Making homoeopathy simpler - The secret to real clinical success
My Homoeopathic Journey
Since I started my homeopathic journey in 1998, I've been on a wild roller coaster ride, and its taken me through projects that I literally couldn't have dreamed of undertaking when I started.
I have had thousands of patients in the last 16 years spreading over four different continents. But more importantly I have been sharing and providing tools and resources on Homoeopathy with over ten thousand students and practitioners in 74 different countries, through my online training Academy, Mentoring and HomeoQuest Software today. Using these tools these practitioners are impacting the health and wellbeing of hundreds of their own patients around every corner of the world. So these ripples are impacting hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. Along the way I've gotten to work with some of the leaders in the field of homoeopathy and natural medicine and some of the most amazing practitioners you could ever meet. And pretty much all my past mentors and teachers have either become friends or clients.
A Bumpy Ride
However this was never what I actually ever planned for. Looking back there was a stage just after graduation from medical school when I literally did not think I could continue beyond the first 6 months of my practice .
You see after five and a half years of full time classical homoeopathy and having learned from some of the best teachers and clinicians in my medical school in Mumbai, I still struggled to put into practice what I learned in theory.
It was hard to prescribe a 'simple' prescription of Calc carb with conviction because what was in the 'books' was never the way it was represented out there in the patients. And when I did manage to find that 'fair fat sweaty baby' with teething problems the Calc Carb did not always do the trick.
Add to that Kent wrote something completely different about the Calc Carb baby than what Hahnemann did. And so different practitioners came up with totally different remedies for the same baby!
It just didn't make sense to my “logical” brain.
I emerged out of my internship fascinated, overwhelmed and skeptical all at the same time. I admit I gave my teachers and mentors a hard time with many questions. Questions for which there could have been no answers. As much as I got the theory concepts I could not take what was being said just because someone said so.
The Quest For Simillimum -
As every student I was fascinated with all those wonderful seminar cases where a single remedy or a so called Simillimum unfolded the entire case and completed the cure process for the patient. I enjoyed learning and implementing this process in my patients and was thrilled to see it work in many cases. But unfortunately it did not always do the trick in every case. These were those frustrating cases where I was at times at my wit's end. I often wondered why was it so difficult to replicate this result in every case?
So I decided to assist the same practitioners in their everyday hospital clinics as an assistant doctor to learn more. And I realised that not every case received a Simillimum. Infact there was just a small percentage of cases that actually received a single remedy that completed the whole resolution.
But more importantly I realised that it was possible to provide good homeopathy without ever finding a so-called simillimum!! Infact a larger percentage of success in these clinics was all those zig zag cures that helped patients through a series of different remedies along the way. So the question was - what was this system all about? What to do when your favourite approach does not work? And why does no one ever talk about that! This soon became a quest for my homoeopathic journey...
When your Favourite Approach Does Not Work?
I think a majority of time during my early career was spent only on researching successful and failed cases. I scanned through journals, archive cases, observing and assisted many successful homeopaths in hospitals and clinics trying to make sense of every prescription and every approach.
I also assisted dozens of successful homeopaths but who used a variety of non - classical and seriously weird approaches just to know and understand where each one was coming from!
And I started experimenting a wide spectrum of these approaches in my own patients at different times when my favourite approaches did not work…
What also helped my journey was that during the first 7 years of my practice I had to shift my base many times in India. I worked in many smaller rural areas as well as bigger cities. Later I changed countries and continents before we finally decided to settle in Sydney Australia in 2004.
Looking back I realise that each time I started my new clinic from scratch, I also had to stretch my so called homoeopathic comfort zone to flexibly adapt it across different cultures, languages and people. This gave me a new perspective to these approaches that I would have certainly missed had I been practicing in just one place within my comfort zone.
Real Clinical Success in Homoeopathy
I think after a decade in practice I must say I started understanding the core of what real success in clinical homoeopathy was all about!!
Eg I started realising exactly why the Source and Sensation approach just did not work for the farmer who came with an infected gangrenous toe in my rural clinic n India. And why the Boenninghausen approach just did not click with the bipolar artist who was looking for deeper connection with the world in Sydney Australia.
I started uncovering the secret behind the successful approaches of the top homeopaths in the world throughout history filtered through my multicultural practice.
I soon realised that there is nothing right or wrong about any approach. It was all about knowing what to use when and how.
I started finding a tried-and-tested process for maximising the chance of helping patients across a whole spectrum of homoeopathic approaches. And more importantly I started to find the system on what to do when your favourite approach does not really work. This is what I called the Stages Template.
Your Stages Template
Now to start with this is not another new approach in Homoeopathy. In fact it is a simplified template that classifies all the existing approaches across the spectrum of homoeopathy into four distinct stages so you can make choose the best approach for your patients.
I wrote about this for the first time in 2008 through my ebook “When your Favourite approach does not work.
This book has been downloaded thousands of times by practitioners to find that clarity and confidence in homoeopathy.You can download this ebook from the left side of this page.
But today I want to share a clinical example that will help you implement the stages template in your practice. If you are a beginner or a student this will help you launch a successful start to your homeopathic case management if you are an advanced practitioner it will take your homoeopathy to another level.
So no matter what stage you are in your practice, I guarantee you can take something of value from the video to enrich your practice from the very next day.
Please share with me your experiences and insights on using different strategies in your practice. What has been your most
successful strategy in practice?