KOLKATA: The celebrated Banerji protocol — a homoeopathy-based treatment method devised and practised successfully by legendary physician Prasanta Banerji for over 60 years — is ready to seek recognition as a separate stream of medicine.
With a success rate of over 70% in cancer cases, it is time for the protocol to emerge as an independent branch of treatment, believes Banerji who moved to Kolkata from his native Mihijam, now in Jharkhand, in 1960 to practice homeopathy. Over six decades, Banerji has not only built a formidable reputation for his protocol which is often believed to be a magic cure..., he has altered it several times to incorporate modern methods and findings .
The result has been quite extraordinary with some of the most well-known doctors and researchers around the world certifying the protocol as effective and potent enough to deal with terminal diseases like cancer. "I am going to write to the Government of India to recognize it as a separate branch along with allopathy and homoeopathy. Even though my protocol, too, is homoeopathy, it's a lot different from the conventional system which is not standardized. I have evolved it over the years with inputs from my huge database of patients and my experience of treating them. I have also experimented, tried out numerous permutations and combinations to strike out the best possible combination of drugs for various diseases, including cancer. So, there is no magic in my protocol. It is just a practice which works successfully and has been recognized in numerous countries. But it should now be recognized in India," said the 82-year-old Banerji.
He runs his clinic at Elgin Road with his son Pratip Banerji. They have a team of 16 doctors working under them. Around 1000-1200 patients visit the clinic everyday, more than 30% of whom are suffering from cancer.
But Banerji maintains that his protocol or clinic is not restricted to cancer patients. "We get more cancer patients than Tata Hospital, but we are general practitioners. When the clinic was started in 1960, we got only those patients who had been written off under the conventional system of treatment. But now, 70% of our patients seek treatment from us first," said Banerji. "Our treatment works better than chemotherapy," claimed Pratip Banerji.
But it is their success with cancer treatment that has made the protocol famous, admitted the duo. The figures support the success story. Out of 4,500 cancer patients treated last year, 50% malignant tumours showed improvement and 28% remained static. "Our medicines are not merely for the disease but for the individual as well. Every patient reacts differently to particular drugs. So, we had to figure out a pattern of identifying which medicine would work best for an individual. It was based on hard facts," added Banerji. Along with son Pratip, Banerji claimed to have cured osteo-circoma, oesophagul cancer, brain tumours, malignant tumours among a host of other forms of cancer. "We have got data, reports, scans and patient testimonials to support our claim," said Pratip.
It wasn't so till 1995 when the Banerjis were invited to a WHO meet. They were told that they needed better evidence. "Later, when we started working with the Emily Anderson Cancer Centre in USA, we started collecting every piece of record that we could collect in every case. We started computerizing them meticulously," said Banerjee.
It is used in 190 countries now. As many as 47 clinics around India use it. "We have an independent research wing to devise the best possible combination of drugs. So, the system is a foolproof one. How or why particular medicines work for different individuals is something which researchers must find out," argued the veteran physician.