Homeopathy is an alternative health care system. It uses extreme dilutions of natural substances for healing purpose. Most homeopathy remedies are derived from plants. Belladonna and Pulsatilla are some homeopathy medicines derived from plants. Some medicines such as Phosphorous and Silica are extracted from minerals. Few of homeopathy medicines are derived from animal substances such as dolphin’s milk. These substances are diluted in water. The water is used to make homeopathic liquid, pills or creams. Homeopathic medicines come in tablets, granules, powders or liquid. Some medicines also come as creams.

Homeopathic remedies act by creating an action-reaction response within the immune system. The basic principle of homeopathy is that substances showing a particular trait in their physical form can treat same symptoms if used in diluted form. Homeopathy is also used for treatment of cancer, but there are no strong evidences available supporting this claim, but this discipline of medicine helps to manage symptoms of cancer and side effects of the conventional treatment.

Homeopathy aims at stopping the growth of tumor. It uses tumor specific and organ-specific remedies for this purpose. First approach is to target the tumor and stop its growth. Medicines are given to dissolve the tumor and manage other symptoms of the disease. Second approach helps to stimulate healing by strengthening the excretion to help in eliminating toxins and other harmful substances from the body. It strengthens functions of kidneys, urinary tract, lymphatic system, liver, etc. By this it helps in detoxification of the patient’s body.

Arsenicum Album is a primary remedy for cancer. It helps patient to get rid of fear of the disease and boost his confidence. It helps to manage burning pains, stiffness in neck, cold hand and feet and itchy feeling. Other important medicines used in cancer treatment are Carbo Animalis, Carcinosinum, Castoreum, Chelidonium, Conium Maculatum, and Sabadilla.

In the US, this alternative health care system is used along with other treatment approaches. It may be very useful for a cancer patient if used properly by an expert practitioner as a complementary treatment method.

Uses of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is one of the most prominent complementary therapies used for cancer treatment. It helps to manage stress, anxiety and depression. It also helps to reduce side effects of the conventional cancer treatment such as pain, fatigue and sickness. Some studies suggest that homeopathy remedies are capable of treating cancer symptoms or reduce the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Some studies reported that homeopathic medicine reduces skin soreness due to radiotherapy. It helps to improve quality of life for the cancer patient.

Side effects

Homeopathic medicines are considered generally safe. But some patients may have fever, diarrhoea, mild headache, rash, or feeling of fear, anger, anxiousness or anxiety. Normally these side effects are short term, but it is better to consult a doctor in case of side effects. Patients should consult their oncologist before going for homeopathic treatment. Patients should also tell the homeopathic practitioner about ongoing cancer treatment. Patients should avoid relying solely on homeopathy for cancer treatment.