Student Diaries – Helen
||Helen has worked as a sports therapist for over ten years, and decided to train as a homeopath so that she could offer her patients a wider range of treatment options.
“Well something happened this last month – I think I am slowly starting to get it…”
Well something happened this last month – I think I am slowly starting to get it – I think I was saying last month that I am still trying to find the best way to study for me – I have notes everywhere, written in all sorts of different note books and then I can’t find them when I need them, so last month after college I decided to type my notes up as soon as I came home – trouble is, I wrote so many notes that it took me all month to do so – but what has happened this month is I have had occasions where I have used homeopathy and it has worked, unbelievably well, which considering I still don’t really know what I’m doing, is a testament to just how effective it is, and I know I shall easier remember those remedies in future.
This in itself is helping me to learn – at the first weekend, Yubraj asked if we had all done our first case study and everyone said yes and I was thinking God I didn’t even know we had to do one yet – then a girl at work asked me if I could help her with a thyroid problem – it sounded all very complicated and I felt a bit out of my depth so I must admit, I have kept putting her off – but I have decided that now I am just going to try and get started with it, as I can always ask at college if I am on the right track.
So last month we had Saturday in college and Sunday, Yubraj was speaking at the Homeopathic Medical Association Conference, so we all went to that.
On Saturday night my dog walker text me to say she was ill and couldn’t walk the dogs on Sunday, so after ringing around last minute I was unable to find a replacement, so was just going to have to go in for a shorter day, as my old dog just can’t hold on for so long anymore and it wouldn’t be fair to leave him all day.
We were given some great notes from the speakers (which are here somewhere but I have filed somewhere!) – but I missed the first speaker – I arrived to hear Dr Balbir Nandra giving his talk on Mental Health – he gave 15 case studies, all very different, with a medical diagnosis of either autism or depression and it was evident that most of these would have been treated with very similar allopathic drugs. In fact, only two were given the same remedy and I was very impressed at the prescribing accuracy that I saw – it was really interesting to see how he narrowed down his clients symptoms, some special, rare, peculiar ones, but often times only one remedy and then a phone call from a grateful parent to say what a difference already. I’m glad I attended this conference, as I probably wouldn’t have chosen to listen to this talk myself, but not only was he very funny, I learnt loads and it was very interesting.
Next was lunchtime and trade stands! I went to the Helios stand and bought myself the pet first aid remedy kit – I was inspired after Dr Nandras talk to go home and treat my elderly dog! We had a long lunch whilst the AGM was going on and Yubraj gave us a lesson during this time also.
After a lovely lunch it was Yubraj and his talk on Allopathic Medicine and Homeopathy.
It was great to see Yubraj in his element – he really does know his stuff medically – the drug names and their effects just drip off his tongue and I’m sure there were people in the audience hearing stuff for the first time about spirits, elemental forces and black magic!
He discussed how to analyze drug side effects in your patients.
Help the person understand the disease – the vital energy then heals. You are different after you’ve transformed the disease.
Your are provided the disease as a lesson – allopathic drugs block the soul from learning the lesson from the disease. So by simply getting rid of disease symptoms, you get rid of the opportunity to learn from the disease.
Allopathy has no concept at all of the soul, mind, etheric energy field and emotions.
It was interesting to think about some of the things mentioned – like if you destroy the body – you will have no symptoms – it seems obvious when you think about it, but it can be worse if you’re on allopathic drugs and not getting side effects, as this means your vital energy is not even working. If you suppress disease on the surface, it goes deeper
If a client is on many drugs, you have the original disease to treat and also the drug, which is a block and has also created a new disease.
Yubraj spoke about Yin and Yang and how organs are paired – if you treat kidneys, you may get earache on way to heal – the liver can release or vent to the eyes
Drugs make an artificial chemistry – a metabolic pathway that doesn’t exist in a normal human. Get to know your drugs – look up in the BNF for drug side effects – start telling people that and they start to wake up.
