Homeopathy Papers Materia Medica

Carcinosinum (15T)

Because of his weak self confidence and his fear of failure this person can also try to nourish his confidence by seeking approbation by being brilliant. He feels ill-at-ease with people that are as good as him. This can make him arrogant with a tendency to talk just a little bit too much about his achievements. He is critical about the achievements of others and is very sensitive to criticism. He needs to be admired. This can push hem to very great heights, working continuously to stay on top and having no other interests in life. We feel the big ego problem that he is manifesting, but what manifest itself as a big ego outside, is in fact a weak ego inside. In a more passive person feeling less talented the projection on to a master can be very helpful. He knows that he is less brilliant, but he likes being in the shadow of the master trying to do as he does and approach his excellence, even while knowing that he will never attain that.

It is true that all this compensation can in some way calm the weak ego, but it’s like taking sweets when you need love and affection: you never feel completely satisfied. Here Carcinosinum can be very helpful, because it can resolve the ego problem from inside. After treatment for one or two years with this remedy people are really more confident in themselves and their ego is satisfied and can sleep peacefully like a cat on the sofa.

There is still another way to escape from this weak feeling, namely by refusing to do whatever is required and say ‘No, I cannot do this’ without even trying. These kind of children are very uncertain, shy and every negative experience confirms their incapacity. They are very easily offended, sensitive to reprimands, very obstinate, incapable of admitting their errors, sometimes refusing to obey their parents. They are very afraid to have to perform and avoid every disappointment. This makes them very unhappy and easily angered and aggressive at home, but weak and yielding at school, so they are teased a lot.

Another way to resolve his problem of feeling weak and worthless is to prove that he is capable by controlling everything. So he becomes very persevering, extremely well organized, plans everything, leaves nothing to chance. This attitude is known as the Cuprum metallicum picture that exists in so many Carcinosin patients. Cancer patients very frequently have high copper concentrations in their blood and the copper concentration of tumors is higher than that of normal tissues. I have already said in my publication about the mental picture of Cuprum metallicum (Homoeopathic Links 2/92) that Cuprum is the closest remedy to Carcinosinum. We often see in the same patient both the Carcinosinum and the Cuprum picture. That’s why I now use frequently a combination of both, called Carcinosinum cum Cuprum from Dolisos in Holland, that was potentized from C5 to 30K and upwards. This gives really marvelous results. I will publish this later, but will stay now with the Carcinosinum picture.


If we have understood well what Carcinosinum is all about, it is interesting to see how patients express this. I noted carefully what they told me and give here some examples.

* I am not allowed to fail, to make mistakes; everything has to be beyond reproach

* I didn’t get praise, rather my father used to tell me I was not capable of doing this or that; I let myself be suppressed easily; there is still a lot of suppressed anger in me

* I feel less worthy than other people, I am the black sheep; my father criticized my appearance

* I cannot say no, I accept everything otherwise I feel guilty; I always avoid conflicts

* I easily agree with everything and everybody, I cannot stand up for myself

* I cannot remember that I ever had fever


* I feel that I am someone; I don’t feel less valued than other people any more; I am more confident

* I can take time for myself without feeling guilty; I can help others’ problems without taking them on my shoulders; I feel more clearly what is mine and what is theirs

* I can more easily say no and defend my own space; I don’t feel guilty any more when I take time and care for myself

* I allow myself to be angry when anybody shows me a lack of respect

* I express now what I think and what I feel; I do my best and then it is okay, it doesn’t have to be perfect

* I now do what I want to do myself

* I keep at a distance from my father, I also have my own life

* I set boundaries for my children and satisfy my own needs


Physical complaints are most of the time not our best guides to finding the correct remedy, but can sometimes, especially in acute illnesses, be of great value and confirm the remedy or help us to think about a special remedy. In my opinion every physical problem can be helped by Carcinosinum if the mental and emotional symptoms indicate it. Nevertheless some physical signs are often seen in this remedy: the blue sclera, the moles, caf-au-lait spots, the blinking of the eyes, the nails too short from biting, the warts on palms and soles, molluscum contagiosum, acne, cysts, fibromas, all kind of tumors, sinusitis, coryza, swollen and painful breasts before the menses, painful menses. Certainly it is possible to add other symptoms. I selected only the symptoms that seem to me of some importance.


