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Homeopathy Shows Promise As A Possible Adjunctive Treatment For Breast Cancer

by Lee Dennis, ND

Posted: January 23, 2014

Homeopathy has been around for a long time, but has fallen out of favor because....well, because it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Here's why. If someone told you they were going to give you a medicine that was diluted to such a point that the amount of original active ingredient in the medicine was equivalent to less than one drop in the entirety of Earth's oceans (or more), you might be a little skeptical...and rightly so. Our logic tells us that this doesn't make sense. How can something so dilute do anything at all? And yet, some studies are showing that, indeed, highly dilute substances may actually have an affect on our body, even if we don't yet understand the mechanism.

A study published in the International Journal of Oncology in 2010 looked at the effect of certain homeopathic medicines on breast cancer cells. The remedies chosen included Carcinosin 30C, Conium maculatum 3C, Phytolacca decandra 200C and Thuja occidentalis 30C. These remedies were chosen based on the Banerji protocol which was developed at the P. Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation in Kolkata, India.

This particular study looked at the effects of these remedies in vitro - meaning in petri dishes, rather than in the human body - on healthy and cancerous breast cells. The action of the remedies was also compared to that of the carrier solution (solvent used to dilute the remedies) by itself - being in this case an 87% alcohol solution. What the researchers found was interesting. The remedies appeared to have a greater ability to decrease cellular activity of the cancerous cells than the carrier solution alone - with Carcinosin and Phytolacca having the greatest effect. What's even more interesting is that the remedies did not appear to have a greater effect than the alcohol alone when used on normal breast cells. They were acting specifically on the cancer cells.

While this certainly doesn't prove that homeopathy can cure breast cancer, it is an indication that, not only do homeopathic remedies have medicinal effects, but that they may be a useful additional treatment possibility for certain types of breast cancer and should not be so easily dismissed.


Frenkel, Moshe; Mishra, Bal Mukund; Sen, Subrata; Yang, Peiying; Pawlus, Alison; Vence, Luis et al. (2010): Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast cancer cells. In International Journal of Oncology 36, pp. 395-403.


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