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Cancer and Carcinosin


A discussion of cancer and the usefulness of the remedy carcinosin.

Contemporary College of Homeopathy


With Cancer on the increase, this article aims to look at the reason why this disease is now so prevalent focusing in particular on how Homeopathy can help patients and those involved in their treatment and support. Attention is given in particular to the remedy Carcinosin, its source and its role in treating cancer.

Next to heart ailments, cancer is the second most widespread reason for death in the Western world. Cancer has dramatically increased in the latter half of the twentieth century and now in the twenty-first century, one in three people on the planet are diagnosed with cancer.


What is Cancer?


Cancer Research provides the following definition of Cancer;


“Cancer (Homeopathy Treatment for Types of Cancer) is a disease caused by normal cells changing so that they grow in an uncontrolled way. The uncontrolled growth causes a lump called a tumour to form. If not treated, the tumour can cause problems in one or more of the following ways;


  • Spreading into normal tissues nearby
  • Causing pressure on other body structures
  • Spreading to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream


There are over 200 different types of cancer because there are over 200 different types of body cells. The types of cancer may include;


  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) , Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), Anal cancer
  • Bladder cancer, Bone cancer, Bowel cancer, Brain tumours, Breast cancer
  • Cancer of unknown primary, Carcinoid, Cervical cancer, Choriocarcinoma, Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), Colon cancer (Homeopathy for Colon Cancer), Colorectal cancer (Homeopathy Treatment for Colorectal Cancer)
  • Endometrial cancer, Eye cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer, Gastric cancer, Gestational trophoblastic tumours (GTT)
  • Hairy cell leukaemia, Head and neck cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer, Leukaemia, Liver cancer, Lung cancer, Lymphoma (Homeopathy for Lymphoma)
  • Melanoma skin cancer, Mesothelioma, Molar pregnancy, Mouth and oropharyngeal cancer, Myeloma
  • Nasal and sinus cancers, Nasopharyngeal cancer, Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
  • Oesophageal cancer, Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer, Penile cancer, Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer, Skin cancer (non melanoma), Soft tissue sarcoma, Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer
  • Unknown primary cancer, Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal cancer, Vulval cancer
  • Womb cancer, Women’s cancers


What causes it?


  • Tobacco and diet account for two thirds of all cancer deaths
  • Cancer of the lung, breast, prostate, colon and rectum have all become more frequent in countries where risk factors such as cigarette smoking, unhealthy diets and exposure to dangerous chemicals are more common
  • Animal (saturated) fat in general and red meat in particular are associated with several cancers – colon and rectum, as well as prostate cancer
  • Children who overeat and exercise too little seem to be at a higher risk of acquiring certain cancers
  • Occupation carcinogens include asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde, diesel exhaust and radon
  • Immunosuppressive drugs can cause certain types of lymphomas and supplemental oestrogens have been linked to uterine and breast cancer
  • Oral contraceptives slightly increase the risk of some types of liver tumours
  • For educational, career-related and other reasons, millions of women in developed countries are putting off childbearing and are having fewer children, in general than their mothers or grandmothers did. The increase of breast and ovarian cancer seems to be related to these factors:
  • Suppressed emotions – anger – strong links with breast cancer
  • Psychological factors – research has shown that an attitude of passivity and hopelessness in the face of life stressors, including the stressor of being told you have cancer, encourages the spread of cancerous cells
  • Cancer sufferers, as well as those in the pre-cancerous stage were also noted for their tendency to blame themselves for their misfortunes


Homeopathic treatment for cancer symptoms

The treatment of cancer can be looked at in three ways. Firstly, a patient may choose a conventional treatment of cancer and may opt for a method that destroys the cancer choosing surgery and chemotherapy. This can be a very aggressive form of treatment. Secondly, a patient may choose to stimulate the body to destroy the cancer cells and in so doing restore the body to health by letting it heal itself. Thirdly, patients may opt for a more integrative approach where they pick and choose from a combination of conventional and natural treatments.

