I have probably prescribed CARCINOSIN at least once a week in my practice over the last 20 years. When I started practicing there was very little written. More recently, Tinus Smits (Cancer, a deeper understanding Carcinosinum) seems very concerned about the origin of the remedy:
The preparation used by Dr. Foubister and Dr. Templeton in clinical practice and trials, was the original preparation of Carcinosin, the source of which is unknown.
It was brought over from the United States and was probably prepared from an epithelioma of breast’.
He goes onto argue that much of what is attributed as symptoms should be disregarded as the sources vary and so affect the picture of the remedy. This underlies his isopathic approach that he has developed in the CEASE method for treating autistic spectrum disorders.
My own view is somewhat different. Homeopathy is about the simillium not the identical. He compares LAC MATERNUM being made from 10 different samples to give it a general status. I feel the remedy, the disease material, especially in CARCINOSIN, has a separate enough identity. It may be that a remedy, made from a female breast tumour, will have more muriaticum (mother) symptoms than that made from a tumour of the pancreas but very soon in practice the nosode will appear, over and above the individual. A comparison might be with TUBERCULINUM and BACILLINUM, there are differences and that makes BACILLINUM useful when TUBERCULINUM is not helping but for the most part we would use TUBERCULNUM as the nosode of the tubercular miasm.
If we know a remedy well then it can only act within its framework of being. PULSATILLA can only be PULSATILLA. It could be restless, it could be still, but the needs and modalities of its restlessness will reflect PULSATILLA and not RHUS TOX. In PULSATILLA there is desire for change without the ability to change, so the restlessness is unproductive, you scratch and the itch moves. Also, we would not say that the picture of PULSATILLA or RHUS TOX is in doubt because the remedy was made and proved using only one plant in each case and not several samples from different geographical areas.
Similarly with CARCINOSIN, for the inner issues we need to look at cancer and our Western society. Cancers are caused from many things. We can get cancers from radiation, this is energy that has been locked away in a mineral and is now released, and we know radiation can cure cancers. Cancers can also develop from too refined a diet and from the products of intensive factory farming. Cancers are more common in certain immigrant populations and, certainly, lack of roots or being uprooted seem to promote an unhealthy susceptibility.
The picture of CARCINOSIN the remedy has many key features. The main essence is someone who tries to please. They may be the sort of person that is easily put on but have an inner joy in servitude. This in itself would be fine but to achieve this they may sublimate their own needs. This situation may be not of their choice but for survival they are forced to work for others, put up with things that don’t bring them joy. The may feel they need to be perfect in there actions (interestingly this is not an uncommon situation for an immigrant). They may need to make the immediate environment perfect for them, over tidying, fussing over others, being “sweet” to people. This range of reactions can be summarized PERFECTION, FASTIDIOUS and SENSITIVE to their environment and others.
So this individual may passionately work for a cause, or be rebellious at home, or if continually persecuted or abused, they become a doormat. They can present both of these issues; picture a case of a senior manager in a cancer charity (a job she was passionate about and very effective in) with a relationship that just does not satisfy her. The partner suppressed her every move and she couldn’t challenge him to commit properly, to live with her fulltime or marry her even though there was a child, neither could she leave the relationship.
The CARCINOSIN child may be timid, sensitive and sympathetic to others. The sensitivity may show as allergies, or skin disease or asthma. They will suffer terribly from reprimands at school, even the slightest criticism is a terrible abuse and consolation may only add to their misery.
At puberty there may be strong sexual issues and a desire to run away. They will be great home lovers (like their room) and want to travel and this can cause conflict feeling they can’t have both.
The disease results from cells loosing control, we loose control of our normal cell reproduction. The cancer cells loose their boundaries and migrate. Pschodynamically the ego, or self, sets the boundaries. In CARCINOSIN the self has lost its own boundaries. People without roots, so often this could be immigrant cultures e.g. the Asians who moved to West Africa to build the railways only, a generation later, to be moved on to the UK. This situation can also be where the person has no family roots, the adopted child. The child feels abused, even when the adopted family is perfect. The condition for both situations generates a constant state of anxiety.
The remedy can also be used to “cut the ties that bind” it is extremely useful to promote healthy separation from family and relationships. That doesn’t mean it breaks up relationships although, if that’s the only way, that sometimes happens. More often a better relationship emerges.
