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Management of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors through Ayurveda

Abstract

Timely management of a disease is necessary to prevent its associated complications such as tumor formation. Similarly, if one has tumors such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors, which form tumors in the gastrointestinal tract, proper treatment is needed that manages it on time and prevents further complications. If going for an alternative treatment for this, Ayurveda is the best treatment. It offers herbs and herbal remedies that erase the root of the disease and not just the symptoms. For safe and effective Ayurvedic treatment, Planet Ayurveda earned its name with its dedication and determination and herbal remedies for gastrointestinal stromal tumors are discussed here.

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Introduction

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is the most common mesenchymal neoplasm in which there is abnormal cell growth in the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). It mainly includes the stomach, esophagus, and small intestine. It is about 70% in the stomach, 20% in the small intestine and less than 10% in the esophagus. (1)

Cause of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

GISTs are believed to be produced from the interstitial cells of the Cajal (ICC), which are usually part of the autonomic nervous system of the intestine. It occurs due to the mutations in the KIT gene, PDGFRA gene, or BRAF kinase. Most GISTs are sporadic. Less than 5% occur as part of a hereditary familial or idiopathic chromosomal syndrome (1). GISTs can occur in people of all ages, but they develop most commonly between the ages of 50 and 70, and they never occur before the age of 40. Small tumors are usually benign, especially when the rate of cell division is slow, but large tumors spread to the omentum, liver, and peritoneal cavity.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Small GISTs may produce no symptoms, and they may grow so slowly but larger GISTs usually show many symptoms such as:-

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Metastasis
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abscess 
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Feeling very tired

Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Your doctor will ask you about symptoms and medical history to diagnose gastrointestinal stromal tumors. And after full examination recommends some test to check the cause of the symptoms. Such as:-

  • Contrast-enhanced computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy

Ayurvedic Treatment for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Ayurveda provides many herbs and herbal remedies which helps to manage the symptoms of the Gastrointestinal stromal tumors and also provide the overall health of the body. Planet Ayurveda provide the best herbal remedies for gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Herbs Effective in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

  1. Amla
  2. Haritaki
  3. Bahera
  4. Kachnar bark
  5. Guggul
  6. Graviola
  7. Curcumin
  8. Tamarind Bark

Herbal Remedies for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor by Planet Ayurveda

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors can be effectively managed by the herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda. They offer Curcumin capsules, Mahashankh Vati, Kachnaar Guggul tablets, Pitta balance capsules, Digestion support capsules, and Praval Panchamrit Ras for Gastrointestinal stromal tumors. The products are natural and free from chemicals, preservatives, etc. You can use these safely because these do not produce any side effects. The description of products is the following:

1. CURCUMIN CAPSULES

These capsules contained the pure herbal extract of Curcuma longa. It supports the healthy growth of cells and tissues. It also support the functioning of the immune system. It possesses anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and anti-allergic properties. Thus these capsules are useful in gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after a meal.

2. MAHASHANKH VATI

The main ingredients are used to prepare Mahashankh vati are Shunthi, Pippali, Shankha Bhasma, Shuddha Vatsanabha, Tamarind Bark, Rock Salt, Black Salt, and Sea Salt. These herbs help to balance the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha in the body. It also helps to maintain healthy metabolism and digestion. Mahashankh vati manages the symptoms related to gastrointestinal stromal tumors like abdominal pain, loss of appetite, indigestion, etc.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after a meal.

3. KANCHNAAR GUGGUL

Kanchnaar guggul is prepared by using various herbs like Kachnar bark, Guggul, Haritaki, Amalaki, Bibhitaki, Ginger, Varun bark, Elaichi, Dalchini, Tejpatra, etc. These herbs help to balance the Dosha. These tablets control the overgrowth of the cells and support the healthy production of cells and tissue. Thus it is beneficial in gastrointestinal stromal tumors. It is very useful in both malignant and benign cancers.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after a meal.

4. DIGESTION SUPPORT

Digestion support capsule contains many effective herbs such as Amla, Haritaki, Bahera, Sounf, Jeerak, Pippali, and Dhania. As the name of the product indicates, it supports healthy digestion and manages the symptoms associated with gastrointestinal stromal tumors such as indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. This herbal formulation is also effective in all digestion related problems.

Dosage: 1 capsule two times daily with plain water after meals.

5. GRAVIOLA CAPSULES

These capsules contain the herbs Graviola (Annona muricata). This herb possesses various properties like Anticancer, Antibacterial, Anti-parasitic, Antiviral, Antimalarial, Antispasmodic, Anticonvulsant, Astringent, Anti-mutagenic, and Anti-inflammatory, etc. Due to the presence of acetogenin constituent, Graviola is effective against cancer cells, therefore it is also effective in gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Dosage: 1 Capsule once or twice daily with plain water after meals.

6. PITTA BALANCE

The ingredients are added to prepared these capsules are Praval Pishti, Akik Pishti, Jawar Mohra Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Mukta Pishti and Giloy Satva. These capsules balance the pitta dosha in the body and support the immune system to control the growth of tumor cells. Thus Pitta balance capsules are useful in gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

7. PRAVAL PANCHAMRIT RAS

This herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda contains Pearl Bhasma, Conch shell Bhasma, Pearl oyster bhasma, and Coral Bhasma. These herbs help to improve digestion and also manage the related symptoms of gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Praval Panchamrit Ras promote the healthy functioning of the immune system and control the abnormal growth of cells.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

Conclusion

Complete information has concluded that Ayurvedic treatment is best for gastrointestinal stromal tumors, as they provide herbs and herbal remedies that are effective and produce no side effects and also provide overall health of the body.

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