Non-pharmacological approach in Cancer - Dr. Ashlesha Raut
Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda-India, RAS, HHP, NC, BCIM is a consulting Ayurvedic practitioner and Nutritional Consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda, Healthcare and Integrative medicine. She is a Registered Ayurvedic Specialist (RAS) and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM). Dr.Raut holds BAMS, MD-Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor, a gold medal, for her MD thesis. Dr. Raut has completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with High Honors in USA. She also completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in USA. Dr.Raut is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards alternative medicine. Dr.Raut is passionate about teaching Ayurveda and is also a faculty at 5 Ayurvedic colleges in USA. She has been presented by the North America award of "Charaka" in recognition of her excellence in Ayurvedic teaching in North America. Dr.Raut is a founding member of CAC (Council for Ayurveda Credentialing). Presently, she is a Director of Ayurveda at "Ayurveda For Healing" and "Main Street Yoga" where she practices Ayurveda, and is actively involved in promoting Ayurveda in the country.
Topic of Presentation: Non-pharmacological approach in Cancer
Abstract: CDC ranks cancer as #2 killer in USA. Per the current statistics almost 19 Million people are diagnosed with cancer. While Ayurvedic literature describes various herbs and remedies for Cancer management, still the first choice of treatment today is western conventional medicine. Ayurvedic management sits as a complementary therapy which is mostly focused on reducing the side-effects of conventional medicine. Most central cancer treatments are by Pharmacological interventions. In such scenarios the physicians are reluctant for allowing the patients to have Ayurvedic herbal formulations as a complementary medicine because medicinal herbs would have a potential of interfering the pharmacological action of the conventional medicinal drug. Since Ayurveda is a holistic medical science it offers multiple non-pharmacological approaches. Some of these approaches are diet modifications, certain Panchakarma therapies, Pranayamas, Aroma therapies etc. This paper will discuss about some of these non-pharmacological Ayurvedic approaches which are substantiated by clinical practice and/or with evidence from existing studies.