Date Published: 8 December 2006

Positive research findings for homeopathy in cancer

Sabal serrulata, commonly known as the Saw Palmetto plant

Research published in December 2006 by a group of American and Sri Lankan researchers in the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies has shown that the homeopathic medicine, Sabal serrulata, can inhibit prostate cancer cell growth. Sabal serrulata (the Saw Palmetto plant) is commonly prescribed for prostate problems ranging from benign prostatic hyperplasia to prostate cancer.

The researchers report that a 100C potency of Sabal serrulata produced a 20?30% decrease in prostate cancer cell proliferation, an effect that was statistically highly significant. The effects appear to be specific to this remedy on prostate cancer cells, for it had no effect on breast cancer cells, and other homeopathic remedies had no effect on either type of cell. The authors conclude that Sabal serrulata should be further investigated as a specific homeopathic remedy for prostate pathology.

The BHA's Research Development Adviser, Dr Robert Mathie, commented:

" These are important findings, for they show that homeopathic medicines can have significant biological effects".

MacLaughlin BW, Gutsmuths B, Pretner E, et al. Integr Cancer Ther 2006; 5: 362-372.

Source(s): British Homeopathic Association, UK

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