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World famous homeopath, author and teacher, Robin Murphy, is interviewed by Elaine Lewis.

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People are always saying nice things to me, like, “Your words seem to make things so much clearer,” or, “As always, you are the best teacher.”  If any of that is true, it can only be because of MY teacher, Dr. Robin Murphy!

Robin Murphy’s Course:  Open to Everyone!

The great thing about Robin Murphy, which I applaud him for, is the amazing thing he’s done in making his entire course available to ordinary people–no questions asked!  Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Well, isn’t everyone’s course available to ordinary people?”  No! Except for acute prescribing, most teachers ask that you have degrees or certificates in certain things, that you enroll in their course, their school, that you plunk down hundreds or thousands of dollars up front, and if you don’t like it or can’t finish the course, you might get some of your money back but certainly not all of it, and if all you wanted of a certain famous homeopath’s course was his materia medica lectures, sorry, but, you can’t have them– unless you’re enrolled in the school!  And if you’re not a medical professional, no one will teach you any advanced prescribing ever–EXCEPT ROBIN MURPHY!  If someone in your family has cancer, and all you want from Murphy’s course is his seminar on breast cancer, you can buy it without obligating yourself in any way!  If someone in your family is mentally ill and all you want of Murphy’s course is his seminar on psychological problems, you can buy it!  No one asks if you’re a medical professional or how many years of college you’ve had or how many anatomy and physiology courses you’ve taken…and it’s because of this “open-door policy” that I am a homeopath today!  So, Robin, why you?  Why are you the exception?

Well, I don’t know…that’s a pretty big question, but, I was a lay homeopath first when I went to naturopathic school and I always felt that homeopathy, if it’s so safe, so natural, it should be available to everybody!  So when I practiced, for years, I always made available first aid kits, books and information to all my patients, so… my patients, instead of having just a “doctor-patient” relationship with me were having more of a “teacher-student” relationship.  So, you give a first aid kit to people and then they start using it on their kids, their pets and their friends and then these people end up wanting to study homeopathy; so, I encouraged it; and, to this day, I still encourage that homeopathy should be available, like the air and the water, to everybody who wants to take the time to study and learn it.

You know, the name of our journal is “Homeopathy 4 Everyone”, so, I think we share the same philosophy!  What I’ve seen is that practitioners will make their acute case lectures available to the public but not their chronic case lectures.

But it’s kind of strange to withhold your lectures on subjects when all people have to do is buy the books!  I mean, there’s books out on all these subjects–cancer or whatever!  So would you rather that people read and study on their own with no supervision?  And let’s face it, there are people out there who are desperate!  They’re looking for alternatives to standard medicine, there’s no homeopath in their city or state, they’re on their own…are we just supposed to forget these people?

Apparently!  (And by the way, I should probably mention that Robin Murphy’s entire course, and more, is available at www.homeopathic.com.  Start with the acute prescribing seminars and work your way up to chronic prescribing.  There are 32+ seminars for you to buy, plus Robin’s Repertory, Materia Medica and other books as well.)

I don’t see the world that way, I don’t see some “intellectual class” as being the only ones deserving of knowing homeopathy.  Sure, homeopathy does attract these super intellectuals; but, homeopathy is also a medicine from the heart and feelings, a mother’s intuition…I’ll say to a mother, “What remedy do YOU think it is?”

I do the same thing, really!  I’m always relieved when my client knows something about homeopathy because I know the outcome of the case is going to be much better than if he or she knows nothing!  But let me ask you about acute prescribing because I have noticed that people have a very hard time with acute cases because they’re not really sure at all what they’re supposed to pay attention to and not pay attention to.  And some people, of course, are looking for the constitutional remedy in every case!

Constitutional vs. Practical Homeopathy

Yes, people are emphasizing constitutional homeopathy and I am the exact opposite.  I emphasize clinical homeopathy which includes emergency prescribing, first aid, and acute prescribing…and that’s the way to spread homeopathy at the grass roots level–Arnica, Arsenicum, Allium cepa are really our calling cards, our way to spread the word.

Up to now, the emphasis has always been on the Kentian approach–one remedy to treat the whole person covering their whole life, it becomes very complex and very intellectual; so, I emphasize that every homeopath should have thorough training in emergency prescribing first and then acute prescribing and treating infections second, and then go on to epidemics and miasms and constitutional and chronic disease…it’s all homeopathy, but, as you learn any science, you learn at the front door.  The front door is emergency homeopathy and how to use the first aid kit!

