The Homoeopathic Recorder, February, 1937. D. Several Minerals and Acids. Secondly, different mineral salts and acids have been proposed in the treatment of cancer with variable results, most often negative. Let us rapidly enumerate after Nitric acid, which has already been studied and is of value; Acetic acid, used internally and externally by W Owens; Carbolic acid, whose sudden pains are terrible, the discharges putrid; this remedy acts well, especially in ulcerating cancer of the uterine cervix; Formic acid, used in low potencies, 3x. and 4x. and is as good in cancer as in deforming rheumatism.
After Calcarea iodata, Calcarea oxalica, Kali iodatum, Kali arsenicum, Kali cyanatum, Plumbum iodatum already cited above let us indicate Cinnabaris, the value of which Dr. LeTellier recently pointed out to me when used in the 3c. alternating with Thuja 6 in the canceroids of the face (following his personal practice, after having observed a case of Dr. Conan, Sr.). Carboneum sulphuratum is also useful in neuritis and paralysis; Ova tosta used for the cancer pains and warts; Arsenicum bromatum in the indurated tumors with weakness and eruptive or ulcerating tendency; Antimonium chloridum in mucosal cancers with great prostration.
E. Other Remedies.
GALIUM APARINE: Incomplete pathogenesis. Ulcerated cancers and nodular tumors of the skin and tongue developing on the surface. Acts also on the urinary organs (urinary lithiasis).
FULIGO LIGNI: Useful in epitheliomata of the skin and for irritated mucosa, especially uterus and scrotum. Related to Kreosotum.
HOANG-NAN: Exhaustion and vertigo. Capable of ameliorating the fetidity and haemorrhages of cancer by causing an improvement in the general condition. Related to Arsenicum album.
CINNAMONUM: Pain, haemorrhage, fetidity. Should act especially in uterine cancer.
ANANTHERUM: Ulcerated cancers, inflamed lymphatic glands. Induration of breasts or tongue or uterine cervix.
CHOLINE: Alkaloid of Taraxacum used by Adamkiewicz Taraxacum is a good drainer of the precancerous state through its action on the liver.
CHOLESTERINUM: In hepatic cancer.
EOSINE: Burning pains of cancer, according to Woodbury.
RADIUM BROMIDE: Weakness, vertigo, tendency to cutaneous epitheliomata.
X-RAYS: According to Dr. Chiron these two remedies antidote each other. Radium bromide antidotes the bad effects of x-irradiation in a patient who has been treated too intensely. Likewise the x- rays antidote the unfortunate effects of radium in patients who have been treated by it.
We will note in a general way that all these medicaments ought to be employed in low potencies, occasionally even in material doses, in mother tincture for the vegetables. A number of them will also be used in local applications. The indefiniteness of their pathogenic indications will have to be compensated little by little through clinical experience, and especially by new experimentation to be carried out in the future.
3. DRAINAGE AND CANALIZATION REMEDIES.
In cancer, as in tuberculosis, it is essential to act in a centripetal sense in order to retain the mineral salts and prevent malnutrition (constant struggle against wasting). We must also neutralize or eliminate in a centrifugal sense, the toxins elaborated in the body. That is why, in accordance with A. Nebel, we drain our patients.
Drainage ought to be directed, if possible, via the local selective action of certain well individualized remedies. A Nebel has praised a profitable remedial association used in drainage; Chelidonium, Hydrastis, Crataegus, China, Scrofularia nodosa, all in tincture, whose action compels us to retain it also in the precancerous states. We have also noted the value of certain remedies which appear to act well according to the hypothesis of drainage: Sedum acre, Phytolacca, the first for the general condition and the tumor, the second appearing to produce its effects in the tumor class.
First Cooper, then LeHunte Cooper, showed the value of the action of homoeopathic remedies administered in material doses, one or two drops of a well prepared tincture which have a selective action on certain regions or viscera.
That is why we ought to indicate here, more especially, the local selective action of homoeopathic remedies in cancer. We have arranged the following table which is prepared for additions and modifications that are always possible.
TONGUE: KALI CYANATUM (inconstant action; note that the saliva contains small quantities of potassium ferrocyanate): SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM, Galium aparine.
PHARYNX: Cistus canadensis.
STOMACH: Carbo animalis, Condurango, Hydrastis, Lycopodium, Kali bichromicum.
PYLORUS and DUODENUM: ORNITHOGALUM.
