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Homeopathic remedy Carcinocin. Find about Carcinosinum symptoms, understand the Carcinosin personality as a homeopathy remedy.

Cancer is that dreaded phenomenon which has long haunted mankind. Homoeopathy has extracted the curative principles from the obnoxious products of this disorder. Carcinosinum or Carcinosin, is a cancer nosode of a very deep acting nature with an excellent record. Carcinosin has shown its efficacy by helping some of the most difficult and stubborn cases. Many practitioners have reported marvelous results using Carcinosin, but the available literature on it is not very extensive. The credit for bringing Carcinosin into the lime light goes to Dr. W. Lees Templeton and Dr. Donald M. Foubister.

We know the importance of the doctrine of drug provings and the law of similars, which is the backbone of homoeopathy. Regarding Carcinosin however, most of the frequently used symptomatology is based on clinical findings and not as a result of homoeopathic drug provings. The only records of symptomatology obtained by proper drug provings, are those of Dr. Templeton. Most homoeopaths  prescribe this nosode on the writings of  Dr. Foubister, whose work was entirely based on clinical finding in 200 cases at his children’s OPD.  The rest of the published work is by different authors who were mostly influenced by Foubister, or who have published their own clinical findings. As stated before , Dr. Templeton did the only provings.  These were not very extensive and the symptomatology obtained is negligible.

Dr. Templeton was the dean of the faculty of homoeopathy and director of provings at Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital. He carried out a proving of Carcinosin around 1952-53, dividing provers into two groups. Group- I consisted of 4 provers and 4 controls; Group-II consisted of 5 provers & 4 controls. The drug was proved in the 30 and 200 potencies.

Some of the symptoms obtained by Dr. Templeton are:

Mentals – Fogged, aware but does not register, must think deliberately, forgets normal things like spectacles, concentration difficult, dull, disinterested, averse to conversation.

Head – Thumping, throbbing headache, right sided, brain felt tight.

Eyes – Twitching eyelids.

Ear, nose, throat – Sensation like a lump, soreness of palate, aggravation empty swallowing, aggravation warm drinks, amelioration cold.

Mouth – Tender gums, aching teeth, ulcers.

Respiratory – Cough, stomach cough, from tickling at pit of throat, aggravation warmth, warm room, cold air, aggravation, laughing, talking, dressing and undressing, yawning.

Heart – Violent action, can hear it, can feel it, as if heart constricted, tightness.

Stomach, abdomen, and rectum – tight constricting, pain ameliorated by bending, pressure, hot drinks.  Constipation- lacks desire.

Back & extremities – Twitching muscles in thighs, arms & back; aching, weak, tired numb feeling in thighs, better for short sleep. Pain ameliorated by warmth, gentle movement; aggravated by quick movement.

Skin – Acne, rash between shoulders, aggravated by undressing.

Sleep – Restless, disturbed, difficulty in getting to sleep, wakened by twitching, exciting dreams, mind too active, awake most of the night.

Dr. Foubister was physician in charge of the Children’s Department at the same institute. He observed two children born to a mother who was suffering from carcinoma of the breast. Both these children shared similar characteristics, such as  café-au-lait appearance, blue sclerotics, numerous moles over body and insomnia. Out  of curiosity, Foubister investigated 200 cases in his OPD, of children with a similar appearance for a history of cancer. He found that there was a strong family history of cancer, diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in these cases.

The report of Templeton’s proving and the results of Foubister’s clinical findings were published in the British Homoeopathic Journal in April 1954.vol.43, i.e. in the same issue.

The original source of the carcinosin nosode is not known but some authors suggest it was a preparation from carcinoma of the breast, of which most of the symptomatology is procured.

The symptomatology of Carcinosin can be divided into:

(i)                Symptoms of proving – by Dr. Templeton, as mentioned above.

(ii)              Clinical symptoms – most of the symptoms available today were derived from clinical experience.

Prescribing criteria for Carcinosin can be summarized as follows:

·        Café-au-lait appearance (coffee with milk appearance)

·        Numerous moles all over the body

·        Blue sclerotic (bluishness of sclera)

·        Tendency to insomnia

·        A family history of cancer, diabetes mellitus, tuberculosis, pernicious anaemia, thalassaemia, tuberculosis, schizophrenia, insanity, leukemia, arthritis.

·        A history of cancer in children to prescribe for parents.