And I know there’s homeopaths, some of my friends, who don’t treat acutes, they don’t treat emergencies; and then a child has a chronic ear infection; well, if you had given Chamomilla in the beginning, they wouldn’t have chronic ear infections now!  We shouldn’t have prejudices, we should treat whatever comes through our door.  “Oh, this patient has cancer, he might die, I can’t treat him!”  Our goals should be to help people where ever they’re at.  Emergency, infection, epidemic, chronic disease, psychological problems…where ever they’re at we should use our remedies to help.  One of the prejudices is that we have to cure everything.  We’re not cure-chasers, we’re trying to be healers and healing includes palliation, relieving the pain and suffering, helping people when they’re dying to leave more consciously and so on; so, homeopathy, to me, needs to be more practical and more clinical.

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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    Katja Schütt

    December 17, 2010

    Thank you, Elaine and Robin, for this very interesting interview and the wealth of knowledge !! A job well done, Elaine :)

  2. Debby Bruck

    December 18, 2010

    Robin Murphy is a Super Star! We all love Robin. Thank you for putting together this incredible interview, Elaine. I hope to see Robin again some time soon. Blessings, Debby

  3. Moriom Kamir

    December 18, 2010

    Tautopathy is a big branch in homeopathy and needs further exploration. A well written piece providing an insight into the amazing work of Robin Murphy and Homeopathy without Borders.

  4. Dr Mugdha

    December 18, 2010

    Great job. Very useful interview article. Always thought that there is another way of practising. But never got any guidance from teachers in mumbai, because most of all my teachers practise constitutional medicine. AS robin murphy states, if you are not confident enough to cure a back sprain, how can you move further in homoeopathy? Besides constitutional prescribing takes a lotttttttt of time and still you are not confident that the remedy will work because every homoeopath has a different constitutional remedy for the same person. Thanks a lot elan and homoeopathy for everyone. My salute to Mr Robin Murphy. Hope i keep getting his guidance in life to practise homooeopathy well

  5. Dr.Raghavan

    December 18, 2010

    It is truly an eye opener for young and old homeopaths alike as how homeopathy should be practiced as on today to make ourselves absolutely free from the various schools of thought and understanding Samuel Hahnemann as he would have thought the way to practice homeopathy on that till today and tomorrow.Thank you Dr.Robin Murphy for your masterly picturesque portrayal about homeopathy and Madam Elan for your purposeful interview.God Bless you all

  6. Harish.M.K/

    December 18, 2010

    Truly a peoples homoeopath, very honest and very practical without being follower of any particular theories.

  7. Liz Brynin

    December 19, 2010

    An excellent article. Robin’s approach is practical and straightforward.

  8. usman

    December 19, 2010

    Hi
    This is the best article i,ve ever read on homeopathy. I totally agree on treating acute problems first, rather than finding constitutional remedy.In my personal case, both my parents had multiple problems of old age, eg. CABG, diabetese, osteoporosis, etc.I was the only son to take care.My mom was on bed for a year.She had renal failure as well. In the meanwhile, my glucose levels increased & I also joined the diabetic club.A classical homeopath prescribed cupr ars but it didnt help much even after 6 months.One of my friend is also homeopath .I discussed my case. He the gave me phosphoric acid .He just opened a mind rubric,in kent,s repertory, he found rubric—-ailments, care from.There,s only one remedy i.e phos acid. I improved a lot.Sugar levels went down . The classical homeopath made me suffer for six months!!. A low profiled homeopath made a brilliant cure.
    usman

    • Maryam

      December 21, 2010

      Why dont you say that your friend is also a classical homeopath?

      • Elaine Lewis

        Elaine Lewis

        December 28, 2010

        Usman, great rubric! Prescribing on the etiology, nice going! Coincidently, Phos-ac. is one of the main remedies for diabetes!

  9. Tim MacCaw

    December 19, 2010

    A really excellent article. Vintage Robin Murphy, whose hair is still not greying, unlike mine – dash it! I have loads of his Powerpoint presentations. His and Ian Watson’s material are the best. I’m forwarding this conversation to the Homeopathy Groups I belong to, and to potential students for homeopathy courses.

    • Dr Mugdha

      December 22, 2010

      please can you forward me the some of his powerpoint presentations as well ?? If yes, i will be grateful to you. I will give you my email id, if you reply on the same comment. Thanksss a lottt.

      • Elaine Lewis

        Elaine Lewis

        December 28, 2010

        Robin’s hair isn’t gray because he’s a vegetarian and practices tai chi and qi gong–and needless to say he takes nooooo drugs whatsoever! Can you believe he’s 60 years old? He looks more like 40.

