Clinical Cases

Cancer – A Theridion Case

Mirjana Zivanov
Written by Mirjana Zivanov

Dr. Mirjana Zivanov shares a cancer case handled with a classical homeopathy approach.

Case taken March 28th 2011  – A 64 year old woman:

I’m an oncological patient for years now. I’m using morphine patches for a year now, but lately have severe pains with these patches too. If I wouldn’t use patches I would get nauseous and the pain would get unbearable.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with large intestine carcinoma, so I have undergone the surgery, and carcinoma was removed with part of my large intestine. I have received chemotherapy. A year later I was diagnosed with metastasis of carcinoma  in the liver, so I have received chemotherapy again. Now (2011) the doctors suspect that the cancer has spread to the bones, because tumor-like lesions where visible on my x-rays.

I suffer from severe anal fissure pain that has appeared less than two years after the surgery. That pain is unbearable when I sit, so I can’t sit at all and I can only lay in the bed. Also, I can hardly walk because of this pain, only to the toilet and sometimes even that is too much for me. This pain is like something is pulling me, it makes me nervous and I feel like this pain is shooting right in my brain. I am in depression because of this pain, and nothing can cheer me up.

Before my illness I was a woman full of energy, very disciplined, ready to fight for my objectives if necessary, always in motion and I was working all the time. I was hyperactive and very precise. When I work, I really work hard and thorough.

If I would only have as much strength now, as I have will. I have a strong personality. I feel lonely and I miss company. We came as refugees during the war, and we had to fight a long legal battle to get back the ownership of our own house, as it was taken from us. Now we live in an apartment, and we use to live in the house in the countryside in Dalmatia. Here I don’t have where to take a walk, so I feel like a prisoner in my apartment. I love nature.

I am handicapped since I had a car crash, when I was 43, in 1990. My left hip was injured and I had a surgery, and since that time I have difficulties walking. After that the war has started and we became refugees.

My gallbladder has been surgically removed in 1980. For 18 years now I have hay fever.

Doctor: Is there something you can do, that relaxes you when you are nervous?

Knitting, crochet and cross stitch relaxes me. I also like to read.

I like sunny weather. Cold weather and fog aggravates me. I have grown up in Dalmatian karsts, so I like sunny and warm, even hot, weather. When the weather is dreary, I am nervous and in a bad mood. I like to eat oranges, figs and apples.

When I have intense anal fissure pain, I use Fentanyl transdermal patch (Fentanyl is an synthetic opioid analgesic, approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, with a rapid onset and short duration of action), and if the pain persists I also have to take Neurotin (Gabapentin) capsules, Rapten (Diclofenac potassium) and Bensedin (Benzodiazepine). I have a burning sensation in one leg and the other is cold. The pain is so strong that I’m bouncing of the bed. I have problems with constipation since I was very young, but now it’s unbearable. That makes me very nervous, and the anal fissure pain intensifies when I can’t pass the stool. I have tried all kind of recipes to help me with constipation, but with no results.

When I was young I have often suffered from severe headaches. I still had them after I have married and they lasted until the car crash. Since that injury, with state of shock, I didn’t have these headaches any more.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C30, single dose

 Theridion Curassavicum

The patient has decided to stop using all allopathic drugs (Fentanyl transdermal patches, Neurotin, Rapten and Bensedin) because she doesn’t believe that there is any chance they could cure her and she wants to give a chance to homeopathic remedies.

The patient has a robust bone structure, even more prominent since she has lost a lot of weight in her illness. Even gravely ill, she is a strong willed and energetic person, a woman of action, offering to stop using morphine patches in spite of all the pain she is suffering. When she decided to go for homeopathic treatment. She was trying to cheer up everyone in the room after she spoke about her illness, like she is used to being a leader. When she sat down, her posture was quite peculiar, more to one side of the chair – a position I often had seen in patients with Theridion as their simillimum.

