New Study Shows Significant Effects from Homeopathic Medicineson Breast Cancer Cells
--Study conducted at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas
--Study published in International Journal of Oncology
A new study that was just published in the International Journal of Oncology
reveals that homeopathic remedies have a beneficial effect on breast cancer
cells. The study, which was done in MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston
Texas, shows that certain homeopathic remedies have preferentially elevated
cytotoxic (killing) effects on breast adenocarcinoma cells compared with
cells derived from normal breast epithelium.
The team of researchers commented 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 experiments were conducted in triplicate and repeated at least twice in
each case of remedy. The homeopathic medicines tested included:
Carcinosin, 30C; Conium maculatum, 3C; Phytolacca decandra, 200C and Thuja
occidentalis, 30C, and the strongest effects were found from Carcinosin and
The researchers concluded, "the ultra-diluted natural homeopathic remedies
investigated in this study offer the promise of being effective preventive
and/or therapeutic agents for breast cancer and worthy of further study."
Moshe Frenkel, MD, was the lead researcher for this study, and he is an
associate professor at the University of Texas and the medical director of
the Integrative Medicine Program at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Frenkel asserted, "We felt that homeopathy needed to be tested in the same
way that we test new chemotherapeutic drugs. We were quite impressed to find
that homeopathic remedies have similar effects to chemotherapy on breast
cancer cells but without affecting normal cells, a very exciting finding. As
far as we know, this is the first study that evaluated the effect of
homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells."
Dana Ullman, MPH, author of The Homeopathic Revolution, and popular blogger
at the Huffingtonpost, adds, "Homeopathy is the leading alternative to
conventional medicine in Europe, and surveys have found that over one-third
of cancer patients use complementary and alternative treatments, usually
including homeopathic medicines. Most typically, women use homeopathic
medicine more often than men do, as do more educated people."
Frenkel further noted, "These findings probably need further testing in
animal studies and in clinical trials to verify the actual clinical effect
and its applicability in patients suffering from breast cancer. But it does
open a window for interesting additional options in cancer care that are
"out of the box" type of options, especially if those options have similar
effects to current care with a major advantage of reduced toxicity and
reduction of side effects."
This study was wholly supported by internal funds of MD Anderson Cancer
For reference to and description of almost 200 clinical trials that have
been published in peer-review journals, see Homeopathic Family Medicine:
Evidence Based Nanopharmacology
Frenkel M, Mishra BM, Sen S, Yang P, Pawlus A, Vence L, Leblanc A, Cohen L,
Banerji P, Banerji P. Cytotoxic effects of ultra-diluted remedies on breast
cancer cells. Int J Oncol. 2010 Feb;36(2):395-403.
Dana Ullman, MPH
Homeopathic Educational Services
2124 Kittredge St.
Berkeley, CA. 94704
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