Cancer is prevalent in India today with over 7 lakh cases being registered in the country each year. Now, there is a thought that India needs to take an integrative approach to cancer management and this was explained at the Amrita Samyogam 2017 at Kochi.

Dr. Jeffrey White, Director, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Cancer Institute, USA, was one of the key speakers at the Amrita Samyogam which looked at integrating Ayurveda and Allopathy.

Dr. White stated that there are numerous hospitals in the US today that follow an integrative approach to cancer treatment using elements from Indian tradition and culture. The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, for instance, uses yoga programs, meditation and integrates aspects of Indian culture in cancer management. In yoga, Hatha Yoga, Chair Hatha Yoga (for patients who are can’t sit on the floor) and Yogalates (a combo of Yoga and Pilates) are used in cancer management. The integration of mind-body, physical and social (group programs) has helped cancer patients in their healing process.

Many Americans also adopt natural and alternative therapies in addition to allopathy. For instance, one of the main side effects of chemotherapy is nausea. Dr. White states that numerous studies have proven that ginger helps alleviate side-effects like nausea.

Meditation also reduces stress and depression in women undergoing chemo and reduced hot flashes as well studies have revealed.“Pomegranate juice is also seen to be effective as a supplement in management and prevention of prostrate cancer,” stated Dr. White.

Ginger is regarded as a superfood and an anti-oxidant which is used commonly in the United States, England, India, Asia, China, Japan, Greece, and the Caribbean. The root contains serotonin receptors which aid in digestion and provides relief in stomach disorders. It reduces inflammation in the gut and improves nutrient absorption. Ginger is also a great pain reliever and provides protection against stress. It’s a liver detoxifier as well.


Prostrate cancer is very common in the United States accounting for 29% of all male cancers. Research has shown that pomegranate slows the growth of prostate cancer cells. Pomegranate fruit is found to have anti-inflammatory properties and is an anti-oxidant. Pomegranate extracts have also been found to have positive effects in breast and colon cancer as well. It is seen as an ideal fruit to be taken as a supplement in cancer management.

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