The pancreas is a pear-shape organ and about 6 inches long. It is located between your stomach and backbone. It is surrounded by your liver, intestine, and other organs. It is divided into three parts head, body and tail.
WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF PANCREAS?
There are two major functions of pancreas:
The pancreatic part producing the digestive juices is called as ‘exocrine pancreas’ and that producing hormones is called as ‘endocrine pancreas’. Thereby, Pancreas helps in using and storing the energy that comes from food.
WHAT IS CANCER AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE PANCREAS?
In normal conditions, cells grow, divide, and die in a controlled fashion. They are regulated by various factors present in the body and maintain normal functioning. But in case of ‘Cancer’ there is abnormal cell division and growth, which is poorly controlled, thus cell growth and death is disturbed.
If cells keep growing continuously and divide unchecked, they become a malignant mass or tumor. These tumors cause abnormalities in the organs.
PANCREATIC CANCER OR PANCREATIC DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA
It has been recorded that pancreatic cancer or pancreas ductal adenocarcinoma is one of the major type of cancer, leading many deaths every year.
THE PROLIFERATION OF CELL MASS INDUCING TUMORS ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO TYPES
HOW PANCREATIC CANCER SPREADS AND INVADE OTHER ORGANS?
There are 3 ways through which pancreatic cancer creates problems
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
Symptoms of disease depends upon the location of the tumor in the pancreas. Tumor located in the head of pancreas presses and blocks common bile duct and duodenum, which can lead to jaundice in 70-85% of patients.
SYMPTOMS ARE INDICATED AS
SYMPTOMS AT ADVANCED STAGES ARE
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP IN CASE OF PANCREATIC CANCER
CURCUMIN (CURCUMA LONGA)
Curcumin has been observed as a novel strategy for the management of patients with pancreatic cancer. Curcumin is worldwide accepted as next choice of cancer management. Curcumin capsules are pure standardized herbal extract of turmeric. It has vast range of anti-cancerous activity.
It down regulates inflammatory enzymes like cyclin D1, COX-2, and MMP-9
It inhibits the expressions of NF-αB, STAT proteins, AP-1 etc. responsible for induction of carcinoma cells and inflammation
Curcumin inhibits production of pro inflammatory chemokines, induced by chemotherapy
It stops the expressions of factors responsible for cell proliferation
Curcumin is a potent herbal medicine to control the molecules/receptors causing cancer like growth factors, transcription factors, cytokines and enzyme.
TULSI (OCIMUM TENUIFLORUM)
It is well known for their medicinal importance. It helps in improvement of beta-cells present in pancreas. Tulsi capsules are important in cancer suffering patients like; reducing stress, anxiety and depression, improving stamina and endurance, reduction in inflammation, boosting immune system, antioxidants, anti-ageing agent, relieving headache, abdominal ailments and inflammation.
ASHWAGANDHA (WITHANIA SOMNIFERA)
It is a world class adaptogenic tonic improves body’s ability to maintain physical efforts and to withstand various types of stress. It balances Vata and control the nerve impulses throughout the nervous system. Therapeutically, it is beneficial for patients by reducing anxiety, stress, and depression, muscle fatigue and stiffness in neck, insomnia, strength to the muscles and stamina, diabetic neuropathy and weakness, acts as Anti-inflammatory and antioxidants agent.