The following observations are directing us toward a spider remedy, and Theridion is the best fit:

–        a restless and energetic person

–        feels like she is imprisoned in her apartment

–        likes to be on the move all the time

–        dedicated to work

–        relaxed by knitting

–        ameliorated by warm and dry weather

–        with constipation since a young age

–        likes oranges

Her dosha is Kapha-Vata, and that is also typical for Theridion Curassavicum patients. This is very important for diffential diagnosis because Tarentula Hispanica is Vata-Kapha. I have found that using Ayurvedic doshas can be very helpful in finding the simillimum, because it can categorise the usual build and appearance of the patient in the state of each homeopathic remedy.

Tarentula Hispanica patients have darker complexions than Theridion Curassavicum. So while Tarentula Hispanica gives some kind of “black“ impression, Theridion’s is rather “brown“.


Follow-up the next day (March 29th 2011)

I stopped using allopathic drugs as we agreed and during the night I have suffered great pain, hallucinations and even the urge to jump out of the window.

Rx./   Opium C30 No30

The patient should repeat this remedy as often as she needs.


Follow-up the next day (March 30th 2011)

I was better last night. I have managed to fall asleep for 40 minutes! I can’t remember when I was able to sleep that long and I was regularly using the patches and all the other drugs.

I feel burning in anal fissure and my legs and soles are burning too. Like it is going downwards. Today I also felt some burning pain while urinating and the urination was more frequent.

Past events are going through my head like movies.

It’s easier for me to talk today and I am not apathetic.

I even went twice to pass a stool today and both times I had a little stool. In my case it is a huge deal, so I was much less nervous. First stool was about 9:30 AM and next at 1 PM.

I took your remedy nine times since yesterday.

Rx./   Opium C200 No30

The patient should repeat this remedy as often as she needs. The patient was also advised to use ghee to apply on anus, and also the instructions how best to prepare ghee.

Follow-up the next day (March 31st  2011)

I had a stool yesterday evening and again this morning. Tonight I had tearing pain in legs.  I am in a much better mood. Tonight I’ve managed to fall asleep three times and I didn’t have any nightmares. I can feel I’m getting better. Now I am willing to get up from bed. When I am up, I feel weakness and I don’t have appetite at all. I’m disgusted by almost all kinds of food. I can only eat fruits and vegetables.

I took the remedy you gave me about 15 times since yesterday.

Rx./   Opium C200 No30

The patient should repeat this remedy as often as she needs.


Follow-up after two days (April 2nd 2011)

Patient’s daughter:

My mother is better, she is in better mood and she doesn’t feel confused in the head anymore. She talks and gets up from the bed more often. Her voice has changed and now she sounds like she used to.


I fall asleep 3 times tonight. I still have pains in my legs, but they are way less intense. The crises of pain are much shorter and less severe. I had stool today as well, so I had regular stool for three days in the role.

The stool is very hard at the beginning, like a cork, and the rest is soft. I took 12 of the remedies you gave me in the last two days.

Rx./   Opium C200 No30

The patient should repeat this remedy as often as she needs.


Follow-up after four days (April 6th 2011)

I feel much better. The stool is more frequent. I don’t have those severe pains anymore, just some mild pain in legs. I started to feel pain in the anus, that is a lot like the pain I felt before my first surgery. Because of this pain it’s hard for me to sit, so I rather lay in the bed or to walk slowly. It’s difficult for me to walk since the car crash 22 year ago when I was injured and I have to use a crutch. Also, some symptoms of hay fever have appeared, like I used to have years ago. I still have no appetite. I get disgusted by any kind of food.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C30 No3, split dose


Follow-up after two weeks (April 19th 2011)

I feel fine. My appetite is back, after such a long time! I want to eat now, as I used to before illness…

I had some viral infection a week ago and I felt chill, weakness and a slightly elevated temperature. It just lasted for a day or two. After that I started feeling a lower back pain. You know, I was so weak that I couldn’t even feel desperate, as I used all of my energy to survive, and only now when I have more strength, I am able to feel how much I miss walking, without suffering from all that pain while I walk as long-lasting consequences of the car crash injury and last few years cancer too. I want lots of things. I wish to live, once again.

Now, when I am nervous, I can walk around the house and I even sometimes have bursts of anger. You know, when I lived in my house in Dalmatia, I was a strong woman and I liked to work. I felt that I could do anything. Now I live limited to my apartment, so I feel like a prisoner.

