Unfortunately, most of us, homeopathic outpatient practitioners, do not have sufficient experience in treating patients with oncological processes. But this does not mean that we should not try to help such patients. Therefore, any information coming from our colleagues with broader capabilities, knowledge and impressive results in this area of medical practice is of great interest.
Earlier, I conducted a comparative analysis of a number of publications and lectures by well-known specialists who have the opportunity to help patients with oncopathology in their own clinics or in private practice (in India – Singh, Vijaykar, Krishnamurti, Ramashandra, Wig; in Switzerland – Spinedi with employees; in Austria – Nes, Peyruber). The data of these analytical studies were reported at the Hahnemann Readings in Odessa (2006), in comparison with the recommendations of the generally recognized Masters of the past centuries – Burnett, Clark and other homeopaths. Having got acquainted with the articles published on this topic in the international Indian journal “Homeopathic Heritage”, I felt that our homeopathic community should definitely be acquainted with the basic provisions of the work of a homeopath with cancer patients.
So, many colleagues already know the name of the homeopathic doctor Ramashandra, who not only successfully works in this direction, but also tries to spread the accumulated experience, offering extremely valuable and useful information. Dr. Ramashandra studied at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital, at the Faculty of Homeopathy, in 1967, then trained in clinics for cancer patients in Singapore and the USA. Today he works at a hospital in Madras, from 7.30 am to 9 pm, receiving about 50 patients a day. The doctor has accumulated a lot of experience in the treatment of cancer patients. He considers himself a follower of D. Kent, but, in the treatment of cancer, he uses several drugs in alternation, often repeats one dose and applies the summation method.
Below are excerpts from Dr. Ramashandra’s interview, with additions and comments by the author. Dr. Ramashandra’s answers to questions concerning the use of homeopathy in oncology are as follows:
-Please tell us about your experience in the treatment of oncological diseases (without theory, with evidence based solely on practical results).
In 1976-1977, I took up the treatment of an oncological patient for the first time. It was cancer of the right testicle, which was removed and treated allopathically; colleagues predicted the transition of the process to the left testicle, other organs. Against the background of homeopathic therapy, this did not happen, the patient became stronger, gained weight and is still alive. I had to treat patients with cancer of the lungs, liver, throat, mouth and tongue, stomach, intestines, rectum, mammary glands, cervix, at different stages and with different effects. And one more thing: I have a well-documented case of a complete cure of malignant hepatoma of the liver.
– Your concept of treatment?
The commonality of symptoms and miasma, with a single drug in a certain potency, with repeated doses, if necessary.
– Do you follow a certain treatment regimen? How do you manage cancer cases?
Usually the patient comes with an accurate diagnosis, indicating the stage of the process. We begin treatment with the indicated nosode, and then proceed to the indicated drug.
-Do you have documented treatment results in your clinic?
We have all the necessary documents.
-What potencies do you use in the treatment of cancer patients?
I start with low potencies of polychrestes (3,6,12) and the 30th potency of nosode. I use high potencies only after the previous ones have ceased to work (30,200,1 M, 10M).
– Do you use maternal tinctures in cancer patients?
No, maternal tinctures are not effective.
-What are the results when prescribing high and low potencies, LM, CH and D-dilutions for the treatment of cancer patients?
I prescribe mainly medications in CH-dilutions, periodically, in D. I get good results. And I don’t use LM potency.
– Do you resort to auxiliary methods of treatment?
In allopathic hospitals – for blood transfusion, radiotherapy, parenteral nutrition.
– What methods do you use to fight the pain syndrome?
I prescribe the indicated medicine in a low dilution according to the plus method (in frequent repetition). So, in the case of end-stage bowel cancer, the patient experienced severe pain and vomiting. I was invited in order to facilitate his departure. I prescribed Arsenicum album6x in an aqueous solution according to the plus method, repeating every half hour 3-4 times, and, in the future, every 6 hours. He felt better, he did not suffer, and everyone thought that I had performed a miracle, but a week later, the patient died without pain and agony. There are many similar examples.
-Your advice on diet.
The diet should be individual. The patient should eat what he likes and tolerates.
-Do you have medications and potencies that you like to prescribe for certain types of tumors?
Yes, Thuja occidentalis, Medorrhinum – in tumor-types. Arsenicum album – for oral ulcers. Baptisia tinctoria, Phosphorus – cancer of the esophagus. Hydrastis canadensis – ulcers of the stomach and cervix. Tuberculinum is liver cancer. Bacillinium, Calcarea carbonica – lung cancer. Arsenicum album, Kalium bichromicum – throat cancer. Symphytum officinale – bone cancer. The initial potencies are 6 and 30 s .
