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Incorporating Different Modalities into a Homeopathic Practice

by Victoria Young(more info)

listed in homeopathy, originally published in issue 50 - March 2000

Einstein concluded that the idea of separateness is but an illusion; we are all one thing in this universe. Somehow our job is to widen our circle of compassion until it surrounds everything in the universe.

As alternative practitioners, we need to reach for our potential within all aspects of life, not only as people but also as healers. We need to expand our belief systems and practices, so that it incorporates as wide and diverse a range of prescribing skills as possible to safely meet our patients' needs.

I am sometimes asked if I am a classical homeopath. This question, or rather my answer, has evolved as I have. Initially my answer was yes, later no, and now I am comfortable with yes and no. I still practise classical homeopathy, but certainly not exclusively so. I practise classically when it is appropriate to do so. What I am discussing in this article is what I do when I don't prescribe classically.

One definition of health is the ability to adapt. A healthy practitioner likewise has the ability to adapt the prescribing technique to the patient.

To prescribe non-classically does not mean non-holistically. For example, does a good, accurate prescription of nat-mur or pulsatilla make a thirstless person drink? Instinct and experience tell me not. If a person is chronically dehydrated and presents with headaches and constipation, a remedy may well not reach its potential in its curative action without looking at basic hydration and/or nutrition issues. We have to drink more water, and some people have to learn to drink water. Compared with even 50 years ago, our intake of salt has now increased dramatically. To ignore this and believe a remedy covering the case will cure the headache and constipation manifesting from a chronically dehydrated, crisp-munching, processed food-eating patient somehow misses the point.

We can only describe ourselves in terms of the language we have been given. This is also true of homeopathy. With over 33 known factors that significantly contribute to cancer we are far more polluted, medicated, toxic, travelled and psychologically complex than we were 200 years ago (the time credited with the arrival of homeopathy in Europe). Homeopathy must take this into consideration as it emerges as a 21st century medical system. New developments in quantum physics and biology give homeopathy greater language in which to describe itself. Quantum theory carries with it some important consideration for medicine and biology. For example, in a book called The Memory of Water by Michel Schiff, he describes how Jacques Benveniste performed experiments demonstrating the ability of water to retain the memory of the molecules it once contained. Solutions of antibodies were diluted until no molecular structure of the antibody was present, yet they still produced a response from immune cells. This has important effects on the laws of biochemistry and further validates homeopathy. (See also Issue 49, page 27)

Similarly, in Vibrational Medicine, Dr Gerber states that homeopathic energy theory suggests that humans are somewhat like the electrons of an atom. Electrons within an atom occupy energy shells known as orbitals. Each orbital possesses certain frequency and energetic characteristics depending on the type of atom. In order to excite or move an electron into the next orbital, one needs to deliver to it energy of specific frequencies. Homoeopathy and acupuncture use the diverse frequency spectrum of nature to discharge the toxicity of illness, and allow equilibrium to be restored.

One device that I frequently use is a bioresonance medical system. Information is taken from the patient by measuring electrophysiological reactivity to literally thousands of substances including homeopathic remedies, acupuncture meridians, herbs, organ function, allopathic and recreational drugs, gem and flower remedies, nutritional deficiencies or excesses, infections, parasites, hydration and oxygenation levels, craniosacral points and many other health determining issues. The more information available from your patient, the greater an holistic picture emerges.

I will once again reiterate my belief that to prescribe non-classically does not mean non-holistically.

Medico-scientific research has for too long been dominated by Newtonian reductionist thought models. It is an inward-looking perspective that lends itself more to crisis than prevention. All alternative practitioners are aware of the limitations of this model of medicine; however I would also urge those who use homoeopathy to pay heed to this reductionist model as we scan through our remedies, and not to reduce our patients necessarily to one remedy type that fits most of the presenting symptoms. Otherwise we ourselves may run the risk of applying that same reductionist model to our patients.

To be effective, we practitioners require a constant evaluation of ourselves as practitioners and as human beings, to look beyond our remedy kits and to start looking at our relationship with all of life.

Further Reading

Dr Richard Gerber. Vibrational Medicine. Bear & Co. 1988.
Michel Schiff. The Memory Of Water. Thorsons. 1997.
Dr Sandra Cabot. The Liver Cleansing Diet. SBC International. 1999. (available from Positive Health: see pages 52-55.)

Case Studies

These two cases are briefly outlined to illustrate that it is possible to prescribe and treat effectively in a variety of ways.

Case 1
     A year ago, a 23-year-old woman came to see me complaining of fatigue, allergies, anxiety, dizziness, frequent diarrhoea and a feeling of muzziness affecting her thoughts. She also complained of deep sadness stemming from a failed relationship. She began by recounting her story of many visits to different homoeopaths, including travelling abroad to a well-known Greek homoeopath. I asked her not to tell me what had been prescribed. I took her case and from a classical perspective the remedy Ignatia seemed appropriate. Looking both excited and disappointed at the same time, (as Ignatia states can do) she informed me that this was the remedy she had been prescribed in varying potencies and it had done nothing to improve her condition. What is this I thought? Right remedy wrong time? Right remedy strong maintaining cause (ie. something potentially antidoting it)? Right remedy wrong patient?
     Sitting on my three-legged stool I realised that this wasn’t enough. I needed to be more expansive in my understanding if I was to help. I scanned this patient using a bioresonance medical system, allowing greater insight into this patient’s condition. I combined the results of this test with a more general enquiry of whether this person has ease of flow in the five areas that govern human experience which are:
     I do not consider it possible to separate these entirely or to know necessarily where one starts and another stops; these areas are not able to be reduced or analysed separately but they are useful considerations in the context of the whole person.

