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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Cancer Care in India: Basic and Clinical Perspective

  • Ashok D.B. Vaidya
  • Ashok J. Amonkar
  • Narendra S. Bhatt
  • Purvish M. Parikh
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Abstract

Cancer still continues to offer a formidable challenge to conventional medicine, despite significant advances in the fields of basic and clinical oncology. The strengths and weaknesses of the current diagnosis and management of cancer are often not understood well by many patients; therefore, their quest for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for cancer care continues globally, as well as on the Indian subcontinent. Over the last few decades, several anticancer agents, which are being investigated or used, belong to the plant world. This raises hopes for novel approaches used by CAM systems [1].

Keywords

Anticancer Activity Curcuma Longa Withania Somnifera Complementary Alternate Medicine Pongamia Pinnata 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

The chapter is dedicated to the memory of our late colleague Dr. Meena Surendra Shringi, who bravely fought metastatic ovarian cancer for seven years, by the use of conventional and complementary care.

We thank Sri Dhirubhai Mehta, President, Kasturba Health Society for encouragement and facilities. We also thank the Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Biotechnology (Government of India) and Virtus Technoinovation Pvt. Ltd. (VTPL) for partial support for cancer research. In addition, we thank Dr. Rama Vaidya and Ms. Sanchita Patkar for their help in the preparation of the manuscript.

Glossary

Adhman

         Flatulence

Agnikarma

          Application of direct heat by metal

Anulomana

          Maintaining the direction and speed of peristalsis

Anupan

        Vehicle to follow the drug

Apachi

Glandular swelling/enlargement, nonsuppurating

Apunarbhav-Chikitsa

Therapy which avoids reoccurrence of the disease

Arbud

Deep rooted, big gland/uncontrolled enlargement

Arishta

Decoction is fermented to get the medicinal value

Arsha

Haemorrhoid varicosities

Asthi

Bones

Atharvaveda

The fourth Vedic text/literature regarding Ayurveda

Ayu

Life

Ayurveda

Science of life

Balya

Enhancing strength & immunity

Bhedan

Strong purgative

Dhatu

Tissue

Doshaghnata

Property of pacifying an humor

Galaganda

Swelling of gland in neck region

Ghana

Solid mass obtained from boiling the decoction

Ghrita

Ghee

Godambi

Kernel of the fruit of Semicarpus anacardium

Grahani

Small bowel disease, Melabsorption

Granthi

Knotty, mass/swelling/gland

Gulma

Type of lump which is sessile

Kapha

Water humour

Kashaya

Astringent

Katu

Pungent

Krimighna

Anthelmintic

Krumi

Worms

Ksharkarma

Scraping through application of salts of plants

Kushthaghna

Destroying skin diseases

Kwath

Decoction

Laghu

Light to digest

Lepa

Local application

Madhur

Sweet

Majja

Tissue within bones

Mansa

Muscular tissue

Marma

Vital points/conglomerate points

Meda

Adipose tissue

Medoja arbud

Cancerous growth from adipose tissue

Mootra Sangrahaniya

Antidiuretic

Mootra-Viranjaniya

Giving colour to urine

Pitta sarak

Laxative

Pitta

Fire humour

Poorva Karma

Prerequisites of main procedure

Rakta

Blood

Raktavardhak

Haemopoietic

Rasa

Fluid of absorbed and digested food

Rasa

Taste

Rasayana

Antiageing and rejuvenating

Ruchivardhak

Enhancing taste

Ruksha

Dry

Sattwa

A precipitate of a water-soaked plant

Shaman

Procedures by which equilibrium of doshas is established

Shodhan

Purification procedures

Shothahara

Anti-inflammatory

Shukra

Reproductive tissue

Shwasahar

Antiasthmatic

Shwitra

Vitiligo

Snigdha

Oily

Taila

Oil

Tikshna

Corrosive

Tikta

Bitter

Tridoshashamak

Pacifying all three humours

Ushna

Hot

Vardhaman prayog

Escalating and de-escalating the dosage regimen

Vata

Wind/air humour

Vipak

Resultant taste after complete conversion

Veerya

Capacity to do work/work potential

Vishaghna

Antitoxic

Vrana

Wound

Vridradhi

Abscess

Vrishya

Enhancing reproductive property/aphrodisiac

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashok D.B. Vaidya
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ashok J. Amonkar
    • 4
  • Narendra S. Bhatt
    • 5
    • 6
  • Purvish M. Parikh
    • 7
  1. 1.ICMR Advanced Centre of Reverse Pharmacology in Traditional MedicineMRC – Kasturba Health SocietyMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Gujarat Cancer Research InstituteAhmedabadIndia
  4. 4.Former Head of Chemotherapy DivisionTata Memorial Centre, MRC – Kasturba Health Society, Cancer Research InstituteMumbaiIndia
  5. 5.CRIA Care Pvt LtdMumbaiIndia
  6. 6.Interactive Research School for Health AffairsBharati Vidyapeeth UniversityPuneIndia
  7. 7.MRC – Kasturba Health SocietyMumbaiIndia

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