|Dying is not a good thought (especially given the kind of
events happening all over). Though we know what is born must
die, we somehow think the grim reaper will pass us by for later.
But chronic illnesses bring us far much closer to a reality
that we do anything to prevent, especially when it relates to
family and friends. And that's the time we look for therapies
alternative to allopathy for answers, for life.
Though homeopathy has a German origin it has a lot of believers
in India and a lot of practitioners. In the time of AIDS when
the entire body's immune system is under threat there are more
and more people who seek out homeopathy because it makes more
sense to stimulate the body's own natural healing abilities
than opt for external support. New research has also helped
homeopathy gain greater credibility. And today we profile one
of the city's practicing homeopaths who is waging a war against
cancer, and helping his patients fight it.
An interest in homeopathy, encouraged by an aunt who herself
was a practitioner at the Calcutta Corporation, saw Kanchan
Mukherjee decide to take up this line of healing. "I
saw my teachers and others heal cases of lung cancer and paralysis
when other doctors had given up. That's when my interest grew."
He has a string of qualifications to his name, the primary
being a diploma in Homeopathy and surgery. But more than the
qualifications it's his continuous exploration of all the
permutations and combinations a homeopathic remedy can be
applied to, that characterizes the way he diagnoses and treats
According to A Dasgupta of Mahendra Hills "homeo medicines
can produce matchless results." He was a colon cancer
patient who was not getting any relief from allopathic medicines
inspite of a surgery and subsequent chemotherapy. It all changed
when he turned to homeopathy and Dr.Mukherjee, "I am
almost normal now." He says, "thanks to Dr.Mukherjee."
Three cases of cancer have been completely cured, and five
more are under treatment. I can almost always stop the cancer
from spreading but sometimes other factors like diabetes or
a heart disease can prevent complete recovery. But what I
have been able to help my terminal cancer patients with, is
a painless death. Because cancer in its last stages can be
excruciatingly painful and I can prevent that, " says
the doctor who is also developing medicines for diseases like
Hypothyroidism, piles, haemorrhage, acne and dandruff. Talks
are on right now with the city's top pharmacy labs for patenting
While cancer is what he likes to concentrate on, there have
been a lot of cases involving arthritis, breast cancer, convulsions
and diabetes that he is helped in control and cure. He helped
Lavanya, Dasari Narayana Rao's (the Telugu film producer)
sister, to walk and resume her life after she was paralysed.
Mahesh Akhil of Satavahana Nagar was operated on for cardiac
infarction (when the left ventricle of the heart weakens)
at one of the city's well-known facilities and asked to go
in for a pace maker worth Rs.7.5 lakh. He was in no state
to take on such expenditure and he asked Dr.Mukherjee to look
in Today h says, "Following Dr.Mukherjee's medicines
has brought my problem under control."
There has been a lot of cynicism Dr.Mukherjee's faced. "People
tell me there have been so many cases where homeopathy hasn't
worked, what difference will I be able to make? "for
me, treatment is a four-step process. One, establishing a
rapport with the patients so you are able to extract all the
information about their symptoms. Two, arriving at the right
diagnosis based on the symptoms. Three, coming to the right
medicinal decision and four, using the best quality medicine
Dr.Mukherjee uses medicines only from King and Co, the homeopathy
medicine manufacturers, who he thinks are the best, given
their more than a century old track record in this business.
According to his patients, Dr.Mukherjee is a good man. For
a doctor who likes to grapple with the tougher cases, who
will do anything to beat the odds, he is also very sympathetic.
No consultation fee from the economically disadvantaged, and
over the phone consultations even, long distance calls with
patients who need his help but can't meet him - he does it