Observational Study: Cancer Cases Treated
with Homeopathy in the Basque
Country/Navarre between 2013 and 2015
Victoria Claramunt Palou*
General Practitioner and homeopath, Public Clinic in Basc Country, Spain
Submission: February 28, 2017; Published: August 31, 2018
*Corresponding author: Victoria Claramunt Palou, General Practitioner and homeopath, Public Clinic in Basc Country, member of AVNMH (Asociacion Vasco-Navarra de Medicos Homeopatas), Calle de Zumalakarregi 6, 20800 Zarauz, Guipúzcoa, Spain, Tel: +34 943 83 46 55;
How to cite this article:Victoria Claramunt Palou. Observational Study: Cancer Cases Treated with Homeopathy in the Basque Country/Navarre
between 2013 and 2015. J Complement Med Alt Healthcare. 2018; 8(1): 555726. DOI: 10.19080/JCMAH.2018.08.555726
The Study included 50 women and 15 men aged between 11 and 85 years. There we 44 patients with advanced tumour disease and 21 with early-stage disease. Conventional cancer treatment was chosen by 64 patients and one of them chose homeopathy only. Four patients made important changes in their lifestyle, and 8 had bio-decoding sessions. All patients had taken homeopathic medicines as palliative care tailored to different stages of their disease. A single drug treatment was used in 18 cases, based on the entire case. Ten cases we treated by applying Banergi protocols and constitutional medicine, and 37 cases were treated with different successive or combined drugs, depending on the state of the patient at the time, with the Minotti protocol for palliative care being applied in 9 cases. The predominant homeopathic dilutions were centesimals. The great variability of medications used on each of the patients shows the individuality of patient symptoms with the same clinical diagnosis, as well as the great variability in the criteria of homeopathy doctors when establishes a therapeutic strategy.
Homeopathy has helped to control the tumour disease (patient free of disease) in 10 cases of early stage cancer and 12 cases of advanced tumour disease. Homeopathy was only palliative in 7 cases of early-stage cancer, in 22 cases of advanced tumour disease, and in five other cancers without staging. Homeopathy did not work in one case of early stage cancer, in two cases of advanced tumour disease, and in one case without staging. There were 5 cases in which results could not be assessed at the time of the study. According to the subjective assessment by the homeopathic doctor, homeopathy contributed to the control of tumour disease (patient free of disease with biological and /or imaging tests) in 22 cases, it was palliative in 34 cases, 4 patients died, and 5 cases cannot yet be evaluated. According to the assessment by the patient, it helped to control and improve their quality of life in 55 cases and it does not help them at all in 5 cases. This observational study has enabled us to evaluate the effectiveness of our work in the context of our clinical reality and more accurately describe all parameters involved in the case, including conventional treatments and their impact. Patient opinion is part of the evaluation of the results and requires questionnaires that can be adapted and standardized. Homeopaths carry out their work within an ethical framework bound by civil responsibility and respect for patient autonomy, open to collaboration with the work of the other professionals with a common goal, which is none to cure, relieve the patient, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.
Homeopathy exercised by doctors is abided to a deontological code common to the medical profession and to a social responsibility setting established by law. Moreover, we homeopath doctors respect the patient’s autonomy and do not compete with other therapeutic possibilities. We homeopath doctors are willing to collaborate with other medicine professionals and to equip ourselves with investigation and evaluation tools that will permit progress of the scientific knowledge.
Active listening, reflection scenarios, full symptomatic patient treatment and use of medicines with few and reversible
adverse effects compatible with chemotherapy, radiotherapy
and hormonotherapy. Another, not least important aspect is that a homeopathy treatment is short and inexpensive.
These four questions open a therapeutic space of active listening for the patient and the doctor (Figure 1). The patient evolves from being a case of adenocarcinoma to being an ill individual to whom we intend to help by searching for the most accurate medicine that suits him, his suffering and the tumor. The patient must understand his vulnerability and those facts, emotions or ways of life that make him sicken. For that he is given a reflection space. We do not speak about statistics or predictions. We commit ourselves to him, to help and attend his needs. Undoubtedly, in our job as homeopath doctors this active
listening is part of our therapeutic grounding.
The oncology patient is a complex one. Besides his natural
illness (the tumor), he also presents an artificial sickness derived
from the adverse effects of his oncological treatment. Moreover,
the impact of the diagnosis as well as the disease prognosis that,
just by themselves, many times destabilize the patients, must
be also be considered. For the homeopath, restoring the mental
and physical equilibrium of the patient is a priority. Help him
bear the treatments, make him lead the processes and maintain
the hope alive, are also essential. In this case, a respectful
atmosphere for cooperation would be the ideal for the patient
and the treatment’s result.
Common treatment includes a combination of different
procedures in which following different protocols, chemotherapy,
radiotherapy, surgery and hormonotherapy can be combined for
a healing or palliative purpose.
Lifestyle changes include change processes in habits such
as diet or tobacco consumption, as well as changes in work,
personal or family relations starting by a conflict awareness
raising from the patient.
Table 3 shows the prescribed potencies. The homeopathic
medicine stimulates the healing capacity of every patient.
Moreover, it also, at the same time, acts in the mental, emotional
and physical areas. It is this aspect to which we refer when we
speak about totality. The homeopathic medicine is compatible
with other treatments and has few adverse effects. The great
variety of the medicines used in each patient expresses the
symptom individuality of the patients with the same clinic
or anatomopathological diagnose. Also, expresses the great
criteria variability of the homeopath doctor when establishing a
*Solution to the following medicines: ADN 6 CH, Hepatine 6 CH, Bone
marrow 6 CH, Cardine 6 CH, Anilium 6 CH, Hairy Cranium Area 6 CH
(Dr. Minotti’s formule).
To us, homeopaths, can be reproached that we do not publish
our results, which is true, we barely do it. The purpose of the
homeopathy associations and academies, is to offset this reality
raising awareness amongst our colleagues of the importance
of recording the cases homogenously and of publishing clinical
results, at least, in our magazines. Due to the nature of the
homeopathic practice, we must also explore new designs to
contrast our results. We must change the subjective assessment
of our work with validated tools from the general medicine
sphere such as the life quality tests proposed by the EORTC
(European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer)
and other tools proposed by the ECH (European Committee
for Homeopathy). In one word, use the common language of
science to contrast our results. We prepare ourselves to search
a respectful collaboration with other medicine professionals
that help patients from a conventional perspective. This is the
propose of integrative medicine: the patient improves and the
science makes progress [1-6].
At the presented sample, we are conscious that at the time
of collecting the data, the free of illness patients still have a long
journey of regular medical checks and that, at worse, they might
present relapses of their tumor disease. Our purpose as doctors
is to be available at this stage of the patients’ life. Nowadays, one
of the cancer treatments objectives, in those cases in which the
illness cannot be cured, is to make the disease a chronic one. In
our sample, there are two patients that present this situation
and undoubtedly, homeopathy along with other procedures
(palliative chemotherapy, hormonotherapy, etc.) helps them to
get along with their lives.