Creating Waves of Awareness
THE MAKING OF A HOMEOPATH
Dr. Nikhil Kambli
Recently I read this somewhere
A physician is a one who gives medicine
of which he knows little,
for diseases of which he know less,
to treat humans of whom he knows nothing.
The study of homeopathy for a fresher starts with a very basic aphorism
“The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is termed.”
Dr Hahnemann further goes and gives a footnote to this aphorism
His mission is not, however, to construct so-called systems,by interweaving empty speculations and hypotheses concerning the internal essential nature of the vital processes and the mode in which diseases originate in the invisible interior of the organism, (whereon so many physicians have hitherto ambitiously wasted their talents and their time); nor is it to attempt to give countless explanations regarding the phenomena in diseases and their proximate cause (which must ever remain concealed), wrapped in unintelligible words and an inflated abstract mode of expression, which should sound very learned in order to astonish the ignorant-whilst sick humanity sighs in vain for aid. Of such learned reveries (to which the name of theoretic medicine is given, and for which special professorships are instituted) we have had quite enough, and it is now high time that all who call themselves physicians should at length cease to deceive the suffering with mere talk, and begin now, instead, for once to act, that is, really to help and to cure.
In aphorism no 3
If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medicinal powers), and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue-to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the remedy,the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose;-if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent: then he understands how to treat judiciously
and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art.
The journey of a young homeopath begins in a medical school, where he is taught the basic anatomy, philosophy ; to help him to understand the very basic structure and function of the human being .As he grows he comes in contact with surgery, gynecology and medicine which enables him to understand the “disease”. He is also taught philosophy,materia medica and repertory which rarely interests him as it is not as glorious or attractive as the modern medicine.
He graduates with pride and a degree enabling him to practice medicine.
He attends seminars and learns various theories, new remedies and lesser known rubrics with few remedies. He is amazed and ponders and wants to use such rubrics and remedies in his practice to match with the glory of the speaker.
He sees treatment of the incurable cases with just a single dose and like a fairy tale the patient living happily ever after.As he in the initial years of his practice sees a few patients he learns quickly in the art of “curing” diseases in order to ensure more patients.
He charges the same as the prominent speakers in the seminars.
But as he goes further he comes across incurable, difficult cases, cases which has been long abandoned by the modern system of medicine cases termed incurable or cases which requires intervention and operation.
He has seen the stalwarts cure a great number of such cases he with their confidence embarks upon a journey; a journey which he thinks will lead to fame and glory. He uses his new remedies new rubrics new theories but alas he finds himself in a spot, he promises things to patients which he cannot deliver thus finding himself in a more deeper spot .But due to such promises his practice increases; people come with hope to save themselves their relatives from the death and many times a procedure. He uses his remedies available combinations in the market to produce results thus failing to give results even in simple cases which he would have otherwise given if only he had stuck to the basics.
These cases usually undiagnosed poorly managed finally land up with a physician of modern medicine who takes all the time in the world to criticize homeopathy and homeopaths.
During the entire course he forgets that he is a primarily a physician, he has already forgotten the homeopathic principles being blinded by the greatness of stalwarts trying to emulate them with remedies and lesser known rubrics without understanding the logic.
This usually leads to frustration …..and misconception of homeopathy and homeopaths.
“ Quickly does the neophyte feel his limitations and lack of firmness in his foothold; then, having but a loose grasp of philosophy of healing, descent into the murky shades of palliation and suppression will be swift and
sure, and at a cost of many a saddening failure”
--------- DR C M BOGER------------
Studies in the philosophy of healing
There are three parts for being a homeopath.
One is being a good physician,
a homeopath with sound principles
and finally the most important part of being a human.
The most essential part is being a good physician.
In the initial years,
Take time in the world to understand the symptoms of the patient the signs, the basic clinical examination which will enable us to understand the complaints of the patient with context to the signs. Ordering basic investigations; so that we don’t miss out on something which might be harmful to the patient or his life. Making appropriate references; to physicians and homeopaths if you find yourself inadequate in treating “diseases”.
The other part is becoming a homeopath with sound homeopathic principles. This requires constant study of organon and materia along with the understanding of the repertory which will go on for years and years. In the initial years don’t hang on to cases which are life threatening or complicated cases remember your time will come.
Read books written by the pillars understand their logic read organon .
Try your heart out for the patients but remember sometimes it would be wise to pull back especially in your initial years..
And finally being a human ; if you cant understand the pain and suffering how will you understand patients .People come to you with hope. If you cant treat or understand, be honest with the patient let him have the next best option available don’t prolong the symptoms of the patient unnecessarily. Or call exacerbation of disease as homeopathic aggravation. Identify and treat accordingly.
Practice with a clear conscience and heart. Money will come money will go. Don’t loose humanity for money. Try to do what is best for patients.
Don’t laugh when patients tell you about mistakes of other homeopaths. Remember the patient might just target you next.
And in spite of your best efforts patients will complain .Let them complain. You have tried your heart out. At the end of the day you should be satisfied and your conscience will be clear.
At the end of the day you & homeopathy both should have earned a respect with your colleagues both of homeopathy and of “modern” medicine. If you want to walk on par with them if not ahead.
(dare to be wise)