Apr 16, 2010
…Promise for the Future
When conventional healthcare providers consider homeopathy there tends to be a preconceived idea that it is impossible that a diluted drug/substance can have any potential healing effect. If anything they recognize that if a patient is feeling better as a result of homeopathic intervention, it can only be due to a placebo effect. Of course, those who have used homeopathy with success have seen its result and have experienced something very different. In the pursuit of scientific research recent evidence has shown that there may be something to homeopathy.
A study was published in the February 2010 issue of the International Journal of Oncology that demonstrated the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating breast cancer cells. (See the following link for the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20043074). The research was conducted at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a major cancer treatment & research institution, under the Integrative Medicine Program and found that ultra-dilutions of Carsinosin, Phytolacca, Conium and Thuja delayed/arrested the cell cycle of breast cancers cells and induced apoptosis. The other interesting effect the investigators found was that both Carcinosin and Phytolacca appeared to have similar activity of Taxol, the most commonly used chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. This is significant because not only does this demonstrate that homeopathy may be effective, but it may be equal to Taxol without the same dramatic side effects. If studies like this are heeded by enough physicians the entire scope of the way oncology is practiced could change significantly.
Generally, so little funding has been put into the pursuit of scientific validation for homeopathy, especially in the United States, that the evidence there is either appears insubstantial or is easily dismissed. This study will most likely not have an immediate impact on the medical community as a whole, but it does provide a great launch pad for continued scientific investigation. Currently India and most European countries are at the fore front of accepting homeopathy as a viable and primary means of healthcare. India, in particular, may be considered a leader in this area and has continued their efforts in research with government backing. As more evidence begins to mount, hopefully the global stance towards homeopathy will soften and the full potential of this approach to treatment will be embraced.