Homoeopathic Treatment Of Cancer


Such are the principle constitutional remedies we ought to review. The dilutions in which they ought to be employed are variable enough. In a general way, the high potencies will be reserved for the precancerous state; the low and middle potencies for the confirmed cancers.


LYCO: The Lycopodium subject who becomes cancerous will localize his tumor preferentially on the liver, stomach or intestine.

SULPHUR: King of Hahnemanns antipsorics, Sulphur ought to be reserved for the pretumoral state. It has no favorable action in a confirmed cancer, even at the start, and can even be dangerous in this case by favoring the propagation of neoplastic cells and the wasting.

On the contrary, it is essential to know that it is to be prescribed at times among these patients, generally hypertensives, whose general arterial hypertension is accompanied by an intense portal congestion which is both arterial and venous. This relieves bleeding haemorrhoids. This abdominal arteriovenous hypertension is the prelude of a cancer which will preferably localize itself in the digestive tract or in an abdominal viscus. In these cases an untimely local treatment, as in stopping bleeding haemorrhoids, can be very dangerous.

SEPIA: The morbid personality of Sepia is often noted in subjects in whom cancer is imminent This remedy,like Sulphur and Lycopodium, acts favorably on a disturbed general state, but not on a tumoral element. It is characterized by a venous portal hypertension, the abdominal congestion predominating especially in the pelvis, and is not accompanied, as in Sulphur, by an arterial participation. The atony determines ptosis and the “bearing down” sensations. The endocrinal disturbances (liver, adrenals, genitalia) cause the characteristic facies and the cutaneous pigmentary modifications.

Untreated, Sepia will develop rather toward a cancer of the pelvis-uterus, rectum, sigmoid, colon prostate.

PETROLEUM: This remedy is allied to Sulphur. It is curious to observe the cancerous tendency of Petroleum or of benzol and the derivatives of the oil (Pix liquida and the aniline compounds as I have already recorded). All these products act rather on the neoplastic tendency of the skin. Petroleum has cracks < in winter, by cold. Its intolerance for cabbages is accompanied by digestive disturbances and errors of treatment. It can also develop toward a neoplasm of the digestive mucosa as well as toward cutaneous cancer. Petroleum directs itself toward surface cancers (skin, mucosa) and not toward bulky cancers (glands).

THE CALCAREAS: Of the three great calcium salts, Calcarea fluorica is the only one which exhibits a neoplastic element. It confers on glands or connective tissue a stony induration. It is related to Silicea. It acts as well in breast and uterine cancers as in those in other organs. Calcarea phosphorica has hardly any action either in cancer or in the precancerous state.

Calcarea carbonica-Hahnemanns great antipsoric-is rather indicated among the precancerous hyperthyroids, hypersensitive to cold and chilly, with flaccid muscles and integument, malnourished, invaded by adipose tissue. Blood clotting times is increased. (Joseph Roy in his blood examinations has demonstrated the frequency of too rapid clotting in cancer and precancerous cases.) The subject wastes rapidly after an initial phase of false plethora and fatty invasion. Calcarea carbonica can materialize, therapeutically, the demineralizing factor in cancer. It can act selectively on the glandular hypertrophy. In suspicious and indolent ulcerations, in engorgement of lymph glands, Calcarea iodata will be indicated. Calcarea oxalica should act on the pains in ulcerating cancers.

THE KALIS: It is known that there exists in cancer disturbance of potassium metabolism as well as those of calcium, sodium and magnesium. To tell the truth, the Kalis are remedies of secondary importance in confirmed cancer. However, the precancerous cases often require Kali carbonicum (weakness, chills lumbar pains, sweats, wasting) or of Kali bichromicum (gastric or pyloric ulcer which can develop into malignant degeneration; sluggish ulcerations, indolent, with perpendicular borders, thick discharges, viscous and flowing gently).

But we shall think especially of Kali iodatum because of its selective action on the hypertrophied glands especially after syphilis. Kali arsenicum in inveterate skin diseases with fissures and malignant tendency. Kali cyanatum in lingual cancer.

THE NATRUMS: Natrum muriaticum corresponds much more to the tuberculinique state than to the precancerous state. However, among decalcified subjects it is occasionally indicated. Natrum sulphuricum is suitable to the sycotic and hydrogenoid states, sensitive to damp cold, in which the association of sycosis and psora can prepare the birth of a malignant tumor.

