top of page

Ancient Wisdom - Herbs that Prevent and Cure Cancer

Cancer is the new plague. It’s sweeping the world in unforeseen numbers, and sadly, our medical communities have still not decoded the reason or solution for cancer. 1 out of 5 people today suffer from tumors & cancerous cells across the world. And the interesting fact is - THIS epidemic did NOT EXIST in our history. A small portion of the ancients did come across cancer - but they knew how to curb it. To find a cure, we need to go back to our roots - to the wise old days when sages who practiced Ayurveda, which was picked up by the Ancient Chinese and modified into Traditional Chinese Medicine - had the solutions.

Yes. Cancer did show its ugly face from time to time in our Ancient history too. ‘ARBUDA’ was the word used by Ancient Hindu Ayurvedic doctors for cancer. Benign tumors were said to be caused by ‘Vata Dosha’ blocking vessels in the body. ‘Rakta Arbuda’ - blood cancer and ‘Mamsa Arbuda’ (or cancer in muscles), and cancers related to various organs - are caused by build up of ‘Ama’ or toxins in the blood.

The difference between now and then - Cancer was NOT WIDESPREAD back in history, NOR was it incurable! There are ancient records marking the repeated successful treatment of cancer, just like any other disease! So what can modern man learn from that? What has changed over time, that has today led us to this fate? The answer is simple - modern lifestyle. A lifestyle overflowing with stress, overfeeding but undernourishment (eating a lot of all kinds of food doesn’t mean you are nourishing your body.

There’s a difference between gulping down junk food and nutrient-dense food. Quality matters a lot), lack of movement and exercise, lack of social and emotional health, disconnection from self and spirituality etc. These have a combined disruptive effect on the balance of the doshas (or yin and yang in Chinese Medicine) - manifesting as strange, long-term diseases with seemingly no predictable cause, manifestations or solutions.

Ancient systems would treat Cancer with 4 tools:

Svasthavrittaa - i.e, hygeine and cleanliness

Aahara - nutrient reach food - lots of fruits, vegetable, herbs ,limited amount of whole grains and minimal meat

Vihaara - Lifestyle - a way of living that cares for a healthy family life, social life, spiritual life and all other aspects. Meditation is the king of all healing practices, while yoga/other exercises are queen.

Herbs - the special cancer fighters are named below

Cancer Fighting Herbs

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is a blood purifier, stress buster, adaptogenic herb. It has an ati-oxidant effect protecting healthy cells, but pro-oxidant effect to kill cancer cells. It fights against proteins and blood malfunctions that increase cancer cells.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) possess anticarcinogenic enzymes. An extract of these herbs is effective in reducing superficial carcinoma of nasopharynx. Shatavari is a multi-nutritive herb, also endowed with anti-cancer properties.

Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) is a cardiac tonic with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It lowers blood sugar (which feeds cancer) and cholestrol. It also promotes wound healing and nervous system. It fires up the immune system against cancer, and can be especially beneficial in the early stages to completely remove cancer cells in the body. It also clears the digestive system and helps detoxification.

Haldi (Turmeric/ Curcumin) is a very powerful anti-infammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb. No wonder it was so extensively used in Indian cooking since ancient days. It can destroy pathogens in the body that aid cancer, and remove neurotoxins and waste products.

Green tea (Camellia sinensis) fights pancreatic cancer, stomach, colon, breast, lung cancer. It reduces metastasis in cancer patients and improved both prevention and cure. White tea is twice as effective as plain green tea, and Matcha green tea is proven to be 10X more powerful.

Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is proven to reduce growth of cancerous cells. These studies were conducted on lines of leukemic cells in 1998 following which repeated studies enunciate the same.

Manjistha (Rubia cordifoliaa) possesses a gentle antineoplastic activity, and is extra effective for uterine & ovarian cancer.

Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)- a herb from which allopathic and complementary anti-cancer drugs are being manufactured. The younger leaves contain 2 phytochemicals - vinblastine and vincristine, that are extracted for making these drugs. They are particularly potent for leukemia, lymphoma and breast cancer.

Thus, these can be used to prevent cancer and to complement other treatments of Cancer.

Nature has more answers than modern science. Stay strongly connected to nature and to your inner guidance, when it comes to healing any disease, including cancer. When you connect to the higher energies in yourself and the universe all around you, cures will blossom - for your body, mind, heart and soul.

Stay blessed.

Post first published on EYOGGUROO


Dr. Sindhujaa Kumar, MD (A.M)

Doctor of Natural Medicine | Licensed Fitness & Nutrition Specialist (ACSM & ACE)

Dr.Sindhujaa is an expert in naturopathy, medical herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutrition and Fitness (Lifestyle Medicine). Based out of Bangalore, she is a transformation coach for athletes, corporates, individuals managing chronic diseases as well as clients focused on overall wellbeing. In addition to consultations, she is a healthcare entrepreneur, with ventures in organic nutrition, digital health and healthcare research.

Recent Posts

See All

By Sindhujaa Kumar for The Times of India. I first came across this highly amusing phenomenon when I started out in my career as a Holistic Wellness Practitioner. I used to coach national athletes

BY SINDHUJAA KUMAR FOR THE TIMES OF INDIA. Your weight is your smoke detector for deeper issues. For most folk, irregular weight can correspond to unresolved frustrations and anxieties. Both ends of t