Everything is really much better than it used to be before homeopathic therapy, but I still am not satisfied with myself. I like to move around and it’s difficult and painful because of my condition, so I can’t, and that makes me nervous.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C200, single dose


Follow-up after one month (May 20th 2011)

I am much better, concerning my condition. Now my appetite is much better, even very good, so I have gained a few kilograms for the first time since cancer was diagnosed and up until now I was just losing weight for years. I enjoy eating and I want to eat.

I have much more frequent stools than before homeopathic therapy. I started taking longer walks. I walk slowly because of my hip, but I have much more strength and the pain in my bones is rather mild. I was also on my land in countryside and that was very important to me because I can walk relaxed there. I was even planting some flowers there. I love roses, peony and magnolia.

I sleep much better since I am able to walk more. Last night I slept whole 5 hours and before homeopathic therapy I almost wasn’t able to sleep at all.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C200, single dose


Follow-up after four weeks (June 13th 2011)

I am better. Pain in my anus is getting better. I feel better emotionally. When I go to sleep, my thoughts are not flaying around anymore, but they are more focused. No more nightmares.

I had a flu for the first time in many years. I felt some weakness, sore throat and runny nose. Before, when I had a flu, I used to have burning pain in vagina as well, but now I didn’t. It lasted for two days.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C200, single dose


Follow-up after one month (July 13th 2011)

I feel fine. I am much more relaxed now and I used to be very tensed. I sleep much better and for a longer periods of time. Sometimes I can’t sleep at nights, but nights like that are very rare now.

I feel much less pain of any kind.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C200, single dose

Theridion Curassavicum is the only remedy in the rubric: Mind, thoughts, vanishing of, closing eyes on.


Follow-up after one month (August 13th 2011)

Basically I am fine. I had some kind of allergy on my hands, that itched. It lasted just for a couple of days. I had pain in the left shoulder from time to time, like I used to have a long time ago…

My sleep was mostly fine, just like the last time.

My digestion is still not well. There are days when I am not able to pass the stool, but the pain in the anus is generally better! It hurts less and only after passing the stool. I used to have these pains all the time, before, during and after passing the stool, and also the rest of time.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C200, single dose


Follow-up after one month (September 16th 2011)

My strength is better. I have more stamina.

I still have a very good appetite… I eat fruit, vegetable, white chicken meat, fish… It seems to me that my appetite is getting better and better… I have definitely gained some more weight! It is so good that now I am stronger and I want to eat!

I feel much less pain in anus. Stool is sometimes regular and fine, but I also happen to have just a little stool in two or three days. It was like that all my life, even when I was young…

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum C200, single dose


Follow-up after one month (October 18th 2011)

I had some infection… I have got Escherichia coli infection, that I used to have a few years back. I had it for the first time three years ago and it has happened again a few times since then. It is hard for me to control the urination. I have frequent urination, with burning pain during urination, that smells unpleasantly like fish.

I am little nervous and restless.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum 1M, single dose


Follow-up after one month (November 18th 2011)

I’ve had a viral infection again, but it didn’t last as long as the last time. I had a runny nose and I sneezed and coughed a lot. The rest is fine, just as it was the last time. I’m way less restless.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum 1M, single dose


Follow-up after one month (December 19th 2011)

Stool is better, more frequent, but there are some days that I don’t have it. I sometimes have pain in anus, but not as it used to be. Now I can sit normally on the chair, and that used to be absolutely impossible with that pain.

I have good appetite and I want to eat, so I have gained some more weight… Slowly I am getting closer and closer to my old ideal weight, that I have had before cancer.

I don’t like when it rains and I don’t like cold weather. It’s hard for me to walk with this crutch in such weather. It seems to me that my walking would be just fine by now on the homeopathic therapy, if only I didn’t have that car crash 22 years ago. Sleep is mainly good. When I manage to walk around enough during the day, I sleep well.

I am a strong person and I like to work, but I can’t do all I want because of my injured hip.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum 1M, single dose

Follow-up after two months (February 20th 2012)

I had herpes on my right eye, so I have to open it slowly and I felt some kind of tension deep inside. I also had it three years ago.

