Ayurvedic treatment for Gastric tumor

Gastric tumor

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Gastric tumor Ayurvedic treatment

Gastric tumor refers to the abnormal growth in the tissues of the stomach and duodenum. These growths are also called as tumors - that can be either harmless or serious. While most of such growths are harmless, there exists a possibility that some if these may become cancerous.1,2 

In Ayurveda, these types of growths are described either as a Granthi (non-cancerous growth) or Arbuda (cancerous growth). In cases, where there is involvement of 1 or 2 Doshas i.e Vatta, Pitta and Kapha, they produce Granthi (non-cancerous growth) which is not harmful; whereas when there is Sannipatja i.e involvement of all three doshas, it produces Arbuda (cancerous growth) which is dangerous.3

Unhealthy lifestyle, unhealthy foods, poor hygiene and bad habits result in imbalance of doshas in body which ultimately leads to formation of tumor in body.3

Causes

Gastric tumor

While the exact cause of tumors and cancers are not fully understood, generally cancer begins when correlation between diets high in smoked and salted foods and genetic defect occurs in a cell. This causes the cells to multiply at a rapid rate and to continue living beyond their normal life span. The rapidly growing cells form a ball of tissue called tumor that can affect nearby organs. Cancer cells can break off from the tumor to spread throughout the body.1

Symptoms

Gastric tumor

Most patients with non-cancerous or cancerous stomach tumors do not show any symptoms for extended periods in time. Whenever the symptoms are present, they depend on the tumor size, location and complications arising from the tumor (e.g.: bleeding and ulceration). The most common presenting symptoms are

  • bleeding through vomit or maybe stools (acute or chronic),
  • abdominal pain and discomfort,
  • vomiting
  • weight loss,
  • Intestinal obstruction etc.

Diagnosis

Gastric tumor

In the diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal tumors, doctors generally use a CT scan.1

Additionally, ultrasonography of stomach has been proven to be helpful in the diagnosis of tumors. Biopsy, where a small sample of the tumor is taken and evaluated in the laboratory is also used to diagnose this condition.1

Management

Gastric tumor

The Ayurvedic management primarily includes change in diet and herbal medication prescription. It involves avoidance of carcinogenic food (cancer-causing foods). 3

Shodhana treatment (purification process which eliminates doshas) is also recommended. Panchkarma therapy can be given under shodhana chikitsa, whereas shamana (suppressive therapy) pacifies doshas and gradually relieves the diseases and is commonly prescribed for weaker patients. Herbs like turmeric, amla (gooseberry), psyllium husk and triphala may be beneficial as they help correct the Agni or improve digestion, and help in removing constipation by correcting metabolic defects that help overcome the adverse effects of anti-cancerous drugs.3

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Eat sattvic (wholesome) food, containing fresh fruits, vegetables, and cereals as much as possible.
  • Consume milk, fruit juices, butter and cheese, sprouts, honey, fresh nuts and herbal tea
  • Say no to snacks, fast food and ready to eat food.
  • Consume less meat especially red meat.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Perform regular exercises and take long walks.
  • Meditation and yoga if highly beneficial for mental and physical relaxation.

FAQS

Gastric tumor
  1. What is GERD?

Acid reflux disease - also commonly known as Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is condition in which acid from the stomach regurgitates or moves up into the esophagus (gullet).

  1. How are fissures caused?

An anal fissure may occur when due to passing of hard or large stools during a bowel movement. Anal fissures typically cause pain and bleeding with bowel movements. One may experience spasms in the ring of muscle at the end of the anus (anal sphincter).

  1. Can a fissure heal completely?

With appropriate treatment and following of pathya apathya, a fissure can heal completely. Although care should be taken not to be constipated and have high amount of fiber in food.

  1. What is a kshar karma? How is it different from other surgery

Kshar karma is a specialized Ayurvedic surgical procedure that involves minimal blood loss and provides excellent relief in hemorrhoids and fistulas. It involves the applying of a sclerosing agent, such as apamarg kshar snuhi kshar etc.

