About homeopathy

Many ailments can be treated with homeopathy. Homeopathy is an art of healing that is in line with the human needs for joy and prosperity, because it enhances all aspects of well-being through the agent that cures like with like. This means that for every situation in one’s life, with its practicalities and unpleasant effects on health and well-being, there is the opportunity for each and every one to progress for the benefit of more lasting health. In short, we would say that every given complaint has a counterpart in nature in the form of a herb, a mineral or a substance derived from an animal that will have a beneficial effect on the mind-body organism when diluted to the extent that only the curative properties remain. Curative properties which affect all levels of our mind-body organism, namely the physical-, the mental-, emotional and even the spiritual plane. With this understanding that the curative effect of remedies have far reaching consequences for the individual: for the client who is seeking assistance with overcoming the burdens of life but also for their loved ones indirectly, as the remedy positively influences the mood and the willingness to help those in direct care of the patient. In this way homeopathy has a knock-on effect on our communities in a way that one cannot imagine but nevertheless takes place.

The year 1810 was the year the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, made his discovery publically known for the first time. He discovered that to cure complaints in a person one should administer a medicine that causes similar complaints in a healthy volunteer. He came about his findings through self-experimentation with a species of South American tree-bark (cinchona) and discovered that he developed symptoms that looked like those of malaria but gradually disappeared after a short while. This experiment led to his understanding that one could cure a person through the administration of a remedy that causes look-a-like symptoms in a healthy human being. As a consequence one could state that like cures like. Actually, Samuel Hahnemann derived the name for his medicine, ho-meo-pa-thy from the classical Greek words homoeos which means similar and pathos which means suffering. Homeopathy is a very individualising medicine and as a result many natural substances out there do have curative properties as long as they are homeopathically prepared.  Through the homeopathic preparation we release the healing properties of substances that are ready available in nature while reducing the toxic effects to non-existent.

As a homeopath takes in consideration all aspects of life from common symptoms to the highly individually felt aspects of one’s well- and unwell-being, one could say that homeopathy treats the whole individual and that no stone will left unturned to derive at the core of one’s suffering in order to prescribe a natural remedy that is in line with the highest needs of the client. Homeopathic remedies can be taken alongside your medication as they rather cooperate for the benefit of your wellbeing while decreasing the side-effects.

Through my efforts of starting a new life and looking for a new purpose straight after my last admission into a psychiatric institution some 7 years ago, I have been able to develop the idea that there is a social context to health and disease. I reasoned that therefore the triggers, the maintaining factors, but also of course, the ways of preventing and/or remedying disease and psychological unwell-being must be sought, beside in medicine, in community life and our culture as well.

As a consequence I have entered the field of social care with the work I was already doing anyway, namely the care for those in distress, while masterminding intricate aspects of homeopathic medicine that where not thought of and practised before. I initiated a system whereby homeopathy is able to enter the field of social sciences with the focal point on the client’s perspective.

First of all I came to understand that besides the vital force or the dynamis there is another higher power at play in the human organism, namely the spirit force. This is not just a intellectual concoction but something that can be readily availed of in the practise of every homeopathic practitioner who wishes to apply the insights derived from the threefold approach to homeopathy.

For example: a mother would do everything for her child in order to safeguard its future. She would be able to make many sacrifices even – in some cases – to the point of giving her own life. Well, the force that drives the mother to do this is the unconditional love for her child and is expressed in a determination beyond belief in all the aspects of the care of her child which also can benefit other people. We may call this the spirit force.

The spirit force becomes immanent in the consultation with clients when we address their highest need, namely to care for someone and to do this better. While discussing their dilemmas and predicaments in relation to a particular care situation one naturally mentions the difficulties one encounters.  This leads to an exchange of experiences, moral stances and opinions in an ambiance of mutual respect and genuine sympathy between the homeopathic practitioner and the client while at the same time the homeopath records the individualising characteristics. The remedy prescribed in relation to this particular care situation will enhance the spirit force and the ability to be more caring.