          • Dr Mugdha

            January 3, 2011

            Wow , you replied to my post. Thanks a ton.. Hi firstly HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May God bring success to all your future ventures.

            Thanks for the power point presentation link. It will be helpful.

            Also i wanted to know where can i get robin murphy books? I do not want to buy them from internet. Can i get them anywhere in mumbai in India???

            I already have case analysis and prescribing techniques and now i want some others like acute prescribing, women’s health etc

            Please Guide me, if possible.

            Thanks again

          • Elaine Lewis

            Elaine Lewis

            January 5, 2011

            Dr. Mugdha, have you tried B. Jain publishers?

          • Dr Mugdha

            January 8, 2011

            ok, will try that. Thanks….

  10. MargaretAnn Nelson

    December 20, 2010

    While I have much appreciation for Robin Murphy, the “ain’t it awful” tone of this article I find complacent and not particularly helpful. Also, the inferred criticism of other homeopaths without naming names. Where there is disagreement, why not identify the parties so we can better understand or investigate what you are referring to. Open dialogue over differences surely provides more opportunity to grow our profession in a spirit of highest personal regard.

    • Elaine Lewis

      Elaine Lewis

      December 29, 2010

      Margaret Ann, I’m sorry the interview struck you as negative. Robin was the first to acknowledge that he was once one of the very people he was criticizing. But you must admit that this psychological homeopathy is confusing a lot of people! People don’t know how to treat acutes or emergencies or simply refuse to, saying it will interfere with the constitutional remedy, and so allow patients to suffer. There’s a lot of false teaching and some of it is very harmful as I think we’ve shown. In fact, most people are relieved to hear that they CAN do the things that make sense to them and feel appropriate. As for naming names, I started to, actually, but thought better of it for the simple reason that the person isn’t here to defend himself; plus, there’s no value in a clash of personalities when what’s at issue is an idea or philosophy.

      • david

        February 17, 2011

        Perfect reply Elaine. The point is the principles and their effects on those being treated w/ our methods – not personalities.

        And thanks for doing the interview! I tried to line one up w/ Robin off and on for a while last year or so, once I had his MM and Rep [3rd editions] and had read through his Organon and Case-taking/analysis Books – all of a sudden Homeopathy seemed capable of living up to its potential in .

        One thing we do not have is a primer in Clinical [or 6th Organon homeopathy as I think of it.] Homeopathy that is up to date.

        In most other areas of standard Homeopathic practice – but a sort of primer [like Clarke’s intro to the prescriber] or more so like Dr. Elizabeth Wright’s a Brief Course in Classical Homeopathy and Phyliss Speight’s ‘ A study Course in Homeopathy’.

        Robin’s Case Analysis and Commentary on the Org are great but somewhat chaotically transcribed, unedited, missing a few sections from tape turnover etc. No less valuable for all that, but not a replacement for a more systematic, streamlined primer of clinical homeopathy!

        These and phatak sized MM and REP for beginners that are not 45 years now out of date.

        I don’t know if Robin has a mind to condense his MM and Rep into a ‘pocket manual’ ala boericke or boger’s synpotic key, in addition to having full versions, but that would be awesome – especially since he already has it on computer – and anyone starting from scratch…

        Thanks again elaine!

        I have read the interview a 3rd time, and I am going to photocopy a few sections for clients. Thanks so much.

  11. Dr. Sayeed Ahmad

    December 21, 2010

    Dear Sir

    I have great regards and appreciation also for the services of Dr. Robin. This interview is very informative. My special thanks for Dr. Robin for his knowledge and experience and sharing them with all of us. God bless him.

    With best regards

    Sincerely yours
    Dr. Sayeed Ahmad

  12. Dr. Mangesh Ambalkar

    December 23, 2010

    “Its untreated emergencies & acutes that creats the chronics. They are the first line of defense” I want quote it.
    This article change my view about confusing decisions.Thanks Robin sir

  13. Shelley

    December 26, 2010

    Great interview Elaine. Thanks for mentioning the website. It is very informative. I am currently enrolled in Robin’s Certificate course.

  14. FaMa

    December 27, 2010

    Thank you Elaine for this useful interview with Robin Murphy. He’s a trully people’s homeopath and you and the Hpathy.com team are just great! I Hope have all of you for a long time,so I can continue to learn homeopathy with you.
    Bless you all and my best wishes for the new year.

    FaMa

    • Elaine Lewis

      Elaine Lewis

      December 28, 2010

      FaMa (IF that’s your real name!) long time no hear from! Let me know how you are! I’m glad you liked the article.

