Category Archives: I.H.M.

Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine Diploma course

The I.H.M. in association with P&W are writing an external  Diploma course in Hahnemannian Homoeopathy using the Therapeutic Pocket Book for patient evaluation.

The course is aimed directly at post graduate therapists, who wish to return to the real methodology in the practice of genuine homoeopathy. As soon as we have more details, we will let you know.

The couse will also be available in Spanish.

 

Limited seats left. Mallorca 5th and 6th October. English and Spanish

largejjSolamente quedan 4 plazas vacantes para el último Seminario del 2013 por parte del I.H.M. en octubre 5 y 6 en la Palma de Mallorca. Habrá traducción profesionalizada al español. Por favor contacten a espanol2013@garyweaver.org y obtengan su lugar. Todos los detalles están en:http://garyweaver.wix.com/mallorca2013

I.H.M. Seminar October 5th & 6th Mallorca!

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Ya solo quedan 3 semanas. El ultimo seminario de I.H.M. en 2013 se llevará a cabo en Palma de Mallorca

Todavía disponemos de 5 plazas libres.

El seminario se imparte en inglés, con traducción por parte de una intérprete profesional al español. Van a participar homeópatas de toda la Península y de las Islas Canarias. Contamos con un grupo de participantes cuyos miembros disponen de mucha experiencia – ahora nos vamos a reunir para profundizar nuestros conocimientos de la homeopatía a través de los escritos de Hahnemann.

El seminario está enfocado a la enseñanza de Hahnemann sobre cómo se toma el caso de un paciente. Vamos a examinar con detalle su metodología exacta. Seguiremos con los síntomas que obtenemos tomando el caso y como extraer  aquellos que son importantes para una prescripción certera, siempre siguiendo las instrucciones de Hahnemann. En nuestro camino vamos a enterrar algunos de los mitos que se han infiltrado en la metodología de nuestra práctica, siendo indicadores erróneos en el camino hacia la curación.

Vamos a examinar el desarrollo de los repertorios desde los días de Hahnemann hasta hoy, evaluando las metodologías inherentes de cada uno de los más utilizados. Prestaremos especial atención a los propios criterios de análisis de Hahnemann, comprobando si el modelo de Boenninghausen cumple con estos requerimientos.

Información detallada sobre el seminario y su organización está disponible en:

http://garyweaver.wix.com/mallorca2013

 

Nos puede mandar un e-mail a espanol2013@garyweaver.org .Contestaremos en Español a cualquier pregunta que puede surgir. Además, podemos mandar una factura para pagar a través de PAYPAL al participante que lo desea.

Esperando que nos veamos en Palma de Mallorca,

I.H.M. Seminars

It starts in less than 3 weeks. The final I.H.M. seminar presentation of 2013 will take place in Palma Mallorca.

As of today, there are 5 places left.

The seminar will be delivered in English, and translated via our professional interpreter into Spanish.  We have attendees from all over the Spanish mainland attending, Homeopathic physicians from as far away as the Canary islands are coming. The group is rich in experience and diversity and are joining together in order to deepen their understanding of homoeopathic  knowledge through the writings of Hahnemann.

Town-Square-Palma-de-Mallorca-Spain The seminar will focus on the case taking directions of Hahnemann, and examine in detail the exact methodology used by him. We will then look at examination of the case taking symptoms and, again, following Hahnemanns directions, move on to extracting the symptoms that matter for accurate prescribing. In doing so, we begin to lay to rest some of the myths that have seeped into practice methodology and have been false indicators along the path to cure.

We take a look at the development of the Repertory from Hahnemanns day, and examine the different methodologies inherent in the main ones. We will take a long hard look and critical evaluation of Hahnemanns criteria for analysis and examine Boenninghausens model and see if it meets the requirements.curvy_building_palma

More details of the seminar and location can be found at http://garyweaver.wix.com/mallorca2013

You can write us at espanol2013@garyweaver.org

and we can answer any questions and send out a PAYPAL invoice to you for attendance if you require.

Looking forward to seeing you.

I.H.M. Seminars.

