processes. Panchakarma includes five techniques:
Vamana – emetics,
Virecana – laxatives,
Basti – medicated enema,
Nasya – nasal administrations,
Rakta moksana – blood-letting
• Treating jataragni: Jataragni controls digestion and nourishment. It helps the formation of nutritive fluid (ahara rasa), physical elements (doshas), tissues (dhatus) and waste (malas). Treatment maintains healthy jataragni functioning.
• Rejuvenation: Rasayana medicines maintain enzymes and metabolism in peak condition, and enhance the generation of new cells and tissues. Rasayanas prevent and alleviate conditions associated with cancer, and increase ojas to boost immunity and strengthen cells and body.
• Satvavajaya chikitsa: Ayurveda considers mind and body as one entity. Cancer weakens the mind. Spiritual counselling and cultivating a positive, balanced mind are integral to Ayurvedic treatment. “By bringing our internal, physical and psychological systems into balance, we remove the cause of disease, cure its symptoms, and allow the damage to heal itself,” explains Dr Chauhan.
Dr Chauhan has effectively treated cancer patients from India and abroad. Namrata (name changed), 30, had breast cancer. She had surgery and chemotherapy. “I lost weight, hair and appetite, and my skin looked like that of a 65-year-old. I went through it because I had no choice.” She also had sleeping disorder. After a year-and-a-half of treatment, cancer reappeared in 2005. She had another operation. Finally, she heard of Dr Chauhan. He gave Ayurvedic medicines to cure the side-effects of allopathic medicines, strengthen the body, and prevent cancerous cell formation. “I am following the prescribed diet, and regularly taking the Ayurvedic medicines. My tests are normal now. My appetite is good. I am not losing hair. I am feeling energetic,” she says.
Alan Copeland tried Jiva’s Ayunique package. “My prostate, which was oversized, is now that of a healthy adolescent, according to the Western doctors. They don’t know why since their treatments only ‘hold’ the cancer, ” he writes. Jay Golding had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was treated by Dr Chauhan. “My PET/CAT scans came back negative! No cancer!” He exclaims.
Ashtavaidya tradition is a unique ancient branch of Kerala Ayurveda. Ashtavaidyas use only purely traditional methods. Ashtavaidyan E T Divakaran Mooss is the chief physician of the Vaidyaraj Oushadha Sala of Ashtavaidyas. He is also the advisor to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Maharishi Ayurvedic University, US. “Cancer is completely curable through Ayurvedic treatment in the Ashtavaidya tradition. I have treated about 100 leukemia patients successfully,” he says. The Ashtavaidya tradition assures complete cure if the patients start treatment early without any damaging modern therapies.
Cancer patients are initially given intensive three months treatment for removing toxins (ama) from the body, to purify and enhance immunity. Revitalised immunity heals cancer. Medicines are chosen according to the patient’s dosha constitution and the cancer condition. Patients must follow prescribed diet and Ayurvedic routine. Panchakarma is used only after the body recovers enough strength through detoxification. Finally, rasayana rejuvenation treatment through kutipravesika or vatatapika therapy is administered. Kutipravesika involves stringent rules and prolonged isolation indoors, which many patients avoid. Vatatapika is speedier and mostly used. Rasayanas are given life-long to prevent recurrence of cancer.
Vaidya Chandra Prakash Cancer Research Foundation treats cancer through medicines based on Ayurvedic rasa shastra (metallic therapy). Vaidya Balendu Prakash, who runs the foundation, first used the treatment on an infant with acute leukemia who had complete cancer remission within 40 days. In 1996, a project by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare studied the effects of his metallic formulations in Acute Pro-myelocytic Leukemia (APML). Ten out of 15 patients enrolled experienced complete remission.
Renowned Ayurvedic specialist, Dr Nandlal Tiwari, Jaipur, Rajasthan, invented the cancer drug Carctol, based on his experiments and information gathered from Assamese tribals. Carctol contains eight herbal ingredients, and has a success rate of 30-40 per cent.
Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, Kerala, has a clinical research unit in the charitable hospital where 150 cancer patients take treatment weekly. Most patients there use Ayurveda as complementary to allopathy, though some opt for Ayurveda exclusively.
The Government Nature Cure Hospital in Kerala is situated on the lap of nature, atop a cliff that slopes down to the breathtaking Varkala beach. Explains Dr K R Jayakumar, physician in-charge, “Cancer is a degenerative disease. Accumulation of toxins through carcinogenic food like fast food, colas, habits like smoking, drinking, paan chewing, stressful lifestyle, toxic medicines and environmental pollution, lowers immunity, causing cancer.” Naturopathy considers cancer as a systemic disease. Cancer can develop if lesser diseases are suppressed through chemical medicines. Dr Jayakumar says, “The human body has the healing power within itself to cure all diseases if congenial conditions are created.” Naturopathy heals through harmony with nature to attain equilibrium at physical, mental, moral and spiritual levels.
