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Why are we different?

There are many ways of practising homeopathy, defined by many different and often confusing terms: classical, pluralism, complex, drainage, etc. Even these terms themselves are interpreted differently by different practitioners.

It is impossible to cite one particular detail that differentiates our method of working from other forms of practice. What is of utmost importance to us is that we practise according to the principles laid down by Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, in his two main works, The Organon of Medicine and The Chronic Diseases. We have studied these texts in depth over a number of years as well as those of similar thinkers up to the present day, such as Dr James Tyler Kent, Dr Stuart Close and Joseph Reves.

We feel that Hahnemann’s theories have been compromised over the years with a constant stream of new ideas. Many people quote Hahnemann freely in some aspects of their work and then discard his views in other aspects, stating that in this or that instance they are ‘out-dated’ or ‘inappropriate’, in an attempt to move Homeopathy forward into the 21st century. Often, in reality, this can be a retrograde step.

Even when Hahnemann’s ideas may at times seem contentious, we have discovered through perseverance and application that his view is always correct and fits into his comprehensive system of medicine. Some people may define us as fundamentalists or extremists; so be it. We believe our approach allows us to treat with the best results.

Homeopathy addresses not only the material plane of life but also the immaterial. Our approach attempts to understand the mutual interdependence of these two aspects: the spiritual and the physical. This is not an easy task and requires much time and care, as well as an examination of the chain of cause and effect, so that all facets of a person’s life and health are linked to form a comprehensive picture of their disease. We also study the general health of society and its influence on the individual.

We use consistent methodology, including repertorisation and Materia Medica comparison, in every case in order to ensure an understanding of the overall ill health of each individual, rather than looking at isolated symptoms. We understand that at any one time there is only one most similar remedy (simillimum) suitable for each person so that ideally all homoeopaths should endeavour to find that one remedy.

We always give a single well-proven medicine and then closely monitor the reaction over a period of time (anything from 2 weeks to 2 years) without repeating or changing the medicine. This enables us to confirm the correct choice of medicine, to ascertain that the treatment is still working and to assess accurately when another prescription may be needed. It must be clearly understood whether or not an aggravation of symptoms is an indication of curative action.

In monitoring the results of treatment, we look at all aspects of the person’s health and life in line with Hering’s Law and base each new prescription on the previous one in order to guarantee continuity of treatment.

We recognise that it is the Vital Force which produces symptoms in an ordered and intelligent way to guide us to reflect on our apparently disordered state of health.
Through an understanding of this intelligence, each remedy to be given is based on a logically linked group of symptoms [totality]. There is no simple solution for eradicating individual symptoms when these make up part of the total picture of the person’s sickness, which is usually the case. Everyone recognises that when some children eat food containing certain additives and colourings, they become hyperactive. In such cases keeping them away from these foods may suffice to remove the symptom.

There is always a correlation between the suffering of the person on the spiritual, emotional and physical levels and this is reflected in the careful selection of each symptom to represent the whole. It is not that the mind directly affects the body nor the body directly affects the mind, but that the disturbed Vital Force affects both mind and body independently. It can be observed that before a person gets a cold, for example, he often feels mentally ‘out-of-sorts’.

We acknowledge the contribution of Hahnemann’s miasmatic theory as detailed in The Chronic Diseases and use this knowledge to assess underlying factors which may be present in a particular case. The family history of each individual is also investigated. We are aware that each person will need a different level of treatment at any particular time; thus we take care to establish if the prescription should be acute, chronic or miasmatic.

The consultation is seen as a unique, personal meeting where trust, confidentiality and mutual cooperation allow free expression of all disturbances and problems, whether physical, mental or emotional. We recognise the human propensity to prejudice and we therefore use appropriate tools to mitigate this tendency during consultation and selection of a medicine.

We believe that during the healing process it is important to be aware of interruptive factors and therefore take care to explain why other treatments may not be advisable during this time. We also give advice on nutrition and life-style as an aid to promoting health.

As practitioners we strive to improve all aspects of our own health and continued professional development is acknowledged as essential.

Our overall aim is to provide a safe environment for consultation, to employ well established means to select an appropriate medicine and to monitor the results of treatment in precise detail. We do our best to maintain objectivity while acting always with compassion.

Homeopathy is not in our view a complementary therapy. It is by definition an alternative approach, as can be illustrated clearly in the treatment of burns. Furthermore and most importantly, it is not just a system of medical treatment; it is the basis for a whole way of life.

 

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