Update on Mallorca Seminar

Latest news:September 8th 2013

8 places left!

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Cuando el I.H.M. empezó a buscar intérpretes, unas de nuestras preocupaciones era encontrar a alguien a quien que no necesitara demasiada preparación para entender la terminología homeopática. Con Nadia esta preocupación desapareció por muchos motivos. Nadia no solo es licenciada en Traducción e Interpretación por la Universidad de Salamanca, sino que además ya tiene experiencia en interpretación médica y… lleva 18 meses estudiando naturopatía y homeopatía para complementar su formación

When the I.H.M. first advertised for an interpreter, one of our biggest concerns was to to obtain the services of someone who would not require too much pre seminar work in explaining homoeopathic terminology. With Nadia, our concerns were completely removed in so many ways. Not only does Nadia hold a B.A. in translation, she is highly experienced in medical work..AND…. has spent 18 months training in Naturopathy and Homoeopathy for her own interest.

Nadia very kindly explained to me the difference in the types of interpretation required and pointed us in the right direction.We consider ourselves truly lucky to have Nadia for Mallorca.

For Our Spanish Colleagues.

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September 3rd 2013

Google translate. My Spanish speaking colleagues in a different time zone are still in bed 🙂

Sólo hay nueve lugares que quedan en el Seminario de Mallorca . En 4 semanas, el pasado 2013 I.H.M. Seminario se llevará a cabo . El Seminario se llevará a cabo en Inglés con un traductor profesional impartir la información a los delegados españoles presentes .

El enfoque del seminario será en tomar el caso . No todos los estilos teórico o personal de la determinación de los síntomas, pero un examen detallado de la metodología Hahnemanns e instrucciones.

Una vez que esto se ha explorado , la atención se desplazará hacia la manera de examinar el caso , con la vista puesta en las observaciones Hahnemanns sobre Enfermedades Crónicas , y cómo esto afecta o no a la evaluación del estado del paciente, y luego pasar a la forma de obtener prescripción de los síntomas de la information.gathered . El Seminario se trasladará a la utilización de las ayudas repertorial para determinar cómo hacer coincidir la imagen de la enfermedad con un medicamento que es el más similar.

Habrá un vistazo a la historia del desarrollo repertorial y una nitidez de enfoque en el Therapeutic Pocket ayuda Book.This de estudio Materia Medica es la metodología más cercano en la existencia de análisis de casos utilizando Hahnemanns thinking.In este día y edad, hay un lamento general para que más y más sustancias que ” probarse” con el fin de hacer frente a la aparición de enfermedades y las enfermedades modernas . En las clínicas IHM y centros de investigación , hemos encontrado que los medicamentos originales existentes ya poseen la similitud con las patologías modernas , pero no se conocen simplemente porque los profesionales modernos ya no leen las fuentes !

Este seminario es un llamado a la comunidad homeopática para echar un vistazo largo y duro en la práctica original de la homeopatía y ver que sus principios y , más importante aún, que su eficacia no se ha superado desde los primeros días de la utilización de los llamados , técnicas mejoradas y “pensamiento moderno” .

El I.H.M. y P & W se enorgullece en anunciar todo el nuevo único programa informático ESPAÑOL para ser lanzado en el Seminario . Se incluirá la última versión española actualizada de la edición del libro de bolsillo terapéutico , Materias Médicas y escritos de los maestros de P & W 2014 . Se actualizará de forma gratuita, más obras están traducidas en español .

Para los asistentes del seminario , vamos a ofrecer el programa a un precio especial seminario. También habrá un sorteo gratis para los delegados para ganar un programa.

Latest news.

There are only Nine places left at the Mallorca Seminar. In 4 weeks the last 2013 I.H.M. Seminar will take place. The Seminar will be conducted in English with a professional translator imparting the information to the Spanish delegates present.

The focus of the seminar will be on case taking. Not any theoretical or personal style of ascertaining symptoms, but a detailed examination of Hahnemanns methodology and instructions.

