Recently, the the I.H.M. offices in Mexico was asked to publish an article by a European based homoeopath regarding the right to practice for non medically licenced homoeopaths. On the surface, it seems like an easy request to fulfill, especially as there is a move afoot for governments to infringe on every facet of our lives and take total control.
However, with deeper contemplation regarding the matter, and discussions between several members of the I.H.M. we will not be supporting this particular petition, and we will publically state why.
The I.H.M. has long held that the route to protecting the therapy of homoeopathy is through accurate training and utilisation of Hahnemanns instructions for casetaking and case management. To this end, we as an organisation have pursued a policy of teaching these methods via seminars and classrooms.
Homoeopathy per se, that is the true APPLICATION of the therapy, is all but dead in the Western world. It has been forsaken and replaced by false practices like the Sensation Method and prescribing by Elements, chemical groups and all sorts of other quasi spiritual/poor psychology prescribing techniques that do not help the patient along sound and proven methods of health restoration.
Yesterday, a colleague of mine in the USA related the story of a friend of his who required homoeopathic treatment for an ailment, and chose a practitioner close to their residence. The practitioner spent literally hours taking all sorts of notes, relating to the psyche of the person, how they viewed life etc, and eventually prescribed ‘Mountain lion milk’ based on some quasi psychological interpretation of words said by the patient. The sad thing is, that in the State in which he resides, this is the normal method of prescribing.
Now for honest hearted and genuine practitioners of homeopathy, this use of the doctrine of signatures and false interpretive prescribing, goes against the very core of the medical practice. Dream interpretation, central delusion theory, interpretation of recorded symptoms……….. it never ends.
Any individual is entitled to promote their own theories in whatever way they desire. Crazy, false, dangerous or not. It cannot exist or be promoted further without the SUPPORT OF ADHERENTS OR FOLLOWERS!
All of the falseness of these new ‘improved’ methodologies could have been stopped easily. However, the basic lack of knowledge and training given to homoeopaths over the years by teachers who learned from their teachers, and whom did not examine the sources……… has led to this terrible situation. Homoeopathy today in the main, does not represent Hahnemanns medical practice as defined.
We have deep sympathy for those practitioners who are not medically qualifed and who are finding the the bar is being set higher and higher in order to meet the Country ‘requirement’ for the right to practice. It is not just homoeopathy, it is every practice in alternative health care which is being absorbed for the ‘safety and welfare of the patient‘.
However, we at the I.H.M. draw a line in the sand when it comes to sharing a platform or an appeal to ‘authorities’ for the ‘right’ to practice if we have to join with those that lay claim to be ‘homoeopaths’ and are practicing falsely. We do not subscribe to political expediency in order to save our profession.
Let us put things in perspective.
- MOST non medical registers of homoeopaths include the provision for ANY mode of therapy under the name homoeopathy to be practiced. Most registers require an examination for a practitioner to be entered on it, and the examination requires a deep knowledge of the Sankaran Sensation method.
- In the USA, a school has been established in Arizona that will allow a graduate to practice with the ability to practice as a ‘Homoeopath’ with all legal rights established. Unfortunately, the school is not teaching proper homoeopathy.
So what would we get if we supported the right to practice homoeopathy for lay practitioners? Does this mean we only support the right for Doctors to practice homoeopathy? Absolutely not. In our experience ANYONE practicing without proper knowledge or training is wasting the time of a patient and not doing the job the are paid for. However a person with a medical licence can do almost anything they want and not much can be done about it. As Hahnemann experienced during his lifetime, a lot of them did not learn properly.
WHAT THIS REGISTER IS.
We do not expect this Register to be a large one. It is aimed at the practitioner who practices accordng to the tenets of Hahnemanns Instructions. No Sankaran, No Scholten, No modern individual methodology or techniques that goes against the well documented and presented directions given by Hahnemann. But we do expect an applicant to practice according to the parameters of Homoeopathy as defined by Hahnemann.
We have set an initial application form at the top of the page. If you can answer YES to all the questions then please apply. It is our aim to collect together all those remaining homoeopaths in the West that practice REAL homoeopathy and give them a voice and representation where we can.