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Non hodgkin lymphoma

What is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that grows in the lymphatic system in the first place. A lymphatic system is a network of tissues, blood vessels, and organs that are supposed to drain fluid from the tissues and makes a part of the body’s germ fighting immune system.

Lymphocytes are primarily white blood cells that grow abnormally and result in tumors, in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of lymphoma. Lymphoma refers to the cancers of the lymphatic system. There are other subcategories as well, such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma and even Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The major difference between Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s is the existence of cells called reed-Sternberg cells. Both have different treatment responses as well.

Types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The type of lymphoma depends on the type of lympho`cyte which is affected, i.e. either B or T cell, maturity of the cells, and other factors.

B-cell vs T-cell lymphomas: The lymph system consists of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. There are mainly two types of lymphocytes

B lymphocytes (B cells): B cells act as a defense against invaders like bacteria or viruses by making antibodies. The antibodies attach themselves to the germs and indicate them for destruction by other parts of the immune system.

The less common types of B-cell lymphoma include:

  • Burkitt’s lymphoma
  • extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
  • lymphoplasmacytic mantle cell lymphoma
  • mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma
  • marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
  • small lymphocytic lymphoma

T lymphocytes (T cells): There are different types of T cells. T cells help kill germs or abnormal cells in the body that are not needed. Other T cells help with either boosting or slowing down the activity of the immune system cells.

Lymph`oma can grow in either type of lymphocytes, but B-cell lymphomas are highly prevalent.

Indolent vs aggressive lymphomas

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is also categorised on the basis of their growth and spread rate.

Indolent lymphomas grow and spread gradually, while aggressive lymphomas grow at a steady rate.

There is another type of lymphoma, which is called mantle cell lymphoma, that does not fall into any of these categories.

All types of lymphoma may spread to other organs of the lymph system if they are not given timely treatment. Eventually, they spread to other organs such as your bone marrow, liver, brain, etc.

Where do lymphomas start?

Lymphomas grow anywhere in the body where lymph tissues are present. The lymph

They are found at the following sites:

Lymph nodes: These are bean-sized groups of lymphocytes and other immune system cells in your pelvis, abdomen, and chest. They are connected to each other through a network of lymphatic vessels.

Bone marrow: The bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside the bones where WBCs are produced, and in many cases, lymphocytes may also grow there.

Adenoids and tonsils: Collections of lymph tissues at the site of the back of the throat. Their main function is to produce antibodies against the germs that one swallow or breathe unintendedly.

Digestive tract: The parts of the digestive tract, i.e. your stomach, intestines, etc., can also have lymphomas.

Spleen: The spleen is located under the lower ribs on the left side of the body. It is intended to produce lymphocytes and many immune system cells. The function is to keep healthy cells and sieve damaged blood cells, bacteria, and other waste compounds.

Thymus: This is located behind the upper tract of the breastbone and in front of the heart. It is important in the generation of T lymphocytes

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma may cause you signs like:

  • abdominal pain or swelling
  • chest pain
  • coughing
  • difficulty breathing
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • fatigue
  • a fever
  • night sweats
  • excess weight loss

If you have signs that worry you, make your appointment with a doctor. Only after the diagnosis, a doctor can tell you the underlying cause of signs you are experiencing.

Causes

The cause of Non-Hodgkin is not known yet. Researchers believe that it is when the body starts to develop too many abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells, that is when you have NHL.

In a healthy person, lymphocytes go through a certain life cycle. Old lymphocytes die, and your body produces new ones as a substitute for them. However, if you have Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, your lymphocytes may not diet normally, but the new cell production is still at a constant rate.

This results in the overproduction of lymphocytes into the lymph nodes, causing them to swell even more.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for the NHL are not obvious for everyone. Also, it is possible that you may have risk factors but not get NHL.

Some common risk factors may include:

  • older age. Age 60 or older puts you at risk
  • an infection, such as HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, or Helicobacter pylori
  • prolonged use of immunosuppressant drugs
  • exposure to chemical compounds, such as weed and insect killers

Ayurvedic treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Ayurveda is a complementary approach to getting rid of this non-benign tumour. As per Ayurveda, various procedures and therapies are taken into account for the alleviation of the signs and causes of NHL.

The goal is to bring equilibrium to mind and body so that the body functions as it is intended to. The aim of herbal concoctions is to propagate the production of typical lymphatic and immune system cells.

Through herbal medicines (enriched with diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties), toxins in the body (Ama) are eliminated, and aggravated doshas are balanced.

At AyuKarma, we are committed to keeping our patients healthy using our safe and effective ayurvedic procedures. Our ayurvedic physicians have helped hundreds of people get better with our Ayurvedic knowledge.

Ayurveda is very helpful when used as a complementary treatment approach along with chemotherapy or radiation. It reduces the side effects of daunting therapies and boosts overall health.

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