Intracranial cysticercosis: an effective treatment with alternative medicines

In Vivo. Mar-Apr 2001;15(2):181-4.


The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the cysticidal activities of Ruta graveolens and calcium phosphate in fractional dilutions as a completely new approach for the treatment of neurocysticercosis in humans. These two homeopathic medicines when given to patients with neurocysticercosis have cured the infection in 25 subjects (69.4%) from a total of 36 patients. Our preliminary results indicate that Ruta graveolens in combination with calcium phosphate must be considered to be a potent cysticidal agent with very little or no side effects.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Calcium Phosphates / administration & dosage
  • Child
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurocysticercosis / diagnosis
  • Neurocysticercosis / drug therapy*
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plants, Medicinal


  • Calcium Phosphates
  • Plant Extracts
  • alpha-tricalcium phosphate
  • tetracalcium phosphate
  • calcium phosphate, monobasic, anhydrous
  • calcium phosphate
  • calcium phosphate, dibasic, anhydrous