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Homeopathy and Cancer



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The author takes us on a wonderful journey that encompasses cutting edge methods, history, research, materia medica, and cellular biology.

Cancer is such a pervasive and formidable condition that the capacity to treat it is perhaps the most important yardstick by which a therapeutic modality can be measured. While ‘the’ cure for cancer remains as elusive an objective as the alchemist’s pursuit of gold, there are numerous therapies, many of them relatively unknown to the population at large, that have proven effective in treating various manifestations of the disease.

Broadly speaking though, almost all of these treatments can be categorized into one of two approaches. The first aims to remove or destroy cancer cells, usually by aggressive intervention. This is best represented by conventional oncology, which employs surgery or the introduction of toxic elements into the body.

The second regards the body’s potential to heal itself as the ultimate form of cure. The goal is to stimulate a living organism to eliminate malignant tissue by restoring itself to a healthy state. This not only removes the malignancy, but also addresses the underlying cause that produced it.

As a homeopath, I have always been intrigued by this latter approach in general, and the possibilities of treating cancer with homeopathy in particular. While a handful of tiny white pellets containing highly diluted solutions of natural substances may not seem adequate to address something as aggressive and life threatening as cancer, there is both historical and contemporary evidence that, in fact, homeopathic remedies can be quite effective.

Even the most cursory search of the homeopathic Repertory – an essential compendium used by all homeopaths that correlates a huge list of symptoms with the remedies used to treat them – reveals that there are hundreds of references to cancer and tumors, as well as hundreds of homeopathic remedies used to cure them. The literature is also full of case histories where a cancer has been successfully treated.

In an earlier year, it was not unusual for homeopaths in this country to be the primary caregivers in cases of cancer. The great practitioners of the 19th century all had experience with it. As but one example, Dr. Arthur Hill Grimmer, a Californian who lived from 1874 to 1967 and practiced for 57 years, was renowned for his prowess in this regard. His unpublished work “Remedies That Have Cured Cancer” contains his experiences with nearly 100 remedies.

But today the situation has changed dramatically. For the most part, homeopathy is not regarded as a primary treatment for cancer in the United States – even amongst most homeopaths themselves. This is due to a number of factors, not the least of which is that much of the knowledge and experience of our elders along with a comprehensive educational system was lost when the institution of homeopathy, the colleges and hospitals as well as the medical status of its practitioners, was dismantled throughout the first half of the 20th century.

But that is not to say the tradition is totally lost, at least outside the United States. For instance, Dr. Prafull Vijayakar of Mumbai, India is renowned as the ‘Lion of Homeopathy’ for his work with serious pathological conditions including cancer. An astute scientific thinker, his school of ‘Predictive Homeopathy’ has integrated many concepts of traditional homeopathy and modern physiology, especially embryology and cellular biology.

He relies on a very precise, what he calls ‘mathematical’, approach toward prescribing a single dose of a remedy and patiently observing how its action affects the organism, moving through the various organs and systems like a wave rippling across the water. I was fortunate to learn something of this method when I had the opportunity to have Vijayakar’s colleague, Dr. Narendra Mehta, personally review several of his own cases of successfully treated brain tumors.

Another Indian homeopath, A.U. Ramakrishnan has developed both a very unique technique and a considerable international reputation for his work with cancer. The son of a physician from the southern city of Chennai (formerly Madras), Dr Ramakrishnan devoted himself to treating cancer after several family members died of the disease.

Frustrated that traditional methods of using homeopathic remedies were ineffective in the case of his own family, but confident that homeopathy would be effective if properly prescribed, Ramakrishnan set off on his own path to create a methodology that calls for frequent repetition of specially chosen remedies that are alternated usually on a weekly basis.

This peripatetic soul travels the globe continually, rotating through a series of cities, usually staying at a nearby airport hotel for a week or two to treat patients before moving onto the next spot. A number of years ago he gained a considerable following in this country. This was in part the consequence of dramatic positive results he attained treating the mother of an American homeopath with pancreatic cancer. He not only has a prodigious appetite for work and travel, but possesses an unfailingly optimistic disposition, which no doubt augments the efficacy of his treatment.

Yet another methodology for treating cancer has been developed by Dr. Prasanta Banerji, a third generation homeopath from the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. His reputation is such that nearly 1000 patients appear at his clinic every morning for consultations. The efficacy of his treatments has drawn the attention of both the American National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland as well as the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas.

