Varanasi: Cancer still remains a dreaded disease, even in the 21st century, as effective cure is yet to be discovered. Alongside a search for conventional solutions, researchers are actively trying to identify treatment options offered by various systems of complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathy.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 8th International Conference on Transitional Cancer Research organised by Banaras Hindu University recently, Dr Pratip Banerji, Co-Founder of Dr. Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation (PBHRF) said, “We believe that the PBHRF has an important role to play in this effort. We don’t practice classical homeopathy. We have developed a method of treatment in which specific medicines are prescribed for specific diseases. Diseases are diagnosed using modern state-of-the-art scientific methods. This is done because modern diagnostic approaches help in the selection of medicines so that specific medicines can easily be prescribed for specific diseases. With the passage of time and the availability of new diagnostic tools like ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, cancer biomarkers and other advanced tests, we have been able to further streamline the treatment protocols”.
The development of the Banerji Protocols has been giving homeopathy a scientific basis and making it eligible for scientific research. “The efficacy of this approach is reflected by the encouraging results of our method of treatment, which is called the Banerji Protocols. We often even combine two medicines and use the combination in our practice. These combinations of two medicines are made in a meaningful way based on years of clinical observations by us. Medicines are combined for special advantages in treatment, so that the aggravation due to the medicines can be checked, side effects of the medicines abated, and quick and uneventful recovery can be ensured in a much shorter time”, added Dr Banerji.
Homeopathy as a school of medicine is very young, only 200 years old and Dr Banerjis family has been associated with it for over 150 years. It can be said that the Banerji Protocols are the fruit of a cumulative experience and careful analysis of observed trends in patient medicine interactions and the translation of the same into a system of prescribing with a view to standardise and make easy the practice of an extremely complex system of treatment using ultradilute medicines. The use of specific medicines in specific potencies, in fixed dosage patterns, eliminates the necessity for any guess work on the part of novice practitioners and is always a tremendous help for even seasoned doctors. PBHRFs approach is more diagnostic than individualistic. These protocols are easy to learn and since the focus is on the diagnostic approach the case-taking time is shortened. That is why it is easy to disseminate information to medical students and the general public. In a short time more patients can be treated. Consequently, it also makes the treatment affordable for the weaker sections of society, making it The Peoples Medicine. For any scientific medical system it is a rule that treatment should able to be repeated with almost the same result meaning, a treatment should have replicability – and the Banerji Protocols fulfill this criterion.
Dr. Banerji further said, “In our clinics we are privileged to have the opportunity to treat every type of cancer in every stage of the disease. The majority of our patients opt to take only our treatment without any conventional (allopathic) treatments, but we also have patients who use our medicines as adjunct therapy along with or after conventional treatments fail. We often also have patients who come to us to seek relief from the various side-effects of conventional chemotherapy and radiation. Our protocols for the different types of cancer are mostly customized according to the location and tissue type, and the specific medicines, in their specific dilutions and dosage patterns, have been standardised by us”.
The main objective of the Banerji Protocols is to provide the patients with a better quality of life and, if possible, to provide something further than that. The Banerji Protocols are designed taking into account the diagnosis as well as the various complaints being suffered by the patients. The medicines that are used for different types of cancer require a deep insight into cancer care for the practitioner in terms of pathology and the cause and effect of the morbid situation affecting the individual. The patients are given a basic set of medicines to treat each cancer type and have 1st line, 2nd line and in most scenarios 3rd line medicines already thought out and designated. This is complemented by preset medicines to give palliative relief to the suffering of the patients brought on by accompanying symptoms. This is the basis of the Banerji Protocols, where quality of life is given paramount importance.
Patients from more than 200 countries at present follow the Banerji Protocols through the website www.pbhrfindia.org, seeking online medical advice and treatment. National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the United States asked the PBHRF to produce records of successes as part of their Best Case Series programme for evaluating clinical data from alternative healthcare practitioners. Complete records of recovered cases were submitted, and the presentation of cases was accepted after detailed scrutiny by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA.