Homeopathy Offers Treatment for Breast Cancer

by Christine Breen Williams, ISHom, Co-Editor of Homeopathy on Allthingshealing.com

A landmark paper on the use of homeopathy in cancer appeared in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology. The paper reported on a study of four homeopathic remedies that showed positive results using homeopathic remedies and thereby opening the door to the possibility of using homeopathy for breast cancer treatment.

Skeptics May Have to Rethink Their Opinions–Homeopathy May Really Work
The study caused the scientific community to take a second look at the positive effects using homeopathic medicine (called remedies by homeopaths) in the treatment of some illnesses. There was a huge outcry against the results of the study because the authors of the report stated that, “The remedies exerted preferential cytotoxic effects against the two breast cancer cell lines, causing cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis.” While not exactly treating women with breast cancer, their study demonstrated the possibility of eliminating breast cancer cells with homeopathic treatment.

Apoptosis Induced by Homeopathic Medicines is a Good Result
Apoptosis, a cellular phenomenon, is “programmed cell death (PCD),” also known as cell suicide. It does not involve damage to the organism as with necrosis. Basically, during apoptosis the cell shrinks without causing inflammation to the surrounding tissue. The scientists, led by Moshe Frenkel, MD, a professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, “studied four ultra-diluted remedies (Carcinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja) against two human breast adenocarcinoma cell lines,” and found “cell cycle delay/arrest and apoptosis.”

U.S. News & World Report Awarded M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as the Best Hospital
The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas is still the top hospital in the US–ahead of Sloan-Kettering in NYC and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore–for research and treatment of patients with cancer. (See U.S. News & Report for 2010-2011 list of best hospitals.) Dr. Moshe Frenkel is quoted as saying, “This is the first scientific study that investigated the effect of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells.” He further explains the significance as an “exciting possibility” because of the “therapeutic opportunity for preferentially eliminating breast cancer cells with minimal damage to the surrounding normal mammary tissue by using homeopathic remedies.”

According to the European Council of Classical Homeopathy, which reported the study to the homeopathic community, “The strongest effects were found from Carcinosin and Phytolacca, remedies that are well documented in the homeopathic literature for their beneficial effects in patients with cancer.”

Banerji Protocols on the Treatment of Cancer with Homeopathic Remedies
The researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center had decided to investigate homeopathic remedies because of the promising results of a previous report based on work done by Dr. Banerji in Kolkata, India. The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) evaluated a cancer treatment protocol developed by Dr. Banerji in his clinic at the Homeopathic Research Foundation (PBHRF). The “Banerji protocols” use homeopathic medicines to treat patients suffering with cancers. The NCI, after reviewing the progress of the patients, confirmed that there was enough positive response to support the call for further research into the area of homeopathic treatment of cancer.

A Team of Researchers Decided to Evaluate the In-Vitro Effect of Four Homeopathic Remedies
The results of the “protocols” developed by Dr. Banerji and reported by the NIC were sufficiently impressive that the researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center decided to study the breast cancer cells of women with advanced breast cancer and found equally impressive positive results using homeopathic medicine. Dr. Frenkel has said on his website that the homeopathic remedies, “appeared to have similar activity to the activity of paclitaxel (Taxol), the most commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for breast cancer, without the toxic effect on the normal cells.”


The study demonstrated that four homeopathic medicines had a positive effect on ‘eliminating’ breast cancer cells in cell lines in a laboratory setting. The study did not include women with breast cancer. Before supporters of evidence-based medicine can be persuaded to accept homeopathy as a treatment for breast cancer, many more studies would need to be conclusive. Although classical homeopaths themselves might treat a woman with breast cancer with, for example, Thuja, or Phytolacca, this prescription would only result from a thorough case-taking and case-analysis. Classical homeopathy treats the whole person, not just one part.



Nadya Lante
Nadya Lante5 years ago

The ideal treatment for breast cancer must combine all the features of the complete destruction of cancer cells in the body and at the same time with the lowest risk of recurrence. However, we have to think about the side effects that reduce the quality of life. Here are the results of cancer treatment http://uctclinic.com/treatment-of-oncological-diseases How do you feel about stem
cell therapy?

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thank you for the share!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Carla Maclean
Carla Phillips7 years ago

Ok, firstly this is treatment using the so called 'Banerji protocol' which uses alcohol, much like the Bach flower remedies. The tests were done on cancer cells in test tubes. I dare say if you pour 87% proof alcohol on pretty much anything you'll kill it!

Banerji's methods are unsound, unscientific and downright dangerous. This is not proof of the efficacy of homeopathy, only the proof of shoddy experimentation and shockingly lax rules from the publication that printed it.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S7 years ago

@ May the issue with breast cancer is a good chunk of cases the cancer will not kill the patient as it's a form of cancer where the cancer cells divide so slowly that it won't kill you and you'll die of natural causes before the cancer would be able to. The 2 are yet to be able to be told apart so all people are diagnosed with breast cancer with this awareness and the chemo can end up killing a patient where the cancer wouldn't have killed them.

Dr Harshad Raval
Dr Harshad Raval7 years ago

Homeopathhy os effective medicine science and Being i am Homeopathy consiltant physician MD qulified from india. In my 25 years of homeopathy prectis I cure many cancer and renal failure case. so Homeopathy is true medicine science.more refer my site for cancer www.homeopathyonline.in

Alicia N.
Alicia N7 years ago

interesting article indeed! many thanks for posting dear.

Zee Kallah
.7 years ago


And I shall continue to eat my almonds.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson7 years ago

It is easier to take the cause out of our lives than to try to find a cure. Remember a stitch in time saves nine!

Claire C.
Claire Chambers7 years ago

I know that many people have been treated and healed by these methods, which is great. I can understand why people don't want these "killer chemicals" in their bodies and want to deal with the results.