– Do you follow the classical path? Do you use a constitutional approach or a miasmatic one?
Yes, it’s all at different stages.
– What do you do if acute conditions develop during the treatment of an oncological patient: do you prescribe additional treatment against the background of current therapy?
Yes – if the patient is in a bad condition, no – if he feels normal.
– And if your medications do not relieve the pain syndrome?
I allow the use of allopathic painkillers if they help.
-Have you achieved record numbers: in the terminal stage of cancer, the patient continued to live for 5 years, the patient who was completely cured of cancer lived for 10 years?!
I am not for terminal cancer, I am for the treatment and healing of cancer.
– How about cancer diagnosis – X-ray, MRI examination, CT scan?
Usually patients come fully examined, with the diagnosis of an oncologist. I do not recommend biopsy, FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology), pap smear (cytology from the cervix and vagina – Pap test). I think they catalyze and awaken the state of latent cancer, which makes it difficult to treat it.
– What do you think about the study of cancer markers?
The answer is the same.
– Do you conduct laboratory tests of blood, stool, urine? Do you regularly keep diaries of the condition of your patients?
– Do you track the catamnesis of your patients? How long?
As long as the patient continues to live or come to the appointment. If he is cured, I invite him to a control consultation once every 2-3 months.
-The patient comes to you with a diagnosis of cancer, but without prescribed therapy. What are your actions?
Do you achieve results in such “clean” cases?
This happens rarely, and such cases are easily amenable to therapy. My cured case of liver cancer is a similar case (due to the financial insolvency of the patient). But, if a biopsy has been performed, treatment will take time. In a number of cases of cancer of the liver, esophagus, lungs, the cure was not confirmed by further studies, due to the refusal of patients. In the case of ulcerated oral cancer in an elderly person who did not respond to allopathic therapy, the ulcerative defect was completely delayed during two months of homeopathic treatment, but a control biopsy was not performed due to fear of provoking further metastasis. In the case of breast cancer, the patient is still alive, she has no complications (about 20 years).
– What do you think about surgical intervention? When is it possible?
I recommend surgery in the initial stages, without metastases, and only in full (radical). If there are metastases and partial resection of the organ is proposed, I insist on refusing the operation.
– What are your tactics if the patient has already been operated on and turned to you?
If the patient applied immediately after resection of the organ without metastases, I proceed to treatment using a miasmatic and constitutional approach. Sometimes I prescribe treatment based on the presented generality of symptoms. In the case of breast cancer, after mastectomy, my homeopathic treatment made oncologists doubt the diagnosis. In my first case of testicular cancer, the presented generality of symptoms indicated Tuberculinum, which cured the patient.
– What is your opinion about radiotherapy?
I usually avoid her appointment, but, in some cases, I don’t mind if she helps the patient survive.
-What period do you wait after the course of radiation for the appointment of homeopathic treatment?
Cancer patients have very little time. Waiting is a waste of time. I prescribe homeopathy immediately or in parallel.
– Do you advise to end the irradiation, if it has been started?
Yes, if it helps, and the patient has expressed a desire to continue it. If the decision is mine, then no.
– What do you think about chemotherapy? If the patient is already taking it, do you recommend continuing it?
Yes, if the patient tolerates it satisfactorily. I think we should not stop treatment based on the interests of homeopathy or my personal ones. Chemotherapy is destructive, it reduces vital energy. If there is a choice, I do not advise taking it.
-If a patient taking chemotherapy cannot continue it due to poor tolerability, but the results are encouraging, then what is your tactic?
Treatment, as a rule, is therapy for a set of symptoms. But it can be mainly palliative, excluding cases of liver cancer. The liver has special possibilities for regeneration. Even after 2 courses of chemotherapy, the patient with liver cancer reacted well to Tuberculin and felt well for the last 7-8 years.
– Do you recommend continuing chemotherapy and receiving homeopathy in parallel?
Yes, if the patient asks for it. In the case of esophageal cancer, the patient took radio and chemotherapy, relatives wanted to support her with homeopathic medicines in parallel. The result was positive. Oncologists were amazed by the significant improvement.
-When starting treatment, do you prescribe drugs that reduce the side effects of therapy in the first place?
Most of the symptoms are associated with side effects. Prescribe the indicated medications: Arsenicum album, Radium bromatum, Nux vomica.