THE CARBOS: Carbo vegetabilis, for deficient vitality, for deficient oxygenation and nutrition, presenting a gastrointestinal atony already old and stubborn, may be indicated in cancer (especially digestive or the precancerous state.) But Carbo animalis is one of the best remedies for the established tumor, indurated and swollen lymphatic glands, subcutaneous venous distention, bluish discoloration of infiltrated tissues, burning pains, gastric flatulence.

It has an especial selective action on the breast or stomach cancer and merits special mention not only for its beneficial effects often on the general state (gain of weight or temporary arrest of wasting) but also for its action on the tumor itself which regresses, becomes less hard with amelioration of pains.

GRAPHITES: Subject is extremely psoric, very chilly, oozing eruptions, obstinate constipation. Graphites can characterize, in certain cases, the precancerous state with tendency to induration of tissues and degeneration of cicatrices.

CAUSTICUM: Very clearly this other antipsoric at the same time sycotic, often veers toward cancer: emaciation, dirty yellow color, terrified aspect, tendency to facial warts, etc. In Causticum, as an other remedies, the mental signs often are of great importance in order to characterize and individualize the patient; the precancerous subject frequently presents a weakened morale, sadness, obsessions, fear of the future, anguish, exaggeration of the sensitivity; likewise, the mental type of Causticum (hypersensitive, altruistic, sadness) or of Thuja (fixed ideas) or of Iodium (anxiety) and other remedies shall have to be considered in the choice of the basic remedy.

ARSENICUM ALBUM: Very important and often indicated, Arsenicum, by its prostration, alternating or coexisting with a certain agitation, by its burning pains, > by heat, its characteristic clearly individualizes many confirmed cancer cases to whom it will often bring a temporary amelioration, transitory or slightly prolonged, as in very weak precancerous subjects, Selective action on the chancroids (with Thuja and Cinnabaris).

PHOSPHORUS: Poorly known, this remedy can clearly act with success before the tumoral phase when the degeneration of a glands and its nuclei is yet hardly delineated. Phosphorus has first a selective action on the higher tissues in contrast to Silicea, its complementary, which presents an efficacy for interstitial tissues. It is especially in hepatic and pancreatic cancer that Phosphorus appears. Although of secondary importance, it is worthy of attention.

MERCURIUS: By its nocturnal aggravation, its engorgement of lymphatic glands, its bleeding ulcerations, its prostration, its sweats, its oral fetor, Mercurius and its salts can be retained in cancer which is localized on a part of the digestive tract, especially if it follows a former syphilis. The most interesting of the mercury salts is Cinnabaris (or Mercurius sulphuratus ruber) in condylomata which may or not be degenerated.

NITRIC ACID: Let us remember of this remedy, complementary to Mercurius and Calcarea carbonica its tendency to fissures and painful ulcerations (sensation of fine needles), the debility, the demineralization, the progressive wasting and thinning. It is to be thought of then, in confined cancer in which it can act, if not on the general state, least on the painful element.

NUX VOMICA AND IGNATIA: Finally, these two strychnias which are not, properly speaking, remedies for the precancerous state. They merit mention, because of the frequency and importance of their mental signs and the beneficial action they are capable of establishing in the neuro-vegetative system and morale of our patients who are cancerous or have a cancerous tendency.

Such are the principle constitutional remedies we ought to review. The dilutions in which they ought to be employed are variable enough. In a general way, the high potencies will be reserved for the precancerous state; the low and middle potencies for the confirmed cancers.

Let us hasten to add that the results obtained with these remedies alone are very uncertain, the cases of real cure very rare, simple amelioration very variable in confirmed neoplasms. On the other hand, in multiple precancer cases success is frequent. Unfortunately, it is actually impossible error of criterium and certainty, to give proof of such accomplishments. The practitioner is deeply convinced of it. It is an impression valuable to himself alone.

2. THE PROPERLY CALLED CANCER REMEDIES

They are very numerous in the classical homoeopathic arsenal. We shall study them very briefly by classifying them a little arbitarily into several groups for the convenience of our work.

A. The Most Habitual Remedies. These are the ones which have revealed themselves as having the most constant action on the tumoral element as well as the general state.