The remedy addressing the spirit force works in two ways, indirectly it has a beneficial effect on the quality of care of a friend, a child an elderly person, etcetera, while at the other hand it directly enhances the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the client. At the same time a remedy could be prescribed to primarily stimulate the vital force or the dynamis, as our founder Samuel Hahnemann called it.  In my experience over the years it only takes 4 known remedies, one per prescription and in low potencies such as C6 or C30, to primarily stimulate the dynamis. As a result the client may experience an increase in appetite, bodily comfort – as in temperature, an increase in energy, a more fulfilling sex-life, etc. At the same time the remedy that is chosen to stimulate the higher functioning, such as the ability to unconditionally love and care, usually given in a higher potency, will direct the dynamis in such a way that it can reign in our organism more effectively, increasing the harmonious coherent activity of the organs.

The threefold approach to homeopathy works in line with the human needs and not as much with the given facts from the materia medica, the volumes of remedy descriptions as they are derived from testings and clinical findings. The highest need in each individual is to love- and to be loved unconditionally. Therefore this need to unconditionally care/love is something that can be seen when people in one of my self-help groups work in a united fashion to the well-being of those who are worse off, such as in Listen-to-your-Hearth, a self-help group for those in distress.

In my self-help groups we work as a consequence of sound listening according to the principles of Faith, Hope and Charity. We meet in the faith that after all we have been through, life is worthwhile to live, but that indeed drastic change is needed. Hope for a better future comes about when we start listening to one another with the intention to find out where he/she is coming from, what challenges have to be overcome and what his/her future expectations may be. In our efforts to listen we light a candle and whoever holds the candle can speak to their hearts content while the other participants are thoroughly listening. As this candle goes around, round after round the group ties will strengthen and the urge to do something for people outside the group who are worse off will increase. As we have made such a tremendous effort to listen and understand what the other had to say for her/himself, it becomes rather easy to work unitedly for the well-being of others unconditionally. In other words, we have enabled ourselves through the loving care that listening brings about to put our personal dilemmas aside for the benefit of someone else’s future and to break out of our individual isolation that is maintained by the activity of the intellectual soul. Through charity and unconditional love we are able to stand up for the rights of someone else or to care better for a person who is worse off. In doing so we may be hampered by struggles of the sort that may seem impossible to overcome successfully. Anyhow, as we all face the same struggles and we are all confronted by the same challenges in a united fashion, we all individually may benefit from one single remedy that is prescribed for the whole group. The homeopathic practitioner will take all the group characteristics in consideration as if it where one person. Hence this particular way of group prescription is effective when it comes to the benefit of those people who are targeted by their charitable work. Also the individual effects individually felt by each participant are surprisingly beneficial with regards to the ability of each to open up and so to reveal more of their talents, beauty and precious gems that lay deep in their hearts.

Through the group-work in, for example, Listen-to-your-Heart we enter with homeopathy the field of social sciences and at the same we make sure that those lonely and isolated people are listened to with the effect that at the same time their self-esteem will increase and their willingness to do something about the injustice perpetrated on them. The participants that break out of their isolated existence will deal much easier with their personal stresses and together they have created a new future perspective all because of attentive listening guided by the principles Faith, Hope and Charity.

Loneliness and isolation are some of the chief maintaining and causative factors of stress and distress leading to all sort physical, emotional and mental suffering. One can be the best practitioner of medicine in the world, however if one doesn’t look after the well-being of the client in relation to his/her social context or worse even, if one is inclined to prescribe medication and apply applies methods that hamper the client in his/her social participation, all efforts may seem a lost cause.

I have explored this innovation in small sessions with couples and I must say that a closer look is needed with regards to working with bigger numbers. However the principles that I apply for couples and 1:1 consultations remain the same. At request I am willing to demonstrate my findings through the aid of life cases only to registered colleagues in homeopathy in seminar settings of an appropriate size.