Stool is better, but last 10 days I’ve sometimes had pain in anus, so I can’t sit long. It’s in my nature to move a lot, but I can’t walk enough because of the hip, other ways I would be fine by now. Also, life in the apartment is like life in prison for me. I would walk much more if I could live in a house with garden.

Sometimes I feel bloated, also because I don’t walk enough.

My strength is back.

The pain in anus used to feel like it comes from deep inside and now it seems to be rather superficial.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum 1M, single dose


Follow-up after one month (March 20th 2012)

Stool is not bad. I am in a good mood.

“Patient talks much more and faster than before!”

Many years ago I had a little wound on my right leg and when the crust was formed I would scratch it and remove it again. Now it appeared again, but it lasted just for one day.

Sometimes I have acid reflux from stomach. I used to have that many years ago too and then I was using Gelusil lac. The acid reflux usually happens in the evening after the dinner, but it stops after a while.

Rx./   Theridion Curassavicum 1M, single dose


Follow-up after one month (April 25th 2012)

Everything is the same as it was in the last follow up. My strength is back and I can walk as well as I could a month ago. I should start walking more to get tired enough, so I could sleep better.

About the author

Mirjana Zivanov

Mirjana Zivanov

Dr. Mirjana Živanov DDS, Registered Homeopath, graduated from
Faculty of Medicine, University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and London International College of Homeopathy. She has 15 years of everyday clinical practice in Classical Homeopathy, at the Homeopathic clinic in Novi Sad, Serbia and is is the author of the books: “Homeopathy in Practice”, "Homeopathic medicine - Principles", "Homeopathic medicine - Invisible Influences", "Matrix method with Tetractys model", "Opening the Secret Door with Matrix &Tetractys" and many published articles in International Homeopathic magazines and web sites.
Dr. Mirjana is the creator of the new "Matrix theory" in Homeopathy. She presented her Matrix theory at the international homeopathic seminar London, UK Oct 2015, and at the International Homeopathic seminar London, UK Sept 2016, and at the international homoeopathic conference Bangalore, India Sept 2017, and in a state accredited lecture at Serbian Doctors Society Novi Sad, Serbia Dec 2017. Dr. Živanov is the International Vice-president of the Youth Homeopathic Association. More information is available on and Dr. Živanov may be contacted at:


  • Great stuff! See how homeopathy can cure even cancer. The patient has decided to go exclusively for homeopathic treatment, without taking any more allopathic drug.

  • Dear Dr. Mirjana mam;

    The case of cancer metastasis with fissure managed according to Hahnemann’s concept of chronic disease with remedy Theridion c.
    Really great news for Homeopathic fraternity to manage cancer in a beautiful way of Homeopathy.
    Thank you mam

  • Really great case, Dr Mirjana! It must be very difficult to work with a patient with such a grave illness. Exquisite case management in an extremely challenging case. The quality of life for this terminally ill patient has greatly improved. Keep up the good work!

  • It is a Miracle. I know she can do anything. I think she is the Best and intelligent doctor in Medical Science now.I need your More and More success.She is the Hope for Everyone……..

  • Dear frnd so informative cases you manage such a nice way this case of cancer. you are great frnd. again i thanks to you and our system

  • A noble doctor of modern times who could prove that cancer is treatable with homeo medicines

  • Respectful Dr.Mirjana Zivanov

    Very Well Done. Congratulations to you and homeopathy for your priceless job. Would you please explain if you repeated the same doses in solid form or liquid? You have repeated the same doses of 200c and 1M but you haven’t mentioned the form of the remedy.

    Best Wishes and Warm Regards,

  • Excellent article, very well written in details .. Since Cancer is a dreaded incurable disease with pains making patient miserable, Dr. Mirjana Zivanov has done a great job and taught us how Theridion could be used .. Thank you so much for taking so much efforts in writing this wonderful coverage of the treatment in detail

  • Excellent case, great news for Homeopath Medicine. A beautiful illustration of Classical Homeopathy.
    Congratulations Dr. Mirjana
    Thank you
    With Best Wishes

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