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My mother has been suf­fer­ing from squa­mous-cell car­ci­noma since last year, which started in her left ear. It was op­er­ated on last May, but in four months the tu­mour was back. Ever since she has had a wound be­hind her ear, which has not healed. Could you tell me how to use aloe vera to help her? NAME WITH­HELD ON RE­QUEST Most squa­mous-cell car­ci­no­mas re­sult from pro­longed ex­po­sure to ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) ra­di­a­tion. Other fac­tors may con­trib­ute to the risk of skin can­cer, such as be­ing ex­posed to toxic sub­stances or hav­ing a con­di­tion that weak­ens your im­mune sys­tem.

Can­cers on the lips and ears tend to re­cur more of­ten than those on the rest of the body. Ayurvedic medicines such as Gand­hak Rasayan*, Triphala Gug­gulu*, Kanch­naara Gug­gulu* and Maha Man­jish­tadi kashayam* are used to heal and to pre­vent the spread of the tu­mour.

Aloe vera in com­bi­na­tion with herbs like Pa­tol* (Tri­cosan­the dioica), Kutki* (Pi­cr­or­rhiza kur­roa), Nimba* (Azadirachta indica), Triphala* (Three fruits), Guduchi* (Tinospora cordi­fo­lia), Chan­dan* (San­talum al­bum), or Man­jishtha* (Rubia cordi­fo­lia) could be bet­ter.

Consult an Ayurvedic doc­tor be­fore you try any home rem­edy. Consult your mother’s sur­geon on the non-heal­ing wound. Ex­ter­nal ap­pli­ca­tions like Jathyadi ghritham* and Murivenna* can be ef­fec­tive, but use only when pre­scribed.

*Avail­able at shops sell­ing herbal reme­dies

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