AG = Alphons Geukens, Belgium; DF = D.M. Foubister, England; DC = Dorothy Cooper, England; HH = Hui Bon Hoa, France; PL = Pladijs, Belgium; PO = Proceso Sanchez Ortega, Mexico; TS = Tinus Smits, Holland; WT = Templeton, England


CAUSATIONS: rudeness (PO,TS), sensitive to rudeness (3); domination for a long time (?,TS); excessive parental control (DF), harsh upbringing (TS); absence of the father (TS); too much responsibility too early (DF,TS); a too great effort to please his parents, especially the father; lack of approbation or constant disapproval (TS), undermining of self-confidence (TS), too high expectations from the parents (TS); lack of opportunities to realize his abilities, to make a career; being obliged to do things against his will; long lasting grief (TS), prolonged fear (DF,TS), long lasting unhappiness (DF,TS); mental, emotional and physical suppression (TS); anticipation (DF,TS); vaccination (PO,TS)

2. ASPECT: blue sclera (DF,TS); frequent blinking of eye lids (WT,TS); numerous moles, especially on the back (DF,TS); cafe-au-lait spots (DF,TS); warts on soles (AG,TS) or on palms (TS); patient whose life has been a long hard struggle (DF,TS)

3. FAMILY HISTORY of cancer (DF)

4. WEAK DEFENSE MECHANISMS on the mental, emotional and physical plane (TS)

5. LACK OF REACTIVITY; no fever for a very long time (DC,TS)

6. The usual childhood illnesses appear later in life and are often very severe; common childhood illnesses often absent or occur more than once (DF); tendency to have an inflammatory illness very early in life (whooping cough or pneumonia) (DF); from repeated suppressions of inflammatory diseases in childhood (?,TS)

7. LACK OF CONFIDENCE (?,TS); fear of failure (TS); anxiety about making mistakes (TS); sensitivity to reprimand (DF) TIMIDITY (WT)

8. EASILY OFFENDED, takes everything in bad part (4)

9. FASTIDIOUS (3) in his work (TS); UNTIDY except for what he is working on (TS); desire to ARRIVE ON TIME for an appointment (TS); fears to make mistakes (TS); tendency to adapt overly to the requirements of other people to deserve their approval, fears to be criticized (TS)

10. Excessive sense of DUTY (WT,TS), feeling responsible for everything (TS)

11. WORKAHOLIC; feeling of guilt when taking rest without having finished all the work; even when sitting he has the feeling that he must do something: reading, knitting, crocheting, etc. (TS)

12. INABILITY TO REFUSE ANYTHING; WANTS ALWAYS TO PLEASE EVERYBODY; feeling of guilt when refusing anything; occupied with the needs of others, but completely unaware of his own; permits others to overstep his own boundaries (TS)

13. ANTICIPATION, anxiety anticipating an engagement (WT,TS); anxiety when people are late (DF); anxiety about others (1)

14. SYMPATHETIC (2); anxiety about others (1)

15. FEAR of CANCER (?,TS); in a crowd (HH,TS); in narrow places (PL,TS); in high places (?,TS); spiders (TS), mice (TS), snakes (TS); failure in examinations (1,TS); failure (TS); thunderstorms (?,TS)

16. HORRIBLE THINGS affect him profoundly (HH,TS); cannot watch murder, suffering, cruelties, surgery, etc. on TV (TS)

17. Sensitive to MUSIC (DF,TS); weeps from music (DF,TS)

18. Loves DANCING (3); marked sense of rhythm (DF,TS)

19. Desire to READ (PL,TS) or DYSLEXIA (AG,TS) or impossibility to read because of a difficult concentration (TS) or mental exhaustion; difficult concentration during conversation (TS)

