A recent BBC news article states*:
Girls who are thin at the age of seven are at higher risk of breast cancer after menopause than chubbier counterparts and more vulnerable to a worse type of tumour, according to a Swedish study published on Wednesday.
The surprising conclusion is made by Karolinska Institutet researchers who looked at data from 2,818 Swedish breast cancer patients and 3,111 healthy counterparts.
“Large body type at age seven years was associated with a decreased risk of post-menopausal breast cancer,” said lead researcher Jingmei Li.
I am not trained in ayurvedic cancer treatment, nor do I treat cancer in my practice. However, there are some interesting ayurvedic facts that could be related to the finding of this reasearch.
Vata type people have slim body types, and vata dosha increases naturally after menopause. So if you already have a vata body type, you are more likely to suffer from diseases involving an excess of vata dosha in later life.
Cancer involves all three doshas, including vata. The more difficult to cure tumours probaly involve a higher degree of vata. A tumour is a growth. Its treatment in ayurveda is esentially one of reduction. The tumour needs to be broken down and eliminated from the body. This kinds of treatment is however aggravating to vata. So if vata is greatly involved in the tumour, its cure will be more difficult.
As I said above, I am no expert in cancer management in ayurveda. However, my basic training has taught me that a tumours which is dominated by an excess dispruption of vata dosha will be more likely to be hard, knotty and irregular in shape compared to cancers where vata plays a secondary role.
The other idea that comes to mind is that in vata diseases, the quality of mobility, dispersion, and rapidity are all key symptoms. This might also explain why these more stubborn cancers are harder to cure – if they are dominated by aggravated vata – they might progress more rapidly, or mestastise more rapidly and more virilantly than other cancers, where vata is not the main player.
Food for thought! Well, I doubt if any oncologists with an interest in ayurveda will stumble upon my blog, but who knows!
Probably the best way to reduce your risks of cancer are:
- Don’t smoke
- Drink in moderation
- Eat a mainly plant based diet (see The China Study for example)
- Learn to manage stress and live in joy, happiness and love