Homeopathy offers the patient holistic treatment in that it helps the patient on a physical, mental and emotional level and looks at the complete illness picture of the patient rather than just focusing on the site of the cancer. Homeopathic remedies can be offered to the patient to help with their presenting symptoms, which will vary enormously with each individual. These symptoms will also change at the varying stages of the illness.

The remedy Carcinosin is often used successfully in the treatment of Cancer. Carcinosin is made by first preparing a specimen of the cancerous tissue, usually taken from the breast, and subsequently sterilizing and dissolving it in disinfected water. This blend is then diluted as well as succussed repeatedly.

Whilst we are uncertain who was the first to use cancer nosodes we know that Dr Burnett was the first person to write about their use. Dr Burnett also proved this remedy on himself and the symptoms that they produced in him were that he felt a deathly sinking, sickly sensation.

J. Clarke records many cases where he successfully uses the cancer nosode to cure cancer, Carcinosin being the most predominant. He says;


“Of all the remedies for cancer, in my experience the cancer nosodes form the most important class and the use of them ought to be more familiar to homoeopaths themselves”.


Cooper also relates numerous cases in which he has successfully used Carcinosinum 200 and states;


“I would lay it down as a maxim that there is no case of carcinoma that Carcinosinum would not benefit from at some period of its existence, so much so that I would suggest the proverb;


‘When in doubt give Carcinosinum’


Ramakrishnan has been using cancer nosodes in cancer treatment for the last thirty years and he is leading the world in the homoeopathic treatment of cancer, treating at least 2000 cancer patients a year. One of the nosodes he uses is Carcinosinum.


Many homoeopaths use Carcinosinum to remove the predisposition to cancer. Kent said on cancer, “Patients have been kept comfortable…and the sufferings usually accompanying this condition were avoided.” So it was noted that Carcinosinum has relieved cancer pains. Carcinosinum won’t cure cancer, but according to Kent, it will palliate the cancer for years taking away the sharp, burning and tearing pains.


Foubister studied 200 pregnant women who had cancer and, later, their children. The children had a tendency to birthmarks. He claimed that Carcinosinum was useful for deep pigmentations. Foubister also made an observation that people who lived under severe fear for long periods of time often needed this remedy.


In his article in the New England Journal of Homeopathy, Frank Gruber wrote about the cycle of Carcinosin during which the patient’s modalities changed as the cancer patient went through a variety of phases during their illness. He described six phases of the cycle; fear, letting themselves be cared for, inwardness, resentment, frenetic breakout and breakdown. During the first of these phases he described how the patient is fearful for their survival and their ability to make their way in the world and how they feel threatened.


During the second phase the patient resorts to letting others take care of them. If they can’t make their own way in the world then they just let themselves fall into the hands of others. At this point the patient may crave and feel better for comforting foods. During the next phase of the cycle they go within themselves and can become quiet and introspective and they may have symptoms which include abdominal pains and mental and emotional symptoms such as feeling lost. This will take them into the resentment phase whereby they become intolerant and resentful and they may be aggravated by the very things that ameliorated them during the second phase.


In the fifth phase they may break out and want to dance and have lots of sex and they develop a love of thunderstorms before entering the last phase where feel weak and sad and may develop symptoms such as mouth ulcers, schizophrenia and feeling too weak to talk or walk.


What is important to bear in mind here is that the cancer patient will go through a variety of phases during their illness and the support and treatment will need to match the individual’s symptom picture during each phase. As well as using Carcinosin to help treat their cancer it is important that cancer patients are advised on the changes they can make to their lifestyles which may include;


  • Eating a diet consisting of vegetables and fruits and eating red meat in moderation.
  • Giving up smoking
  • Avoiding exposure to dangerous chemicals and occupational carcinogens
  • Exercising
  • Talking, laughing, crying  and expressing anger
  • Doing things that they enjoy doing
  • Sleeping and resting and spending time with family and friends and the people they love