They seek love and approval and this may get them into difficult situations. They can have a history of sexual abuse, or have used their sexuality to secure contact. They may equally have abstained from sex and relationships and suffer in silence for the loss of meaningful touch. This axis of no expression all the way to being better for extreme exposure to an issue shows in: Fear of thunderstorms but also Loves to watch thunder. Timid and passionate. They may transfer their feelings to animals (love horse ridding) and animal causes, they may throw themselves into dancing (more ballet or ballroom where there are rules and control and perfection) or into music (play the violin to a very high standard but seem to lack joy in their musical expression – end up working as a pit musician).
In STAPHYSAGRIA the person is insulted, abused, by the person they are dependent on, in CARCINOSIN they feel that they are controlled by another. Compare this control with the control in THUJA, where it is divine or super human control or in FOLLICULINUM where the control (or lack of control) runs through the matriarchy.
The compensation to the control in CARCINOSIN is to be PERFECT and from this arises anticipatory anxiety. This may be expressed as children with good manners. They sit and behave themselves. As an adult they may be people pleasers, so judge the information they give you carefully, watch out for being told what you want to hear. The remedy can also show FASTIDIOUSNESS; well dressed people with good taste. They may be neurotic about perfection. Neatness and cleanliness are not enough for them.
Six striking elements of CARCINOSIN blended together:
- Desire perfection.
- Sensitive to hurt reprimand and offense.
- Tendency to suppression and bearing all emotions without protest
- Artistic traits. Sensitive to nature music and dance.
- Anxious nature. Always anticipating. Obsessed with the idea of perfection so not worried about success or failure. Anxiety about health. Fear of disease especially cancer.
- Warm and sympathetic. Warm blooded.
Fear is a big issue with CARCINOSIN and that’s before we get to the picture of the remedy itself. Certain pharmacies in certain countries have limitations on supplying the remedy and various articles declare the remedy shouldn’t be given when the person has cancer. Not a lot of sense there, its hardly going to precipitate a negative reaction. If the remedy is indicated, then it is fine to give. I would clarify this issue. If the individual has cancer, or any other serious pathology, then remedies focusing on that serious condition are the first line of action. To prescribe CARCINOSIN, or any other nosode, as a miasmatic prescription at that moment would be counter productive.
CARCINOSIN has a reputation for “clearing up the picture” and the cancer miasm is a very common state. This leads many new practitioners to use CARCINOSIN as a remedy very early on, even on the first visit. There seems to be a pressure to prescribe, letting go of that pressure, in fact, letting go of all pressures when taking a case leads to better prescriptions. This is a remedy, however, where fear (and hence misinformation) abounds. The remedy itself has a whole raft of fears:
Thunder, heights, confined spaces, cancer, aids, crowds, new situations, exams, failure, snakes, reptiles, spiders, frogs, lizards.
It is also worth discussing how to prescribe this remedy. Firstly it can be prescribe as ant other nosode:
- As a remedy itself. (on simillimum)
- Failure of indicated remedies. (to open up a case)
- Relapse of indicated remedies.
- Never been well since (NBWS) (e.g. since head injury)
- Inter-current prescription.
As a remedy it also lends itself to many situations where a development is needed. Progress is required by moving on, opening up, letting go or clearing up.
CARCINOSIN 30 twice a day after history of antibiotics
CARCINOSIN 10M CSD(night morning night) where the case needs to move on, maybe the client needs to move on from this homeopath or re contract with the homeopath.
CARCINOSIN 200 NATRUM MURIATICUM 1M IGNATIA 10M each CSD over three days, or over three weeks if there is a lot of work to do or energy is low, or others (relatives etc.) need to be considered. This is really useful where these three layers are indicated in the case e.g. a NATRUM MURIATICUM case with a recent loss and history of cancer and cancer miasm in the family. This triad will move these things out of the way so the practitioners can have a proper interchange with the client and really help. Many clients have such well rehearsed symptoms that it can take a long while before you are really answering their needs, this triad helps.
Aversion to reprimand or contradiction.
Anxiety and anticipatory worries.
Desire for travel, cosmopolitan.
Warm-blooded and generally worse from heat.
General aggravation in the afternoon from 1-6 PM or especially at 5-6 PM.
Ameliorated in evening.
Better for short naps. Sleeps on abdomen.
Amelioration at the sea, or better east coats worse south.
Blue sclerotics. Dusky complexion or “Cafe au lait” hue. Dark moles.
Facial tics, tremors, blinking.
Dwarfish or very tall.
Illness develops at the time of puberty especially glandular fever (mononucleosis).
Frequent colds and acute illness.
Whooping cough (pertussis). Mumps.
Diabetes. Family history cancer, infectious diseases.