Leukaemia, commonly known as cancer of the blood, is a disease, usually of chronic type, in which the number of white corpuscles of the blood is permanently incrased. In many ways, it resembles a form a malignant disease. In cases of acute leukaemia, the patient shows pallorm occasional purpuric rash, and enlargement of the lymphatic glands and spleen.
The temperature rises and the condition is liable to be mistaken for general TB. In cases of chronic leukaemia, the onset is gradual, and the usual symptoms are either swelling of the abdomen or shortness of breath due to painless enlargement of the spleen, or of the glands in the neck and armpits.
Symptoms of anaemia such as a pale pallor of the skin and palpitations are present, there may also be occasional haemorrhages form the nose, stomach, gums, or bowels. There is dropsy of the feet, diarrhea, and also a slight degree of fever. The life expectancy of the patient is not more than a few years if the disease is not treated in time.
Ayurveda believes that leukaemia is caused by a vitiation of all the three doshas, namely, vata, pitta and kapha, and seeks to cure it was drugs which restore the balance or the three.
In chronic cases of leukaemia , the following prescription is recommended: Bajra Bhasma, Yakritaplihodarariloha, Rasa, Pandiupanchanan Rasa. Rasa to be taken thrice daily. Other drugs recommended in leukaemia are: Vishadi Churna, Davyardileha, Chandrasuryatmak Rasa, Trailokyasundar.Periodic transfusions of blood may also be necessary in chronic cases of leukaemia.
Home Remedies Of Leukemia
In addition to the above, a decoction of fresh liver juice and turmeric should be given. Fresh blood of goat and rabbit, taken in doses of 50 to 100 ml, is also helpful in acute cases.
Diet and Other Regimen
The Patient suffering from leukaemia should be advised to eat old rice and oats, moong dal, vegetables like raw banana, gourds, spinach, raw papaya, radish, ad onions: amla, figs, oranges, apples and grapes; meats like fresh liver grilled over an open fire, and meat soups; butter, buttermilk and ghee. Care should be taken that no injury is caused to any part of the body, as this may lead to excessive bleeding.