-What are the results of treatment of breast cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, lung, esophagus, stomach and intestines?
Liver cancer responds well to therapy. The case of malignant hepatoma has been completely cured and documented. A patient with liver cancer on the background of one course of chemotherapy has been feeling healthy for the past 6-7 years. Lung cancer responded very well to homeopathic therapy, with an improvement in general well-being. But the course of treatment was interrupted at the insistence of relatives. The situation is similar with esophageal cancer. In two cases, there is good dynamics, but the treatment is interrupted. There are difficulties in keeping patients. Cases of cancer of the stomach, intestines, rectum are difficult to treat due to disorders of the digestive processes, and, consequently, the nutrition of patients. With leukemia, the patient had a wonderful improvement, but relatives turned to another homeopath, and the patient died.
– When choosing a medicine, do you take into account the degree of pathological changes in the body? What is their meaning?
If cancer is characterized by overgrowth, then anti-narcotic drugs are Thuja, Medorrhinum. If the ulcers are anti-syphilitic drugs. I do not prescribe medications based on pathological changes reflected in biochemical and biological studies.
– What is your path – palliative or complete healing of the patient?
The question contains two questions. Some of my previous answers are answers to this question as well. At the beginning, the treatment is palliative in nature, and in the future there is a cure, if time permits.
– What can you say about the treatment of a patient in the terminal stage of cancer?
The aim of treatment is to reduce the pain and suffering of the patient. Palliative treatment (low potency in frequent repetitions).
– What types of terminal stage cancer have you had to treat? How do you handle such cases?
Cancer of the liver, rectum, lungs, throat, oral cavity, bone cancer, cervix, breast, brain, intestines. The Arsenicum album 6x course (on the water) gives wonderful relief. Tuberculinum, Medorrhinum, and Carcinosinum nosodes are very effective.
– What are your tactics if primary cancer is not detected?
I had a case of omentum cancer. It was probably a metastatic lesion. The primary localization has not been established. I treated a woman for back pain for two years with Calcarea carbonica, unaware that the pain was related to cancer. Passing the next dispensary observation by a gynecologist, she was sent to an ultrasound of the abdominal cavity, where the diagnosis was made. She died 4 months later. I treated a patient with primary cancer and metastases. A more important point is timely diagnosis and timely, early therapy.
– How do you manage patients with metastases?
I treat the patient as a whole.
– What do you think about blood transfusion? In what cases is it shown?
I don’t have enough experience. Most patients with leukemia consult an oncologist about this.
– Do you advise continuing hormone replacement therapy?
Yes, if it helps the patient. I suggest taking 5 days, followed by 2 day breaks.
– What about anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed after surgery for a brain tumor?
Continue taking antiepileptic drugs until the homeopathic medicine begins to act. I advise you not to take other medications.
– What can you say about cases of cancer complicated by trauma, diabetes, cardiac pathology?
I am treating a manifesting group of symptoms. Cancer and Diabetes – Carcinosinum, Tuberculinum, indicated medications. Cancer and heart problems are the same therapy, I treat acute cardiac pathology with low dilutions. First of all, treatment should be individual.
– What if there are many cases of oncological pathology in the family history?
When pathology is detected, treat the individual as a whole. Cancer is a disease that includes 3 miasmas. Miasma is inherited. Any heir of a cancer patient is a potential cancer patient. Preventive treatment – treatment with nosodes.
– What do you think about complex remedies, and about miasmatic, constitutional, organotropic, biochemical, analgesic therapy in cancer patients?
I don’t understand biochemical, organotropic, complex medicines. I use only one homeopathic medicine in a certain period of time. If we apply for homeopathic treatment of cancer patients, we must provide them with evidence of our capabilities. But, many patients, getting relief, refuse to be re-examined. Sometimes the patient receives partial relief, life is prolonged or the quality of life of a patient in the terminal stage is improved. How can we reflect all this and provide evidence?
-If after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the patient has a relapse and metastases, what is your tactics?
Most patients are treated already weakened by numerous allopathic prescriptions. I discuss the possible prognosis with the patient and his relatives, and begin treatment. The tactics are the same – I treat a set of symptoms, I start with nosodes.
– Outline other problems.
We want our experience to deservedly allow us to include homeopathy in the general treatment regimen of cancer patients. Problems in treatment are associated with the fact that it is difficult to keep such patients for the necessary time. Patients are confused by a large number of methods, they are lost in the choice.