20. Desire to TRAVEL (2); NAUSEA RIDING in an automobile (1,TS)


22. SLEEPLESS (2); difficult to fall asleep, overactive ideas (DF,TS), needs several hours to fall asleep (TS); wakens at 4 a.m. (DF,TS); short sleep amel.; sleepless during a large part of the night (WT,TS); unrefreshing sleep (WT,TS); waking at 4 a.m. (DF,TS); sleepless after 4 a.m. (DF,TS)

23. EXHAUSTION (DC,TS), when overtaxed and overworked, too much pressure

24. DULLNESS (1); confusion of mind (1); difficult concentration while studying, reading, etc. (TS); weakness of memory (1)

25. Obstinate (DF,TS)

26. Bites nails (DF,TS)

27. MAIN PHYSICAL COMPLAINTS: hayfever (?,TS); chronic, long continued coryza; chronic tonsillitis and sinusitis (DF,TS); infectious MONONUCLEOSIS (DF); acne (1,TS); fibromas (1,TS), ovarian cysts (TS); sterility (TS); warts on soles and palms of hands (AG,TS); acne, pustules on the back (TS); severe acne (TS); molluscum contagiosum (TS)

28. AGG.: BEFORE MENSES: aggressiveness, sadness, irritability, industrious, swelling of mammae, painful mammae (TS)

29. AMEL.: short sleep (1,TS); occupation (TS)

30. DESIRES: chocolate (2)



2. Aspect: tics, grimaces (1,TS); frequent blinking of eyelids (WT,TS); biting nails (DF,TS); timidity (WT)

3. CAUSATIONS: vaccination (PO,TS), too much responsibility (DF,TS), harsh upbringing (TS), excessive parental control (DF)

4. LACK OF REACTIVITY (DC); no fever (TS); the usual childhood illnesses appear later in life, often very severe; common childhood illnesses often absent or suppressed (DF,TS)

5. Tendency to severe INFLAMMATORY illness, usually whooping cough or pneumonia in early life (DF,TS)

6. Tendency to be a model child, adapting overly to the requirements of the parents to deserve their approval and love (TS)

