Mesothelioma & Ayurveda

I was contacted by a cancer patient named Virgil Anderson from the National Cancer Institute asking to post some links on my site. Virgil was diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. My uncle passed away from mesothelioma less than 2 years ago.
The team at have allowed Virgil to publish articles discussing alternative therapies and cancer. Here is one: There are other articles about Reiki, Acupuncture, Craniosacral therapy and Aturopathy. They sponsor The American Cancer Society, the MD Cancer Center, and the Make a Wish Foundation.
I asked Virgil to give me a write up to post on my site and below is information he sent about Ayurveda and Mesothelioma.

I have personally attended a couple Ayurveda weekend workshops at Yoga on High and hired an Ayurveda Practitioner named Sandhiya Ramaswamy to work with to help prevent me from having another MS relapse. I worked with her once a month for six months two years ago. It was a good positive experience. This is Sandhiya’s website where you can get information and contact her:

From: Virgil Anderson:
Ayurveda for Chemotherapy
Fighting against mesothelioma can feel like an uphill battle, especially for patients who are already beginning to feel the effects of aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Because of how much of a toll the chemotherapy and the side effects of the cancer can take on the body, it is vital for individuals to optimize their mesothelioma treatment by looking into supplementary options that can help them on a nutritional, physical or mental level. Some treatments may even synergize with each other in order to provide patients with a better degree of focus and care. One of the most advantageous supplementary mesothelioma treatment options is the practice of Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing system originating in India. The ancient beliefs are estimated to be over 3,000 year old, and there are many different ways to provide individual with Ayurvedic care. Everything from herbal medicines, special diets and breathing and movement exercises can come together to define a specific Ayurvedic treatment for an individual patient. As such, the highly personalized approach can be seen as advantageous for those who want to focus their efforts on cancer recovery. Because of how many different forms such medicines may take, there are numerous advantages that individuals may enjoy based on their specific treatments.

Nutritional Benefits
Patients who indulge in Ayurvedic medicine systems can look forward to nutritional benefits based on the available diet. Many of these diets focus on providing individuals with fresher ingredients and less oily food, both of which can stimulate the digestive system and prevent unwanted effects from ruining the patient’s appetite. The diet also involves plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which can improve the patient’s nutrient intake and optimize the way their body is able to fight against the cancer.

Mental Benefits
Because of the way the medicine system helps individuals focus their minds, Ayurvedic meditation can be just what patients need to feel more optimistic about their treatments. The way the individual feels about their recovery goes a long in getting better results. If the patient is not confident in their primary treatments, they may not recover as smoothly or as quickly. Meditation can provide the individual with a way to focus their efforts and mental energy on feeling better.

Mobility Benefits
Because yoga plays such a central role to the medicine system, individuals can look forward to better mobility and muscular benefits, which can help optimize the immune system and allow the body to feel better as the primary treatments go on. Individuals who exercise in small amounts regularly can also fight against bedsores and muscular decline, both of which can make the recovery process more difficult.

Those who are interested in learning more about what the system can provide for them should be sure to speak with a medical professional to figure out the right personalized plan. Not all Ayurveda approaches will be right for every patient, but planning ahead can allow individuals to choose the right options in order to improve their recovery in the future.


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