     Among many other details, the most significant information the bioresonance system picked up were:
    Major vitamin and mineral deficiencies;
    Poor liver and adrenal function;
    Fungal/bowel flora imbalance;
    Emotional sadness;
    Poor oxygenation levels;
    High geopathic stress reactivity;
    Mild and changeable allergic responses.

     She added that she felt socially isolated. I believe that having little meaningful contact with others can also be causation of illness. Similarly, if someone feels that they contribute in some way, their energy levels increase as a consequence.
     Setting the bioresonance system to treatment mode allowed the patient to receive electromagnetic frequencies in order to stimulate the correct organ functions and responses within the body. Dietary advice was also given as was complex homoeopathy and herbal drops. Due to her poor oxygenation levels I advised her to take exercise, which would also improve her metabolic function generally.
     I felt her allergy type reactions in this case were due more to poor adrenal and liver function than a generalised auto-immune response. I advised her to cut out some triggering foodstuffs during the initial stages of treatment. She was in no doubt that her symptoms were a result of a relationship breakdown which also fully explained her sadness.
     Four weeks later her energy had improved, and bowel function had returned to normal. The general muzzy feeling had gone, but she still complained of some occasional headaches, sadness and pains that appeared and disappeared. Ignatia LM1 was prescribed. At this point I also suggested that she had some craniosacral therapy to assist her healing process. Whilst it is not possible to change emotionally painful events, it is possible for patients to change their relationship to the pain so that it no longer overwhelms them.
     Some weeks later she reported feeling physically fine and emotionally more like her old self.

Case 2
     This 34-year-old man presented with irritable bowel syndrome, of which the main symptoms included:
    Chronic constipation with bouts of diarrhoea;
    Bloating and distended abdomen;
    General pain and discomfort in the liver area;
    Waking with no energy;
     He consumes excessive amounts of alcohol and smokes 20 cigarettes a day. Emotionally, very little was forthcoming except to say that he felt grumpy and irritable most of the time.
     The bioresonance scan revealed poor amperage reactivity. We must remember that the body is an extremely complex interaction of photons, electrons, protons, ions, chemicals, magnetic and other energetic regulators. The body can not be reduced to simple chemical terms.
     Measuring not only resistance but also all electrical parameters, ie. voltage, amperage, capacitance, inductance and oscillations allows us to understand our patients’ symptoms better.
     For example, this patient showed poor amperage reactivity. Amperage collates very strongly with life force (or lack of it) and in this instance, I feel that it was due to high cellular toxicity.
     Other key symptoms revealed, included:
    Sluggish liver;
    Poor bowel flora balance;
    History of antibiotics;
    Wheat and dairy sensitivity;
    General high level of toxicity;
    Dehydration/poor oxygenation levels;
    Nutritional, vitamin and mineral deficiency;
    Poor circulation.
     With very few presenting emotional complaints, I took the totality of his physical presenting symptoms and decided to treat him in the following way.
     Initially I set the bioresonance system to give him a series of electromagnetic frequency treatments. With a sophisticated cybernetic feedback system, the programme automatically stops when the patient has received enough therapy and the organism’s frequency pattern is stabilised.
     Step one – diminish the cause of disease. This person is toxic, so my first advice is to cut down alcohol, cut down smoking, cut out coffee. Take some exercise, use dietary changes, take vitamins and minerals to restore nutritional balance.
     Step two – treat specific organs involved. I used complex homoeopathy to treat his liver (a combination of cucurbita 2x, beta vulgaris 2x, raphanus 2x, plantago 2x, ascorbicum acidum 2x, sarcodal glandulars liver gall bladder 3x and 6x, podophyllum 4x, natrum sulph 4x). Due to his high alcohol consumption, coffee consumption and a general toxicity, I prescribed a kidney support to encourage kidney repair and detoxification of protein wastes, by supplying needed tissue nutrients (pisum sativum 3x, taraxicum officinale 3x, berberis 6x, uva ursi 6x, sacodal glandulars kidney 6x, bladder 6x)
     Step three – to establish lymphatic and circulatory balance, I recommended that he had some massage sessions.
     Step four – symptom reduction. As most of his symptoms were due to lifestyle and toxicity, a general detoxification programme was recommended, which included drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily.
     Within 10 days of following this programme, this patient reported that almost all of his symptoms had disappeared including the discomfort of his haemorrhoids.
     As part of the maintenance programme, I also suggested that he regularly took linseeds and acidophilus to improve bowel function generally, use slippery elm if his heartburn returned and drink one pint of water with lemon each morning. As a consequence of his new-found health and energy he found that he was able to stop smoking, and cut out alcohol. He feels happier and more content within himself and realises that he had to dramatically change his lifestyle if he was to take responsibility for his own health.


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About Victoria Young

Victoria Young qualified in 1993 as a homoeopath. She is also a qualified counsellor, and a bio-energetic practitioner who completed a post graduate course in 1995 using a bioresonance medical system. She has a clinic within a GP's practice in Greenwich, South London, Tel: 020-8691 1533, and has a practice in central London at The Grove Clinic in Kensington, Tel: 020-7221 2266. cen

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