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USA to test Indian homeopathy cancer cure

USA to test Indian homeopathy cancer cure

Author: PTI
Publication: The Hindu
Date: October 5, 2004
URL: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200410050301.htm?headline=USA~to~test~Indian~homeopathy~cancer~cure

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of USA on Monday said it was looking at collaborating with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for multi-centric trials of a homeopathic cancer cure protocol developed by a city-based homeopath duo, making it the first such alternative medicine to be tested by the coveted global body.

Dr Jeffrey White, Director of the the office of Cancer Complimentary and Alternative Medicine of NCI told a press meet here that they were in talks with AIIMS for simultaneous trials of the protocol in USA and India.

"We will soon appoint collaborators in India and the USA to oversee the process and gather data on the patients undergoing the cancer cure protocol at the clinic of Kolkata-based homeopath P Banerji, whose case presentations to the NCI were found to be very impressive," White said.

Though AIIMS had been dabbling with yoga and dietary anti-oxidants to test their anti-cancer efficacy, this would be the first time that the premier national medical research body tests a homeopathic formulation for the purpose, he said.

White would hold a high level meeting with AIIMS authorities on Thursday and finalise the modalities of the collborative project.

"The project is pending clearance of the ethics committee of AIIMS as also a nod from the Indian Council of Medical Research. But going by the response, we are hopeful of the collaboration happening within the next four months," he said.

The project, he said would begin by next April, he said.

The protocol, developed by the homeopath-duo P Banerji and his son Pratip Banerji caught NCI's attention a couple of years back after the clinic reported 'significant tumour regression' in a number of lung cancer cases.

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