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July 9 2013 | by Rahul
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RCC Trivandrum to integrate Ayurveda with Cancer treatment

Head and Neck cancer division at the RCC Trivandrum has been conducting research projects in Ayurveda for the past 13 years.

Regional Cancer centre at Trivandrum has set out on a series of scientific studies to explore the potential of integrating Ayurveda into modern cancer treatment. It is believed that by integrating this ancient science with Cancer treatment, rejuvenating and restorative properties of Ayurveda can give added benefits to cancer patients.

“Ayurveda may not have a big role in the main treatment modalities for cancer. But it has a vital and complementary role to play in the rejuvenation and palliation of cancer patients after treatment. Many drugs in the classic Ayurveda texts have proven anti-inflammatory properties that should be explored for the common good of cancer patients,” says K. Ramdas, the Medical Superintendent of RCC Trivandrum, who is also the head of the Head and Neck cancer division.

Head and Neck cancer division at the RCC Trivandrum has been conducting research projects in Ayurveda for the past 13 years. One of the main areas of research is the potential of various plant-based molecules in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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“In managing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, many herbal components have been found to be more effective in its natural forms than as an isolated molecule. Some of these phyto components have been found to give excellent results in improving issues of persistent immuno suppression in some patients with head and neck cancers even after they are cured of the disease,” Dr. Ramdas says.

He also said that many patients ask the doctors if they can go for Ayurveda, yoga, or meditation therapies after they complete their chemo or radiation treatment. State government has allocated Rs.37 lakh to the RCC Trivandrum for taking up Ayurveda cancer research projects and discussions are on about putting together a dedicated team to work on this.

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