Homeopathy 2022; 111(03): 217-225
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1735581
Hypothesis

Can Nanoparticles in Homeopathic Remedies Enhance Phototherapy of Cancer? A Hypothetical Model

1   Laser Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
2   Department of Complementary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
,
Janice Pellow
2   Department of Complementary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
,
Heidi Abrahamse
1   Laser Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
,
Rahul Chandran
1   Laser Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
› Author Affiliations
Funding The authors sincerely thank the South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (Grant No 98337), as well as grants received from the University of Johannesburg, the National Research Foundation, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research—National Laser Centre's Laser Rental Pool Program.

Abstract

The continuous rise in cancer incidence places a massive burden on the health sector to increase efforts in the fight against cancer. As a holistic complementary medicine modality, homeopathy has the potential to assist in the supportive and palliative treatment of cancer patients. Recent empirical studies demonstrate the presence of silica and original source nanoparticles in ultra-high dilutions of several homeopathic medicines. Recent studies have also demonstrated the efficacy of phototherapy in inducing the ablation of cancer cells through laser-activated nanoparticle photosensitizers. A new hypothetical research model is presented herein, in an attempt to investigate and compare the phototherapeutic effects of homeopathic source nanoparticles with photosensitizing nanoparticle agents that have previously been tested.



Publication History

Received: 31 March 2021

Accepted: 02 August 2021

Article published online:
17 November 2021

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