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“It is to Michel Zala, of Orleans, France, that I owe my understanding of the deeper issues underlying this extremely reserved remedy. It corresponds to people who declare: “Sir, there are some things that should remain unsaid.” Thus they are faced with a serious communication problem until, thanks to this remedy, they realize that these things can be said once one learns the art of it and acquires a few pertinent skills. Incarcerated within themselves, these patients turn their aggression inward and suffer from allergies, insomnia, and eventually cancer.”
D-r Didier Grandgeorge, The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines
Carcinosinum was first introduced to Homeopathy by Dr James Tyler Kent, an American homeopath. Later on Dr J.C. Burnett and Dr J.H. Clarke, homeopaths from England, used different varieties of the remedy in their practices and cured numerous cancer cases. This happened in the nineteenth century. However at that time the mental and emotional picture of Carcinosinum was not known because the remedy was not proved according to the homeopathic ways and principles.
The first thorough proving of Carcinosinum was held considerably later, in 1954 by W. Templeton and M. Foubister. In present days Carcinosinum is widely prescribed, mostly on the basis of mental and emotional status of the patients. According to what O.A. Julian wrote in his Materia Medica of Nosodes with Repertory, “the prescription of this nosode should be absolutely forbidden to a patient actually having cancer or suspected of having cancer.” However as before Foubister as well as after him homeopaths have cured cancer with this remedy; so today we accept this note more like a warning than as a real prohibition.
Carcinosinum is very complicated remedy, difficult for description in few sentences, not easy to be understood in its essence; because its curative features are so deep and wide, and similar to quite a few other remedies, each of them also deeply acting polychrest, that often Carcinosinum is either wrongfully prescribed instead of another remedy or is too often prescribed without enough indications and clear picture.
Domination & Early Responsibility
Foubister noted: “My interest in Carcinosin was aroused by a chance experience: that of having in the out-patient department simultaneously two children born of mothers who were, during the pregnancy, suffering from cancer of the breast. These children presented a remarkably similar appearance, having blue sclerotics, a café au lait complexion and numerous moles. Both children suffered from insomnia. I had previously been given a therapeutic hint that where there was a family history of cancer, Carcinosin sometimes cured insomnia, and had used it occasionally in insomnia with success.”
So this is one way to acquire the cancer miasm – from the mother. The other way is to ‘create’ Carcinosinum child and raise a person with strong cancer diathesis. There are unfortunately countless cases known of children who were, at very young age, put under strong parental domination (and sometimes abuse). There are parents who put too many expectations on their child; who expect from the child to take responsibility very early; they require from the child to strive for perfection – and place goals which are impossible to be achieved. Every time when the child does not succeed to satisfy parental expectation, it receives reproaches and reprimands. Soon these children develop tremendous sensitivity to reprimands and we often see tears in their eyes when they think they’ve done something wrong – because they expect to be scolded. The constant dissatisfaction of the parents leads to the distinct feeling in their children – the feeling that they are rejected.
This is how they develop tendency to suffer physically from anticipation, quarrelling, reprimands, reproaches, rudeness of others and lack of self-confidence. They are quite easily offended, unhappy, fastidious, feeling humiliated from punishment. On the other hand they are impressionable, sensitive to music and dancing; quite talented and refined. Carcinosinum children are the best-mannered and proper children to be found. And yet this state continues till the period of puberty. Then we observe deep change in their behavior – they become rebels.
When such child grows to adulthood, we face deeply wounded, introverted, unhappy person who is very sensitive to disorder and fastidious to maintain control over each aspect of his or her life; who is reproaching himself from internal feeling of guilt. This is a sympathetic person, with great desire to be useful, sensitive to criticism and wrapped in a thin layer of sadness.
General Indications for Prescription
Constantly changing symptoms; contradictory and alternating state; chronic insomnia; many allergies and chronic fatigue; personal or family history of pernicious anemia. Worse from sea-bathing, amelioration from cloudy, stormy weather; cancerous affections in parental history; too severe, or late, or totally absent childhood diseases; arrested child’s development, diabetes; tendency to inflammations of joints; never well since mononucleosis, pneumonia. Bones are brittle. Annual periodicity of diseases. Bad effects from vaccinations. Cancer.
Carcinosinum is indicated when its picture is clearly presented in a patient, or when well selected remedies fail to act or stop their beneficial action with no obvious reason. These remedies are: Tuberculinum, Medorrhinum, Syphilinum, Sepia, Natrum muriaticum, Calcarea phosphorica, Dys. co., Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Psorinum, Arsenicum album, Arsenicum iodatum, Pulsatilla, Sulphur, Opium, Alumina and Staphisagria; Nux vomica, Anacardium, Graphites.
*Bibliography: R. Murphy, Homeopathic Remedy Guide; R. Sankaran, The Soul of Remedies