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A Question

This is to ascertain the thinking of health concerns in general. If a patient is diagnosed with cancer and has lesions or a tumour internally, is it a good idea to remove the tumour surgically and treat the patient, or is it better homoeopathically to just treat the patient without surgical involvement? This question is asked to balance the viewpoint of homoeopathic professionals on both sides of the question and not to ‘legislate’ or mandate a course of action.

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Looking at the presenting disease/diagnosis in homoeopathic medical treatment

1200px-Portrait_of_Samuel_Hahnemann._Wellcome_L0015074 Much as modern medicine tries, it can only treat disease as separate from a living organism. Homoeopathy treats disease as a deviation from the normal healthy condition that an organism enjoys. This is not at odds with recognising bacteria and viruses etc as a causative agent, but once contracted, it is the organism that is sick and the organism that produces the symptoms and the organism that needs healing. It has been my experience with some patients, a disease infection despite having been removed with antibiotics or antivirals, the patient can continue to be weakened or susceptible to further infections, or even have a continuation of the disease WITHOUT the primary infection being detectable in blood tests.

“Diagnosis of disease”  (allopathically) implies that detecting the location and nature of a lesion in the anatomy, be it an organ, a limb, or tissue (et al) is the understanding of the disease. This presupposes that the physical material part is the total reality of disease, and structural changes within the body are nothing but effects of the alterations of the physical parts.

Using this primary thought pattern, it becomes obvious that the body is viewed mechanically with each organ being independent and replaceable. This viewpoint means the approach is to treat each damaged or diseased organ individually and this will fix the problem.shutterstock_791110975

Homoeopathy treats the organism as a whole. This is more than the sum of its individual parts. The organism as a whole is not limited either in function or disease and therefore the parts are not exhausted individually or treated individually. The trend of orthodox medicine is to generalise, diagnose and treat illnesses and their causes as far as these are accessible for diagnosis and treatment. The homoeopath’s direction is to individualise the patient and the drug and treat accordingly as a patient suffering under a set of circumstances or particular conditions. Thus the diagnosis of the disease is not indispensable from the homoeopathic point of view for treating patients; or rather the emphasis on nosological diagnosis may, in many cases mislead the homoeopathic physician in the art of selecting the similimum.

Putting the assessment in the place of nosological diagnosis takes a different value if we attach a wider significance to it. The diagnostic problems that confront us today involve more than the naming of the maladies and recognition of their anatomical substrate; they include the making of pathological physiologic diagnosis,  the discovery of aetiologic factors, the determination of the series of events that have intervened between the action of causes and their later results (that is to say the detection of several links in the pathogenetic chain), the separation of constitutional from environmental factors In the origin of inadequacies of biological adjustments, the reactions of human persons, as a whole, to the stimulations in which they find themselves and the discovery of the physical, chemical, psychological and situational means that can be employed to gain and to maintain the highest possible level of vital efficiency of each person examined.  This represents a vast widening of our ideas of the functions of medical diagnosis. After all, is  said and done, we cannot in the selection of the”similimum,” ignore pathology or as a matter of fact, nosological diagnosis, for without it we deprive ourselves of some advantages that might be derived from pathological symptoms, which may be summed up as follows:

(1) Only by means of it we can know the symptoms that are common to the disease, and hence those that are peculiar to the patient.

(2) We also thereby know at certain stages of some diseases that no matter how similar the symptoms produced by certain remedies may appear to those of the patient, yet, owing to the superficial character of their action,  it is not possible for them to prove curative.

(3) Pathology enables us to decide when new symptoms arise and whether they are due to the natural progress of the disease or to the action of the remedy.

(4)  Pathology also warns us that it is dangerous to attempt to cure certain disease conditions, e.g.,  advanced phthisis or deeply seated abscesses or where foreign bodies are encysted near vital organs.

The intention of this monograph is:

1/. To know what is curable in our patients.

2/. To assess his symptoms for prescribing.

3/.To separate the symptoms ultimating from his disease from those that characterise his fight against it. (immune system, vital principle)

4/. To decide on ancillary therapy.

5/. In the interest of public health.

6/. To maintain the reputation of homoeopathy by showing the non-homoeopathic physician that we do not disregard his Values, but add a deeper insight to healing the patient.

