An Overview of Gulma and its Relation to Gallbladder Cancer

Authors : Dr. Priyanka Katru; Dr. Renu Sharma; Dr. Sharad Porte; Anita Sharma

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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Gulma is one of the eight diseases elaborately described by Acharya Charaka in Nidaan sthana. It includes a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal and gynaecological illnesses with clinical signs and symptoms such as pain, swelling, lumps and tumours. Aims and objectives: This article makes an attempt to analytically correlate the disease with current day diagnosed and confirmed GBC or Abdominal tumours in general Material and methods: Classical Ayurvedic books, particularly the Charaka Samhita, were thoroughly reviewed, along with Sanskrit commentary, to acquire pertinent references and achieve depth in the notion. A thorough search of the topic was undertaken using the keywords Gulma, Charaka Samhita, Prakriti Sama Samaveta, Vikriti Vishama Samaveta, Trishothiya adhyaya, Phantom tumours, and Cancer, on the search engines Google, Bing, Pub Med, and AYUSH Portal, NAMASTE portal. Furthermore, key points were selected from several text books and published power point presentations. Discussion and conclusion: Though the term cancer is new to Ayurveda, Arbuda and gulma are names that denote malignant tumours. Various references of brihtryi and laghutryi demonstrate the relationship of gallbladder cancer to gulma, whether it is its anatomical position, clinical manifestation, or dosha dushya involvement.

Keywords : Gulma, phantom tumour, Gallbladder cancer, Ayurveda, arbuda.


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