INTESTINES: CONDURANGO, CARBO ANIMALIS, ARSENICUM ALBUM, Sedum repens, Petroleum.
SIGMOID COLON and RECTUM: RUTA, SCROFULARIA NOSODA, SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM.
LIVER: CHOLESTERINUM, LYCOPODIUM, PHOSPHORUS, Choline.
UTERUS: AURUM MURIATICUM NATRONATUM, KREOSOTUM, Cinnamonum, Sepia.
BREASTS: ASTERIAS RUBENS, CONIUM, CARBO ANIMALIS, HYDRASTIS, SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM, Plumbum iodatum, Thuja.
TESTICLES: AURUM METALLICUM.
SCROTUM: Fuligo ligni.
SKIN: SCROFULARIA NOSODA, CONDURANGO, GALIUM APARINE, ARSENICUM ALBUM, THUJA, CINNABARIS, Petroleum, Kali arsenicum, Radium bromide.
EYE: CONDURANGO (lids).
PERIOSTEUM: Ruta, Symphytum, Phosphorus.
LYMPHATIC GLANDS in general: Carbo animalis.
GLANDS in general: Scrofularia nosoda, Iodium, Calcarea flourica.
FACE: THUJA, CINNABARIS.
NECK: Cistus canadensis, Mercurius (parotids).
In a general way we must note that all treatment whose object it is to ameliorate the functions of the various glands in the body, and especially the liver, shall constitute in itself a therapy of effective drainage against the danger of cancer. It can even ameliorate the state of a confirmed cancer case. That is why we must not neglect the value of organotherapy in this question, although in the tumor phase glandular extracts can hardly act favourably any more. The same does not apply to the precancerous.
Let us especially note the need to achieve good hepatic function; liver drainage in its biliary and centrifugal functions as well as in its endocrinal and humoral work. Taraxacum, Chelidonium, Carduus marianus, Cholesterinum, etc., all the draining and canalizing remedies of the liver will play a very important part in the precancerous state if they are judiciously prescribed.
It is also possible that in this case the deficiency of certain mineral salts can be compensated by a therapy depending on the addition to the daily alimentary regime of this or that product. We must study here not only the disturbances of metabolism of magnesium, but of calcium, sodium and potassium as well.
In order to do this it is not necessary to give high doses of magnesium salts, for under the pretext of combating a possible cancer one would too often provoke the appearance of a very bad subacute or chronic nephritis.
B. Local Treatment. We must not neglect local treatment in cancer. In the struggle against the body and the tumor, the destruction of the latter, when this is possible, will naturally benefit the patient. Homoeopaths would be mistaken to deny it. Certain officials deceive themselves by placing their confidence only in this single extirpating or destructive therapy.
Operative intervention, judicious and so beneficial when it is precocious and not very mutilating; radiotherapy or curie therapy is a two-edged sword which must be cautiously used following long clinical experiences and in very distinct cases (radium for tongue and cervix, epitheliomata of skin, etc.). Homoeopathy and its doctrine ought not to drive us to such a degree of sectarianism that we should wish to deny them. That would be an error. We ought only to combat their excessive use. Each time it can be done let us choose electrocoagulation, whose practice is free from so many dangers and reverse.
But we must know well the value of certain of our remedies, especially vegetables, used locally by means of baths or compresses containing the mother tinctures. Their action is such that excluding the specific type of malignancy or the anatomopathological form of the tumor (spino or basal cell) the single act of local treatment will be able to change completely our prognosis in the different neoplasms.
From the morphological point of view let us consider cancer. It can be external or internal. External, more accessible, it is then more accessible to our compresses soaked in the mother tinctures. The cancer can be on the surface. On the surface it especially affects the mucosa or the skin; it extends in two dimensions above all.
In the third dimension it ravages the glands and its increase in volume will be the cause for a more rapid and grave fatality. Our local treatment will act preferentially on the cancer which is directly accessible on the surface, tongue, skin, breasts, stomach, cervix, rectum.
According to the cases of our personal experience, we sprinkle on a moist compress, preferably flannel of double thickness, several drops (v,x,xx) of judiciously chosen tincture. After dressing (non-absorbent cotton and bandage) which is renewed one to three times daily, will diminish the surface and volume of the tumor. Its consistency will be changed, the neoplasms will become softer. Sometimes it will even ulcerate in order to better eliminate a part of its excretions. The beneficial action will also be able to extend to the glands.