Thoughts regarding our profession

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Thoughts……

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I was in the company of a homoepathic colleague several years ago. He expressed the wish that all allopathic surgeries were taken over by homoeopaths.

Sadly, I could not agree with him. This cannot and SHOULD not happen. The truth is that a lot, if not the majority of homoeopaths are not sufficiently trained to practice and prescribe quickly on Hahnemannian principles for the benefit of the patients. Also, we as a profession need to re-establish our credentials by having central training, especially for those without knowledge of anatomy and physiology, disease processes, and knowledge of current allopathic treatments for health conditions.

We at the IHM have been looking hard at the current armoury of allopathic medications, and are discussing which treatments do not suppress the living organism and are perhaps necessary on a temporary basis to prevent further issues, ie blood thinners or some heart regulators.

Whilst all of us here in the IHM are dedicated to the practice of homoeopathy, and are convinced of the efficacy of the treatments, we are also realists in this over-medicated system, and try to work with the drugs that a patient is on until the remedial action of a remedy allows the body to self regulate. It is time-consuming and sometimes 3 steps forward and 2 steps backwards, yet that is part of how we have to work with the patients’ problems.

Our profession in the west is slowly disappearing. The term “Homoeopathy” continues, along with the designation “homoeopath”, yet the real practice and application are no longer at the forefront of treatment. A patient looking for a practitioner is at a disadvantage, he or she no longer is sure of the Hahnemannian treatment. So sad. Homoeopathy is very forgiving, and for acute diseases. a remedy given that is close to the symptoms of the disease will trigger an immune response that will be curative. For deeper problems, an understanding of Hahnemann’s research is required.

The IHM teaches Hahnemannian homoeopathy, and each of the members of the Register practices in the manner described and taught by Hahnemann. Although we can’t help everybody, we can be assured that the methodology employed in treatment offers the best chance of success.

The IHM has moved to online teaching and will begin the second intake of students shortly. We will give details as soon as we can.

What we teach.

We give all the Hahnemannian directives and principles through case taking and case analysis. We cover the Organon pointers in each step that is taken during the process to ensure finding the best medicine. A few steps are required to be made before utilising aphorism 153 as the final arbiter.

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How we can help your clinic to grow with our online seminars.

The rationale for success in Homoeopathy.

After 10 years in homoeopathic practice, I realised (and accepted) that my ability to help the majority of patients using homoeopathy was impaired. In facing this truth, accompanied by clinic statistics, I looked for where the problem lay. My choices were:

  • I was not a good homoeopath.
  • Homoeopathy did not work.
  • My approach and understanding of the application of the therapy were wrong.

I stopped practice for a while and conducted intense research through the pages of Hahnemann, Kent, Boenninghausen, and a lot of other contemporary writers of the time.

What became obvious was that The Swedenborg school (Kent et al) did not practice according to Hahnemann’s directions. Given that the Swedenborg approach has taken over the teaching curriculums of Homoeopathic Institutions, (and was the approach I used,) it became imperative to ascertain the differences from Hahnemann and see if this was the problem.

Kent places emphasis on the spiritual and mental symptoms a patient expresses. My research has shown there is a general but accurate approach to case taking, which is not limited to any single aspect of a patient. I will briefly explain this here. We will teach the full methodology in our online seminars.

Now after 36 years in practice, I have 26 years of practice in the Hahnemannian tradition with an average of 72% first prescription accuracy, and 81% cure rate.

Firstly, the following is a breakdown of what a practitioner needs to know.

Visual signs

  • Find the limits of the importance of the signs,
  • the ability to deconstruct signs, to break them into important aspects.
  • the ability to reconstruct signs in a totality
  • The use of Repertory and the symptom codes as found in remedies.

Seeing a visual expression of the disease symptom in question, the evidence of the expression is right in front of us. We must remember that one symptom must be in harmony with and be related by the existence of other signs and symptoms to produce a coherent whole to individualise a remedy choice.

There are at least 10 examples of ‘relationships’  Here are three.

How do we find a ‘totality’? Its an evaluation of each symptom involving visual signs.

  • One is several signs appearing in a localised area, which when examined complete an indication for a complete sign as in location sensation and modality. It is the peculiarity of this complex sign that makes it worthy of homoeopathic attention.
  • Another is a relationship between symptoms appearing in different locations.
  • Relationship of visual signs and pathology.