Organopathy to support organs – drainage – give herbs to support heart.
Defence Chi – part of the ‘onion layers’ your defence chi protects from invasion from outside
surface reaction = colds
deeper = GI, Pneumonia
Western Medicine makes big holes in Defence Chi – ie biopsies, IV lines, lumbar puncture – repeated attack
Yubraj then talked about Peptic Ulcer drugs, Atrial Fibrillation, Liver Toxicity, High Blood Pressure, Ace Inhibitors and Statins.
What was interesting was seeing the blocks to healing that pharmaceutical drugs put into the body and how you have to treat the body for the drug aswell as the illness. I don’t know why, but I find Yubraj hilarious, he just cracks me up with what he says – but anyway, it was a very interesting talk about some common conditions that a lot of our future clients will be presenting with.
Unfortunately, I had to leave after this as my old dog would be crossing his legs at home waiting for me and it’s a two hour journey home, but it was a great day and I was sad to miss the last speaker, talking about Zen Homeopathy but home was calling.
When I got home, I was all inspired to try out my pet first aid kit – Terry, my old dog has had a gungy eye for a few weeks – I have to clean it up a couple of times a day, so I gave him a remedy, and I didn’t have to clean his eyes up before bedtime. The next day I could also see they were clean, with no gunk but still red so I then gave him another remedy and more the following day – result – eyes cleared up almost immediately after weeks of constant gunkyness – couldn’t believe it – happy dog.
There was an extra day at college yesterday, taught by Myriam Shivadikar
who is like an encyclopedia – on womens health – I would have loved to have gone to this but I am hoping that she will do it again over the next couple of years and I look forward to learning more about this subject.
So back to the first day of the weekend – we did Prescribing Methodologies – there are many of them – isopathic, tautopathic, sequential, pathological, causative (causative layer, hidden causation, indirect causation, multiple causation), layers, miasmatic, constitutional, combination prescribing, drainage, genus epidemicus and intuitive – I don’t know how I’m ever going to learn all of this – just keep repeating and repeating and like the other day, hopefully something will just click – anyone who thinks that homeopathy is the easy option is so wrong – it’s such an unbelievably thorough way to prescribe. For eg from just one prescribing methodology – constitutional prescribing – we drew a mind map with yet more sub sections – it’s definitely a rabbit hole – we went through each different prescribing methodology like this and also reminded to look up drugs clients are on in the BNF – look for the side effects of the drugs they are taking and check if any of these are reported as clients symptoms …
Of all the courses I have ever taken, homeopathy has to be the most thorough, in-depth study of just about everything – I am constantly surprised at the level of detail you bore down into – it really does give you an insight into your own health story, into understanding the layers within your own biography and empowers you to further know yourself
“I am studying at The School of Shamanic Homeopathy in London – I am starting my second year and…”
I am studying at The School of Shamanic Homeopathy in London – I am starting my second year and this is the first weekend back, we are covering “The History of Homeopathy’ and ‘How to Analyse Symptoms from a Homeopathic point of view”
I am going back after a bit of a break – I moved house to a new area 18 months ago and along with that I pretty much had to start the business from scratch again (sports massage and pain relief clinic), so financially I needed to take a break from college whilst I re-established the business – so it’s been two years since I was here – I’m still trying to work out the best way for me to learn and revise – I think repetition is the key, so it will sink in eventually
The weekend was very interesting and I wrote so many notes, but I think what I took from it in general was – get as many symptoms as possible – we are not trying to treat a part of the person and ignoring the rest – to treat whole vital energy
Each symptom requires further history taking – onset, duration, frequency, modalities/character, associated, concomitant, radiation, precipitating factors, aggravating factors, relieving factors, periodicity and hierarchy
To understand the disease as a learning experience – and how one person may get virus at mucosal lining level – another person, same virus, same exposure, virus can go right into nervous system
