During the week of August 22, 2016 I was privileged to speak about Homeopathic Medicine to members of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Family Practice Clinic in Madison, WI. This was my second invitation, having spoken to a previous group 2 years ago. Each time we spent 2.5 hours together and, by the end of both the previous and this year’s presentation, the questions and feedback from the physicians I was addressing gave me a renewed sense of hope for the next generation of physicians.
In the past, when I’d speak to medical students, nurses, or physician assistant students, I’d often leave feeling frustrated; disappointed that I wasn’t able to convey this very complex subject in such a short period of time. In general, I also found students to be more skeptical of homeopathy compared to practitioners who’d spent time in clinical practice.
The Integrative Medicine fellows were very sincere, humble, inquisitive, and asked great questions. As part of the talk, and to demonstrate how a homeopathic intake is done, I did an initial interview via Skype with a young woman experiencing intense anxiety. They were able to see how a homeopathic interview differs from conventional medicine–namely that the homeopathic approach seeks to understand the individual’s total experience of anxiety, rather than just using general symptoms (tight muscles, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, etc.) to arrive at the choice of a remedy.
I explained to the physicians how the homeopathic remedy would be matched with the young woman’s unique stress state. As homeopaths we need to go beyond general symptoms and understand symptoms that are specific to each individual (it’s not the pharmaceutical approach of “one drug fits all”). They witnessed how, when asked and permitted time to reflect, the young woman was able to articulate the characteristic experience of her anxiety very clearly. Her information led us to a specific remedy that fit her complete symptom picture. I was also able to point out how with a different patient with a diagnosis of anxiety, whose experience is also different, would require a different homeopathic remedy. This is the subtlety of homeopathy that most conventional medical practitioners aren’t able to use in their practices.
We also discussed how all illness is due to a state of imbalance or stress within the whole person—while a diagnosis can convey an idea quickly, it tells us about very little about the individual and their experience. The process of understanding our state of “dis-ease”—the “what is it like; how does it feel; how does it affect my day”–is the process by which the homeopathic interview reaches a deep understanding of the fuller state of imbalance, far beyond the general symptoms or communication of a diagnosis. The matched homeopathic remedy is intended to provoke a healing correction on all levels–better mood, cognition, energy, and sleep; in addition to resolution of the presenting problems.
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If you are struggling with current symptoms or a diagnosis that hasn’t been fully addressed by a conventional medical approach, consider homeopathy as an alternative approach to healing. If you believe your body system is stuck in a chronic stress reaction, and you’re interested in learning more about homeopathy, please give me a call. At no charge, we can talk and discern whether homeopathy treatment is a fit for you, and what a treatment plan would entail. Generally speaking, homeopathy can offer help for almost all non-surgical conditions, but it’s important that the holistic process is an approach that makes sense to you. I’m happy to explain how that process would work in your specific situation.
David Johnson, CCH has been in full time practice for the past eighteen years, and teaches at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. Prior to his certification as a Classical Homeopath, he taught clinical medicine as a Physician Assistant and worked in conventional medicine settings for twelve years. Schedule your appointment by calling 262.695.5311.