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