A guide to prevention, management and treatment of cancer with an integrated approach from Dr Master’s 40 years experience.
Dr Farokh J Master (PhD, MD)
Healing Cancer: A Homoeopathic Approach VOL-I& II -ISBN 978-81-319-6122-3, 1st edition 2019, BJain Publishers
Just reading this long title is already a full presentation of this book.
It is written by Farokh Master: this immediately propels it at the top of quality books, with quite a few other authors, making it an almost must-read.
It is based on his clinical experience: we then know that he has used with success the remedies that he describes; it is not a compilation of other practitioners’ approaches but a methodology he can personally vouch for. But this is also a limitation as there are many remedies and methods used by many therapists over the world; therefore it is important to recognise and remain aware that this is only a “guide” and not a series of rigid, immutable protocols to be followed without any changes, adaptations or alterations.
Volume 1 starts by explaining what cancer is, its multiple facets, different types and organs it attacks. Then the conventional treatment is briefly reviewed: it is important as we often deal with their side-effects, therefore understanding their mechanism of action is very useful. A full chapter is dealing with Iscador, a relatively old method, very effective but unfortunately underemployed; then with other natural therapies, with a short presentation of multiple herbs and supplements that should whet the reader’s appetite to learn more about them. Prevention is then addressed in some details as well as what happens when the diagnosis is given and how to deal with it and the stress of the treatment, whichever is chosen. Published papers about Homeopathy in the treatment of cancer are then presented and explained. The last chapter presents some of most used allopathic drugs in cancer with a focus on their side-effects.
Volume 2 deals first with the general homeopathic approach to cancer, then jumps into remedies, starting with the “Constitutional Remedies”, basically the major polychrests. A whole chapter deals with Cadmium and its salts, then 51 “lesser known remedies” are briefly quoted and their usefulness in different situations and types of cancer exposed. A long chapter deals with the “Indian drugs” although quite a few are not exclusive to India”: Allium sativa, Aloe vera, Fenugreek, Nux vomica, Black cumin seed, Spirulina, etc…It is important that those remedies are used mostly in tincture or low potencies, as herbal or Ayurvedic remedies or food supplements and not really based on similarity, which is going to infuriate the so-called classicists but provides help and relief to patients, which after all is our purpose.
A salute to the pioneers of homeopathy and how they treated cancers is very welcome, showing how much experience and knowledge has been accumulated over the years, demonstrating that we should not be afraid of dealing with this disease. The different cancers by organs are then addressed with the remedies that the author found useful quoted, and sometimes there are plenty of them for the same organ. The choice and differentiation between the remedies is then helped by the “Repertory of Cancer” as well as by the “Clinical tips from my practice” sub-chapter. It ends with recommendations on how to deal with radiation illness and the side-effects of conventional treatment, as well as the treatment of pain and help with palliative care.
We are presented with a multi-pronged approach based on experience and good results. It does not mean that we are not to use other remedies or other methods, far from it; it means that if we are going to chose those described in this book, we know that they have been proved useful and that we can trust them. It is not a kitchen recipe textbook though, the intelligent choice is still and will always be in the hands of the practitioner, no doubt about that, but a little thumbs up by a master of the art is always helpful.
-Reviewed by Dr Joe Rozencwajg, NMD