Angela Nicholson (homeopath at the Harbord Homeopathic Clinic) received a lovely email from one of her barefoot homeopath patients saying: “I am taking a course on writing for the web. One task as homework was to write a ‘How-to’. I’m just wondering if the piece I wrote could be useful for your clinic’s website? If not, I’m happy to keep it in my virtual drawer. It was a great writing exercise for me.” Regards from Herna.
She chose to write about homeopathy and we think she did a great job. Here it is:
Homeopathy: How to spot an excellent practitioner and how I became a barefoot Homeopath (Bet you didn’t know the two are related!)
For four years I consulted a massage therapist who also practiced as a homeopath. I thought homeopathy was a hit-and-miss natural and safe alternative medicine. Last year, I switched to a classical homeopath who called me a barefoot homeopath during my first visit. Now my cupboard is filled with over fifty homeopathic remedies.
It started with my preschooler’s skin irritation because of her continuous scratching on her left thigh. It was the site of an injection jab and underneath it, there was a small bump. The doctor dismissed the bump, diagnosed the skin problem as eczema and prescribed a steroid cream. It got better. But when I stopped the cream, it got worse and spread onto the back of her knees.
One day after a massage I asked the masseuse if homeopathy could cure eczema. Then we had a brief initial consultation, and she gave a few pillules inside a small plastic vial. It was easy to give my daughter the remedy because the pillules were sweet.
After one and a half years of taking fourteen different remedies, the bump disappeared, but the scratching remained, though lessened. I was tired with the trial-and-error approach from the masseuse in prescribing the remedies, so I stopped.
Two years later my daughter’s nose bled occasionally. The doctor said there was nothing wrong; it happened with kids. I turned to the masseuse again. She gave my daughter a few remedies to try. My daughter’s nose bled for ten minutes. My daughter was terrified, she said, “Please save my life!”
That morning I looked up on the Internet and found a homeopathy clinic quite a distance away. My husband called them to explain our emergency, and they were kind to offer a suggestion of a remedy I might have at home. On that same day, we went to the clinic for an appointment with Angela. I was about to find out what homeopathy is really all about.
- Homeopathy has been around for a few centuries. It works on the principle that a substance that can cause an illness in a healthy person can cure the same illness in a sick person. Hence, it is safe to a certain degree.
- Remedy is the term for the homeopathic medicine. It comes in two forms: liquid and pillules. There is a wide range of potency from low to high.
- Anyone who takes the remedies must pay attention to the effect on her/his body. Parents who give the remedies to their children must observe their children’s behaviour and ask them questions if they are old enough to understand.
- It is by observation you know when to reduce or stop the remedies.
Over five years of using homeopathy, I conclude that finding an excellent homeopath is one of the key factors for it to be successful. So how do you find one?
1. A Classical Homeopath is A Sleuth
During our initial consultation, Angela asked questions I did not think were significant. What time of the day did the nosebleed usually happen? What was the colour? Was there any blood clot?
She also wanted to understand the non-physical aspects of my daughter and her personality, because homeopathy takes into account the whole person.
For example, if there were five remedies for a nosebleed, the suitable remedy to give a person would depend on other factors specific to that person, which brings me to the next point…
2. Just One Remedy
In asking those investigative queries Angela was trying to determine which remedy was the one for my daughter. That is what a classical homeopath does.
On the contrary, the masseuse did not ask for specificity beyond the fact that my daughter had a nosebleed and prescribed one remedy after another if the previous one did not work.
3. She/He Encourages You to Learn and Be Independent
The first time I saw Angela, I brought along my collection of homeopathic remedies, together with my notes scribbled with an observation about my daughter’s nosebleeding frequency.
She said, “We are always happy to see a barefoot homeopath! Since you are into homeopathy, I recommend you to buy this book by Miranda Castro. I bought it when I first found out about homeopathy and I still use it now.”
The barefoot homeopath is a term she used to describe a layperson who uses homeopathic remedies at home.
The book Angela mentioned, The Complete Homeopathy Handbook–A Guide to Everyday Health Care, guides me in deciding which remedy to use for everyday common ailments and minor injuries.
In the past, I had ten remedies at home I did not know much about, other than “For cough / for body chill / for cold symptoms,” according to the masseuse.
4. A Consultation is Usually One Hour
I did not have many consultations with the masseuse; she did not need it. She dispensed the remedies like a pharmacist, “Try this for the runny nose. Just pick it up at my office if I’m unavailable.”
True, fewer consultations equal less money payable because the fee is expensive. But the flip side of the trial-and-error method could be detrimental. In my daughter’s case, the severest nosebleed.
It is worth it to pay to consult a homeopath who listens, asks investigative questions, and takes notes to find the suitable remedy.
5. She/He is Humble
Don’t be surprised if sometimes at the end of a consultation the homeopath said she/he would need time to think about which remedy is the one for your current situation.
Every human is unique and homeopathy takes that into full consideration. If you want the best for you, then you need to spend time and money, and your homeopath needs to be humble to say she/he does not know yet what remedy suits you but will work on it as soon as possible.
Once, after a week passed since we met, Angela called and said, ”I thought of a remedy that may suit your daughter. After so many years of practising homeopathy, there is still something new to learn.”
There are thousands of homeopathic remedies. Sometimes it is not possible to find one in an hour.
Homeopathy works if you have an excellent homeopath, you are willing to learn about the remedies, and you are observant of yourself and your body.
I now agree with Angela, “These pillules are wonderful!”
Thank you kindly to the beautiful Herna Efendy (barefoot homeopath) who continues to follow her passion for writing and her rekindled love of homeopathy.
I use an intuitive way of prescribing and I draw on an understanding of the ten components from the “Thinking Environment” to help create the best conditions for patients to maximise their outcomes. I appreciate the journey of healing is a joint process and I offer my full support during the process.
Through my own personal experience of suffering with emotional, skin, gut, chronic fatigue and respiratory issues this has led me to a deeper knowledge and understanding in these areas. General family healthcare, anxiety, depression and helping clients to limit their antibiotics usage are also my areas of interest. I enjoy supporting peoples’ own immune systems so their bodies’ can naturally fight against infectious diseases while at home or away travelling.
I am constantly expanding my knowledge in Homeopathy and beyond, and I feel being open minded to a variety of approaches and methods leads to successful prescriptions. I am also a trainer and educator in Homeopathy and Access Consciousness and I am available for talks in the clinic and externally. I regularly hold workshops to inform mums and dads on how they can use homeopathy in the home. Check out our events on the clinic Facebook page for our next talk. I am also involved with mentoring students and interns in the clinic and through the Australian Homeopathic Association at Woodford Folk Festival.