7. PRECOCITY from too much responsibility (DF,TS)

8. SCAPEGOAT (?,TS); he is teased a lot by other children because they feel his weak defense (TS)

9. Sensitive to REPRIMANDS (DF,TS)

10. Desire to read (PL,TS)

11. Loves ANIMALS (DF,TS); loves nature (?,TS)

12. OBSTINATE (DF), disobedient children (WT), resisting the parental control (WT); intolerant of CONTRADICTION (?,TS)

13. SLEEPLESS children (DF)

14. Fear of spiders (TS), thunderstorms (DF)

15. ANGER with tendency to DESTROY things (?,TS)

16. Frequent coryza (WT)

17. Infectious MONONUCLEOSIS (DF)

18. Bites nails (DF,TS)


CASE 1: To give a clear example of this state that can easily lead to cancer this 62 year old man is a perfect case. He came to see me in rather a bad state: he was emaciated and there was a look of death in his eyes. Investigation in hospital revealed cancer in the colon with metastasis (ingrowing hydronephroses) in the right ureter. He is operated on for removal of the right colon, sigmoid, jejunum, the right kidney and gallbladder. His life expectation is only some months and the surgeon didn’t take pains to close the wound properly. But the patient refuses palliative chemotherapy and immediately starts the homeopathic and orthomolecular treatment. The most important thing now is to understand why he got cancer. He is the eldest of three children, a dreamer with an enormous tendency to fantasy and with a certain paranormal gift. He is left handed and already at the nursery school and at primary school he is forced to write with his right hand, the teacher caning him on his fingers and on his buttocks; he still has the mark on his buttocks, he says. He doesn’t feel accepted in his family, because he is so different. When he was six the second world war broke out and he remembers clearly how a German solder broke his toy saxophone when he was serenading to a column of German soldiers marching into his town. At ten he is sent to a boarding-school, where he is happy because he is accepted as a person and can exercise his painting abilities. His father is a world-famous artist and he knows him as a good and incorruptible man, open to everything that is good and worthwhile. But later he will have problems with his father, when he starts his own career as a painter, in finding his own identity and not as the son of the famous …. He grows up in a very severe dogmatic family, strongly under the influence of his grandparents, his father mostly being busy or absent and his mother running a shop. He receives a lot of disapproval in his early childhood and his self-confidence is below zero. Later he works as a teacher in painting and drawing in a secondary school and marries at thirty. His hobbies are drawing, music, theater, reading and nature. He has a phobia of water, some fear of high places, can enjoy lightning and storms tremendously. He is always on time and inwardly angry when other people are late. His work has to be perfect (100%), but otherwise he is rather untidy. His marriage is catastrophic. ‘I gave up everything for her. All my activities, all my personal ambitions and pleasures such as the theater, music, painting. I painted at school, telling my wife I had to stay longer because of a teachers’ meeting. I felt deeply unhappy, I sacrificed myself because I had committed myself with her and I wanted to stick to my word. I loved her and accepted everything also because of the children. I am not able to fight and only feel an enormous anger inside. She always wanted to change me, and even my own children don’t accept me as I am. When she left me after 22 years I felt broken, as I could never have done that, but later I felt a sense of liberation and was happy with it.’ This strong feeling of adapting to what he once promised and to never give up brings us to another aspect of his character. He is very organized, plans everything, wants to finish things the same day, he follows rules conscientiously (when meaningful). He is angry when other people disobey traffic rules. He can be very angry in his heart about injustice. He says: ‘The greatest injustice is that I am never accepted.’ He is very persevering: when he wants to achieve something, he is sure to attain it. All this indicates clearly his Cuprum side and therefore the homeopathic remedy he needs will be Carcinosinum cum Cuprum. Besides there is a lot of cancer in his family. His father died at age 49 from cancer, all his uncles and aunts from both sides got cancer and he also has a lot of cousins and nieces with cancer. His mother died at age 87 from ‘old age’. But a homoeopathic remedy alone will probably not be sufficient to cure this patient. The patient has to be convinced that it is worthwhile to go for it, if it is for prolongation of life, for a better condition of life or for cure. Any possibility is valuable and worthwhile to go for. This is not false hope as so often said. This is giving yourself as much of a chance as you can get. Cure is only possible if you believe in it, if you feel stronger than your cancer. Therefore the support by the doctor is important. Other measures are also important to sustain the body in its effort to throw the cancer out. The treatment of free radicals with vitamin C, E, Selenium and bioflavonoids, the restoration of the copper and zinc equilibrium, the harmonization of the home, organic food with a good quantity of vegetables and fruit and little or no meat, sufficient rest, natural clothes and connection with the earth by wearing shoes with leather soles to minimize static electricity. Also good bowel movement is important. Shark cartilage can be important to check vascularization of the tumor. I give this in 4CH now because good shark cartilage is very expensive and because I believe that in potentised form it can transmit also the quality of the shark, namely be more aggressive and defend yourself better. The killing of millions of sharks every year for this purpose is also an important aspect for me that urged me to look for another solution. But I have been doing this only for quite a short time and cannot say much about the results. The first two persons who were controlled with life blood tests after taking this remedy for one month have very active white blood cells. So the first results are very encouraging.

This patient, five months after his operation, is doing quite well. He feels in good condition, his appetite is good again and his weight is increasing by one kilogram every week, he has no pain and feels happy. He has started painting again. Concerning the homoeopathic treatment I started with CCC LM6 every day, but now he feels better I changed it to CCC 30K twice a week.