It differs from conventional surgery as in it does not require anaesthesia, shows minimal blood loss and need not require inpatient admissions.

  1. What are the risk factors of developing bowel incontinence?

A number of factors can increase the risk of developing fecal incontinence. These include:

  • Age: It is more common in middle-aged and older adults.
  • Female gender: Fecal incontinence is slightly more common in women. One reason may be that fecal incontinence can be a complication of childbirth.
  • Nerve damage: People who have long-standing diabetes or multiple sclerosis — conditions that can damage nerves that help control defecation — may be at risk of fecal incontinence.
  • Dementia: Fecal incontinence is often present in late-stage Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Physical disability: Being physically disabled may make it difficult to reach a toilet in time. An injury that caused a physical disability also may cause rectal nerve damage, leading to fecal incontinence. Also, inactivity can lead to constipation, resulting in fecal incontinence.
  1. What exercises can be done to have better control on the motions?

Certain asanas that help strengthen the pelvic floor (muscles around the anal opening) are recommended for better control over the anorectal area. These are -

Utkatasana                   Virabhadrasana                 Ananda Balasana             Shlabhasana

 

  1. Can celiac disease lead to anything serious?

Untreated, celiac disease can cause the following complications:

  • Malnutrition: The damage to your small intestine means it can't absorb enough nutrients. Malnutrition can lead to anemia and weight loss. In children, malnutrition can cause slow growth and short stature.
  • Calcium loss of calcium and low bone density: Malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D may lead to a softening of the bone (osteomalacia or rickets) in children and a loss of bone density (osteoporosis) in adults.
  • Infertility and miscarriage: Malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D can contribute to reproductive issues.
  • Lactose intolerance: Damage to your small intestine may cause you to experience abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating lactose-containing dairy products, even though they don't contain gluten. Once your intestine has healed, you may be able to tolerate dairy products again. However, some people continue to experience lactose intolerance despite successful management of celiac disease.
  • Cancer: People with celiac disease who don't maintain a gluten-free diet have a greater risk of developing several forms of cancer, including intestinal lymphoma and small bowel cancer.
  • Neurological problems: Some people with celiac disease may develop neurological problems such as seizures or peripheral neuropathy (disease of the nerves that lead to the hands and feet).

In children, celiac disease can also lead to failure to thrive, delayed puberty, weight loss, irritability and dental enamel defects, anemia, arthritis, and epilepsy.

  1. Who gets affected by pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is more common in middle-aged and elderly people, but it can affect people of any age. Men are more likely to develop alcohol-related pancreatitis, while women are more likely to develop it as a result of gallstones.

  1. What are the common causes of developing ulcers in stomach?

Common causes of peptic ulcers include -

  • Long-term use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • An infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Rare cancerous and/or noncancerous tumors in the stomach, duodenum, or pancreas

Addtionally, intake of alcohol and smoking also increase the chances of having a gastric ulcer.

  1. What causes hemorrhoids?

Swelling in the anal or rectal veins causes hemorrhoids. Several factors may cause this swelling, including -

  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • A lack of fiber in the diet

Another cause of hemorrhoids is the weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus that occurs with age.

Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids by increasing pressure in the abdomen, which may enlarge the veins in the lower rectum and anus. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after childbirth.

 

References

Gastric tumor
  1. Holzheimer RG, Mannick JA, editors. Goh PMY, Lenzi JE. Benign tumors of the duodenum and stomach. Surgical Treatment: Evidence-Based and Problem-Oriented. Munich: Zuckschwerdt; 2001 Available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK6948/ accessed Aug 24th
  2. American Cancer Society. Stomach Cancer. Available at http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003141-pdf.pdf accessed on Aug 24th 2016
  3. Gupta S, Mofod P, Bansal S et al. An Ayurvedic Outlook To Heal Cancer. Int. J. Res. Ayurveda Pharm. Aug 2015 6(4):457-62

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