Gentle Medicine that Opens Doors:
Homeopathy uses the minimum dose possible to effectively treat the patient. One of my teachers once described homeopathy as a means to open doors: it opens a door that was previously stuck for a person and allows them to go through it. They then move out of the state that they were stuck in. So homeopathy is a gentle medicine in that it does not force someone through that door, it only provides a choice or opportunity.
For example, if someone gets angry every time someone calls them a name or looks at them wrong, then they are stuck in this place of overexpressing anger. They have difficulty choosing another option besides getting angry. A correct remedy can open the possibility of expressing a different emotion such as indifference to someone looking at them strangely.
This is very different from the approach of giving someone tranquilizers or sedatives to dampen the emotion of anger or calm someone down. The problem is not that they need to be calmer, but that they need another way to be in the world. In this instance, homeopathy does not replace the work that the person needs to do to learn how to deal with their anger (that is going through the door); it only opens the door to the possibility of other choices.
Dr. Glenn began his study of homeopathy with Robin Murphy, ND and continued it with Will Taylor, MD and Dayadhar Durr Elmore, DC, LAc, ND at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has continued his education and refined his skills as a homeopath with Paul Herscu, ND and Amy Rothenburg, ND of the New England School of Homeopathy.
Dr. Marty also studied with Will Taylor, MD and Dayadhar Durr Elmore, DC, LAc, ND at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has continued practicing and studying since then also incorporating some of Paul Herscu’s work from the New England School of Homeopathy.
What Can You Expect at a Homeopathy Visit?
Every homeopathic practitioner approaches the visit a little differently, but most classical homeopaths have a relatively similar way of interviewing a patient. A typical first visit takes 90 minutes. The interview process goes into detail about the patient’s chief complaints, general health, personality, and mental health. The homeopath really needs to understand exactly what the patient experiences with their pathology and in every day life. Follow-up visits usually last 30-45 minutes. Frequency of follow-up visits vary from patient to patient, but once per month is average in the beginning.
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I recommend everyone who is curious about homeopathy read Beyond Flat Earth Medicine by Timothy R. Dooley, ND, MD.