PART II

On one level, Dr. Prasanta Banerji is a homeopath with a prodigious appetite for service, overseeing the treatment of nearly a thousand people, many of them extremely poor, who flock to his clinic in Kolkata (formerly ‘Calcutta’), India daily. On another level, he is the developer of a highly effective and inexpensive homeopathic protocol to treat cancer that has drawn the attention of physicians and scientists from around the world, including those at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in this country.

Julian Jonas

Julian Jonas, CCH, Lic. Ac. is a homeopathic practitioner and teacher with office hours in Brattleboro, VT and Keene. For more details, contact him at 802-254-2928, via e-mail at jjjonas@sover.net or at www.julianjonas.net. A graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy, the North American Homeopathic Master Clinician Course and other clinical training programs, he was certified by the Council for Homeopathic Certification. Julian has published many articles on natural healthcare and was an instructor at the New England School for Acupuncture, the New England School for Homeopathy, the Finger Lakes School for Homeopathy, the Teliosis School of Homeopathy and the North East College of Healing Arts and Science. Julian currently has a private homeopathic practice, The Center for Homeopathy of Southern Vermont. www.centerforhomeopathy.com

Comments

  1. Mujieb Ellahie

    December 19, 2011

    Dec issue (like all previous issues) is very informative and a delightful reading. I have enjoyed and learnt
    a lot from H/pathy. Many articles are jewels to collect and store. Thanks a lot. Extremely grateful.

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    neena233

    December 20, 2011

    I do agree with you that there is no proof how homeopathy works on cancer or any other disease but clinical proofs are there that they do act.Homeopathy is individualization so you cant pin-point a single remedy which can be termed as curer of particular cancer.In 1997, I was working with Dr. Jugal Kishore.My maternal uncle was diagnosed as cancer bladder. Ultra sound –showed stone in urinary bladder but while operating ,Doctors realized it is more than just stone and the piece was sent for Biopsy which confirmed our suspicion. We were astonished by the Doctors negligence. I told not to go for total resection for bladder and radiotherapy but no body listened to me. During this period I came across similar case of Ca urinary bladder in the clinic . He came for the advice whether to go for total resectomy and radiotherapy or your Pathy could help him. I was in dilemma. However, keeping aside all the fears, after thoroughly discussing, and consulting Dr Jugal Kishore, I told him not to go for surgery and go for our treatment. He agreed. He continued the treatment. Gradually he improved but my maternal uncle detoriated .His cancer metastasized to bone, liver and gradually he succumbed to that. I still regret if I was more firm with my family members /they had more faith on me /Dr Jugal Kishore/our pathy, he would have seen more years in his life.

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    oriam

    December 20, 2011

    Dear Julian,

    Thanks for this article.
    Initially the Banerji’s protocol of Ruta/Calc-p was specific to brain cancers, especially gliomes. You write in your article that it is used now at large for all cancers…
    Could you briefly explain how and when this generalisation occured? And does the results are the same as in brain tumors?
    Thanks
    Mario Guilbault

  4. Pankaj

    December 22, 2011

    Te compilation of the article is marvelous and has been collected painstakingly. Congrats to the author for this beautiful and informative piece..

  5. Dr Amir Cassam (Retd dental surgeon)

    December 22, 2011

    This is the best article on Homeopathy and Cancer that I have read. I have read the book by Ramakrishna and Coulter some years ago. But the technique they use is very complicated. I was interested personally because my wife had cancer of the tongue in 1998 and underwent surgery but no chemotherapy or radiotherapy. However, in 2004, she had third relapse and after surgery, was given radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital; in London. There were 30 sessions – five a week for six weeks. It had the most horrible side effects that even today I think of it with horror. Before the operation. I did try Ramakrishna’s method but it was meant for a specialist and not for an ordinary homeopath and was totally unsuccessful. My wife never believed in alternative therapy anyway.I had taken her previously to an Anthroposophical consultant who recommended Iscador therapy. But my wife refused to have injections. I took her to him because I had attended a three day seminar in London a few years earlier on the Anthroposophical Approach to Cancer by Iscador although I did not at all believe in their philosophy as I am a secular humanist. In 2009, she began to have small pieces of sequerum coming through the gum and eventually her mandible had died. Her private insurers refused to pay for the treatment on flimsy ground. She was paying 550 pounds per month. Fortunately, she got an opening under NHS and underwent a 14 hour surgery to remove the sequestrated part of mandible and the bone from one of the tibias was then grafted to replace the sequestrated mandible. But the mucous membrane over it had become so fragile that in a few days, the stitches broke open. Anyway, it is a long story. The reason I am mentioning this is that no one in their right mind should ever consider radiotherapy in the face region and secondly, the fantastic care NHS gave at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham, London for free. The fantastic care they took of her no private insurer could possibly afford. In fact the refusal by her private insurers was a blessing in disguise. My wife would not have agreed to have homeopathic treatment and I did not try to convince her because if it failed, I would not ever forgive myself.But your article was like a breath of fresh air. If I had read that before radiotherapy, I might have tried and convince her to accept it and contacted the specialist in India. It would not be a problem because Pune is my second home although both of us were born in Kenya.

