Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM ) Practitioners & The Use Of Homeopathy
Most Complementary and Alternative Medicine ( CAM ) Practitioners are interested in health, in helping people who often come with multiple presenting symptoms, and in having a range of skills that will support them in providing a high level of service for clients. Homeopathy is a discipline and a profession that many Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners feel drawn too, and it is an increasingly attractive add on therapy that can complement existing skills.
Homeopathy comes from the Greek words homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering). The founding father of homeopathy was Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), who formulated the ‘principle of similarity’, which states that a given substance can cure in a diseased person the symptoms that it produces or causes in a healthy person. It is a well-documented, scientifically based system of approaching health and disease with over 250 years of empirical research behind it.
Homeopaths, as with most Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners approach their clients in a holistic way, meaning that the whole of the body and spirit is dealt with, not just the localised disease. It is a safe, effective and gentle approach to health and provides an alternative to drugs and surgery, helping patients to avoid or deal with the often severe side effects of allopathic treatment programmes, or as a complementary approach, working alongside other complementary or medical treatment programmes. Many homeopaths have started to practise after personal experience of the benefits of homeopathy. Some are qualified healthcare professionals who decide to practise outside conventional medicine. However savvy practitioners also want to gain a recognised qualification that will enable them to enhance their practice, enable them to join an appropriate professional register and include the new skills in their insurance portfolio.
To find out what draws therapists to homeopathy I asked a variety of practitioners what attracted them to study homeopathy in addition to their existing practices.
Sheba Salto – a successful Craniosacral therapist working in Marlow and Twickenham had this to say about becoming a homeopath.
‘As a Craniosacral therapist I find that what I do helps people in two ways. One is structurally helping the body to realign or to release tension from muscles or organs so that the body can function optimally; the other is an emotional or mental release of past trauma or confusion. By adding Homeopathy to the Craniosacral work I can better help in acute cases of sickness like fever, flu, stomach bugs, etc. It also works to build up the body’s natural vitality and therefore can help in long standing diseases. To me these therapies are totally complementary and with both I definitely have a wider scope’.
Massage therapist,Yoko Suzuki, who works at the Qetesh Spa in Battersea is in the second year of our two year full time course feels that she has already benefited by combining both of these therapies. She is finding how compatible they are and already noticing benefits in working with clients who are generally feeling run down, have skin disorders, nervous disorders or even tumors.
Reiki practitioner Samantha Nelson -Kirwan has started studying Homeopathy on our part time course as an adjunct to her Reiki, feels they both work on a similar level in that they assist the individual in healing themselves as a whole on the emotional, spiritual, physical and mental level.
Dr Anjali Hariharan (BHMS,ND) is an experienced practitioner at Healthworks in East London who uses Reflexology, Reiki, Naturopathy and Yoga. She feels that homeopathic treatment speeds up the beneficial aspects of the other treatments and this allows clients to regain balance faster. Specifically in terms of yoga she finds lots of people have need for more support when starting and practicing yoga, particularly when they have pre-existing conditions. Homeopathic remedies can help with muscle recovery and relaxation after physical workout sessions
With reflexology she finds when she has identified areas low in energy, the use of gentle homeopathic remedies supports the process of rebalancing, and this adds to the effectiveness of sessions. For example when working with a client who was having a problem conceiving, reflexology treatment identified low energy in the liver area, (by prescribing the remedy chelidomium this was resolved and the client conceived within three months).
As a Naturopathic Doctor she frequently meets clients who want to avoid or come off allopathic drug treatment due to the serious side effects. One client with severe acne was happy to try herbal supplements and she supported this with a homeopathic remedy (psorinum) which speeded up the process of de-toxification and helped to clear the skin.
Becoming a successful alternative health practitioner entails developing an alternative perspective on health and this is something that can best be learnt from a vocational training that fits in and supports their already busy lives i.e. one that has a career-specific, flexible, practical and skills-focused approach. Most Complementary and Alternative Medicine ( CAM ) practitioners treat people with a wide range of medical conditions. They take a ‘holistic’ approach – looking at the individual’s life as a whole, rather than just their physical symptoms. They already have skills such as:
meeting patients and asking questions about their condition and their wider lives
advising on diet and other lifestyle factors
monitoring the patient’s progress, through phone calls, email or further consultation
keeping patient records
advertising and publicising the practice, perhaps through talks or seminars
managing the business accounts
A well run homeopathic course should enhance the practitioners ability to thoroughly analyse a case and show how homeopathy can complement and supplement existing patient treatment programmes. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Complementary and Alternative Medicine ( CAM ) will leave with an enhanced ability to appropriately support clients with homeopathic remedies and herbs and an understanding of the importance of nutrition to help in their existing treatment programmes. At our homeopathic college our emphasis is on practical application and in further developing the skills people come with.
If you are interested in exploring or studying homeopathy or attending our homeopathic student clinics then contact Ellen Kramer MCPH, ARH, Course Director of The College of Practical Homeopathy • www.collegeofpracticalhomeopathy.com. • Tel: 0208 445 6123 or • email Tessa for help, queries or questions.
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