Benign tumors are non-cancerous growths in the body. Unlike cancerous tumors, they don’t spread to other parts of the body. The exact cause of a benign tumor is often unknown but they develop when cells in the body divide and grow at an excessive rate. Benign tumors are very diverse, and may be asymptomatic or may cause specific symptoms depending on their anatomical location. Their growth can cause compression of local tissues or organs, which can cause many effects such as blockage of ducts, reduced blood flow, tissue death and nerve pain or damage. Some tumors also produce hormones that can lead to life-threatening situations. There are many different types of benign tumors arising from different structures in the body. Adenomas, fibromas, hemangiomas, lipomas, meningiomas, myomas, papillomas are some of the most common benign tumors.
Ayurvedic Description Of Benign Tumor
Tumor is called Granthi in Sanskrit. According to Ayurveda, aggravated Doshas, of which Kapha is affected the most, enter the muscles, blood and fatty tissues, where they give rise to round, hard, elevated and slightly nodular growths. The 9 types of benign tumors in Ayurveda are – Vataja granthi, Pittaj granthi, Kaphaja granthi, Rakta granthi, Mansa granthi, Meda granthi, Asthi granthi, Sira granthi and Vrana granthi.
Signs & Symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- Night sweating
Causes and Risk Factors
Living in an environment that exposes the individuals more to radiation is one of the definite risk factors of benign tumors.
Benign tumors are related to known genetic conditions. People who have rare syndromes such as Neurofibromatosis, Tuberous sclerosis, Turner Syndrome have an increased risk of getting a brain tumor.
3. Local trauma or injury
A local trauma or injury that go unnoticed might become a tumor later if remain untreated.
Self Care Tips
- Avoid environments that exposure to medical radiation, polluted air and toxins.
- Do not ignore even a minor body injury that might result in a tumor later.
- Take the consultation of a doctor if there are indications like frequent headaches, fever, and loss of body weight.
- Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle that helps to relieve stress.
- Exercise regularly, do yoga and pranayama.
Benign tumors can occur in almost every part of the body. With special herbal and mineral formulations, Ayurveda can successfully treat the benign tumors.