Cancer of the uterus, also called uterine cancer, is most common in the inner lining of the uterus or endometrium, and hence is also called endometrial cancer. An age over 50, white race, endometrial hyperplasia, a history of having taken hormone replacement therapy or tamoxifen, obesity, and the presence of colorectal cancer, are risk factors for uterine cancer. Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, difficult or painful urination, painful intercourse, and pain in the pelvis area, are common symptoms of this disease. Surgery, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy are the standard line of treatment for this condition.
The Ayurvedic treatment of uterine cancer is aimed at treating the endometrial tumor and preventing or reducing its spread to other parts of the body. Medicines used are: Chandraprabha-Vati, Triphala-Guggulu, Arogya-Vardhini, Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Medohar-Guggulu, Ashokarishta, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Sinhanaad-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Ashoka (Saraca indica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vasa (Adathoda vasaka), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Tandullya (Amaranthus polygamus), Udumbar (Ficus glomerata), Ulatkambal (Abroma augusta), Shalmali (Bombax malabaricum), Raktachandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Mayaphal (Quercus infectoria), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Hirabol (Commiphora myrrha), Kumari (Aloe vera), Harmal (Paganam harmala) and Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea).
Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Chandra-Prabha-Vati, and Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha are given in high doses to prevent or reduce the spread of cancer to other parts of the body. In order to improve the immune status of the body, medicines like Suvarna-Raj-Vangeshwar-Ras, Trivang-Bhasma, Suvarna-Parpati, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Abhrak-Bhasma, Heerak-Bhasma, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) are used.
Ayurvedic medicines can thus be used in uterine cancer to treat the tumor, control its spread and improve overall survival. Ayurvedic medicines can also be used to prevent or reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is important to note that all such patients should be under the care and supervision of an Oncology team.