Homeopathy in cancer care

Altern Ther Health Med. May-Jun 2010;16(3):12-6.


Homeopathy is a controversial system of care that is practiced extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America primarily for functional and minor ailments. In this review, published studies on homeopathic remedies and cancer were examined. Data were obtained from multiple research disciplines, ranging from basic science to scientifically valid animal and clinical studies. The data from a few laboratory experiments in cancer models show some beneficial effect of homeopathic remedies on selected cancer cell lines. However, in the clinical arena, this effect is not clear. Several published outcome studies and some randomized controlled trials have shown that there may be a role for homeopathy in symptom relief and improving quality of life in patients touched by cancer. Such effects have not been demonstrated unequivocally, and specific antitumor effects have not been shown in any controlled clinical research to date, which raises the need for further clinical trials to investigate the use of homeopathy in cancer care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis / drug effects
  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Homeopathy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Materia Medica / therapeutic use*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Research Design


  • Materia Medica