Any disease can be successfully treated or managed if its root cause is known and targeted effectively.
Thanks to the research in Molecular biology due to which it is now getting established that Cancer is also a “Metabolic” disease.
The disease process is initiated in our cellular ” Power House” called, Mitochondria and then through reverse messaging system inside the cell, faulty messages are sent to the nucleus and a Cancerous process is spread. Sometimes, it may take a decade or two to completely transform a normal cell into a “Cancerous” cell. During this phase, there are important changes occur in the cell, which is called ” field effect” or “Field defect “which can be picked by certain metabolic investigations.This breakthrough research shall help doctors to detect Cancer in a very earliest or in a “pre-primary” stages and consequently disease can be prevented and treated with a great percentage of the rate of success. This will definitely reduce number death and deformities happening due to Cancers.
What is Mitochondria and how it can be explained in terms of Ayurveda?
In Ayurveda, this cellular powerhouse i.e. ” Mitochondria” can be compared with a very important factor, called ” Agni”. Surprisingly, there are word to word similarities between the structural and functional description of ” mitochondria” and “Agni” as follows
In Ayurveda, it is said that person is healthy till his/ her ” Agni” is robust. A person becomes diseased if Agni is vitiated and Person succumbs to death when his/ her ” Agni” is doused completely. Same is the description and importance of modern Mitochondria. So much was the vision of our ancient scientist, who without the help of microscope had discovered and described the minutest portion and function of Cell biology and wrote down for the generations, without expecting any royalty.
Which factors spoil or vitiate Agni and Mitochondria-
What are the special features of Cancer cells?
All these features are explained in a nutshell in the following paragraph-
Once the Mitochondria (or Agni) is vitiated it stops or reduces metabolizing and processing food juices received by cells, hence cells turn to other pathway called “Aerobic Glycolysis or Aerobic Fermentation” due to which Glucose ( the major energy supplier) is completely converted (fermented) into Lactic acid and there is a Metabolic shift in the process which produces less of energy ( that is the reason patient feels lethargic and weak) and more of raw material is produced like fatty acid, Nucleic acid, Amino acids etc which are used for the multiplication and growth of cells (which produces Tumor) .
The lactic acid helps cancer cells to break the protecting wall of Matrix around the cell and hence cancer cell can invade or infect other normal tissues and grow( this called Metastasis – spreading to other’s area). This is how Cancer progress and these Cancer cells eat up a major part of nutrition, depriving of healthy tissues. Due to abnormally functioning Mitochondria, Cancerous cells become “immortal” and they generate progeny of “immortal Cancerous cells”. IN order to get nourishment by multiplying cells, cancerous cells stimulate budding of more and more blood vessels ( Angiogenesis) which brings more and more food for the growth of Cancerous tissue. Due to the production of Lactic acid and Carbonic acid, immunity is not able to reach them and destroy them hence cancerous cells are shielded from the attack of Immunity.
How can Ayurveda treatment help to combat Cancer?
It is now established that “reverse” signalling from dysfunctional or abnormal Mitochondria play important role in the initiation and progress of Cancer cells and conversely it is also proven that Healthy Mitochondria can suppress the growth of cancer cells and make them more susceptible to the treatment. So any drug or treatment which can improve Mitochondrial function can modify the course of the disease and arrest its growth. In this article, we have seen that Mitochondria and Agni are the same organelles and in Ayurveda, for cancer following treatment is provided
What diet is recommended to a patient suffering from Cancer?
The best diet is to follow intermittent fasting or calorie restricted diet which is sufficient enough to provide all required nutrients to the body and immunity but at the same time, deprives cancer cells of their food and compel them to die. General guidelines are as follows
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Article Written by,
Dr. Nitin Kochar