Another 7 carefully researched pointers will be taught in our online practitioner course.

I asked myself how does one remedy express itself in different diseases?

Clinical observation presents us only indicators, signs that point to some remedies. Rubrics help to narrow the field of possible medicines, however, the truly effective and definitive method is the collective appearance of signs that are connected by grouping, time and in the disease state under scrutiny.

Case example: (Gheorghe Jurj)

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The elements associated with this configuration are:

  • 1) large boils;
  • 2) swelling;
  • 3) ecchymosis;
  • 4) cyanosis;
  • 5) lymphatic affection. The cause of this picture is a toxic substance which produces:  1) micro thrombosis with 2) laceration of the superficial layer of the skin, which thus is detached forming boils;  3)  Lack of coagulation;  4)  disturbance in the microcirculation,  predominantly venous  (cyanosis); and 5) oedema. It can be a disease, as e.g. bullous pemphigo, it, it can be an intoxication. It is a snake bite. From the homoeopathic clinical viewpoint, this is extremely relevant:  a  similar grouping in a patient points to a snake-derived remedy,  e.g. Lachesis, as in the following cases.

Case To show grouping of Symptoms to use with repertory.

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Patient consults with severe congestive heart failure; is in very poor general state, with dyspnea and very irritable. He had spent the last three weeks hospitalized, but there was no improvement; on auscultation he presented signs of chronic pulmonary edema and he also had ulcers in the legs.

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Clinical picture was composed of characteristic signs of the disease (cyanosis, peripheral edema) as well as of signs of this individual-in-disease: deep blue discoloration of the distal extreme of the lower limbs with congestion in the proximal one and ulcers. His face presented similar signs : overall congestion and infiltration, deep-blue cyanosis (lips, nose, ears) and venectasis on the cheeks.

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However, a closer look on the lips showed, in fact, an alternation between congestive and cyanotic areas, the same pattern as in the lower limbs.

Venectasis also on the back, which is an extremely rare localization for this phenomenon, therefore, a peculiar sign.

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snake6The tongue was bifid, deviated to the left side, exhibited dramatic cyanosis and a toxic white coating. A closer look on the ulcers showed once again an alternation of red congestive and blue cyanotic small areas as well as a humid secretion. A coherent configuration leads to individualization: in each localization and lesion the same phenomena are present: alternation of congestion and cyanosis in small areas; toxic appearance; infiltration and swelling; ecchymosis (disturb of coagulation); microthrombosis and venous stasis. Prescription of Lachesis in low dilution (9cH) led to improvement of circulation, visible and also through auscultation, with reduction of pulmonary edema; improvement of dyspnea and weakness as well of the mental symptoms.

It is important to be the best practitioner you can be. The IHM does not claim to be anything else than followers of Hahnemann and adherents of his methodology. We do have a good track record of successful prescribing. We also can direct you on the right path to find success following Hahnemanns protocols.

We will welcome you to study with us either in the residential clinic or on line.

The four grades of Boenninghausen.

Please find a PDF from the IHM to you regarding the grading system of the TPB.

4 grades of Boenninghausen.

January 2022 online seminar courses.

Given to topicality of our current pandemic, we will have an interactive 2 hour presentation regarding homoeopathic treatment to deal with the ill effects of the disorder.

We will cover the symptoms experienced generally, and what remedies have been proven to be beneficial. These are the same remedies and treatments used in our clinic along with ancillary methods to speed recovery.

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What we teach at the IHM office in Eastbourne U.K.

palma-de-mallorcaFrom January 2022 we will start our Seminars which will cover the following topics.

  • Use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book in Chronic and acute conditions.
  • Understanding the meaning of the rubrics so as to select correctly for the case.
  • How to take a case.
  • Finding the correct symptoms according to aphorisms 6 and 153.
  • Understanding Miasms in the 21st century so as to be effective in removing recurrent acute disorders.
  • Utilising Tuberculinum and Bacillinum according to symptoms and effective removal of family disease traits.
  • How to study a remedy correctly.
  • What therapies can be used in conjunction with the Homoeopathic approach to treatment and what therapies CANNOT be used.
  • Removing myths in Hahnemannian Homoeopathy.
  • There are many other subjects to be covered as required.
  • One and two day seminars depending on the depth of knowledge needed.

