Homeopathy has a unique philosophy and approach to illness and healing. Let us understand how Homeopathy approaches cancer and can be effectively used alongside mainstream medical treatments.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a sub-system of natural health care in which extreme dilutions of natural substances are used to stimulate a healing response. The basic principle of homeopathy is that substances that elicit a particular symptom in their physical form (e.g. onion causing itchy watery eyes and a runny nose with discharge that burns) can be used in a diluted form to stimulate the healing of the same set of symptoms.
In homeopathy, disease is seen as Psycho-somatic, which means that it starts in the mind. Negative thoughts and emotions (e.g. prolonged or suppressed anger) may trigger disease. So it is important to take a Holistic and Integrated approach to healing.
Homeopathy And Cancer
Homeopathy has several different treatment philosophies and approaches to treat cancer. Many practitioners use a combination of these approaches.
One approach targets tumors themselves. Here, the homeopath selects remedies which match the symptom picture of the tumor itself (e.g. Conium Maculatum for hard immovable tumors that develop slowly).
Alongside this approach, the homeopath may also consider other symptoms (such as the individual’s food cravings, disposition, etc.) but their primary focus targets the tumor and aims to reverse its growth. Sometimes, a homeopathic remedy may be given at the tumor site itself (in the form of an injection) to more aggressively stimulate a response.
Another approach focuses on healing the patient’s eliminative channels (kidneys, urinary tract, lymphatic system, liver, etc), and strengthen detoxification. In this case, the homeopath may use drainage remedies. These are low-potency combination remedies which target specific systems, or detoxify particular substances (e.g. heavy metals, etc).
Sometimes, the homeopath may use an electro-dermal diagnostic tool (e.g. the Quantum machine) before selecting the drainage remedy.
Homeopathy works well with other medical systems
In the US, most alternative health care professionals use homeopathy in combination with other approaches (nutritional and immune system support, diet and detoxification programs, etc), so it is not typically considered as a primary or stand-alone therapy for cancer.
However, when used correctly, and in combination with necessary therapies, it can be a powerful tool. There are many cases in homeopathic literature (from other countries where homeopathy is more commonly used for cancer) in which the correct homeopathic recommendation resulted in the resolution of tumors, reversal of the cancer process, and full patient recovery.
Also, homeopathy has an excellent track record in the treatment of animals with cancer and there is much anecdotal evidence that certain remedies (when correctly selected) are effective in reversing the cancer process.
Case Study: Breast Cancer
In Jan 1995, a 39-year old female presented with a 1 cm. lump in the lower quadrant of the right breast. The diagnosis was Stage 2 CA Breast, with 1 axillary lymph node involved, but no other metastasis. She refused a lumpectomy and turned to homeopathy.
She had a history of painful menses, was overweight but could eat only a little at a time, liked pastries and craved fresh air though easily chilled. She was sensitive and gentle, spirits were low mornings and evenings.
After 8 weeks on the protcol a CT-scan confirmed the tumor had shrunk by 25%. After 6 months another CT-scan showed the tumor had disappeared altogether and the lymph node appeared normal.
She continued with homeopathic remedies for the next 2 years during which menses became regular and pain-free. She continues to be well at the present time.
- Homeopathy believes that disease originates in the mind. What hurt, guilt or other negative emotion are you holding on to? How can you address and release them?
- Your dietary and lifestyle habits can lead to an accumulation of toxins in your body. What is a simple and natural way to detox yourself?
- What combination of treatment options will work best for you … how will you go about researching this?
About the author
Written by Lovlyn Pani, a first-year student of Mass Communications at Mt Carmel College, Bangalore.
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