Autophagy vs Langhana Therapy

Dr Yoshinori Ohsumi, the Japanese scientist who was the Nobel prize Laureate for medicine this year due to his research on “Autophagy”.

The definition of Autophagy is to “self-eat”, which, by definition, is the process by which the human body consumes its own damaged cells and unused proteins. It occurs naturally when a person Starves or undergoes a Fasting period. Most importantly is the awareness of how this process both prevents and can fight cancer.

Whenever modern science makes progress or creates a conceptually breakthrough in a particular frontier, inevitably, it somehow relates back to the ancient Indian system of practised medicinal treatments and healing, collectively termed AYURVEDA.

Ayurveda details the six basic principles of focused treatments, which are characterised as Shat Upakrama. Amongst them, the first is termed Langhana therapy.

The word Langhana is derived from the word Laghu, which means light.

The purposes and objectives of all Langhana treatments are to facilitate and create the body’s light by relieving heaviness. There are 10 types of Langhana Therapy, some of which include Panchakarma  and Upavasa (Fasting).

Usually, lightness of the body is a quality associated with Vata Dosha. The heaviness of the body is most often attributed to Kapha Dosha. As such, whenever there is a Kapha Dosha increase or influx, or the associated blockage of the body’s channels by Kapha dosha, or perhaps the additional Kapha association with Pitta Dosha, then the Langhana treatment principle may be adopted and implemented.

The Benefits of Langhana include, but are not limited to:

  • The Kindling the digestive fire
  • The  Rectification of the metabolism
  • The  Control of Ama (a sticky waste product of digestion that builds up in the digestive tract )
  • The removal of both stagnation and blockages in tissues and bodily channels
  • The Genesis and creation of a sense of lightness and health within the body
  • The Regression of the initial pathological processes
  • A Strengthening of the digestive system,
  • A Cleansing of the tissues and the removal of blockages. Along with the assistance in their recovery and the subsequent halting of progression of associated affective diseases.

As always ,these treatments should be taken under medical advice and supervision.

Overall, however, The Langhana treatment principle plays an important role in both preventing and fighting cancer and will assist in the riddance of morbidity.