By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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Cancer Nutrition – Vedic Nutrition and the key concepts which are different from normal nutrition

According to Ayurveda, Arbuda is the most specific terminology for cancer. Granti was the term often used for non-malignant tumors. They describe cancer as inflammatory and non-inflammatory swellings.

Our mind-body-spirit are inseparable and their harmony is the life driving force which always helps create good health and encourages healing.

Food is the major source for serving nutritional needs, but with growing modernization some traditional ways are given up. Hence, modern food habits are affecting balanced nutrition. There is a wider gap in nutrient intake due to which normal life is no longer normal. However, opulence of the working population with changing lifestyles and reducing affordability of sick care, in terms of time and money involved, are some of the forces that are presently driving people towards thinking about their wellness.


What is Vedic Nutrition?

Nutrition plays a central role in holistic living. Vedic nutrition places special emphasis on “Ahara” (Diet) and “Anna” (Food) as a means to a good life, health and wellness. Healthy and nutritious food nourishes the mind, body and soul. Ayurveda asserts that although the digestive capacity of each person may be incompatible, the quality and appropriate quantity of food are necessary for a healthy life.

Vedic nutrition comprises that the food we eat have the power to balance or disrupt the body’s natural processes, and by choosing the right foods for every individual constitution, that can support the body’s natural ability to heal and preserve optimal health.


How does Vedic Nutrition work?

Vedic nutrition believes that each person has a unique combination of fundamental energies, that is known as Doshas. These doshas, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, govern different  physical and psychological functions in the body. By understanding unique dosha balance, we can tailor diet and lifestyle choices to support individual needs. Here are the key principles according to doshas:


Vata : The vata dosha correlates to the air and ether elements. Vata tend to be dry and cold, these dosha dominant people are more likely to experience bone and joint problems, and distraction and spaciness.

Eat warm, moist, oily, like warm soups and stews. Try avocados, eggs, butter, and sweet potatoes. Drink warm water.

Avoid raw salads, bitter food.


Pitta: The pitta dosha correspond to the fire and water elements. Pitta dominant people are prone to overheating and the reactions associated with it like anger, aggression, migraines and rashes.

Eat cooling watery food like coconut, zucchini, rice dishes, and lentils.

Avoid spicy, oily food and alcohol..


Kapha: The kapha dosha correlates to the water and earth elements. Embodying features, they are born nurtured, they are generally overweight.

Eat grains like quinoa, millet, ghe, butter and olive oil in moderation, warming spices like turmeric, cumon, coriander, black mustard seed and cinnamon.

Avoid heavy, cold food.


Vedic Nutrition and the key concepts which are different from Normal Nutrition:

Because ayurveda has been practiced for centuries, our ancestors did each thing by hand. That comprises farming, washing, cleaning, and cooking all their food. They relied on herbs, spices and seeds as their pharmacy and lived very healthy and joyful lives. Hence, the centuries- old medicine system is accurate and very attested.

Ayurveda is an enormously useful guide to help with healthy eating practices. However, an “Vedic Diet” is not a “diet” in the customary sense. While it encompasses what we eat, it’s also about how we eat food, state of mind and when we eat.

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