Diet is crucial in naturopathy. Treatment duration depends on the disease condition. Initially, hospitalisation is required. After discharge, the prescribed diet and lifestyle patterns must be maintained for life. Dr Jayakumar advises cancer patients, “If you have any bad habits, quit those with immediate effect, and try to lead a simple sattvic life.”
Dr Jayakumar has treated several breast cancer cases. College lecturer Asa Babu came after breast removal and chemotherapy. During the difficult chemotherapy, she drank juices of tender coconut, vegetables and amla regularly. Within three weeks, her reduced blood count increased. “After three months I was admitted for three weeks at the naturopathy hospital. I had hip bath, spinal bath, mud therapy, yoga and meditation for purification. I fasted for four days by drinking water only. Later, I ate vegetables and no cereals. My weight reduced by seven kilos. My chronic pain and bulge in the lumbar disc disappeared. After one year, I repeated naturopathic treatment for 10 days. I still do yoga and meditation. I developed mental power and confidence. I am now free from all cancer treatment and medicines,” she describes. Her cancer has not recurred.
Another breast cancer patient who had surgery has managed without allopathic treatment for the last six years through naturopathy. Dr Jayakumar’s colleague’s father had cancer of the small intestine. Since 25 years, he has survived without medicines, through naturopathy.
The All India Nature Cure Federation, New Delhi, headed by Dr Brij Bhushan Goel provides free cancer consultation. Mrs Dugar, 39, had colo-rectal cancer. She avoided surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. For five years, she has led a normal life with Dr Goel’s naturopathic treatment and some Ayurvedic medicines.
German naturopath, Dr Max Gerson, created Gerson therapy, which prescribes fresh organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains along with 13 glasses of fresh fruit juice daily. Coffee or chamomile enemas are used regularly for detoxification.
Homoeopathy Offers Hope
In homoeopathic theory, miasms sycosis, syphilis and psora are responsible for chronic diseases. Miasm imbalance is triggered by harmful lifestyle.
Kerala-based homoeo-path, Dr Girisanker, feels that it is best to prevent cancer by way of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Research shows that smoking (30 per cent) and improper diet (30 per cent) cause maximum cancer cases. One should avoid smoking, liquor, fried and processed foods, maida, vanaspati, dairy products and non-vegetarian food.
“There are rays of hope for cancer therapy in homoeopathy. In homoeopathic cancer treatment, a patient’s mental characteristics like desire, aversion, attitude, behaviour, physical conditions and food habits are all taken into account within the context of a genetic and constitutional approach to enhance bodily immunity to heal the disease. The focus is not on disease, but on the patient as a whole. Homoeopathy cures cancer the holistic way through restoring the vital force. It is safe, simple and inexpensive,” Dr Girisanker explains.
Homoeopathy has three treatment modes: medicinal treatment, managemental treatment, and palliative treatment for acute cases. Homoeopathy can reduce the damages caused by chemotherapy and radiation. Dr Girisanker asserts that patients who try homoeopathy without allopathic treatment can be completely cured. Homoeopathic medicines will prevent recurrence. The fully developed vital force will heal cancer by stimulating the suppressor genes that weaken the cancer-causing oncogenes. A healthy lifestyle must be maintained life-long.
Dr Girisanker is treating Sofiya Beevi, 58, who had intestinal cancer. She tried only homoeopathy. She is now 95 per cent cured, and has avoided surgery. She could be substantially cured since she did not undergo toxic modern methods.
US National Institute of Health (NIH) and Cancer Advisory Panel for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAPCAM) have recognised the homoeopathic treatment protocol of Kolkata-based Dr Prasanta Banerji and his son Pradip. They cured 70 per cent of brain tumour cases treated. Using basic medicine formulae like cali carbonium and ruta graviolins used in common cold, they created successful protocols for brain tumours. They also treat lung, liver and breast cancers. “My medicines can’t kill you. Theirs can,” Dr Pradip Banerji once told a medical website.
Siddha is the world’s oldest medical system mainly practised in South India. Medicines include herbal, metal and mineral preparations. According to Dr Stanley Jones, the seniormost medical officer in Kerala, working in the Government Siddha Hospital, siddha classifies cancer into 24 types according to the area affected. Primarily, it is caused due to the derangement of pitta and kapha. Unlimited increase in pitta and kapha imbalances vata too, leading to cancer.
Major Cancer Causes
Food: Eating food with excess of pungent and bitter tastes; contaminated food; eating incompatible non-vegetarian food; food containing hair, bones, mud, soil, stones, thorns.
Lifestyle: Tobacco chewing, smoking; suppression of 14 natural urges like yawning, sneezing, cough, etc.