Be confident to prescribe Carcinosinum


From Drew’s research in producing his book The Miasms, he noticed a slight phobia in using Carcinosin among quite a few homoeopaths and some of these fears included;


  • Fear that Carcinosin is made from breast cancer tissue – this is due to the fact that Carcinosin is a potentised excretion of breast cancer, which then is tied in with fear of cancer itself
  • Fear that Carcinosin will induce cancer which was noted by Janine Castle, a lecturer in homoeopathy. Dorothy Cooper in her book The Nosode Carcinosin wrote; “There have been provings done and it has been used over the past hundred years without any reports of someone developing cancer from it.”
  • Fear of using Carcinosin in patients with cancer – According to Peter Drew;  “There also seems to be a phobia amongst some homoeopaths about using Carcinosin, and it is falsely believed by many that Carcinosin and the cancer nosodes are not useful in cancer, or even, that they should not be used in cancer”. Pg 27


cancer cell


As well as being an extremely beneficial remedy for Cancer, Carcinosin is also very useful for conditions that are not cancerous in individuals that have a very strong family history of cancer. The patients who are likely to benefit the most from Carcinosin are those who are extremely sympathetic and introverted during their childhood. They are likely to hold on to their emotions and hate being told off at school or at home. In adulthood they can be obsessive and be workaholics who push themselves to the limit. They often put other people’s needs before their own and have an enormous sense of responsibility and duty for others. They often suppress a lot of their emotions in adulthood as they do in childhood. They can be prone to extreme exhaustion.

Whilst there are many forms of Cancer and it is a disease that is on the increase, Homeopathy is invaluable in treating this disease. The consultation process itself can be very cathartic to some patients particularly those who are feeling fearful. The very fact that Homeopathy is holistic in its treatment of diseases means that cancer patients are being treated on a physical, mental and emotional level. As well as treating the individual presenting symptoms as the cycle of cancer moves from one phase to another, Carcinosin is invaluable in treating Cancer patients holistically.


Also it is important to bear in mind that patients can also help themselves in their treatment by talking to others, sharing their feelings and sometimes fears, expressing the range of emotions that they will experience along the way, resting, eating healthily and laughing and sharing time with loved ones. For homeopaths prescribing Carcinosin, it is worth remembering that as well as prescribing Carcinosin to cancer patients, there is also a place for this remedy for those who are afraid of cancer and that Carcinosin can also help to take away the predisposition to cancer.




The Miasms – Peter Drew

Jain Publishers Ltd, 2000


Nature’s Materia Medica – Murphy

Lotus health Institute, 2006


Prisma – Vermeulen

Emryss bv Publishers, 2002


Medicine Flows – Mo Morrish

Homoeopathy Centre Publications, 2006


The Cycle of Carcinosin

About the author

Kay Templar

Fourteen years ago Kay was introduced to Homeopathy by the GP who cared for her following the birth of her first child. Kay had her first appointment with a Homeopath six years ago and was so impressed by how it helped her and her family, that she decided to study and become a qualified Homeopath. Kay plans to work from her home in Wells with a view to working out of a clinic in a nearby city.

About the author

Alice Gifford

Alice Gifford has travelled extensively and lived for several months in Nepal. She was interested in complementary medicine since her teens and saw the benefits of homeopathic treatment in her family. She decided on a complete career change in 2009 and became a student at the Contemporary College of Homeopathy, Bristol. She graduates as a licentiate in July this year. Alice will specialize in the area of fertility for both men and women to complement her fertility practitioner role at the leading natural fertility charity Foresight.

About the author

Chelo Polo

I know of homeopathy since my first son was born, 15 years ago. When I had sciatica, my friend’s husband, who is a homeopath, gave me a remedy that relieved the pain in hours. I was so impressed that I started to visit him and learn about homeopathy. I want to practice homeopathy and do it as my way of life. I still have lots to study and learn.