SEDUM ACRE and SEDUM REPENS: The value of Sedum acre was especially called to my attention by the lamented Abbe Keul. In material doses, mother tincture, 1x. and 3x., it has an undeniable action on cancer in general, gives weight to the patients, and occasionally modifies the tumor, or at least retards its progress. Their principal sign is their tendency to mucosal and cutaneous fissures which are so frequent in cancer or the precancerous state. The pathogenesis of these two remedies is incomplete. Because of that we must be satisfied to use them in an empirical fashion, Sedum repens acts especially on the abdominal organs. Sedum teleplium, another plant of the same family, should act especially on the uterus or cancerous rectum with haemorrhages.

SCROFULARIA NODOSA: This remedy acts especially on cancers of breast, skin, uterus, rectum in low potencies or material doses, especially if there is marked glandular invasion. A. Nebel praised its drainage action; Cooper insisted very much on its value.

SEMPERVIVUM TECTORUM: Lingual, breast, rectal and other cancers. Its tendency to aphthae, to malignant ulcers, specially indicate it in the ulcerated cancer. It must also be used in mother tincture or low potencies.

CARBO ANIMALIS: Already studied as a constitutional remedy of great value.

CUNDURANGO: I have personally observed the value of Cundurango in oesophageal, stomach or intestinal cancers. One of its valuable external signs consists in fissures of the labial commissures. It also acts on cancer situated at the junction of mucosa and skin: lips, anus, lids. Low or middle potencies.

CISTUS CANADENSIS: This remedy acts especially in cancer of the breast, pharynx, or neck and gives rise to very marked cervical adenopathy. Chronic rhino-pharyngitis. Extreme sensitivity to cold.

HYDRASTIS: As good for the breast as for the stomach. Hydrastis is of great value in cancer, ulcerated or not, with progressive debility, wasting emaciation; hypochlorhydria is frequent before and during the phase of gastric cancer.

KREOSOTUM: Bleeding ulcerations, vegetations develop rapidly and emit a burning discharge, excoriating, fetid; such are the burning discharge, excoriating, fetid; such are the principal signs of Kreosote which acts especially well in cancer of the cervix.

ORNITHOGALUM: Already noted by Cooper, then used by Gisevius and other authors, especially in low potencies or material doses. This remedy has a remarkable action in the pyloroduodenal sphere whether it act on an ulcer or an established cancer.

PHYTOLACCA: Here again is a remedy which must not be neglected in hard or scirrhous tumors, since it can soften and diminish them; or slightly malignant cancers which develop slowly (breast scirrhus) or on suspected tumors which have not yet degenerated (parotids). But it has several indisputable cases of cure to its credit. Syphilis is habitual among its antecedents. Low potencies.

B. Remedies for Pain.

ARSENICUM ALBUM and NITRIC ACID, already studied among the constitutional remedies, dominate this group; the first with its burning pains, the second with its sensation of fine needles.

APIS continues the series; burning pricks as with red hot needles.

ARNICA: bruised pains. Especially useful in breast adenoma following traumatism. The adenoma may or may not be degenerated.

BRYONIA: amelioration through rest and strong pressure (especially for breast cancer which ought to be supported or bound).

CALCAREA ACETICA: many pains, often constrictive.

EUPHORBIUM: burning or lancinating pains pustular ulcerations.

MAGNESIA PHOSPHORICA: spasmodic pains (non-burning). > by heat.

RUTA: bruised pains deep pains, osseous or periosteal. Intense weakness. Selective spheres, bone, periosteum, cartilage, rectum.

C. Tumor Remedies. The remedies chosen for their action on the malignant tumor itself have selective effects on a tissue or organ. Let us study here preferably the tissue remedies reserving for drainage and canalization the indications of visceral affinities of these vegetables and minerals.

SILICEA: constitutional remedy which acts on the connective and interstitial tissues; satellites are Silicic acid, praised by Fargas; Calcarea silicata (emaciation, sensitive to cold); Lapis albus so useful in simple uterine fibromas with adhesions (Calcium silico-fluoride).

BARYTA CARBONICA: acts also on the sclerosed or indurated tissues, especially in breast adenomas, degenerated or not; Aurum metallicum, Aurum arsenicum and Aurum muriaticum natro natrum and Plumbum iodatum, all act especially on the indurated, scirrhous, non vegetating forms.

SELENIUM is also praised here; debility, wasting possible tendency to sarcomas.

Let us not forget the Calcareas which act on the lymphatic glands; Calcarea fluorica has a double action, connective tissues and glands. On osseous tissue: Silicea, Aurum, Ruta (which also acts in rectal cancer) and especially Symphytum.

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.