Alternate Remedies for Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)


Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) was formerly known as oat cell carcinoma. Due to the differences in biological and clinical characteristics SCLC is different from other non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). SCLC is a less common one as compared to later. SCLC is an aggressive form of cancer as compared to the NSCLC as the cancerous cells in the former grow much more rapidly and metastasize quickly and easily. This write up is all about Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and its herbal management by Planet Ayurveda’s remedies.


Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a faster growing cancer in which lung cells grow uncontrollably and rapidly affect other organs easily as well. Any part of the lung can be affected by this cancer and is life threatening in most of the cases. SCLC is of two types, i.e. Small-cell carcinoma and Combined small-cell carcinoma. Also there have been seen the association of the SCLC with paraneoplastic syndrome, i.e. substances produced by tumor causing different sets of symptoms.

Symptoms of Small cell lung cancer

Signs and Symptoms

Usually the SCLC do not cause any symptom which means it is asymptomatic however as this cancer spreads very rapidly and easily to other body parts and when this happens symptoms start to appear.

  • Shortness or difficulty in breathing
  • Mucus containing blood from the lungs
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Wheezing and discomfort in chest
  • Pain in the chest
  • Loss of appetite and fatigue
  • Continuous hoarseness or cough
  • Swelling on the face and hands
  • Difficulty in swallowing due to compression of esophagus
  • Mental disturbances and seizures
  • Invading in bones result in bone pains
  • Weakness in muscles


The exact cause behind the Small cell lung cancer is unknown however there are certain risk factors or precancerous changes in the organ which in future can cause cancer. These precancerous changes result in rapid growth of lung cells due to the abnormal functioning of cells and their DNA. If these changes occur in many DNA of the cells, it results in cancer. With time, some of the cells from the primary tumor or cancer site break and reach other sites in the body and invade there.


As SCLC do not cause signs and symptoms until the cancer metastasizes to other parts of the body, which is an advanced stage. But sometimes it can be diagnosed at early stages during a diagnostic test for some other medical condition

Tests which can reveal the SCLC are

  • Chest X-ray
  • CT (Computed tomography) scan
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Sputum culture

Further there is done staging of the SCLC through various methods and treatment is started as per the stage the patient is in.

Treatment of Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

SCLC is usually considered to be incurable when it reaches a certain advanced stage and treatment is given to relieve the symptoms not for curing the disease. However, diagnosing it at an early stage can help in controlling it. Conventionally surgery is done to remove the tumor if it has not spread to other parts of the body but usually it is not the case with SCLC. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are also given.

Ayurveda can help in treating the disease if diagnosed in early stage and managing it if diagnosed in advanced stages. There are various herbs present in Ayurveda which help in dissolving the tumor, preventing infiltration of cancer cells and treating associated symptoms.

Herbal Remedies for Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a renowned name in the field of Ayurveda and herbal pharmaceuticals which not only deals in manufacturing of the herbal medicines and products but also the experienced MD Ayurveda doctors here prescribe them further as per the disease condition of the patient. Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines which help in managing the condition.

Product List

  1. Kanchnaar guggul
  2. Praanrakshak churna
  3. Curcumin capsule
  4. Giloy capsule
  5. Immune booster
  6. Ashwagandha capsule
  7. Graviola capsule
Small cell lung cancer
Ayurvedic Remedies for Small Cell Lung Cancer

Product Description

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

These herbal tablets help in treating tumors or cancerous growth in the body. Herbs present in it work synergistically to detoxify the body and clear the abnormal growths from the organs. Kanchnaar guggul is prepared from herbs like Kachnaar bark (Bauhinia variegata), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) etc.

Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Praanrakshak Churna

It is prepared from amazing medicinal herbs like Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum), Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica) etc. Praanrakshak churna helps in treating shortness of breath, bloody mucus from lungs and supports healthy respiration.

Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Curcumin Capsule

Haridra’s (Curcuma longa) main active component curcumin is used to prepare these therapeutic capsules which works amazingly to treat various ailments like infections, boosts immunity, helps in preventing growth of cancerous cells and detoxify the body.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Giloy Capsule

These single herb capsules help in treating the cancer and tumor as Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) which is used in the standardized extract form in these capsules possess anti tumor activity.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Immune Booster

Various herbs like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Grape seed (Vitis vinifera), Go-piyush (Bovine colostrums) and Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri) are used to prepare these capsules. Immune booster capsules boost the immunity preventing various diseases and infection and it also prevents abnormal changes in the DNA of the cells preventing the cancerous growths in the body.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

6. Ashwagandha Capsule

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used to prepare these herbal capsules in standardized form. These capsules help in treating fatigue, weakness, muscles and bones in the patients and aids overall healthy functioning of the body.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

7. Graviola Capsule

It is prepared from single herb Graviola (Annona muricata) which possesses multiple therapeutic properties like anti tumor, anti cancer, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Graviola capsules help in treating various types of cancers and tumors in the body.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water


SCLC is a rapid and quick growing cancer which usually affects the elderly people who have a history of smoking. Due to its late diagnosis, the prognosis is usually not good. However, keeping the signs and symptoms in mind and going for regular checkups one can prevent and treat the condition at early stages.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.