CASE 2: this 53 year old lady came to me with osteoporosis as her main complaint. She says about herself that she is not persevering and that she never was able to stand up for herself. She was born during W W II, the third of five children. Her father and mother had a confectioner’s shop and she was brought up by nurses. She had to work all the time even as a child and she wanted to play and run away. There was no place for feelings and she needed attention, which she found with a girl friend of her mother’s who unfortunately died when the patient was just 20. Then she sought consolation with a married man for four years and there she was caressed for the first time in her life. But it was a difficult relationship and finally she got overwrought. Then she was treated by a psychiatrist . Even now my self-confidence is zero she says. In my mother’s eyes everybody was good, all other children were clever, but we were stupid. My sister tried hard to be the best, but I didn’t do anything, and that gave me a lot of trouble with my mother. She was very dictatorial and I fought with her until her death. I still feel angry with her. My father was a nice man, but he never intervened; I never knew him well. I have felt nervous all my life. I have no attachments. My body is as if I have a phobia for it. I have a lot of fears: of high places, of narrow places, of crowds, of cancer, a tremendous fear of spiders and thunderstorms. (I feel nervous before them.) My body is full of static electricity and I walk almost always bare feet. I love to read and do puzzles. My mother had rheumatism, my father died from a stroke. My mother’s father, her brother and my grandfather’s sister on her side died of cancer. I only eat in the evening and dislike bread and farinaceous food (this is the expression of her Saccharum layer). I wake up frequently at 2.30 a.m. and am sleepless after that. I prescribed her Carcinosinum 30K, once a week.

Then gradually she feels better. In the beginning she has cystitis, but she is less tense, feels more confident, and drove for the first time in four years on the highway. Five months later she says: I have become someone else. I feel the need for spiritual books and I feel connected with the cosmos, which gives me a feeling of happiness. I had completely lost my believe in God before, but now I feel his existence again. My mother was a fanatic catholic and sent me to church every day. After a dose of Carcinosinum I feel relaxed and content and don’t have any urge to perform. At the end of the two weeks (she takes now 200K) I feel much more the need to work and to be active. Now again after two months I feel that I have to do something for all these new things, all this love, so I decided to stop smoking, which I never was able to do during my whole life. I made a promise to myself. I sucked my thumb until I started to smoke at age seventeen. But life now seems empty to me, I am missing something.

Here we see the shift to the Saccharum layer: she needed so much attention in her childhood and she compensated it with sucking and later on with smoking cigarettes. This was her only satisfaction and consolation. But at this point I did not change her remedy because she still feels the benefit of it and that will help the saccharum picture to come up still more clearly.

In this case the mother played the role of the disapproving father and the father himself added to it by his absence and non involvement.

Reprinted with friendly permission of Yannick Smits.

Parts of the article were already published in Homeopathic Links 1/98 and are republished with friendly permission of Harry van der Zee.

About the author

Tinus Smits

Tinus Smits

Dr. Tinus Smits, M.D., homeopathic physician, practiced as a lay homeopath before doing his medical training. He studied with Jacques Imberechts, Alex Jacques, George Vithoulkas and Alphons Geukens. He finished his medical studies in 1986 and taught for more than 20 years all over the world. He always believed that the therapeutic possibilities of homeopathy could be improved by careful observation and recording the results of homeopathic treatments. He developed Inspring Homeopathy which treats universal layers to heal the deepest disorders of suffering mankind.
Vaccinations and their impact on children and adults always had his special attention and he published several books and articles on this subject. The last three years he developed an effective treatment to heal autistic children, the CEASE therapy. From 1995 Tinus participated in a homeopathic development program in Nepal and went there for a month every year. He was president of the Bhaktapur International Homeopathic Clinic. In 2009 a Homeopathic Health Assistant Course (HHA) was started and will educate 20 HHA's a year in a four year course. Tinus Smits passed away on the early morning of April 1, 2010.


  • Tinus,
    Thanks for this informative article. One is sometimes not so critical of the exact sources and to which pharmacopoeia the remedies are made.

  • Excellent paper! Congratulations! I’ve eventually understood how Carcinosinum works at an essential level. I also believe that too many symptoms in the repertory does not belong to the essence of the remedy and create confusion about the picture. Maybe each symptom belonging to the essence of the one should be marked in the repertory by a specific sign.

  • sir,your work is expendeble. No one give the full information about carcinocinum. Sir can you tell me that if picture are not match with patient symptom, can we treat cancer by carcinocinum.

Leave a Comment