  • I’m sorry to say that I have a number of reservations about this article because the whole idea of presenting one remedy or more accurately one set of remedies, the carcinosins, as treatment for cancer sounds tantamount to running against two centuries of good advice to treat according to the patient’s symptomology.

    I speak as a former terminally ill cancer patient myself, and although I did get carcinosin a few times during my treatment, many of the large polychrest remedies and most of the most frequently used nosodes- psorinum, medorrhinum and syphilinum were also prescribed, many of them far more frequently. I’m not saying that carcinosin should never be used in the homoeopathic treatment of cancer- merely that there are times when it wouldn’t be the best remedy according to the patient’s presenting symptoms and the whole idea of presenting carcinosin in such a manner is potentially dangerous.

    As for Dr Ramakrishnan and his use of repeated doses of the carcinosins, I do know one of his patients and she has done remarkably well. That said, I also know well regarded UK homoeopaths who have followed his treatment protocols and got nowhere whatsoever with them. One of them, a college lecturer quoted a principal of another UK college as saying, ‘Well he must be using something else as well, because it has never worked when I have tried it.’

    I’m all for treating patients with cancer because I know better than most what homoeopathy can do in a disease that causes so much heartbreak and for so many people. Homoeopaths need to be confident of what they can achieve, but I’m not sure that any single remedy or group of remedies has the answer, and if used indiscriminately could lead to a lot of disappointment and a lot of pain.

  • Carcinosin was helpful for me to remove the fear of cancer. My family has a great predisposition for cancer. My mother and a lot of my aunts died from this terrible illness. After I took carcinosin several time what I remember was that something inside me changed, I was not anymore disposed to let people abuse me, stealing my time, my money, or my resources. A kind of aggressiveness came up and I was able to remove all “parasites” from my territory.

    The patient who needs carcinosin is too gentle, too soft, too lovely … too of everything which permits cancer to spread. A little bit more aggressiveness and willpower is enough to stop a certain kind of cancer.

    But there is also arsen with fear cancer and loosing control … or phosphorus who fears cancer and loosing boundaries, lycopodium who fear cancer and loosing power … Kevin Morris is right, we need to go into deep and show how complex the human being is and that simple approaches are not helpful at all.

    • Interesting what you say about your experiences Peter and I would have been foolish to try and claim that carcinosisn would never come in during the treatment of cancer or of a cancer diathesis. The symptoms you describe do seem to fit the carcionosin picture very well and if a carcinosin picture is clear, then it should be prescribed. Having twice been given the remedy during my cancer I also saw borne out Donald Foubister’s observation that after its administration two remedies are often called for: either pulsatilla or staphysagria. In my case, the first time after carcinosin it was pulsatilla, the second, it was staphysagria.

      Incidentally, the lady who successfully treated me, a highly skilled homoeopath named Ann Saunders, claims that the remedy natrum carb is a wonderful anti cancer remedy. At the risk of contradicting my original posting, I have to agree and have found it to be excellent with the deep depressions that often follow or precede a cancer diagnosis, and that terrible acidity and overall irritability that accompanies the cancer state. Ann has done remarkable things using natrum carb and the remedy deserves to be much better known. Although as others have said, treating cancer can be a complicated matter, I still describe my experiences on nat carb 10m, two weeks after my terminal diagnosis, as miraculous.

    • Sir,
      Glad to notice that you have used carcinosin successfully in the treatment of cancer. I shall be grateful if you could kindly let me know the potency you have used , dosage and for how long.
      Yours sincerely,
      Senior citizen (81)

  • I’ve used Carcinosin a number of times with cancer patients usually 30c, 200c or or 1m ! I’ve had great success
    I don’t just give it to patients with out considering the essence of the pathological changes though.
    However if I’ve felt it’s needed to dampen down the miasm as if it were I’ve used it and its worked! Cancer is not always simple to treat!
    But if you can take away the fear inside from the indervidual that’s half the job!