Once this has been explored, the focus will shift towards HOW to examine the case, with an eye on Hahnemanns observations regarding Chronic Disease, and how that affects, or not, the assessment of the patient state, and then moving on to how to elicit prescribing symptoms from the information.gathered. The Seminar will move on to the use of repertorial aids for determining how to match the disease picture with a medicine that is the most similar.

There will be a look a the history of repertorial development, and a sharpening of focus on the Therapeutic Pocket Book.This aid to Materia Medica study is the closest methodology in existence for case analysis utilising Hahnemanns thinking. In this day and age, there is a general lament for more and more substances to be “proved” in order to tackle the onset of modern illnesses and diseases. In I.H.M clinics and research facilities, we have found that original existing medicines already possess the similarity to modern disease states, but are not known simply because modern practitioners no longer read the sources!

This seminar is a call to the homoeopathic community to take a long hard look at the original practice of homoeopathy and see that its principles and, more importantly, that its efficacy has never been surpassed since the early days by utilising so called, improved techniques and ‘modern thinking’.

The I.H.M. and P&W are proud to announce an all new SPANISH only computer program to be released at the Seminar. It will include the latest Spanish updated version of the P & W 2014 edition of the Therapeutic Pocket Book, Materia Medicas and writings of the masters. It will be updated free of charge as more works are translated in Spanish.

For attendees of the seminar, we will offer the program at a special seminar price. There will also be a free draw for delegates to win a program.

 

Viewed through Proving: Platina – overview

In the proving of Platina, the section on Lower Extremities stands out, with approximately 64 symptoms, followed closely by emotional symptoms, clocking in at 41 symptoms.  Upper and lower extremities taken together constitute over 100 symptoms, roughly 20% of the entire proving.  Stomach and abdominal symptoms, sleep issues and headaches also play a prominent part.

The emotional symptoms are noticeable not just in their number, but also in the number of  bold symptoms in this section of the proving.  Around 10 bold symptoms in 41, roughly a quarter of all the emotional symptoms in the proving.  Note – I am referring to the symptoms relating to the emotions only, not symptoms relating to intellect and sensorium.

The most extreme emotional symptoms are those relating to what we are used to hearing about Platina – the loftiness and contempt shown to others deserving of respect etc.  But these are only 4 symptoms out of 41.  However, many of the other symptoms reported by Gross relate to a total misery and depression, often expressed in weeping, and sometimes resulting in a paralysis of action.

Three of the symptoms in this section are from Hahnemann, and even just these three present a picture of dejection and sensitivity:

4.            Anxiety and palpitation, especially during a walk.
16.          Sensitive mood.
24.          Very much inclined to weep, and too much affected by the least cause.

Another area where there is a high proportion of bold symptoms is where the facial appearance of the prover is described.  We see that a patient needing Platina could have a very pale face with coldness and numbness, but could also be red with burning heat.  Here are the symptoms – notice the ones in bold:

125.        Face, pale and sunken. [Gr.].
126.        Pale, wretched appearance ; for several days. [Gr.].
127.        Intense heat of the face ; the eyes burned and itched violently.
128.        Burning heat of the face with glowing redness, with great dryness of the mouth, with violent thirst, pressive headache, – and dizzy quivering before the eyes, with lachrymation ; for several evenings ; from 5 to 9 o’clock. [Gr.].
129.        Heat of the face and of the whole head, sultriness and dull pain in the forehead ; she cannot contain herself. [Gr.].
130.        Sensation of coldness, formication and numbness in the whole of the right side of the face. [Gr.].

A further characteristic to be seen in the proving is an aggravation while sitting.  This is particularly pronounced in the section on lower extremities – 19 symptoms showing aggravation while sitting, almost a third of the total.  This is one of the most pronounced aggravations in the proving, and a symptom that can be very helpful to the prescriber.  We are more familiar with the patient who talks of weariness in the legs and just wants to sit down – this patient will say that sitting down does not help, and may even make it worse.

So if the more extreme emotional symptoms are put to one side, if we use Carroll Dunham’s view that this is more about depression than about erethism (see previous post for description and definition),  the physical symptoms alone will probably lead to more frequent consideration of Platina as the remedy of choice in more prosaic, less lofty emotional, mental and physical pictures of disease.

