HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT OF CANCER


Treatment should consist in the prescription of the constitutional remedy and in the most serious general drainage of the subjects. Results will be excellent most often. It will be impossible, and with truth, to affirm that one has been able to avoid in a patient an always hypothetical cancer; but the general impression is in favor of a favorable prophylactic action of the scourge.


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.

LIPS: Condurango.

TONGUE: KALI CYANATUM (inconstant action; note that the saliva contains small quantities of potassium ferrocyanate): SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM, Galium aparine.

PHARYNX: Cistus canadensis.

OESOPHAGUS: Condurango.

STOMACH: Carbo animalis, Condurango, Hydrastis, Lycopodium, Kali bichromicum.

PYLORUS and DUODENUM: ORNITHOGALUM.

INTESTINES: CONDURANGO, CARBO ANIMALIS, ARSENICUM ALBUM, Sedum repens, Petroleum.

CAECUM: Ornithogalum.

SIGMOID COLON and RECTUM: RUTA, SCROFULARIA NOSODA, SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM.

ANUS: Condurango.

LIVER: CHOLESTERINUM, LYCOPODIUM, PHOSPHORUS, Choline.

PANCREAS: Phosphorus.

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.

The tinctures we most often use are: Sedum repens, Phytolacca, Scrofularia nosoda, Hydrastis (all cancers); Condurango, Ornithogalum, Conium (stomach); Conium, Bryonia (breast); Calendula (ulcerated cancers). I have not much experience with Sempervivum tectorum, Galium aparine, Symphytum, but we must not neglect them either.

II. ISOPATHIC METHODS AND SPECIFIC NOSODES.

For several years the tendency has been to discover distinctly in cancer as in other diseases, a specific treatment at the base of which are organisms or various extracts isolated from the cancerous tissues. This tendency is followed today, not only by homoeopaths but by other colleagues as well. They have been led in this direction themselves by a natural mental evolution. This has been in the direction of the general homoeopathic philosophy.

The remedies proposed in this fashion have been numerous. We shall attempt to give an almost complete list of them with some brief explanations of their fields and indications.

A. Specific Methods.

1. Homoeopathic potencies of cancerous fluids have been made for a long time: Epitheliomine (extract of epithelioma), Scirrhinum (extract of scirrhus), Carcinosine (extract of any cancer). The results obtained have been inconstant and variable.

2. More interesting is the work of Cachis of Barcelona, who has studied this question a great deal and who used Cancero toxin administered according to a special scale of potencies or again Pan-Cancro (we shall be very thankful to Dr. Cahis [Dr. Cahis died recently.- S.A.K.] if he would be willing, providing his health permits, to send us some articles of his Homoeopathic Testament with his very original reflections and explanations of his method).

3. Attempts have been made to isolate one or more cancer organisms and to prescribe them in homoeopathic dilutions. That the isolated organisms may perhaps be only witnesses or saprophytes or profiteers in the tumor, rather than its deep and real cause, is not the question. It is not less true than in certain case products of this kind show themselves to be efficacious.

It is to M. Nebel that we owe our Micrococcin (Doyens Micrococcus in the 30th, 200th and higher) and to Joseph Roy his Oscillococcin. The latter often acts with great benefit in those predisposed to cancer but it is dangerous and can aggravate the confirmed cancer cases, even according to the author. On the other hand, Micrococcin has often a really beneficial action, if not durable, at least temporary and distinct, on the weight and general condition.

The optimal potency would seem to be the 200th. It is not necessary to repeat it more often than once every two or three months. Before that the patient ought to be well drained. He ought to receive regularly also at ten, fifteen or twenty day intervals his constitutional remedy.

4. Dr. Nebel uses especially in cancer potencies of his Onkomyxa (preferably the 4th, subcutaneously). One can learn through the book he has published on this subject the gist of his thoughts on this subject.

5. The employment of potencies of blood in cancer or pre-cancer cases has been thought of: following Roger, Dr. Joseph Roy, the first in France, used individual blood isotherapy. J. Roy has now abandoned this practice, finding it dangerous and of only transient action. In my opinion the truth is perhaps here in a golden mean; believe neither in a marvellous therapeutic action of a miraculous panacea nor in the converse. It is certain that one ought to be very cautious about using potencies of blood from cancer cases. Aggravations are to be feared. We have also been witnesses, however, to beautiful ameliorations.

