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The Evidence: Scientific Studies on Homeopathic Cancer Treatment

Mr. Mueller published this article in The American Homeopath, Vol 13, 2007

Introduction

Homeopaths have described observations that tumors recede from the use of homeopathic treatment and have, from time to time, documented long-term recoveries from cancer in response to homeopathic treatment.1-23 Some practitioners have reported observations like this in as many as several hundred patients.24 Unfortunately, until about two decades ago, there were very few sound scientific studies corroborating these clinical observations. Citing this paucity of high-quality scientific evidence, regulatory agencies have been reluctant to endorse homeopathic treatment as an alternative or an adjunct treatment in cancer. However, the situation may be changing. Homeopathic treatment of cancer is now supported by state-of-the-art laboratory studies.”

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Interview of Professor Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh

Professor Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh
Professor Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh

By Manfred Mueller, MA, DHM, RSHom(NA), CCH

A few years ago, I was asked to be a consultant on the Research Review Committee and the Editorial Committee for an  NIH  educational  grant  on  teaching  complementary  and  alternative  medicine  at  the  Program  on  Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. While working with this group, consisting mostly of medical faculty and staff, I noticed that academic texts on complementary and alternative medicine are written almost exclusively by academicians within conventional medicine — by  authors lacking practical or personal experience with the field they write about. Furthermore,  in the research  articles  I  reviewed  for  the  project,  I  repeatedly  came  across  profound  misrepresentations  of  the  basic homeopathic tenets by established scientists who are writing about homeopathy.

I was pleasantly surprised to read, in 2003, an article on homeopathy by Prof. Anisur Rahman Khuda-Bukhsh in the Journal of Molecular  Chemistry  entitled,  “Towards  understanding  molecular  mechanisms  of homeopathy.”  I was impressed  that he actually explained the laboratory technique of potentization in this article, unlike some of his western colleagues who seemed to work  hard  to obscure  the difference  between  simple  dilutions  and potentization.  Here  was  a scientist  who  had thoroughly understood the theoretical principles of homeopathy. He was not only clear about the key questions, but also had the ability to communicate his understanding with clarity and the necessary detail.

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Prover Susceptibility and the Ascending Dose

Did randomized, placebo-controlled trials disprove the homeopathic proving hypothesis?

The verifications of Hahnemann convince those who have intellectual integrity for scientific conviction, who will not sacrifice their intellectual integrity to the idols of the day, who will repeat Hahnemann’s experimental verifications of his scientific observations and inductions as they should be repeated. Any other method than to take into the healthy body four drams of China twice a day to prove or to disprove the symptom similarity of China and intermittent fever is not a scientific experiment for the observation of Hahnemann.

–James Krauss, M.D., September 30, 1921, introduction to the Sixth edition of the Organon of Medicine; translated by William Boericke homeopathic research

Over the past decade, scientists and medical researchers have used sophisticated research methodologies in order to prove or disprove the efficacy of homeopathy. Based on their findings, editors of prestigious medical journals have concluded that there is no scientific validity to our therapeutic approach [1]. Given the high stakes of this research, the investigators’ command of the homeopathic subject matter and the underlying assumptions reflected in these studies need to be carefully examined. Read more