Arden Wong B.HSc., D.C.H., DHom Med(Lic) I.H.M. Based in Hong Kong.
23rd September, 2016.
It’s been about a month since I attended the one week training with Dr Gary Weaver and Vera Resnick of IHM in Seville, August 2016. And I am still feeling exhilarated from this empowering experience.
Revisiting Hahnemann’s philosophy of the pure similia, removing unnecessary theories, demystifying modern mis-interpretations of miasm theories, unlearning the overlay of Kent and others, what I achieve is clarity of mind, confidence in case-taking, logic in clinical reasoning, and, immediately improved clinical results.
During the training, I was given lots of case exercises with pictures and videos. We analysed the cases based on Hahnemann’s instructions outlined in the Organon, and repertorised with P&W’s edition of Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook (TPB) with the most precise rubrics. We worked the cases step by step. I also presented some difficult cases from my own clinic. I found out where my weakness had been, and where I could work on. I witnessed how simple accurate application of Hahnemann’s guidelines and Boenninghausen’s method can solve acute and chronic, minor and severe pathologies with less effort and each step with clear logic.
I have been in full-time clinical practice for over 14 years and learned from various teachers and schools of thoughts. Yet, it turns out that we are all mostly repeating the same mistakes in spite of all the ‘innovations’ from the masters and gurus. Some major errors and detours are:
- Excessive emphasis on mental symptoms and psychological analysis.
- New materia medica based on clinical symptoms without basis of provings. ‘Materia medica’ presented as ‘remedy personality portraits’, ‘constitutional pictures’ and ‘themes’ based on creative imaginations and theoretical speculations.
- Repertories ever expanding not in a non-homeopathic way. Old and new remedies are added to old rubrics. New rubrics are created from imaginations (namely ‘practitioner clinical experiences’, ‘meditative provings’). Unfortunately, few of them are based on high quality provings.
As a result, unprejudiced observation in case taking is biased to mental sphere with reduced details in morbid phenomena on the physical level. Inaccurate materia medica knowledge dominates our mind from subjective experiences and writings of gurus and teachers, rather than precise provings records. Unreliable modern repertories are glutted with unproven information. It’s emperor’s new cloth: homeopathic remedies today are no longer prescribed on the principle of similia.
Fortunately, I have found out that by restoring pure homeopathy: matching patient symptoms to proving symptoms, with the aid of provings-based repertory and pure materia medica, clinical results is warranted. Cure is certain. The physician’s mission is accomplished.
P.S. Why I chose to study with Dr. Gary Weaver? He is the translator of the Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocketbook (Polony & Weaver Edition 2014). He studied the source materials from Hahnemann and Boenninghausen and verified every rubric and remedy in the repertory. TPB is by far the most reliably repertory based primarily on provings and the proven method of Boenninghausen’s and approved by Hahnemann. TPB(P&W 2014 edition) is the most faithful and accurate rendering of Boenninghausen’s TPB (1846) in modern understandable English. (I have compared a few other translations.) Learning from Dr. Weaver helps me clarify and understand the meaning of many rubrics in the original context. That’s priceless knowledge!
P.P.S. I got a bonus from the course. Vera Resnick’s session on studying Hahnemann’s provings. Honestly, few people today care to read them. Studying the Hahnemann’s pure materia medica is a daunting task. Vera has developed a systematic approach to ‘dissect’ the provings. Her historical knowledge of the provers also make understanding the provings more relevant and lively. Her presentation has debunked so many common misnomers of big polychrests. That’s eye-opening!