It would be necessary to be able to isolate from the blood the really homoeopathic principle which is capable of curative action; a principle which ought to be restrained, neutralized unfortunately by other substances, other forces. Clinical experience is the only method capable of judging the results of this method and not, in our opinion, philosophical concepts, which were conceived a prior. Since then J. Roy has preferred to use isotherapy of young and healthy blood, of which we have no personal experience. Now it would seem to veer more towards organotherapy. In the same sense, Guild has previously used serum-vaccines with variable results.

6. Rubens Duval had the idea of using globulin extracts from cancers. This is his proteinotherapy described by himself in this revue. His results are very encouraging and impressive and the indicated dilutions are distinctly homoeopathic.

7. Following many authors, Cuvier and Carrere have recently reattacked the question of treatment with tumor extracts and have some very interesting results.

B. Non-Specific Nosodes.

1. Psorinum is often used by homoeopaths in he cancerous or the precancerous as a constitutional remedy.

2. In England, Bach and Dishington have used their nosodes taken from cultures of intestinal organisms which are nonlactose fermenters; Gaertner, Morgan, Dysentericus, Proteus, are proposed. Here are their indications:.

In carcinoma: Morgan and Dysentericus.

In sarcoma: Morgan and Gaertner.

The Gaertner bacillus appears to act clearly on the indurated tumors, especially abdominals, when the stool analysis reveals the presence of this organism. The 30th is the preferable potency.

In other cancer cases, Proteus has seemed to be much indicated. We have not had much experience in France these remedies; the organisms they individualize are, besides, only rarely met with in the intestines of our compatriots outside of cases of bacillary dysentery.

3. Schlegel of Tubingen often uses Tuberculinum and Syphilinum in the cancerous. Cooper also used Tuberculinum. In a similar fashion, depending on the etiology or terrain, Medorrhinum (gonorrhoeal nosode) has been prescribed, or Malandrinum (glanders nosode; Cooper indicated it in cancer).

4. Starting from philosophical and metaphysical ideas, Rudolf Steiner noted that the misletoe (Viscum album) ought to be a real specific remedy in cancer. That is why the Anthroposophists, including Kaelin, use different kinds of mistletoe for the cancerous. The results obtained should be extremely encouraging. The blood of the patient is gradually diluted in glass cylinders and rises up a length of filter paper; at the height of its ascent he describes special figures which determine whether or not cancer exists and also its factor of gravity.

Potencies of mistletoe are capable of modifying these results in the sense of reestablishing the natural formula. One employs dilutions 50/100 of the plant from 1 to 28 in progressively increasing doses, which is the converse of classical homoeopathy. We only know the action of Viscum album in renal sclerosis and Brights disease with hypertension. It would be necessary to take up again Kaelins experience. I had the honor of assisting at this work at Arlesheim in 1929 and it appeared very interesting to me. Reports of this appeared in the revue Natura.

CONCLUSION.

How are cancer cases to be treated at the present time? Let us briefly indicate how a modern homoeopath can and ought to treat a cancer patient each time medical treatment is necessary or only possible.

1. The Precancerous State: One ought systematically to search for the existence of a tendency to cancer in every subject over forty years. Were there any cancer cases in the parents or family? This is very important as this has been demonstrated in the systematic examination we never fail to make.

Was there syphilis or gonorrhoea, or repeated vaccinations or even a former psoric, tuberculinique or tuberculous state? All these morbid manifestations appear often in different degrees; the first two especially predispose to malignancy. Do there exist certain signs of the precancerous state such as yellow spots on the skin, naevi (signs of Thuja), or again, a disturbed mental state through the morbid fear of cancer?

Truthfully, these symptoms have but a reduced value because of their frequency, or better still, we must consider all patients today as being precancerous if they are matured. Cancer is at most a precipice which all ought compulsorily to scale at a certain time in life and into which the unfortunate rarely fall. In spite of all affirmations, unfortunately, cancer can very well appear even in subjects seriously or regularly followed. What is more important is to appreciate the general vitality of the subject.

We must fear cancer following a period of marked weakness, general or localized atony in the susceptible area which can present the feared tumor, hepatic insufficiency with induration and swelling of the liver, changes in the attitude and appearance of the patient who stoops, whose complexion becomes wan, the facial lines drawn. One may fear in abdominal cancer coming with excessive and stubborn distension of the abdomen, with loss of elasticity and resistance of the tissues to palpation and modifications of the percussion note.

But all this constitutes more a vague picture which leads the mind intuitively towards the hypothesis of the menace of cancer rather than by a logical and sure reasoning. That is why, in our opinion, one of the best signs is simply the wasting. Let us fear the progressive and inexplicable loss of weight in every subject between the ages of forty and fifty, and older. That indicates a general intoxication, prelude of a palpable and visible tumor. What we call the precancerous state includes, in large part besides, the still microscopic existence of the tumor in the form of some few degenerated cells.