Viewed through Proving: Platina – tamed…

Lady Platina feels an arch smile coming on…

Ever experienced this?  You prescribe Platina for a homoeopathy student, or for someone who has read up about remedies.

She looks up and raises an eyebrow (or tries to), with an attempt at an arch smile.
“Really?” she asks, incredulously but with a measure of pure delight, “Platina? I’m Platina?” (in itself a wrong description, no person “is” a remedy)

It’s tantamount to telling a female patient she still has “it”.  And try telling a homoeopathy-savvy patient that Platina is definitely not for her – she will often be deeply insulted…

Definitely time to read the proving, Hahnemann’s notes, and some others who didn’t allow the illusion of Platinum-coated sexuality go to their… well… minds…

The proving symptoms are really fairly tame.  There are some extreme-seeming mentals, such as the classic:

35.          Illusion of the imagination ; on entering the room after walking for an hour, everything around her seemed very small and all persons physically and bodily inferior to her, but she herself great and lofty in body ; the room appears to her gloomy and disagreeable ; attended with anxiety, gloomy and cross humor, a whirling vertigo and discomfort in her surroundings which before were pleasant to her ; in the open air, in the sunshine, everything vanishes at once.[Gr.].

Quite frankly – I was disappointed…with 15 mentions of flatulence (which can ameliorate), no seriously lascivious dreams, more of a strong emphasis on localized discomfort than anything else, the proving just didn’t live up to my lurid expectations (just read any modern materia medica and you too will have lurid expectations…)

What about this one then:

847.        Extraordinary sexual impulse (aft. 6 and 14 d.).

Oops – that’s Lycopodium.  No one gives an arch smile when prescribed Lycopodium.

Hahnemann noted in the introduction:

“When Platina is properly homoeopathically indicated in a case of disease, it relieves simultaneously the following ailments, if present : Lack of appetite ; eructation after eating ; constipation while traveling ; emission of prostatic juice ; induration of the uterus ; weariness of the lower limbs ; cold feet ; stuffed coryza.” (bold print is mine – vr)

Still not very exciting.  But what does “properly homoeopathically indicated” mean here?  Does it mean if there are no extreme mentals or the kind of sexuality that comes more from those teaching Platina rather than the proving itself – Platina cannot be prescribed?

I’d like to quote Carroll Dunham (1828-1877) here.  His words reverberate through the centuries with the steady tone of common sense:

Whether Platina is suitable only for irritable, excitable females, with predominant activity of the sexual functions, as the majority of writers assume, and among them Stapf and Gross, the provers of it, who, by the way, made their provings on a very excitable young woman, I shall leave undetermined.

For myself, I have had frequent occasion to administer Platina, and have obtained the very best curative results in… phlegmatic women of lax fiber…. On critical review… we find that all or by far the greater part of its symptoms bear the character of depression, but not that of erethism...”

And by the way, in case you were wondering:
er·e·thism  
/ˈerəˌTHizəm/

Noun:
1. Excessive sensitivity or rapid reaction to stimulation of a part of the body, esp. the sexual organs.
2. A state of abnormal mental excitement or irritation.

http://pandwisrael.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/viewed-through-proving-platina-tamed/

Viewed through Provers! Platina and Dr. Gustav Wilhelm Gross

420094Any way you cut it, the proving of Platina is problematic.   Hughes’ comment at the beginning of the proving brings its reliability into question:  “To the above-named fellow-observer  (Gross) most of the symptoms of Platina are credited. They are taken from a proving instituted by him, chiefly on “a damsel both bodily and mentally healthy and blooming, though somewhat excitable,” who took does of the 1st trituration equivalent in all to between two and three grains of the mental. The results of this proving were originally published in Vol. I of the Archiv.”

There are modern provers who rely on one “golden prover” for most or all of the information regarding a remedy.  However, common sense decrees that in order to provide a reliable source of information,  more participants should be involved.  There are some very clear modalities in this proving however, which I’ll mention in my next blog post, but I find myself wishing that further provings would be done on Platina (rather than spending time and effort on proving bumblebees, warthog dung or whatever happens to be the next visionary “homoeopathic flavor (sorry) of the month”.)

