Classical Ayurvedic texts have several references to cancer. Some terms used to describe the condition.
Charaka and Sushruta Samhita (700 BC) both described the counterpart of cancer as granthi (benign or minor neoplasm) and arbuda (malignant or major neoplasm). Both can be inflammatory or non-inflammatory, based on the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) involved. The term dosha describes the three principles that govern the psychophysiological response and pathological changes in the body. Ayurveda described health as the balanced coordination of these three systems in body, mind and consciousness. The fundamental theory of Ayurvedic treatment is based on the balance of these three major bodily systems.