The following 8 minute video clip is an excerpt from a filmed a two day master class in London in May 2016 given by Prasanta Banerji and Pratip Banerji
Nanoparticles in Cancer Treatment: Parallels with the Banerji Homeopathic Remedy Protocols
Recent research has demonstrated that homeopathic remedies contain nanoparticles of their source material as well as measurable amounts of silica and silica precursors from the glass walls of the containers in which they are succussed. These data have profound implications for what remedies are and how they work. Nano-forms of drugs, herbs, and nutraceuticals have already shown the ability to get into the body and into cells much more easily than bulk forms of the “same” materials, as nanoparticles acquire unique biological, chemical, optical, electromagnetic, thermal, and quantum properties as a function of their size. One of the most interesting areas currently under mainstream study is the ability of nano-herbs and nano-neutraceuticals to target and kill cancer cells while sparing healthy cells. Some homeopaths in India, including the Banerjis, report good success treating people with various cancers. This presentation will explore the overlaps between the homeopathic remedies and potencies used in the Banerji protocols and the research literature on nanoparticles as a strategy for treating certain cancers.
It is recommended that you take a look at the following research article which involves the Banerji Protocols:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3921611/ However, for those who want the basics, the following is much shorter:
Finding safer and more effective treatments for specific cancers remains a significant challenge for integrative clinicians and researchers worldwide. One emerging strategy is the use of nanostructured forms of drugs, vaccines, traditional animal venoms, herbs, and nutraceutical agents in cancer treatment. The recent discovery of nanoparticles in traditional homeopathic medicines adds another point of convergence between modern nanomedicine and alternative interventional strategies. A way in which homeopathic remedies could initiate anticancer effects includes cell-to-cell signaling actions of both exogenous and endogenous (exosome) nanoparticles. The result can be a cascade of modulatory biological events with antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effects. The Banerji Protocols reflect a multigenerational clinical system developed by homeopathic physicians in India who have treated thousands of patients with cancer. A number of homeopathic remedy sources from the Banerji Protocols (eg, Calcarea phosphorica; Carcinosin—tumor-derived breast cancer tissue prepared homeopathically) overlap those already under study in nonhomeopathic nanoparticle and nanovesicle tumor exosome cancer vaccine research. Past research on antineoplastic effects of nano forms of botanical extracts such as Phytolacca, Gelsemium, Hydrastis, Thuja, and Ruta as well as on homeopathic remedy potencies made from the same types of source materials suggests other important overlaps. The replicated finding of silica, silicon, and nano-silica release from agitation of liquids in glassware adds a proven nonspecific activator and amplifier of immunological effects. Taken together, the nanoparticulate research data and the Banerji Protocols for homeopathic remedies in cancer suggest a way forward for generating advances in cancer treatment with natural product–derived nanomedicines.
The overlaps between the manufacturing, nature, and properties of nanoparticles and those of homeopathic remedies merit additional examination.70,112-114 Given the recent empirical findings of source nanoparticles at low and high potencies of metal68 and plant69 homeopathic remedies and even some homeopathically prepared conventional drugs,212 the similarities in effects of nanoparticles and homeopathic remedies on cancer cell lines add rationale for further investigation. The fact that many homeopathic remedies begin as source materials milled/ground in lactose for hours makes initial generation of top-down nanoparticles obligatory.98 The documented ability of (1) succussions to release silica and nanosilica from the inside walls of glassware85 and (2) plant mother tinctures to biosynthesize nanoparticles from silica55 or metal precursors9,233 in solution offer additional routes for making other types of nanoparticles in liquid remedies. Succussions, like sonication,84 could also disperse larger nanoparticles into smaller particles.
Once formed, nanoparticles accumulate heterogeneously in colloidal solution and are transferred from container to container after succussions during homeopathic manufacturing procedures.67 These data empirically address the main historical objection of skeptics to the persistence of specific source material in higher homeopathic dilutions. Based on nanotechnology,214 it is also possible that either (1) the remedy nanoparticles attach to, coat, dope, and/or modify the silica and silicon nanoparticles at the “higher” liquid potencies or (2) some silica nanoparticles form shells around the remedy source nanoparticle cores as templates. With or without attachment of remedy source materials to silica and/or silicon nanoparticles, nonhomeopathy studies show that silica nanoparticles85 can augment anticancer effects of traditional natural products such as snake venom103-105 and activate heightened immune responsivity to very low quantities of antigens164 and vaccines overall.88,89
Overall, the Banerji cancer protocols raise integrative healthcare possibilities for blending the traditional clinical wisdom of experienced homeopathic practitioners from India on how to select and dose nanoparticulates for cancer treatment with the advanced contemporary methods of manufacturing nanoparticles using more replicable modern nanotechnology. Together, these concepts and tools suggest the possibility of accelerating evidence-based advances in natural product nanomedicine for treatment of people with cancer.
Hans G Schrauder BSC. LCH. FHMA
Presentation on Cancer given at the Homeopathic Medical Association Annual Conference 10th April 2016