Some approximate stats:  Of the 527 symptoms in this proving, 52 were contributed by Hahnemann together with at least one unnamed female prover or patient.  Around 40 symptoms contributed by Gross relate to a male prover, possibly Gross himself.  Which leaves us with at least 400 symptoms from one lone prover-ette – the excitable damsel mentioned above.

So at least four provers in total.  Better than just one anyway. It’s also important to note that Hahnemann included this proving in his work, under his name.  And Hahnemann was nothing if not pedantic.  This in itself adds to the value of the proving.  But what of the nature of Gross, the proving master here?

I’ve drawn heavily on Richard Haehl’s work for the following description of Gross, including paraphrasing and direct quotes.  What comes out most strongly in Haehl’s description, is that although he was greatly moved emotionally by events in his life, in his work Gross was highly knowledgeable, with a calm sense of balance and a clearly defined scientific orientation.  Something to bear in mind when reading the proving.  Read on for more on Gross…

Gustav Wilhelm Gross:

Gross was born on September 6th 1794 at Kaltenborn near Juterbog, not far from Leipzig, close to Wittenberg (of Martin Luther fame – the original, not the civil rights hero).  His father was a Pastor.  He studied medicine in Leipsig, which brought him in close touch with Hahnemann, who included him in his provings group.  Gross made his first experiments with Chamomilla.  Under Hahnemann’s supervision, he put his fine faculty of observation to work and acquired a knowledge of remedies such as few homoeopathic physicians possessed.

He received his final medical degree in 1818, having started his practice from the outset as a homoeopathic physician, and set up shop in his native Juterbog, where he remained till his death.  Word of his successful cures spread far and wide, and patients even came to him from Berlin, something that if done by car would take around one and a half hours, less by train – but if done on horseback or by carriage, could have taken two or three days of intensive travel during daylight hours, plus the cost of stopping at inns or hotels along the way.

The State authorities recognized his worth by appointing him a member of the Supreme Examining Board for Homoeopathic physicians (to grant permission for individual dispensing).  He became a zealous collaborator with Stapf on the “Archiv fur homoeopathische Heilkunst” which Stapf founded in 1822.

Gross wrote many scientifically critical reviews of books  of others, and also penned several works of his own.   In addition, Hahnemann’s posthumous writings included two thick volumes of a homoeopathic repertory, each of about 1,500 pages, in Dr. Gross’s handwriting with additions by Hahnemann.

Haehl describes Gross’s articles in the “Allgemeine Homoeopathische Zeitung”, (founded in 1832) to which he was an assiduous contributor, as “distinguished by his calm sense of balance and serious scientific outlook.  He despised fine flourishes of useless eloquence.  In his written work his whole nature is discernible; in his appearance he was almost angular and stiff.  To strangers he seemed gruff and unapproachable.  The impression was intensified by his features, somewhat bloated and bilious.”

Reports written by colleagues, while mentioning his external appearance, constantly echo a central theme:  true, honest, earnest, learned and knowledgeable,  inspired by new ideas and unafraid to speak out – even to the ascerbic and irascible Hahnemann himself – when he felt a point had to be made.  The esteem in which his colleagues held him shines through their comments.  You can read some of them here.

Gross suffered from liver trouble, to which were soon added gout, dropsy and lung trouble.  He treated himself, and was also treated by Stapf.  However the treatments were unsuccessful and he died on 18th September 1847, not long after Hahnemann’s death in 1843.  He was only fifty-three years old.

http://pandwisrael.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/viewed-through-provers-platina-and-dr-gustav-wilhelm-gross/

Time to go backwards

a1Can you effect a curative response without seeing a patient? Boenninghausen did. If fact 98% of his clinic was by written correspondence only. He had the best success rate in Germany, if not the world after Hahnemann.

