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Cancer History - Ayurvedic Perspective

Cancer History - Ayurvedic Perspective

The identification and differentiation of malignant diseases have been enlightened much later than the description available in ancient Indian literature. The earliest and fore most record could be cited in Atharva Veda (2200 BC).

Cancer History - Ayurvedic Perspective
The identification and differentiation of malignant diseases have been enlightened much later than the description available in ancient Indian literature. The earliest and fore most record could be cited in Atharva Veda (2200 BC). During this period the disease was probably described under the heading of ‘Apachi’ or ‘Apachit’ which refer to the present knowledge of various texts of Indian medicines as multiple lymph nodes swelling. In the later period similar description has been depicted by Acharya Sushruta (400
BC). According to them this Apachi or multiple lymph node swelling has been cited at different places, viz. neck, axilla and groin.[Su.Ni.11/10] It suggests that ancient Indian clinicians were not unaware about the malignant disease, rather they presented their views regarding cancer as swelling on the body surface superficially or situated in deeper structure in relation to different systems and organs or sometimes presented as chronic non-healing ulcers. Superficial Swellings have been categorized under the
heading of Arbuda whereas non-healing ulcers as Asadhya Vrana. Similarly malignancies of deeper structures have been described as Gulma.

The various diseases described in Ayurveda may be considered as
malignant.

1. Diseases which can be clearly defined as malignancy can be listed as follows :


Arbudas (Su. Ni. 11/13)
Mamsa Arbuda (A.H.U. 21/7)
Jala Arbuda (A.H.U. 21/10)
Asadhya Vrana (Su.Su. 23/12) 

2. Diseases which can be a considered as malignancy.

Alasa (Su. Ni. 15/10)
Mamsa Utsanna Mahayoni (C.Ci. 30/36)
Mamsa Kachhapa (Su.Ni. 15/10) 

3 Possibility of Malignancy that can not be ruled out.

Asadhya Pradara (Ch. Chi. 30/222-223)


The treatment of cancer was existed ever since the Vedic period and
has attracted attention of then physicians of Ayurveda.
As mentioned in Arthava Veda (2000BC) in Kaushika Sutra there is
vivid description of treatment of the above disease. In Samhita period (300BC-400BC) especially Agnivesha Samhita the line of treatment postulated was Agni Karma (heat therapy) Shastra Karma (surgery) and application of Kshara (caustic alkali). Sushruta Samhita has given clear cut details of treatment of Arbuda specifically and precisely. 
The treatment that has been advised in Ashtanga Hridaya is similar to Sushruta’s treatment. The chemical treatment with use of Rasa Aushadhi in Arbuda which are dated back to 800 to 1400 AD and also in Madanapala Nighantu, which has given several treatment for Arbuda.