I have just returned from the 10th National Homeopathic Conference in Brisbane! I met some very special people in the field. Some that are amazing practitioners, some that are doing the most spectacular research, some are making the most profound difference to children and their families...I am so inspired! It was an utterly magical weekend!
,Magical. Did I just say that word in relation to Homeopathy? Really? Something that was drummed home to me this weekend is there is nothing magical about Homeopathy. Truly nothing. Ok so when you take a couple of pillules and moments later your headache is gone or the next day the rash you had for 20yrs is just a shadow it most certainly seems that this is the case. After this weekend I can most certainly assure you this is not the case.
What is it then?
What the critics are unlikely to admit or the media unlikely to mention is that there is a large and still growing body of scientific Homeopathic research. I've used it and was aware of it but over the course of the last 2 days I had it strung before me like a set of dazzling Christmas lights. Individually they shine a small pinprick of light in the dark but strung together they illuminate the whole damn building!
We have the Randomised Controlled Trials that are internationally renowned, there are scientist doing research into nanoparticles, the memory of water, clathrates are becoming part of our vocabulary thanks to research that shows their relevance to the science of Homeopathy and there is now a work using solvatochromatic dyes that makes it possible to SEE high dilutions (as we use in Homeopathy) in water.
These things are being carried out, written about and published all over the world! Homeopathy is far bigger internationally yet again leaving Australia behind as our Government seek to discredit us despite our international support. The international Homeopathic community is incredulous about the Australian situation...they keep throwing about the numerous studies that have been done and published and are accepted all over the world...except in Australia. There was a definite political edge to the weekend. Homeopaths are not politicians but we are quickly becoming very savvy about it!
It's taken us 200 years plus to get here and by jingo we are here to stay! Myself, my colleagues and my profession at large are here to stay! We are immovable from the landscape of medicine and it is time that was realised.
If you've ever seen a Homeopath you will know there is nothing 'magical' about being grilled for 2 hours about everything from your Mother's constipation to how you sleep...it's hard work and also just the beginning. The Homeopath then seeks to make sense of the information as every scientist does. Where does it fit, how does it work? We use computers, refer to books that contain thousands of symptoms, we cross reference the information, we check, double check and finally come up with a remedy...magic? Really? Hard bloody work and determination more likely!
The next time one of my clients rings me to let me know that the remedy I prescribed worked like 'magic' I will say with utter confidence that they can be sure magic had nothing to do with it!
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