Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available
Aaargh… it’s the homoeopathy police…. Quick, hide the chocolate…..!
So no coffee, right? And no mint toothpaste? No chocolate? What about decaf? No mint tea? What about alcohol? Cigarettes? Herbal tea? Herbal coffee?
Anyone who’s read about homoeopathy and homoeopaths comes to treatment with a certain degree of fear and trembling, in anticipation of parting with their loved ones – coffee and chocolate…
So since I seem to have taken upon myself the role of debunker of sundry and divers myths about homoeopathy, I have to say that it ain’t necessarily so – even though it is sometimes.
Overheard in a coffee shop: My son went to a homoeopath who took him off all sugar and flour, the treatment was amazing…his migraines disappeared completely…
Certain things will make most people feel an improvement in their health and sometimes that improvement is significant. Stepping away from the sugar for example. And wheat flour is a known allergen which some people handle better than others. Improvements in lifestyle, eating healthy and getting some real sleep are going to make you feel better.
So can homoeopathy help even if the patient is sticking to his Cadbury/Hershey’s guns, holding firm to her coffee mug, and insisting on mint tea with ginseng every morning?
I have known homoeopaths who have insisted that patients get “clean” of anything that can harm them before starting treatment. The patient must stop smoking, get off all conventional drugs, get past coffee withdrawal, step away from the candy, and generally make huge life changes before starting homoeopathy.
In many ways the approach has much to recommend itself. It means that the patient comes into treatment “clean”, and will probably respond best to treatment because she has done so.
But there’s a problem with the “clean slate” approach. Patients can begin to feel they have to hide their transgressions…
Homoeopath: Have you felt improvement since you started the remedy?
Patient: er… not really… maybe… (looking sheepish)
Homoeopath: Well did you do anything to antidote it?
Patient: er… (image of large reefer from two nights ago comes to mind…)..I don’t think so…
Homoeopath: Hmph… let’s look at your notes again
There are those who want to change their lifestyle, but need some support to do so. This is specially true of addictions to recognized drugs and other substances, from chocolate to sleeping pills and anti-depressants. Homoeopathy can support patients in coming off such drugs, and the withdrawal process is easier and less fraught.
But when practitioners turn into policemen and patients feel they have to hide the truth, things get rather silly. We homoeopaths need information that is obsessively accurate in order to prescribe properly. If we set up a dynamic where a patient feels uncomfortable about revealing that he had a moccachino with espresso and whipped cream, something is wrong here.
Patient: Good morning honourable homoeopath, it’s been four weeks since my last confession.
Homoeopath: Yes, very well, do you have any transgressions to report?
Patient: Ten cappuccinos, four mint teas, three family-size bars of Cadbury’s fruit and nut, and impure thoughts about my friend’s weed…
See where I’m going with this? Marijuana is problematic for treatment, and often the homoeopath doesn’t even know the patient is smoking it. Many, if not most people between 17-40 (and many outside this age range) are doing so on a fairly regular basis. Of course I want patients to stop with the weed, not to mention with the cigarettes. And some of them do. But I know that if my recommendation to stop anything, whether chocolate or weed, is too fierce, they won’t stop – they will go underground. And when I ask whether anything could have antidoted the remedy, they will look at their hands, their feet, or that corner the NLP experts say that people look towards when they are lying.
The result? A muddied case, with incorrect information, and no chance in a pot-lover’s paradise of getting to a correct remedy.
I prefer to treat the patient as he usually is, complete with anything he’s taking or eating. So I’ll start with my coffee-quaffing patient, complete with all habits, with just one central request – don’t take the remedy immediately before or after drinking coffee, using mint toothpaste, or having a smoke.
As we move along, especially if the “extras” seem to be hindering the action of remedies which should be helping, the patient will have to choose in order to continue. I’ll recommend cutting back on the smoking, improving diet, getting more exercise. But we start out where the patient is, with all the plusses and minuses of the situation, and see if the treatment process itself will help patients achieve the life changes they want, together with cure of what ails them.
Although this means results may be slower, at least I’m certain that the treatment process will be honest, and that the patient will give me the correct information.
So you can stop clutching the chocolate (it’s melting, by the way). I’m not going to take it away from you.
For those who are interested in the question of antidotes to homoeopathic remedies and recommended diet, I’ve written more on this subject here.