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Ayurveda and Cancer

A holistic view

By Dr. Satish Kulkarni

Cancer is not a single specific disease according to ayurved. It is a group of chronic disorders related to long term unattended disturbance affecting various dhatu (body tissues) and dosha (basic body constituents). Cancer could manifest as a tumor or as a non healing ulcer. The ayurvedic synonym for tumour is arbuda or granthi and that for a non healing ulcer is dushta vrana.

Along with these manifestations, we can see additional symptoms such as weight loss, weakness, chronic fever and a few other disturbances in dhatu which ayurved describes as thetiryak gati of dosha. This means that the dosha have been displaced from their original setting and are now creating disturbances in

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