by Laurie Monteleone
About Homeopathic Professionals
Locating a Homeopath
Homeopathic Remedies for Cancer
Recommended Homeopathic Web-sites and Books
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a sub-system of
natural health care in which extreme dilutions of substances from nature
are used to stimulate a healing response. The basic principle of
homeopathy is that substances that elicit a particular symptom picture in
their physical form (for example 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.
Using this principle, a homeopath working with
an individual that suffers from allergies (with the specific symptoms of
watery itchy eyes and a runny nose with discharge that burns) might select
Homeopathic pharmaceutical companies
prepare homeopathic dilutions according to FDA guidelines. Once completed,
the diluted substances are called “remedies”.
Most remedies are derived from plants (such
as Belladonna or Pulsatilla), and minerals (such as Phosphorous and
Silica). A smaller portion are derived from animal substances (such as
dog’s milk or dolphin’s milk). Remedy symptom pictures are derived
from research studies called “provings”. Once completed, proving
information is recorded in homeopathic materia medicas (large reference
books), and homeopathic material medica software.
The role of a professional homeopath is to
understand the symptom pictures of a large number of remedies, and then to
be able to select the remedy that most closely matches the symptom picture
of the patient. (This is called the similimum.) When this match is
achieved – that is, the symptom picture of the remedy matches the
symptom picture of the individual suffering from a disease pattern – the
individual’s innate healing ability is activated and healing occurs.
Are there research studies in
Yes, there are a significant number of
studies completed in the US and Europe on various aspects of homeopathy.
The web-site for the National Center for Homeopathy gives an excellent
overview of a sampling of these studies. For details, see www.homeopathic.org/research.htm.
How does a homeopathic remedy stimulate
There is a lot of research directed at
answering this question from a technical perspective. The book Homeopathy,
Frontiers in Medical Science gives a wonderful overview of theories that
are being considered and investigated. It includes a discussion of
research on the ability of water molecules to hold memory, and an overview
of principles in quantum physics, information systems theory and chaos
theory and how these areas apply to the energy medicine paradigm.
Homeopathic professionals generally answer
this question by explaining that homeopathic remedies cause an
action-reaction response within the immune system. The remedy pushes the
disease process in one direction and the immune system rebounds back in
the opposite direction, stimulating the healing process.
In my practice, my experience has been that
well selected homeopathic remedies assist the body wisdom of the
individual in focusing on the root cause of the disease pattern. Often
this means a retrace to the original insult (mental, emotional, and/or
physical) which caused the individual to lock into a stress/defense
pattern. When this happens, we often see the individual reconnect with old
thoughts, emotions and physical symptoms that were somehow related to the
origin of the chronic symptoms. This may take the form of strong memories
and emotions coming out during the dream state or waking state, a
rethinking of long held beliefs about the individual’s life, and/or
acute physical symptoms such as the flaring up of a chronic rash or
Holistic health professionals call this
phase of the healing process a “healing crises” or a “retrace”.
Homeopaths call this type of response an “aggravation” of the disease
There are different viewpoints in the
homeopathic community about the necessity of patients going through an
aggravation. Many homeopathic professionals believe this is a necessary
step in the resolution of any chronic illness and expect it as part of the
remedy response. When these homeopaths see an aggravation, they are rest
assured that the individual’s body wisdom has responded to the remedy
and is doing the necessary restructuring to bring about a permanent
resolution of the symptoms.
Others might argue that aggravations are
not necessary – but that instead they’re a sign that the incorrect
remedy was selected, or that it was selected in the wrong potency and/or
My own practice experience has been that
both viewpoints have merit. When the similimum (remedy that best matches
the symptom picture of the patient) is selected, the patient is able to
get in touch with and process long suppressed memories and emotions with a
greater sense of acceptance and grace. The physical symptom aggravation is
moderate and temporary (e.g. often just an hour or two).
When a remedy is selected that is close to
the similimum (but not the optimal match), or, when the dosage and potency
is not optimal, the patient tends to “grip” more – that is, they
have greater resistance to the release of toxic thoughts and emotions,
feel more threatened by the process, and correspondingly have a more
difficult time with the retrace of acute physical symptoms. The physical
symptom aggravation is more vivid and lasts longer.
Nevertheless, (in my experience) in cases
of deep pathology (such as cancer), most patients have a profound level of
resistance to feeling their feelings. Usually this is because of a
built-in survival mechanism which protects them from feeling feelings
which could destablize them and/or be more destructive than the disease
itself (e.g. suicidal feelings). As a result, patients with deep pathology
will tend to either have very moderate reactions to homeopathic remedies
(because of the built in protective mechanism), or the remedies will
release thoughts, emotions, and memories which are extremely toxic and
destabilizing. In either case, there is strong initial resistance to the
When patients are able to release
suppressed toxic emotions (via homeopathy or other means), the optimal
scenario is for the patient to work with accompanying practitioners
(psychotherapists, counselors, healers, etc). Some homeopathic
practitioners will provide some support, but often other professionals are
Typically the fact that the patient is even
able to surface the emotions is a sign of mental/emotional/spiritual
strength – it provides evidence that their body wisdom is convinced that
the individual can handle the memories and emotions and still remain safe.
