In metropolitan cities like Mumbai where the mind and body are hurried, disease often replaces good health. Even though the best of modern medicine is available, today people do choose to reach out to a holistic healing center in Mumbai, in search of long term healing. The benefits of alternative healing systems have created interest not only for Mumbaikars but also a growing awareness amongst people worldwide. Holistic treatments to a great extent are drug-free treatments. It is an alternative system of medicine, which combines the age-old wisdom of Ayurveda with limited use of modern medicine. One of the treatments used by the holistic clinics to treat patients is called the Panchakarma treatment. What is Panchakarma? It is an Ayurvedic system, which helps the body to rebuild its immunity by removing the imbalances in the body. When stress affects our digestive system it not only slows down the breaking up of food for energy but also results in inflammation that cause diseases. The Panchakarma treatment helps to restore the balance in the body by correct diet, massage therapy and detoxification. The word Panchakarma is derived from, “panch” meaning five and “karma” meaning treatment. Thereby it is a combination of five procedures for the realignment of the Vata, Pitta and Kapha forces in our body. The 5 Phases of Cleansing or purifying the body in Panchakarma treatments: 1. Purvakarma: Preparing the body to release toxins. 2. Virechana: Use of purgation or therapeutic laxatives to rid the excess bile (Pitta) in the gallbladder. 3. Vamana: Therapeutic vomiting to eliminate the excess Kapha. 4. Nasya: Use of nasal medical drops to clear the respiratory track. 5. Basti: Final stage where impurities are thrown out by the colon. Today Panchakarma treatment is being used to treat common colds, fever, migraines, hypertension, kidney stones and arthritis. Advantages of Panchakarma in holistic healing - Though it is a lengthy treatment requiring consistency it has no side effects. - It removes the toxic chemicals which enter our body through pesticides in agricultural produce - It reduces pain by addressing the root cause of inflammation in the body - It improves blood circulation in the body - It increases the overall energy level and slows down the aging process - It helps to regulate the blood pressure and reduce stress, which is the main element of hypertension causing heart attacks and strokes. - It balances cholesterol and the triglycerides -It heals the body, mind and spirit Conclusion: Finding a balance between modern medicine and Ayurveda is the key to building one’s immunity as well as addressing and treating any ailment from the root. Once you are prepared to make the big lifestyle change, you are ready for alternative healing. Alternative therapy, nature cure, holistic healing and integrated medicine are the go-to treatments today. A reliable holistic healing therapy centre will integrate technological developments with its own ayurvedic proprietary medicine, supervised by a medical doctor and an Ayurveda expert. It’s a game changer!
What is Cancer? There are more than 100 types of cancers identified, which can affect any part of the body. Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that directly penetrate and destroy one’s healthy body tissue. These cells divide rapidly and spread to other parts of the body if not controlled in time. This disease is the second largest causes of death worldwide. Cancer is not contagious. Every day our body regenerates itself. During this time when cells need to be replenished, gene mutations do occur. Our cells are programmed to recognize a mistake in the normal gene mutations and have a method to self-repair in the event of any mistake. However, when there are repeated mistakes leading in damage to the genes it leads to the cell becoming cancerous. Such gene mutations may be due to biological factors, consumption of cancer causing substances, environmental factors and occupational hazards. These substances, which lead to cancer, are called carcinogens. Therefore, a carcinogen could either be a chemical substance, an environmental agent or some viral and genetic factor. Though Cancer cannot be attributed to any one reason, these are the main reasons it can develop:- A.) Biological Factors- i. Age: Cancer is a slow and silent killer. Often going unnoticed in the early stages. It is more prevalent amongst adult population over 65years. However, this does not completely rule of younger children or younger adults from getting cancer. ii. Gender: Breast cancer and cervical cancer most common amongst women iii. Family history: Having inherited a genetic mutation does not confirm the incidence of cancer but it could in some cases be the reason for having cancer. B.) Lifestyle- Smoking, drinking and chewing tobacco are high risk factors in causing cancer. Sometimes obesity or even consuming barbequed foods regularly, which cause nitrites and poly aromatic hydrocarbons, can lead to cancer. The other reasons could also be having unsafe sex. C.) Environmental Factors- Over exposure to UV radiation is one of the reasons that leads to Cancer. Even those exposed to asbestos fibers run a high risk of getting cancer. D.) Occupational risk- People working in chemical factories and in nuclear plants have a higher chance of suffering from cancer especially if safety norms are not adhered to. Certain bacteria and viruses can also cause CancerCancer. E.) Side effects of medication- Certain medicines, which affect a person’s immunity adversely, can lead to Cancer. Having said cancer is the dreaded slow but silent killer, all is not lost. Today with the progress in the field of medicine cancer to a great extent is curable. Timely diagnosis and the best cancer treatment is the key to the cure. However, it is extremely important that we do not ignore or overlook any abnormalities in our body. Though the signs and symptoms of Cancer will vary depending on which part of the body is affected, some of the signs to look out for are- - Constant tiredness and lethargic feeling - Development of any kind of lump or ulcers - Unexpected bleeding - Sudden or unintended loss or gain in body weight - Redness or darkening or change in skin color - Wounds or sores that are taking too long to heal - Difficulty in breathing and swallowing food or even water - Frequent urination, diarrhea or constipation affecting bowel movements - Excessive and unquenchable thirst - Persistent cough and hoarseness in the voice - Regular nausea, indigestion and heaviness after eating - Any unexplained muscle or joint pain - Frequent fevers and night sweats - Weakness or loss of function of one part of your body - Seizures and difficulty in walking In India, Cancer is the second most common cause of death after cardiovascular disease. As per statistics of 2018, approximately 2.25 million people are living with cancer while roughly 1.5 million people die of cancer each year. We have the best oncologists in India, working in the most renowned cancer specialty hospitals. There is also a growing amount on holistic treatments for cancer, which take care of, not only of the physical disease but to also help the patient to cope with emotional distress. The top four cancers in men and women of India constitute 41% of all the cancers. These four cancers are:- 1.) Breast cancer: Amongst women, today breast cancer is the most prevalent in India accounting for about 14% of all cancers in women. For every 2 women that are diagnosed with breast cancer, sadly one woman dies of it in India. In a recent study by Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) it is observed that there is a higher incidence of breast cancer in urban areas. This could be either due to result of growing urbanization or lack of medical facilities in rural India. 2.) Cervical cancer: There is high incidence of Cervical cancer in rural India where one woman dies of it every 8 minutes. It mostly occurs amongst sexually active women between ages 30 and 59 years. It is the fourth most common type of cancer in women. 3.) Oral cancer: 86% of the worlds oral cancer cases are from India. The main reason is tobacco chewing, smoking and high consumption of alcohol. 4.) Lung cancer: It is the second most common cancer amongst Indian men occurring mostly in the age group of 50-59 years. Some type of cancers after they appear, they advance and spread (metastasize) swiftly to other parts of the body. Some type of cancers appears completely cured with treatment but reoccur after a period of time even more aggressively than before. Whatever be the type of cancer, it is important that it is diagnosed at the right time, medical treatment is sought after and periodic scans and examinations and follow-ups continue post treatment. Best cancer medicine is available in India today. Also with the availability of cancer hospitals and top cancer doctors, today 70 per cent of cancers are curable and about 60 per cent of cancers are even preventable. From chemotherapy or radiation therapy to alternative cancer treatments, Indians are learning to deal with Cancer. World Cancer Day On February 4 every year is celebrated to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight Cancer.
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