Ayurveda and Holistic Cancer Care

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cancer treatment with ayurvedaAyurveda and holistic cancer care are complementary strategies to combat the cancer directly as well as to support the overall health during cancer treatment.  Ayurveda is the oldest known system of health and healing.  It is a holistic approach to the body and mind.  Ayurveda is thought to be at least a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. It is an integral part of the life of an Indian and there are tens of thousands of Ayurvedic healers who provide routine holistic advice and recommendations. Dr. Navneet Sharda integrates the art and science of ayurveda with the most advanced developments in western science to create a synergistic effect, thus enhancing the effectiveness of both therapies.  Dr. Sharda recognizes that many western medicines are merely highly extracted herbs that have been used by humans for tens if not hundreds of thousands of years.  Many Ayurvedic practices predate written records and the oral teachings were finally written in Sanskrit more than 2,000 years ago. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their roots in Ayurveda.  The use of ayurveda and holistic cancer care techniques results in fewer side effects and greater tolerance of any therapy offered.  A nice discussion about Yoga is located here, and certainly deserves an important place in Ayurveda.


The action of herbs and spices on the body are elucidated in Ayurveda.  Early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical ayurvedic medical texts that were written thousands of years ago.  These ancient Ayurveda texts also taught surgical techniques such as rhinoplasty, kidney stone extractions, sutures, and removing foreign objects to combat infection.  The concepts of detoxification were also discussed and remain relevant today.  For a nice discussion about detoxification, please see this or this.

Navneet Sharda, MD meditation in cancerThe guiding principles of Hinduism and the healing art of Ayurveda are that the mind, spirit, body and world are different expressions of the same original creative urge, and nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Freedom from illness results from expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and extending that balance to the body. With such expanded awareness the bodies immune system is strengthened.  Knowledge is obtained and retained by the mind based on observation and experimentation as well as transmitted from teacher to student. By optimizing the mind we optimize the body and spirit.  By optimizing the body we can begin to optimize the mind and spirit.  By optimizing the spirit we optimize the mind and body.  Ayurveda recognizes that different people respond to different things-some immediately respond to the concept of breath relaxation which then allows them to increase the mental focus and then the spirit.  Others begin with spiritual teaching and as their recognition of such begins to spill over to the body health as well as mental clarity.  All techniques are addressed in Ayurveda in addition to use of herbs and spices.  Holistic cancer care using concepts derived from the ancient science of ayurveda can greatly improve the experience of cancer treatment and Dr. Nav Sharda routinely integrates these into his oncology practice.

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