Larynx cancer, also called laryngeal cancer, is a cancer of the voice box situated in the throat. Most cancers of the larynx begin in the glottis and are made up of squamous cells; hence these cancers are called squamous cell carcinomas. Men are four times more likely than women to get cancer of the larynx. Persons who smoke and drink alcohol are more at risk, as also are workers exposed to sulphuric acid and asbestos. Hoarseness of the voice, a lump in the neck, cough, and breathing problems are common symptoms of this condition. Radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy are the standard line of treatment for this disease.
Ayurvedic treatment can be given for laryngeal cancer in addition to the standard available treatment. Medicines used in this condition are Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Maha-Manjishthadhi-Qadha, Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Behada (Terminalia bellerica), Sunthi (Zinziber officinalis), Marich (Piper nigrum) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). Medicines which act on the ‘Ratka’ and ‘Mansa’ dhatus (tissues) are useful in this condition. These include medicines like Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Patha ( Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Triphala (Three fruits), Nimba (Azadirachta indica) and Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica). The above mentioned medicines are useful to treat the original tumor and to prevent its spread in other parts of the body. Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata) is used in high doses to prevent the spread of the tumor through the lymph glands. Similarly, Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) and Saariva are used to prevent the spread of the tumor cells through the blood.
In addition, medicines like Abhrak-Bhasma, Heerak-Bhasma, Suvarna-Bhasma, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Samudrashosh (Argyreia speciosa), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Nagbala (Grewia hirsuta) and Musli (Asparagus adscendens) are used to improve the immunity of the body, reduce tumor size, prevent or reduce side effects of modern treatment, improve quality of life, and improve overall survival. It is important to note that all such patients should be under the care and supervision of an Oncology team.