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VOLUME 2 , ISSUE 3 ( July-September, 2018 ) > List of Articles

REVIEW ARTICLE

Scope of Ayurveda Interventions to Improve Palliative Care Practices in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients

Keywords : Ayurveda,Palliative care,Terminally ill cancer patients

Citation Information : Scope of Ayurveda Interventions to Improve Palliative Care Practices in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients. J Res Ayurvedic Sci 2018; 2 (3):193-201.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10064-0058

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-00-0000

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Ayurveda proposes guidelines and detailed methodology of healthy living and treatment of various medical conditions which are time tested and applicable to current healthcare issues. In terminally ill cancer patients, poor prognosis, unfruitful efforts, lost hope from relatives and patient may dilute intent of treatment resulting in worsening the condition medically, mentally, morally and socially. However, it’s ethical, moral responsibility of healthcare professional to make every possible effort for betterment and convenience of the patient. Through this narrative review, here we try to explore the scope of Ayurveda interventions in improving palliative care practices of terminally ill cancer patients. Ayurveda can play a major role in palliative care through some suitable, convenient treatment measures along with conventional palliative care. Ayurveda interventions viz. Vrana karma (wound care), Basti (per rectal drug administration), Snehan-swedan (massage, fomentation), Kawal-gandoosha (gargling), Shiro-snehan (oleation of head), etc. may contribute as alternative or complementary to ongoing palliative care practices of wound care, urine-bowel related issues, ambulation, oral hygiene, stress management, and pain management respectively. Various yaapana basti to nourish body and Nasya (Nasal instillation of medicine), Karnapoorana (Ear drops), Shiro-snehana for irritable patients to improve quality of life (QoL) in cancer patients can be used. Ayurveda offers pain management through appropriate use of the above measures by reducing pain intensity, frequency, and dependence on pain killers. Conventional palliative measures can be supported by these measures of Ayurveda principles and practices for better convenience of patients without supplanting current practices. Here we discuss the scope of Ayurveda interventions for additional benefit and convenience of patients in palliative care.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Palliative care, Terminally ill cancer patients.

How to cite this article: Dedge AP, Gundeti MS, Reddy RG. Scope of Ayurveda Interventions to Improve Palliative Care Practices in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients. J Res Ayurvedic Sci 2018;2(3):193-201.


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