Cancer occurring as secondary to the following diseases: Cirrhosis of liver; chronic peptic ulcer; constant irritation due to piles and fistula; trauma; cyst or abscess; ill-treated diseases in genital organs can cause cancer.
“There are many effective internal and external medicines, as well as various treatments based on ancient methods available in Siddha, which are free from side-effects. That is why Siddha cancer treatment is superior to conventional methods,” says Dr Jones.
Dr Jones recalls one of his successful cases of cancer cure. Mrs Sundarameena, 43, from Tamil Nadu, had malignant uterine cancer. Foul odour ceased by the fourth day of Siddha treatment. Bleeding fully stopped by the second week. By the second month, 65 per cent of the growth was reduced. All symptoms and difficulties stopped and complete cure was attained by the fourth month. Now Mrs Sundarameena leads a cancerfree life.
Leukemia in young patients is curable with Siddha at the initial stages. Medication builds up bone marrow tissues and normalises haemoglobin. Siddha is successful for brain tumours too.
Ramneek Wig’s Win Over Cancer
Delhi-based Ramneek Wig, author of Win Over Cancer, underlines the importance of positivity, faith, hope and self-belief in cancer healing. In 1998, he had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He underwent chemotherapy, but had a relapse. He got a bone marrow transplant from the US in 2000. Fearing he would not survive another recurrence and allopathic treatment, he tried holistic smethods.
He took yoga classes in South Delhi. He did shavasana and pranayama, including deep abdominal breathing, yogic breath, anuloma-viloma, and kapalabhati.
“Positive attitude is the key to victory. The words ‘I believe in victory’ gave me immense strength and courage. I did not entertain negative thoughts. I was full of hope and enthusiasm. I constantly reminded myself that with God’s help, I would ‘win over cancer,’” Wig says.
Currently, he is perfectly healthy. His message to cancer patients: “Never lose hope whatsoever the odds might be. Never sympathise with yourself. Stop cribbing about your problems. Face them boldly, with strength and courage. With faith in God and in yourself, you will emerge as a winner. Yoga and breathing exercises will give you inner joy and peace.”
His book, Win over Cancer, details the positive thinking techniques, holistic methods and yoga techniques he applied to overcome cancer. He conducts counselling and self-help workshops.
Sino-Vedic Cancer Clinic
Dr S P Kaushal established the Sino-Vedic Research Centre, New Delhi, to treat cancer through Indian and Chinese herbal medicines. He has identified about 450 anti-cancer herbs. Aloe vera, hoxsey and essiac are well-known herbs. His books, Fight Cancer With Herbs, and Cancer and Herbs, have gained worldwide acclaim. According to him, carcinogenic and nutritionally deficient diet, chronic stress and radiation from technological devices, are major cancer causes.
Chinese doctors use Fu Zen therapy to treat cancer. A Fu Zen formulation that contains six herbs strengthens the immune system to defend against cancer. The Chinese have used Panax Ginseng for 2000 years, which inhibits cancerous growth by inhibiting DNA synthesis.
A team of doctors led by Dr Kaushal has been exploring and developing herbal medicines to treat cancer since 1985. Herbal formulations prepared in his centre boost immunity by producing bodily biochemical agents that fight cancer. These herbs destroy the cancer cells without harming normal cells.
Spirituality and Cancer
There have been many instances of cancer being cured through spiritual healing and prayer. Modern medicine usually dismisses these cures as ‘spontaneous remission,’ a term used to denote healing unexplainable by modern scientific dogma.
Cynthia Sue Larson, aura healer and member of the Intuition Network that promotes intuitive and spiritual resources, witnessed her grandmother’s terminal liver cancer being cured by prayer. Larson writes, “While her own prayers were simply for courage, other people (myself included) were praying for her return to good health. Within a few months, my grandmother’s doctors were astonished to find that her cancer was stabilising. Several months after that, they were completely at a loss to explain why they could no longer find any trace of cancer in her body!”
Some studies show that cancer is linked to a personality style that lives up to the standards of others or social opinion, instead of being true to one’s innermost authentic Divine Self. Developing a spiritual purpose in life helps to manifest a protective effect by drawing divine healing energies through sacred communion with the living earth, the universe and the omnipresent Spirit.
Allopathic doctors doubt the evidence of holistic therapies curing cancer. But holistic therapists point out that due to little awareness about natural therapies, many cancer patients consult them at acute stages after toxic conventional treatments. Such patients can mostly be provided palliative care to reduce the adverse effects rather than cure because the severe toxicity makes it difficult to restore immunity completely. It is best to have holistic alternative treatment alone to effect cure according to most alternative therapists. However, those who start holistic treatment at the earliest have great chances of cancer cure and survival even after initial conventional treatment.
Cancer does not mean a death sentence. As NASA scientist turned energy healer, Dr Barbara Brennan, rightly remarked, “You are the master of your life. You can do much more than you thought you could, including cure yourself of a ‘terminal illness’.