Yoga and Breast Cancer Prevention

Sadhguru looks at how yoga helps with breast cancer prevention and explores some of the natural remedies through which cancer has been kept at bay in traditional Indian medicine. The article is part of the free ebook, “Cancer A Yogic Perspective”.
Sadhguru speaks on Breast Cancer

Sadhguru looks at how the yogic system views cancer and what can be done to avoid the disease. He also explains some of the natural ways in which cancer has been kept at bay in traditional Indian medicine.

This article is also available in Hindi and
Telugu : క్యాన్సర్ నివారణలో యోగా పాత్ర ఏమిటి?.

Sadhguru: Cancerous cells are present in all our bodies. In the yogic system, we describe cancerous cells as being similar to, let’s say, criminals in a society. If there are a few individuals here and there who commit petty crimes, it doesn't really affect the society. But when they gang up together in one place, something begins to happen. Similarly, having a few cancerous cells in your body is not going to affect your life or health in any way. Generally in yoga, we look at it this way: when certain kinds of blanks happen in the energy body, either because of a person's attitude, food, lifestyle, or any other factor due to which the energy body gets affected, an atmosphere conducive to the growth of cancerous cells is created. So if the flow of energy is not good in a certain part of the body, cancerous cells choose that place to hide and fester.

Breast cancer is rampant today, especially in Western societies, because a lot of women do not conceive when they are at a child-bearing age. I am not saying they should have more children. It is a good thing they are doing in an already overpopulated world. It is just that the mechanism of the breast, which was mainly made to feed offspring is not made use of, or is only made use of during a specific time period. In the past, if a woman went through the normal process of conception, from the age of around 16 or 18 till about 45 she would conceive periodically, which would have kept her whole system, the uterus and the breast active in so many ways. This would have also kept the energy flowing.

Today, for most women, child bearing is over before they are 30 years of age. Then for another 15 to 20 years of their life when they are still able to bear children, the necessary hormones and enzymes are still being produced but are not made use of. Because it is not made use of the way it should have been physiologically, that part of the body becomes low energy, which attracts cancerous cells and becomes a place for them to accumulate.

So does it mean to say we must produce more children? Please don’t. There are ways to find solution for this.

The benefits of fasting

One of the simplest solutions that we have for curtailing cancerous cells in the system is periodic fasting. One aspect of these cells is that they need a lot more food than a normal cell, up to 30 times more. Just by denying yourself food on certain days, you could put down the level of cancerous cells.

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There are also certain types of sadhana one can do where one’s hormonal secretions can be controlled. The Shakthi Chalana Kriya and asanas we teach help in correcting and balancing the system. We have seen many women with uterus-related problems, such as polycystic ovaries getting completely cured by simply practicing certain asanas and kriyas. The hormonal conditions inside the body become controlled, rather than simply reacting to the kind of food you eat and atmosphere you live in.

To what extent the practices have helped patients suffering from cancer, we cannot document or confirm this. But we have definitely seen that they recovered quite well. The doctors who were treating these cancer patients were quite surprised at their response to chemotherapy. We have seen a few people who recovered from chemotherapy very quickly after doing yogic practices. Whether their cancer went away because of the practices, there is no way to say that. I would say supplementing yoga with medical treatment could definitely benefit the patient.

Neem and turmeric

Another thing is to consume neem paste and turmeric paste which are made into small marble-sized balls on a daily basis. This keeps the number of cancerous cells in the body within a certain percentage, where they do not gather against the system. When inertia levels increase in the body, it does not allow a certain amount of energy to enter the cellular level, and as we looked at earlier, areas of the body where energy does not flow freely can become susceptible to cancerous growth. Neem and turmeric as a combination act as a dilator for the energy.

For example, if your ophthalmologist wants to look into your eye, he cannot see much by simply looking. By applying a dilator, your eye expands, and he can see. Neem and turmeric dilate the body in such a way that they allow the energy to enter and fill up every crevice inside. This may not be a treatment for a person who is already diseased, but traditionally it is always believed that if you consume neem and turmeric on a regular basis, the cancerous cells in the body can be easily contained.

Editor’s Note: Isha’s latest ebook, Cancer – A Yogic Perspective, gives Sadhguru’s insights on the various causes of cancer and what can be done to go beyond the disease. The book includes methods and practices to help one lead a healthy and joyful life. The book is available on a “name your price” basis. Pay what you want and download it.

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5 years 1 month ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru is it true that air hostess catchup breast cancer soon, could you please throw some light on it,

7 years 8 months ago

Sadhguru thank you for changing my life and for showing me the way. I owe my life to you my guru. Pranam. May your grace shine on me forever

4 years 7 months ago

Stop the presses! Bearded jerk claims he can prevent cancer by having you not eat food! Buy his cancer curing toothpaste! $$$ WOWOW

7 years 8 months ago

Thank you Sadhaguru.. Please let us know the right way to fast and how frequently fasting needs to be done

7 years 8 months ago

@c9fb73a781854964797f745641a0eaad:disqus : In this same blog sadhguru explained fasting under the topic "Ekadeshi". Please refer that.What you need it will be there.There he clearly explained what is fasting, when should be done and what exactly to be done.I hope it will be very useful.

Namaskaram.... :)

7 years 7 months ago

I am in awe after reading this post. Sadhguru you truly are a blessing to others and I must commend on how even for a man like you, you still take time to think about health issues affecting mostly women.

7 years 2 months ago

[...] Longo is not alone in researching these fasting methods. Many other research articles, blogs, discussion forums, and even The Economist have cited the body’s response to different types [...]

6 years 1 month ago

Come on, now even a dreaded disease like Cancer is being used to market the insignificant 'Shakti Chalana Kriya'; bravo Sadhguru.

6 years 1 month ago

This is not to market Shakti Chalana Kriya, you better get it right.

5 years 9 months ago

I am a resident of USA, it is difficult to find neem here, what is the alternative to neem?

5 years 9 months ago

Akka , neem & turmeric powder is available at ,however today it is showing out of stock.

5 years 8 months ago

Vitaliving(dot)com for bulk in both herbs (wildcrafted and organic from India, and SwansonVitamins(dot)com in capsule form and inexpensive.Neem tree is the village pharmacy it is called with so many uses, THERE IS NO SUBSITUTE.

YOU can also buy Neem tree online and grow one weather permitting.