Homeopathy in oncology
“Homeopathy can in no way replace conventional cancer treatments,” recalls Dr. Christelle Besnard-Charvet, gynecologist and homeopath. But it can be used as a complement to treatment to improve quality of life as part of overall therapy ”.
Because homeopathy can intervene at different stages of the management of the disease: shock after the announcement of the diagnosis, preparation for the operation as part of a mastectomy for example, relief of digestive disorders… For Dr Besnard-Charvet, “the homeopathy is used to support the side effects and to reduce the consumption of other products such as anxiolytics for example after the announcement of the disease. The earlier you treat, the fewer symptoms will set in. It is therefore important to follow the patient from the first treatments ”.
In terms of supportive care, homeopathy can under no circumstances be taken as self-medication. It is a homeopathic doctor who must follow the patient and give him a personalized prescription, depending on his state of health and the severity of the symptoms. Only the doctor is authorized to provide an appropriate response in homeopathy or allopathy if necessary.
Situations for which homeopathy can help
It is not a question of applying these recommendations in self-medication but of having examples of drugs prescribed by the homeopathic doctor as part of supportive care.
Some doctors prescribe anxiolytics and antidepressants to help patients overcome the shock caused by the announcement of cancer. But homeopathy can also accompany patients who suffer from anxiety.
An example of homeopathic prescription:
– Ignatia amara 15 CH: it is the remedy for anxiety, when your throat is tight, crying attacks …
– Zenalia: It is a homeopathic preparation to soothe the jitters
– Magnesium: Magnesium acts on morale. It is a food supplement and not a homeopathic remedy.
In addition :
– Aconitum napellus 30 CH: So afraid panic
– Staphysagria 15 CH : si sentiment d’injustice
Pre and post surgery care
Dr Christelle Charvet-Besnard recommends the use of two drugs to prepare for the operation.
– Arnica 9 CH: Arnica is the homeopathic remedy well known to prevent bruises and pain following the operation.
– Bélis perennis 5 Ch: This medication has an anti-traumatic action in cases of trauma to the pelvis, coccyx and breast.
For the awakening, the homeopath advises 1 dose of Opium 15 CH which allows to better support the side effects of anesthesia and postoperative comatose sleep.
Nausea from chemotherapy
The nausea and vomiting are among the most common side effects of cancer treatments. To relieve these symptoms, doctors prescribe Aprepitant, setrons, neuroleptics, and corticosteroids. Homeopathy can also intervene on digestive disorders.
Homeopathic physicians may recommend cocculin to patients. It is the medicine for motion sickness that can also act on NVIC (nausea vomiting induced by chemotherapy).
– If nausea is improved by vomiting, we can add Nux Vomica 5 CH
– If the nausea is not improved by the vomiting, we will take Ipeca 5 CH instead
– If nausea is accompanied by intolerance to odors, Colchicum autumnale 9 CH is the most indicated
Radiation therapy irradiation
All the radiothérapies cause side effects. The larger and more quirky the irradiated area, the greater the side effects, starting with second degree burns.
Christelle Charvet-Besnard then recommends Radium Bromatum 9 CH (a dilution of radium bromide) to rid her body of the rays and avoid the resulting pathologies.
Against redness and burns, she recommends Apis mellifica 15 CH (the homeopathic medicine used in case of insect bites) and Belladonna 9 CH against inflammatory tetrad (redness, heat, pain and edema).
Hot flashes from hormone therapy
In humans, hot flashes are linked to anti-hormone therapy in prostate cancer. In premenopausal women, they are also induced by treatments and are no different from “natural” hot flashes, except the psychological aspect for a woman who is not guaranteed to have again its rules.
To limit hot flashes, the homeopath may recommend Acthéane, a specialty used to treat hot flashes during menopause.
Source: Oncology support from Michèle Boiron, François Roux and Jean-Philippe Wagner. The Expert’s files. Newsmed.