We will use all of Samuel Hahnemanns writings, also the therapeuctic Pocket Book.

Classes will be small. Up to 10 people so as to maximise personal tutor/practitioner interaction. Beverages and food will be provided as required.

tpbpwlaptop2We give discounts on the windows version of the SYNOPSIS computer repertory and the book version of the TPB.

We will be establishing an intensive online/attendance course for base training people interested in becoming practitioners.

The established western approach to teaching homoeopathy is a four year reverse week training, along with the costs involved. The I.H.M. has been training people since 1986 and has developed a full and complete training that covers what is required to know, with the emphasis on the directives of Samuel Hahnemann in a sequential and logical systematic progression. We will concentrate on HOMOEOPATHY solely and the student will either have a knowledge of anatomy and physiology or will find courses to enhance their knowledge externally.

If a student is willing to devote a few hours a week to guided study and research, it is possible to have a secure foundation in the therapy within 12 months or a little longer. It is our experience that it is better to teach a student HOW to confront a situation with accurate knowledge of the process from the writing of Hahnemann and colleagues so they always have a reference and a set of protocols they can refer to when needed.

cute-doctor-thinking-with-hand-chin_13339-249478The practitioners on the IHM register are a mix of medical doctors and non medically credentialed individuals who have collectively trained to a high level of knowledge and competence  in the practice of homoeopathy.

The difference between a homoeopath and an allopath is the therapeutics (medicines) usedP1060822 and the approach to health care principles and the application of the law of similars. All medical knowledge is good, and a homoeopath will utilise the knowledge of disease in assessing the patient before him, in order to know what has changed and what is the known prognosis/pathology of the disease and extract symptoms peculiar to the individual patient with the disease. The picture on the right is a group of highly credentialed medical doctors in Seville Spain who studied homoeopathy exclusively and practice the therapy today. This photo was taken at the monthly meeting for studying the Therapeutic Pocket Book.

If you are interested in the seminars or training, please contact us with your questions.

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what a week…………..

Ive been sick. Upper respiratory chest pain, cough, overwhelming tiredness, Whacky dreams, aching teeth, lots of random symptoms. I live in the country and am alone for a month and more and family have gone abroad to deal with a couple of issues……….

I never for one second suspected COVID as the sx are simply not covid. But my energy was going down in 10 minute intervals.

My sister is a nurse at the local hospital working a nighshift, and I called her and asked if she could bring some test kits out… I never call my sister regarding health issues, so she knew it was important. Bless her heart she came out within an hour…

We did the test, and was negative. So what ever I was suffering from was part of the old fashioned rotating diseases that are going around.

Last night was the worst night i experienced. Hallucinations and persistent dreams……

However, it pulled together a prescription of Rhus Tox and so I took it.

When my sis was here, she cleaned up, the dishwasher and general tidy away.

There was a lot of mental confusion in the illness. some sense of emotional weakness, headache, people avoidance…etc

Will this be curative? Who knows…………..but confident in the prescription for now.

Will know tomorrow if things are lifting…….

So far, PHos.. worked a little, Bryonia, worked a little, sulphur, worked a little and now RHus Tox.

more later

Understanding Miasms.

There has been little understanding of Hahnemanns 12 year study of Chronic Diseases and the isolation of three infecting agents and the disease progression and processes that can be passed down through the generations.

Only by studying the writings of Hahnemann and following the step by step conclusions he came to, will the profession be able to see the validity of his observations and treatment protocols.

Understanding Miasms in the modern vernacular and comprehending the scientific principles which are mirrored in current medical understanding of chronic disease process, will give us the tools to treat utilising the potentised medicines and fix a patient.

Some homoeopaths use the Kentian model of attributing a miasm to certain diseases, usually based on Kents theory of moralness, whereas Hahnemann showed clear directions in a clinical comprehension. 

One comment. When Boenninghausen was writing his Materia Medica and categorising each remedy to a miasm, Hahnemann told him to put all the remedies together.

Food for thought.

Explained in our Seminars. 

Seminars

 

 

Seminar room.

With new tables and chaors we will be able to seat 17, However utilising what we have, I reckon 10 can sit comfortably. This was a 15 minute set up. We will get it more streamlined once the alterations are done.

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This will be the new clinic room. Divide to go in, new desk, Osteopathic couch, and testing equipment.