·        A history of cancer in wife to prescribe for husband & vice-versa (?)

·        Fastidious, obstinate person who enjoys watching a thunderstorm

·        Marked sense of rhythm, loves dancing

·        Sympathetic to others

·        Bad effects of fear; mental cases with a background of fright, prolonged fear or unhappiness

·        Marked anticipation causes worry and anguish

·        He is very intelligent, artistic OR very dull, idiotic, lack of mental development.

·        Absence of any of the childhood diseases is a strong keynote.

·        When there is a partial indication of two or even many remedies, but not one  covers the full case.

·        There can be a desire for or aversion to salt, milk, egg, fat, fruits

·        There can be a marked aggravation or amelioration  at seaside.

·         Aggravation or amelioration from hot or cold

·        Genu-pectoral position during sleep

·        Aggravation from undressing (cough, skin problem)

·        Amelioration after a short sleep

·        A history of rape

To explain the contrasting modalities, desires and aversions of Carcinosin, Frank W. Gruber described a cycle of Carcinosin which shows how the modalities, desires and aversions change as the patient passes from one phase to another of this cycle. I found this cycle concept interesting and informative. He mentioned six phases of this cycle through which a Carcinosin patient passes and gave contrasting features for the same stimulus which reflects in his desires, aversions, aggravations and ameliorations. And these phases are:

1)     Fear-they are fearful in this phase, about their ability to make their way in the world. If they can’t make a change, everything seems to be threatening which pushes them to the next phase of the cycle in order to survive.

2)     Let themselves be taken care of – When they can’t find a way themselves, they develop this attitude,” let others take care of me”. This mostly occurs in childhood. In this phase they are ameliorated at seaside, desire eggs, fruit, sweets, sugar, i.e. they want comfort oriented things.


Sujit kr Sharma

Sujit kr Sharma


  1. A.N.GUHA

    July 10, 2010

    Respected Sir

    I am an homeopathic practitioner. I want to know about carcinosin that it can be used as prophylactic medicine or not. If it is used as prophylactic then what symptoms should be present in patient.
    If you kindly inform me as above I will be highly obliged to you.
    With regards.


  2. rajib nain

    July 11, 2010

    dear dr guha,
    i too am a student of homeopathy for last more than 15 years, yet learning every now and then ,and getting bewildered !
    a deep seated disorder with family history of carcinoma or tumours with
    changing and contflicting symptoms,which have evolved over many years,and in childrn with such parental history CARCINOSIN may be given as prophylaxis.probably it works better as a prophylactic remedy,rather than a
    however it has been employed in carcinoma of soft tissues and lymphs and
    blood (cancer of WBC )with success.

  3. sarada

    July 16, 2010

    Respected sir

    I am a Homoeopathic practitioner. can we give carcinosin as a prophylactic to a person who is not a smoker with family history of lung cancer? If we can, how many doses does he require?

  4. Dr Shabana

    December 5, 2010

    Dear Sir,

    I am a homeopathic practitioner. I want to know if we can give carcinosin as a preventive medicine to a female who has a family history of mother having breast cancer 5 years back.

    Also want to know regrding the repetation and the potency of the carcisosin to b given.


  5. dr abhishek kumar

    October 14, 2011

    good work

  6. dr.bhagwat

    November 16, 2011

    very interesting artical,

    it is very informative to me

  7. Ranka

    August 27, 2013

    A little bit late to give answer but i read that Carcinosin 30c once per day can be administered as prophylactic remedy for glandular fever ( Infectious Mononucleosis).

  8. Dr. Bhagat juneja

    October 1, 2013

    Really gud one..Good article with specific information.

  9. Narayana.M.S.

    October 6, 2013

    My wife has had a tumour in the ovary which has been removed after surgery. The oncologists put the chances of recurrence @ 20% and say 3 cycles of chemotherapy may bring it down to 4%. We have decided not to go for chemo. She been prescribed CARCINOSIN once a fortnight by a homeopath to prevent recurrence. Can anyone tell me how effective this medication likely to be? If CHEMO reduces the chances by 80% ( from 20% to 4%), What could be the effectiveness of CARCINOSIN?

  10. bhagat

    December 30, 2013


  11. bhagat

    December 30, 2013


  12. mujeeb khan

    January 4, 2015

    very good knowledge given by you. on this medicine

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