  • I am missing aloopathic medicines and especially vaccinations as a cause for developing cancer. I could imagine that many of your subscribers know of Dr. Tinus Smits of the Netherlands who unfortunately died a couple of years ago. Anyway, he developed a system for treating the so-called post vaccination syndrom and says that after practising homeopathy for quite some time and noticing that his well choosen remedies did not work he always looked at the vaccination records and health history of the patient. This way he found out that vaccinations were blocking his remedies and he developed a system to detoxify them. Here is the website for his book which you can copy free of charge: http://www.post-vaccination-syndrome.com/3924/the-post-vaccination-syndrome.aspx.

    Marianne Jaedick

  • DEAR DR,

  • Carcinosin nosode, I am interested to know the source of Raw material and mode of manufacturing this medicine, Raw material : is it the effectd organ if yes which one ??

  • Thanks for a good article on most fast developing disease / a fearful disease. But some dissatisfaction concentrating only one remedy Carcinocin, though it is one of the imp. one. There are many remedies apart from Carcinocin which cured cancer . There are good nos. of remedies available in Homeopathy system based on symptoms. A detailed discussion or naming of remedies with symptoms are necessary. Throwing more light on remedies with details are very much necessary.

  • 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?

    • To M.S. Narayan.
      You don’t say whether the tumour was malignant or benign. Chemo is sometimes used for benign tumours. If it was benign then that could be a good prescription. However if it was malignant it would probably need to be used more aggressively along with a remedy specific to the cancer. You might respectfully ask your homoeopath to consider the Ramakrishnan method.

  • karin D thank you for all comments .

    I like to ask has anybody infos from basel cell carcinoma .

    Please let me know

  • Hello I recenetly had surgery for polypectomy of rectum it was a big 13 to 14 cm viilious adenoma the biopsy said polyp shows histological features of intramucosal carcinoma and margins are free of neoplasia.my doc prescribed carcinosin 200 three times till next colonscopy where ihave to get a 10 mm peduplanted polyp re.oved from my trNsverse colon pls advice should I take homeo and then go for removal of smaller polyp.regards sita

  • I did my homeopathic thesis on carcinosin and cancer. It was clear that the Miasm needed to be considers. Carcinosin is the remedy for the Miasm which is obviously active if a person has cancer. A second remedy is chosen that is similar to the cancer they have. I have been using Ramakrishnans method for the last 15 years with great success.

  • I did my homoeopathic thesis on Carcinosin and cancer. It was clear to me that the miasm needed to be considered. Carcinosin is the remedy for the miasm which is obviously active if a person has cancer. A second remedy is chosen that is similar to the cancer they have. I have been using this “the Ramakrishnan” method for the last 15 years with great success. I am sure there are other methods that work but theoretically and practically this is the method with the greatest success.

  • modern day stress fears etc plus modern strong medicine side effects,your own place water contents cause change in ph value of blood.if body temperature is 98.4 and blood ph within limits,probably no medicine is required what to talk of cancer.our grand mothers grant bentley types could tell years in advance by watching quality and quantity of hair in comb,do tensile testing by hand how it breaks,then they said if you are deprived of sleep some major defect,we used to sleep in open lie on simple charpoy watch stars moon auto sleep induced by heavnly planets probably electronic 30c type effect.dry sinner thuja grey lyco thin phos eyebrow selenium etc as some homeopaths link with hairs .natcarb and applecider vinegar are ph balancers,if some clinical expert advises how to use in q 3x 6x 30c 200c etc probably homeo kit will reduce to 10 remedies plus miasmitic remedies.you tube watch one video vaidya narayana murthy shimoga medicine man,interview by one canadian lady,this person treats hundreds.india bikaner someone treats,bathinda to bikaner train is called cancer train by locals.au ramakarishnan is well known,sunirmal sarkar sujit chatterjee lm khan are no less.american experts should visit shimoga and bikaner for research,advise americans sleep at night in open looking at planets.india i have seen one pundit called chauhan on right jama masjid area,he could tell from face what you are without telling him birth place date etc, he is no more,grant bentley contribution is one step ahead.

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