People generally come to
Ayurveda only in the last stage or when there is no treatment in
conventional medicine. The field of Ayurvedic practice was restricted only
to few chronic diseases viz. bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, skin
disorders, hyper-acidity, arthritis, etc.
a challenging job for me, when I started getting various patients of
different varieties viz. cancer, chronic renal failure, heart disease. ITP,
multiple sclerosis, diabetic gangrene, liver cirrhosis, AIDS, Spondylosis
etc. Ayurveda is really very great! Even in these deadly and
death-threatening diseases of this era, the Ayurvedic treatment worked
magically at least in a few remarkable cases.
are a few glimpses:
A male at the age of 67 was referred to me. He was having jaundice and on
ultra sound examination, was found to be having obstruction. He was
explored for the same and was found to be having cauliflower like growth
arising from Gall bladder and spreading to liver and intestines. Being
inoperable, his abdomen was just sutured back and he was sent home
with a hope of 15 days survival. We started with Ayurvedic treatment and
he was kept only on milk diet. Gradually he recovered from the disease and
is still alive after 27 years (in 2012).
The case was untouched by any means and that is the reason I suppose, for
the success. This case fetched me so many cases of cancer, only after
everything possible done in modern medicine (surgery, chemotherapy and
radiation). I could only prolong the life span and improve the quality of
life to some extent. Here are some cases:
a. A 30 year old male having symptoms of hyperacidity was proposed
for operation of gastric ulcer. On opening the abdomen, the surgeon
realized that, it's not ulcer, but cancer! 3/4 th part of the stomach was
removed and a biopsy of 10 lymph nodes was taken. 5 of them proved to be
malignant. The case was left by the surgeon with an expected survival of
two months. This patient survived for 1and 1/2 years. The first six
months, he was on only milk diet. He gained weight, had no symptoms and
was working in a factory. He developed persistent vomiting without pain
and I sent him back to the surgeon for surgical complication. He had
adhesions, which were resected and he joined my treatment again and
further lived good life of one year.
b. A woman of 72 years of age was reported to us. She originally
had breast cancer, which was operated. She later on developed metastasis
in lung, liver, ovary and uterus. Pleural effusion was tapped & it
contained malignant cells. She was suffering from breathlessness, nausea,
vomiting, pain in abdomen
(pelvis), loss of appetite. On commencement of our treatment and only milk
diet, she was symptom free and lived a good life for one year, when again
the symptoms got aggravated and ultimately she expired after six months.
2. ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura):
A male of 40 years of age was reported to be having ITP and was referred
to us. The hematologist was about to begin with steroids, ultimately it
was decided to switch over to Ayurveda instead of having steroids. The
platelet count was 35,000. As treatment commenced, it went on increasing,
and was stable above 1,50,000 for many years.
case, a lady of 40 years of age, took reference from the above patient and
come for treatment. She had already undergone spleenectomy and was on
steroids for 4 years. She was stable with 5 mg dose of steroid in a week.
Further she was totally relieved, and we could stop the steroids in few
I think, ITP is really a good area, where Ayurveda can play magic. Further
enrichment of experience in this field will be beneficial.
3. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
This is another gray area, where Ayurveda would be much beneficial. I had
two cases, both showing marked improvement. The first case was of a male
aged 66. He was on steroids for 4 years (40 mg every day). He had swelling
all over the body and had gained much weight. All the movements were
restricted and even sitting and walking with walker was also a difficult
task. With massage, basti and internal medicine, his activities
improved a lot and we could reduce the dose of the steroid. The swelling
disappeared totally and the overweight got reduced. Another case was not
so complicated and was much better with basti and massage.
Asthma is a common disease found worldwide. The Ayurvedic approach towards
this disease is different. Ayurveda pays more attention towards the causes
of kapha dosha, such as cold water, curds, ice creams,
bananas, yoghurt. Cheese, sleep during day time etc. and if the
accumulated kapha dosha is expelled out in spring season by the
process of vamana, it gives very good results.
One male of 33 years of age was reported to me. He was suffering from
Asthma since childhood (2nd year of age). He was taking bronco-dilators
– 6 tablets a day throughout the year, still used to get attacks and had
to be hospitalized and treated with steroids and adrenaline. After first vamana,
the dose of bronco-dilators got reduced to 3 tabs a day. It again
increased little bit in rainy season. So we decided to conduct vamana
twice a year and after 3rd vamana, he could discontinue with modern
treatment. After 10 years he is having vamana only once a year. He didn't
have any attach of bronchial asthma during last 25 years.
I have come across a number of cases of liver cirrhosis. Though the modern
diagnosis is liver cirrhosis only, the Ayurvedic diagnosis may differ from
patient to patient varying from Raktapitta, Pandu, Grahani, Udara,
etc. whatever the Ayurvedic diagnosis be, if it is within curability of
that diseases, we come out with very good success. Only thing is, the diet
is very strict in this particular disease (especially with ascitis- only
milk diet is admissible) and if that is not observed, then there is
definitely a failure. I have come across cases with hepatitis B +ve,
hepatitis C +ve, alcohol and mental distress as the main causes for live
6. Chronic Renal Failure (CRF):
There are increasing number of patients of this disease. Generally the
patients come in a very last stage, when haemo-dialysis has already
started. If the patients approach in albumin-urea stage, the prognosis is
good. At least we are able to delay the process of kidney failure. When
the patient is already on hem-dialysis, efforts can only be made to
prolong the duration of two consecutive dialysis. There is a basic need to
control the diabetes or hypertension to prevent concerned nephropathy
with Ayurvedic medicines. I am interested in working on Diabetic
nephropathy to prevent further damage. I am treating few cases of C.R.F.
who are on the verge of dialysis even today. It is observed that with urea
ranging between 50 to 100 & the Serum Creatinine ranging between 1.5
to 5.0, it is possible to maintain the levels & in few cases, even to
reduce them to certain extent.
number of patients of heart disease is also increasing day by day and the
lowest age of getting a fatal heart attacks, I have observed is just 12
years. There are a few cases under treatment, who have been advised
by-pass surgery due to 3 vessel disease. Here the determination of
patients mind plays an important role. If he is in a dilemma regarding
surgery, the fate is grave. But if he is determined either for
surgery or not for surgery, the chances of survival are more. Surgery is a
mechanical device, even though opted for and executed successfully.
Ultimately one has to change the lifestyle to get cured from the disease.
Ayurvedic treatment does help even in high risk patients, provided the
patient is willing to change the life style and most important factor is
keeping off the worries. Actually worry or psychological stress is the
most important factor in this disease, but the whole attention is
given to cholesterol and consumption of oil and ghee and blockades in
three vessels. There is a vast scope for research in this particular area
and we really come out with success with Ayurvedic treatment for heart
2) Active phase: This phase is grave. In India these cases
die generally in few months due to tuberculosis. I have treated a few
cases of this phase with a limited success of prolonging the death and
improving the quality of life.
is yet another grave disease and is spreading very fast in India. The HIV
+ve patients can be divided into two groups: 1) Dormant phase 2) Active
1) Dormant phase can continue even until ten years and hence it is very
difficult to keep the follow up. I have got a few cases of this variety.
Here, the most important factor, which needs to be tackled, is the fear
about the disease. The patients are constantly under stress of getting
active phase and death thereafter. If we are able to improve the general
resistivity of the patient, do panchakarma to maintain health, we
come out with good results. I have observed rise in the CD4, CD8 count
which is indicative of improvement. Unfortunately, many victims of this
disease are economically very poor and cannot afford the treatment.
A long term research in this area is really the need of the hour.