A study that was published in the International Journal of Oncology reveals that homeopathic remedies have a toxic effect on breast cancer cells. The study, which was done in MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, shows that certain homeopathic remedies have preferentially elevated cytotoxic effects on breast adenocarcinoma cells compared with cells derived from normal breast epithelium. The homeopathic remedies appeared to have similar activity to the activity of paclitaxel (Taxol), the most commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for breast cancer, without the toxic effect on the normal cells. Homeopathy has been a very controversial system of care, commonly practiced in Europe, but not commonly used in cancer care. This is the first scientific study that investigated the effect of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells. This study raises the exciting possibility of a window of therapeutic opportunity for preferentially eliminating breast cancer cells with minimal damage to the surrounding normal mammary tissue by using homeopathic remedies.
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