    Finally, may I ask you how frequently Ruta 6C is given and what is the potency and frequency of Calc phos for cancer treatment? I want to try Ruta6C for my macrodegeneration of both retinas as I know that Ruta is good medicine for the eyes. I am nearly 85 and my eyesight is quite reasonable. I had the cataracts in both eyes removed in Pune by an excellent Ophthalmologist Dr Roopali Nerlikar. I just want to see if it helps to stop further deterioration of the right eye retina. Only for my interest as I am not seriously worried. But I could recommend my much younger sister with similar but different eye problem that has affected her eye sight. And of course, for the interest of your readers.Lastly,would Ruta 6C help my son who is the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Warwick University in England to help with eye strain having to use computer for long hours. The answer to that may help lots of other people in similar circumstances.

    I know I have overstepped with my requests and crave your indulgence not to be offended with a man of 85.

    I have studied homeopathy in London and was awarded Fellowship by the Institute of Homeopathy besides attending many seminars at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital in Russell Square in London. I have qualified in body acupuncture getting LicAc and studied auricular therapy of Dr Paul Nogier of France and Dr Kropej Of Germany by taking a short course under Dr Kenyon in England.

    Dr. Amir Cassam
    Dental Surgeon (Retd.)

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      Jana Shiloh CCH MA

      December 24, 2011

      I have two suggestions. Ruta 6 or 12 may be helpful for computer fatigue. But it is also sometimes helpful to make a remedy from the computer frequency itself in a 6c or 12c. It is worth trying. Lastly, as for the macular degeneration, I know an alternative optometrist who has had success using colored gels and shining a light into the eyes for 20 minutes (color therapy) of blue and green together. It may also work to attach the film to lenses to be worn looking into a light or up to a sky. Remedies have been made from color although I have no experience of them so I don’t know if that could be used too. IT would be an interesting experiment.

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    oriam

    December 23, 2011

    Dr Cassam,
    In the Banerji Protocol, Ruta is given in 6 C morning and evening, Calc-p 3X at noon and bedtime. Two pills as a dose. Daily.
    The frequency and potency of Ruta could be different for a not cancerous problem of the eyes.

    Maybe you could be interested to watch on the new Hpathy forum, because I want to start a topic on the Banerji protocol, to possibly get an answer to the question I asked in my comment before your post.

    Mario Guilbault

  7. Dr Amir Cassam (Retd dental surgeon)

    December 27, 2011

    Dear Dr.Mario Guilbault,

    Further to my reply, I would like to listen to the forum you are proposing to start. I misunderstood you. I thought the forum had already started. I don’t always open Hpathy and may miss the announcement

    Would you therefore inform me through my email when you start? I shall be most grateful.

  8. Dr Amir Cassam (Retd dental surgeon)

    February 3, 2012

    Dear Mario Guilbault,

    Could you let me have your email address as I want to contact you urgently regarding my sister? Webmaster through which you replied, want me to contact you personally and not through them.

    Amir Cassam

  9. umanath tewari

    February 7, 2012

    forum team,

    very good article…this article will help practioners..& men’s who are treating or suffering from cancer/brain cancer…

    very very thanks..

    umanath tewari

  10. Neha Pujara

    October 1, 2012

    Doctor, this was indeed an interesting article. Am interested to learn more about Banerjii Protocols. Do email me more such articles of Dr Banerji if possible.

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