I started to put this to the test in 2005. I came to see that utilising Hahnemanns approach to case taking through Boenninghausen absolutely works and works absolutely. As I grew more practiced at eliciting symptoms that are required for prescribing from the patient on the phone, my successes in first prescription tripled within a very short time, and overall the success rate (clinical resolution of the cases) were at the same rate as my physical patients in the clinic.

Many of my colleagues in the I.H.M. joined after consulting me online for a consultation for themselves or for a family member that they were unable to resolve the problem for. These people are excellent practitioners in their own right. I am no better or worse than they are in clinical skills, in fact some of them being recently trained medics are much sharper than me in certain aspects.The only thing different about me is that I have applied years of research to my own practice and use the Therapeutic Pocket Book almost exclusively. I dont claim ANY clever knowledge on my own behalf, everything I know I know through the teachings of the medical Masters.

Im happy to tell you this. Im happy to pass on the information Ive gleaned. With results for patients like this,  I think it would be extremely foolish to change. a2Im going to stay the winning course that can be repeated time after time. If you are not getting the majority of your practice better, perhaps you should consider looking backwards at Hahnemann, and this time really reading his words.

 

Please do the job properly or leave the room.

phrenThere is a great need for humility in the practice of Homoeopathy. So many of our colleagues who are medical Doctors, display an unmerited high estimation of their homoeopathic prowess with very little REAL understanding of the therapy they espouse to believe in. At the same time, many non medical practitioners show disdain for medical knowledge and rely on a faulty school taught methodology that is fraught with inaccuracy and dangerous practices.

This Institute and its entire faculty, would like to offer the following advice to any student or practitioner who practices under the title “homoeopath” today.

  • Do NOT rely on a thematic concept of Materia Medica. This also applies to Essences. Apply all your reasoned intellect to a real study of the symptoms of the Materia Medica as extracted under proper proving conditions by the Masters of Old. If you do this, it will be made clear to you that the essences and themes you so heavily rely on in practice, do not exist as taught to you, and are responsible for a lot of the failures in practice that have been experienced.
  • ·  Keynote prescribing will NOT replace accurate comparison of the patients exhibited Symptoms and the matching of symptoms produced by a medicine.

Many who have been taught and practice Essence prescribing, have little or NO knowledge of the reality of proved Symptoms as recorded in the Materia Medica. In our experience, Essence prescribing is based on very poor psychology which denigrates both Mental Medicine and Homeopathic principles.

  • Ignoring physical symptoms of necessity, and relying on the latest new fad of mentalising the patients problems, is dangerous and borders on criminal behavior when dealing with health issues. A homoeopath cannot ignore the basics of the therapy as outlined in the writings of Hahnemann.
  • If a practitioner uses the title “Homoeopath” and has not studied his medicines, or relies solely a one sided understanding of homoeopathy, it becomes difficult to accept them into the ranks of being a homoeopathic Physician.

To place a person that lays claim to the title homoeopath (who does not have a basic understanding of Hahnemanninan homeopathy) and put them into a local medical clinic, you will witness the actions of an individual who cannot differentiate between Chronic and Acute illness, between a state of pathology and a functional disorder, between a miasmatic (infectious) problem and and a non infectious problem. To compound this, a lack of knowledge of similar and dissimilar disease states, miasmatic merged diseases or one sided disease, a good similar remedy, or a partially indicated remedy, and a total inability to comprehend a medicinal aggravation versus a worsening of the case.

And the most frightening thing of all is that the individual involved will tell you with all sincerity that the fragmented form of bastardized homoeopathy that he or she practices, is of the highest calibre.

I have witnessed individuals looking for a deeply hidden psychological central delusion state to match with a medicine. After noting the type of medicines that are chosen for these core delusion interpretive forms of treatment, it has to be concluded that they are nothing more than an inverted form of the doctrine of signatures, something which Hahnemann exposed as being less that useful or scientifically plausible over 200 years ago!  The main problem with this method, is that it totally overlooks the “full picture of the disease state” by ignoring obvious signs and symptoms on a physical level which are right in front of the physician eyes and do not require anything else but careful observance to see.

Whatever.