Ayurvedic treatment involves a range of modalities, including meditation, massage, and the use of certain herbal remedies. Several recent studies have pointed to compounds used by Ayurvedic practitioners as potential treatments for cancer.
In 2011, American researchers found that Withaferin A, derived from the plant Withania somnifera, stopped the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells both in the laboratory and in mice. An Indian study conducted the same year found that selaginella bryopteris, often called Sanjeevani, stopped the growth of cancer cells in the laboratory and diminished the growth of skin tumors in mice.
Another American research study examined the use of Indian frankincense, which contains acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid. Ayurvedic medicine uses this substance to treat inflammatory conditions, but researchers found that it also inhibited bowel cancer growth in mice.