In other words, desomatization occurs when the memories and emotions
somatized in the body are less life-threatening to the individual than the
How do homeopathic professionals use
homeopathy treat cancer?
There are several different treatment
philosophies and approaches for using homeopathy to treat individuals with
cancer. Often times practitioners that use homeopathy in the treatment of
cancer use a combination of these approaches.
One approach is to use homeopathic remedies
to target the tumors themselves. In this case, the homeopath selects
remedies which match the symptom picture of the tumor itself (e.g. Conium
Maculatum for hard immovable tumors that develop slowly).
Homeopaths using this approach might also consider other symptoms (such as
the individual’s food cravings, disposition, etc), but their primary
focus is to target the tumor and reverse its growth. Some physician
homeopaths also give remedies at the tumor site itself (in the form of an
injection) to more aggressively stimulate a response.
Another approach is to use homeopathic
remedies to assist in healing the patient’s eliminative channels
(kidneys, urinary tract, lymphatic system, liver, etc), and strengthen
cell detoxification. In this case, the homeopath may use drainage
remedies. These are low potency combination remedies that are used to
target specific systems, or detoxify particular substances (e.g. heavy
metals, etc). Homeopaths using this approach select the drainage remedy
based on an analysis of the case – or they may use an electro-dermal
diagnostic tool, such as the Quantum machine.
Still another approach is to use homeopathy
to address the overall constitution of the patient. In this case (called
the classical approach), the homeopath does a complete interview of the
patient’s mental, emotional, and physical symptoms and then selects the
best match accordingly. Often the best selected constitutional remedy will
directly affect the tumor. By assisting the body in addressing and
resolving the energy that underlies the tumor, it can result in complete
elimination of the tumor. The best selected constitutional remedy can also
support drainage and detoxification, although this is not the primary
focus of a classical prescriber.
How effective is homeopathy in the
treatment of cancer?
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’s 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 an amazingly powerful tool for empowering
someone to heal themselves of cancer. 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 recovery by the patient.
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.
Much of the success with homeopathy,
however, depends on the skill level of the practitioner and the resources
of the patient to heal on all levels.
Specific Homeopathic Remedies for
One of the most frequently. recommended
homeopathic remedies for cancer is Arsenicum
Arsenicum Album is a primary remedy for cancer and
is often recommended for individuals with terminal cancer that are
entering into the death process. It
helps the individual confront and deal with their fear of death –
feelings of being stuck in limbo, not knowing what lies ahead, not
knowing what to expect, feeling terrified of the transition, afraid to
let go of their life. When
used appropriately, it can be a powerful tool for assisting individuals
in coming to greater peace about the death process, enabling them to
embrace the transition with greater spiritual centeredness.
Arsenicum Album is also of great value to
individuals that have just been diagnosed with cancer and are gripped
with profound fear – fear of cancer, fear that they will never get
better, fear of death, fear of not having enough money to sustain the
treatment, fear of not getting the needed medical care.
In this state, the individual sees the cancer as being bigger
than themselves and bigger than their own ability to heal themselves.
They feel powerless over the cancer, seeing it as being 100 feet
tall and seeing themselves as being very small.
This is not to say that the fears that come with a
cancer diagnosis are not justified, but that these fears in an of
themselves severely weaken the immune system of the cancer individual.
By taking Arsenicum Album (when indicated), it can help the
individual reconnect with a greater spiritual center, such that they see
themselves and their immune system as being bigger than the cancer.
Arsenicum album may also be indicated for family
members and friends that are gripped with these same types of fears –
terror that their family member will die, that there are no therapies
available, that the situation is out of control, that a new or different
doctor is needed, that people are not taking the situation seriously
enough. In these cases,
Arsenicum Album can help the individual let go of some of these fears,
making it easier for them to affirm the ability of their friend or
family member to heal themselves.
On a physical level, Arsenicum Album helps the body
release fear and tension held in the kidneys, adrenals, and nervous
system. This sometimes
correlates with the detoxification of the heavy metal arsenic from these
areas as well.
In some cases, Arsenicum Album can be instrumental
in actually turning the cancer around, arresting tumor growth and
empowering the individual’s immune system to turn the disease around.