It would be useful to have in this case a laboratory criterion. It is here that the Douris and Mondain blood drop test can be very useful.

Treatment should consist in the prescription of the constitutional remedy and in the most serious general drainage of the subjects. Results will be excellent most often. It will be impossible, and with truth, to affirm that one has been able to avoid in a patient an always hypothetical cancer; but the general impression is in favor of a favorable prophylactic action of the scourge.

2. Cancer: Without hoping for too much but with an absolute tenacity let us treat the established cancer cases. If we can almost never cure it, at least let us be able to hope in obtaining quite often a certain equilibrium, which is more or less stable, between the patient and his disease. This means a survival sometimes of five, six, ten years or more.

One of our friends succeeded in saving thus a servant in his employ for twelve years. She had a generalized and incurable breast cancer surrounded by multiple glandular chains. Such cases are not rare. Personally, we have obtained it in ten malignant breast tumors, in two cases of cutaneous neoplasm, in three cases of gastric epitheliomata. Half of these patients still live some treated by us for six or seven years.

The tumors always exist, more or less diminished or as large, but the patients are living and that is essential. We do not know if that will last for a long time yet, but such results, though inconstant and even rare in comparison to the total of treated cases, are all the same encouraging.

The weight curve, in our opinion, as in tuberculosis, is paramount to correct and consult. The patient should be weighed each week. This curve will govern the repetition of the constitutional remedies or the nosodes. Likewise, the Douris and Mondain blood drop test should be regularly performed. The weight curve will very quickly tell us the results and hopes which one can expect from the given treatment.

We should look after the morale of our patients. We should absolutely avoid letting them know their disease; we should shelter them from moral and emotional shocks.

Plenty of food, healthful, rich in vitamins, poor in spiced and nitrogenous elements should be given. Well prepared dishes will stimulate the appetite essential to the gain in weight. Cautiously, without too much repetition, the constitutional remedies and nosodes should be prescribed (the 200th every ten to twenty days; the 1M. every fifteen to forty days, on the average) as the specified remedies according to the methods of Nebel, Rubens-Duval, etc.

At the same time one should give to the subject the strictly indicated homoeopathic remedies and a judicious drainage should be instituted, glandular, humoral, cellular and tissue. The patient should be remineralized.

One should not forget the local state at the expense of the body. Each time it is possible, applications of compresses soaked in mother tinctures of well chosen plants should be employed.

The patient should be followed with great care in order to gather the slightest signs of change in the condition. Acting thus, we should save the great part of these cases certain suffering and their death should be easier. In certain cases survival should be prolonged and in other cases, rare to be truthful, we shall obtain perhaps- who knows?-the joy of an unforeseen cure.

To attend without sectarianism and only to cure; to be always ready to use every method with distinctly superior results, old or new, seductive or formidable, foreign or natural; accord to general principles to abstract or philosophical ideas on the value of a beacon of orientation, the last word, above all, to be decided by accomplishments. Flee the charm of the dreams of false occultism, trust only the faithful and monotonous common sense. Such shall be our guides in treating our patients, in cancer and other affections, with conscientiousness, patience and tenacity.

Mauritius Fortier-Bernoville
Mauritius (Maurice) Fortier Bernoville 1896 – 1939 MD was a French orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become the Chief editor of L’Homeopathie Moderne (founded in 1932; ceased publication in 1940), one of the founders of the Laboratoire Homeopathiques Modernes, and the founder of the Institut National Homeopathique Francais.

Bernoville was a major lecturer in homeopathy, and he was active in Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, and a founder of the le Syndicat national des médecins homœopathes français in 1932, and a member of the French Society of Homeopathy, and the Society of Homeopathy in the Rhone.

Fortier-Bernoville wrote several books, including Une etude sur Phosphorus (1930), L'Homoeopathie en Medecine Infantile (1931), his best known Comment guerir par l'Homoeopathie (1929, 1937), and an interesting work on iridology, Introduction a l'etude de l'Iridologie (1932).

With Louis-Alcime Rousseau, he wrote several booklets, including Diseases of Respiratory and Digestive Systems of Children, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Rheumatism, treatment of hay fever (1929), The importance of chemistry and toxicology in the indications of Phosphorus (1931), and Homeopathic Medicine for Children (1931). He also wrote several short pamphlets, including What We Must Not Do in Homoeopathy, which discusses the logistics of drainage and how to avoid aggravations.

He was an opponent of Kentian homeopathy and a proponent of drainage and artificial phylectenular autotherapy as well.