We looked at remedies – fast acting remedies that work really well on fast acting conditions – aconite, apis, belladonna and slow, grumbling onset remedies – gelsemium, bryonia and hepar sulph
We looked at layers of treatment and chi deficiency and the four pathogenic factors – heat, wind, cold and damp
We had a case study come into college in the afternoon – a father and his daughter – we looked at remedies for deep infection (gunpowder, pyrogen and snake remedies), best herbal ‘antibiotics’ such as goldenseal, echinacea, calendula, thyme, sage and rosemary and then discussed Chinese herbal remedies and why stunted growth in children can happen – with any chronic infection, the body vital energy isn’t focused on growth, and we looked at the Miasms
Referred pain – How liver pathology can manifest as shoulder pain – the gall bladder meridian runs over the shoulder
Organon – is the bible of Homeopathy
We learnt about Samuel Hanneman and his childhood, his education, his work as a translator for a count with a huge library and rediscovery of homeopathy, how by the late 1780’s he was making potentised remedies and training other people
As is often the way, someone asked about the history of allopathic medicine which in itself led to a very interesting discussion in itself – the discussion ended up going right back to ancient civilization including Ancient Chinese Medicine, Ayuverdic, Greek, Indian, Chinese, Persian and Egyptian – Hippocrates and then on into Greek Mythology, Asclepius – then onto the Roman Civilization and the collapse of the Roman Empire – The Dark Ages – folklore – herbalists – then to medical profession, bleeding, leeches, mercury – indigenous tribes and shamanism – Paracelsus middle age master alchemist using minerals and metals – law of signatures – all that from a random question!
1810 saw the 1st edition of the Organon published
There were anti-organon journals which ridiculed the organon – if there is one thing that provokes ridicule still to this day, it is homeopathy, so I feel I’m in good company! I can post anything at all no matter how extreme on my facebook page, but if I mention homeopathy, batten down the hatches and wait for the ignorant comments to pass – all I can say is my own personal realization that I am learning a subject that is empirical and that my own personal development, style and application of homeopathy goes into the collected works of homeopathy – it is a living body of knowledge and I feel privileged to be part of it’s history. Certainly my friends comment that my me and my pets seem to consistently make ‘miraculously’ quick recoveries from any ailment that comes our way and my dogs and horse, well they just respond beautifully and swiftly.
Hanneman died in 1843 at 89 years old – 10 years earlier he had published the 5th edition of the Organon and was working on the 6th which never got released
In 1917 it was rediscovered and published in 1921 – it was more spiritual than previous editions – nowadays the 5th and 6th are combined into one edition
Dr Quinn – an aristocratic doctor trained in France and brought to the UK – patronized by the Royal Family – key Royal Doctors are homeopathic Drs
Royal Patronage – Royal Hospitals ie Royal London Homeopathy Hospital – 160/170 years ago
Cholera – homeopathy had better chance of hospital survival if acute infectious diseases – statistics much better with homeopathy
We then discussed another case study of a student and ‘never well since’ ( I am adding a note here, as I am quite late getting this diary in and so have already started my case studies – it’s amazing how often, without any prompting, you hear this phrase in the first consultation – a great clue for us to heed)
We studied in more detail the Organon of Homeopathy and all the principles of homeopathy and drew mind maps to help us learn them
We discussed a little astrology
We are addressing the signs and symptoms not the pathological diagnosis – we are trying to complete the symptoms not get rid of it …
We go to the deepest causes for permanent restoration – if the body created the symptom, the vital energy is trying to tell you you’ve got a disease – you also have to perceive what the vital energy can deal with at any one time
Once you have grasped the disease – know the disturbance of remedies
We looked at different parts of the plant – roots, flowers and fruits and leaves for differing conditions
Nature has reflected back to us every single vibration in health and disease – what part of nature matches the disease – similimum
Once you understand which remedy you can adapt its potency, frequency etc
Then more greek mythology and that was only the end of Module 1! …