Some of the physical symptoms that are included in
the profile of an individual needing Arsenicum Album are:
pains, better with heat (this is specific to arsenicum album
– for the majority of other homeopathic remedies indicated for
burning pains, the pain is better with cold application.
is one of the few
remedies in which the pain is better with heat.)
pains, felt deep within the body, burning pain in the bones, the
nervous system, the digestive tract, etc
sour foods and drinks
hands and feet, ice cold feeling, lack of body heat
especially on the hands and on the scalp
Key mental/emotional symptoms associated with
Arsenicum Album include:
of death, disease, cancer
of poverty, that there is not enough money to support oneself, that
the insurance company is being stingy, that everywhere one goes
there is not enough
fear of making a mistake which will be severely detrimental to
one’s health and/or financial situation
rigid behavior, ritualistic, the tremendous fear drives the
individual to a strict adherence to a protocol or routine, the
feeling is that if they divert from this routine, they will not
survive physically and/or financially
Are there in risks in using homeopathy?
Homeopathic remedies, in and of themselves,
are extremely safe and have no harmful side-effects. The real risk in
using homeopathy is when you use it at the exclusion of other needed
therapies, and/or diagnostic tests. As with any therapy or approach, its best to use a
synergistic approach so that therapies can work together. Also, if you
have a cancer diagnosis, be sure that you’re working with a practitioner
who is using homeopathy aggressively enough for your situation.
Another thing to consider is that sometimes
the healing response caused by a homeopathic remedy can be strong enough
to bring on a “healing crises”. This might mean a fever, the release
of strong emotions (e.g. fear, anger, anxiousness), or possibly
detoxification symptoms (diarrhea, mild headache, rash, etc). These types
of reactions are temporary and not harmful in and of themselves – but,
it’s wise to be under the care of a licensed physician to evaluate
what’s going on – just in case the symptoms are related to something
else. One danger is ignoring noteworthy symptoms because you think
they’re just part of a healing crises. Another danger is overreacting to
symptoms, seeking medical care, and then receiving medications which
further complicate your situation (e.g. pain killers, anti-depressants,
To avoid confusion, make sure you’re
working with a homeopathic practitioner that has experience in managing
remedy reactions and can discern if merging symptoms are related to your
healing process, or if you need to pursue further medical testing and
In my own private practice, my experience
has been that the healing crises that people go through with homeopathy
are usually related to the hysteria that comes from the “unknown”, and
not so much the remedy itself. With good communication and education,
people are more able to relax and walk through the healing process more
About Homeopathic Professionals
Homeopathic practitioners come in the form of
MD-homeopaths, Naturopaths that include homeopathy in their practice,
Acupuncturists and Chiropractors that have post-graduate training in
homeopathy, and professional homeopaths (individuals that are not licensed
in any other profession, but have training in homeopathy). Each group has
their own examination board and certification process for homeopathy.
Locating a Homeopathic Professional
You can find a listing of homeopaths in all
of the above categories at www.homeopathicdirectory.org.
If you don’t find a homeopath in your area
listed, you can email us at email@example.com
to see if we know anyone, or ask
the nutrition department attendants at your local health food stores and
natural pharmacies for a referral.
Homeopaths specializing in working with
individuals with cancer:
We will be adding a list of homeopathic
practitioners who are comfortable treating individuals with cancer. If you
know anyone who should be added to this list, be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended Homeopathic Web-Sites and
www.homeopathic.org - Web site of the NCH (National Center for Homeopathy). It includes
numerous links, including ‘Introduction to Homeopathy’ which provides
answers to commonly asked questions about homeopathy and ‘Homeopathic
Research’ which provides abstracts from different types of research
Web site of HES (Homeopathic Educational Services) which is a company that
sells books and other educational materials on homeopathy. It’s owned by
Dana Ullman, an accomplished writer and spokesperson for homeopathy in the
US. The site includes numerous articles by Dana as well as a listing of
homeopathic research studies.
- Web site under Health World On-line. It includes a number of articles
written mostly by Dana Ullman, as well as an on-line audio library.
- Provides a listing of homeopathic professionals in the US and
Canada that have completed a homeopathic certification exam.
www.minimum.com – Website for
Minimum Price Books, which sells books on homeopathy.
Essential Homeopathy: What Is It and What
it Can Do For You, by Dana Ullman, MPH
Emotional Healing with Homeopathy, by Peter Chappell, BSc RSHom
The Consumer’s Guide to Homeopathy, by Dana Ullman, MPH
The Desktop Guide to Keynote and
Confirmatory Symptoms, By Roger Morrison, MD (For Professionals)
A Homeopathic Approach to Cancer, by
Dr. A.U. Ramakrishnan MD and Catherine R. Coulter (For Professionals)
Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine in
Primary Care, by Sidney Skinner, FNP(For Professionals)
The Emerging Science of Homeopathy:
Complexity, Biodynamics and Nonpharmacology, by Paolo Bellavite, MD,
and Adnrea Signorini, MD (For Homeopathic Science Enthusiasts)