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
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
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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