  15. KPV

    December 28, 2010

    Dear Dr.Elaine
    Your interview with Dr. Murphy is beyond praise. It has really shaken the shells of our orthodox concept of homoeopathy and has helped us open our eyes to the concrete reality rather than confining to the philosophy itself. Thanks Dr.Murphy and thanks Dr. Elaine…….

  16. Muhammad Nisar

    December 31, 2010

    Excellent interview, through and incisive. I liked these phrases of Dr. Murphy:
    -Disease Management for Profit.
    -When money’s the motivation, that’s the death of healing; medicine should be non-profit!
    Wonderful, Dr. Elaine, but tell me if Dr. Murphy’s hair is black because he is a vegetarian, yours are grey!
    Nisar

  17. DR C S GUPTA

    December 31, 2010

    dear dr
    DR ROBIN MURPHY HAS WISELY EXPLAINED HOMEOPATHY IN PRACTICAL FORM. HE HAS RIGHTLY STATED THAT IN EMERGENCY WE SHOULD NOT THINK OF CONTITUTIONAL REMEDY. AS FOR EXAMPLE THE INJURY GIVES PAIN AS WELL AS SHOCK. SO THE MENTAL STATE OF EVERY PATIENT WILL BE SAME AT THE TIME OF INJURY. SO INTERNAL INJURY ARNICA 3OR 6 IN REPEATED DOSE IS THE BEST. I WILL CALL IT THE 1ST PRESCRIPTION WHICH SHOULD BE GIVEN TO PATIENT WITHOUT ASKING MUCH QUESTIONS. IN ACUTE CASE ALWAYS I GIVE LOWER POTENCY UPTO 30 ONLY RARELY 200 AND ABOVE.
    ARNICA, CUP MET AND NAT SULF FOR INTERNAL INJURY
    A,CEP, NAT MUR FOR CORYZA, RUNNING NOSE
    MERC COR-BAPTISIA FOR LOOSE MOTION
    ANT CRUD -HEP SULF FOR SKIN ELERGY
    HEP SULF FOR COUGH
    BELL-SPIGELEA FOR HEAD PAIN
    NUX BELL FOR STOMACH PAIN
    ARS -PULS FOR INDIGESTION
    THERE IS A LONG LIST I WILL LIKE TO GIVE SEPRATELY IF DR MANISH APPROVES OF SUCH METHOD
    THANKS
    DR SHEKHAR

  18. Domenic Stanghini

    January 3, 2011

    I just love Robin Murphy’s lectures. He seems to me the most down to earth, most reasonable and wise teacher, and has the most usable information for homeopaths and lay person alike. His book/lecture Case Analysis, Materia Medica, and repertory are my 3 most used books.

    Thanks for contributing this article Elaine.

    Best Wishes

    Domenic

  19. John Whyte-Venables

    January 3, 2011

    This is an epiphany! I told my teacher this article is the most important thing I read in almost four years study. People worry that homeopathy is attracting increased public anger and opposition. At one stroke Murphy creates a homeopathy which stands up to public scrutiny: it is honest and sincere and free from the ego and new age nonsense that blights the art. He even manages to include some real remedy with the use of low potencies! To be fair George Vithoulkas also says there is no such thing as a set constitution, but that vision somehow sits awkwardly with his adherence to Kent. Somehow Murphy make a coherent philosophy that rings true to itself.

  20. Erica Dixon

    January 4, 2011

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I now feel grounded again after freaking out a bit post qualification. I am happy to say that many of the things Robin mentioned were taught on the course I attended in the UK (BSH). Some things that need pushing more are the points about the healthy constitution & how to keep it healthy i.e. lifestyle. I agree, we treat disease (& sometimes dis-ease)!

    Point 5 in the ‘mistakes’ part has been a massive grumble of mine! Not until someone pointed out how materia medica was all mixed up did it start to make any sense as a student and then I realised I had to sort it out myself.

    & the point about causation – I always look for it – remove the cause! You cannot cure anything if you don’t remove the causation and sometimes that means a chat about lifestyle & no remedy. E.g. people who don’t drink water – so basic, so simple and so easily missed. Dehydration is a massive cause of disease.

    Thank you again for a very down to earth interview.

    • Elaine Lewis

      Elaine Lewis

      January 5, 2011

      Hi Erica, I will just throw in here that common sense has to prevail in water- drinking too. A secretary doesn’t need as much as a football player! Eight glasses of water a day can’t possibly be appropriate for everyone. Inappropriate amounts of water can harm the kidneys just as under-consumption can.

  21. v. vasavan

    January 5, 2011

    The article is very good & written openly of his practice which will be useful for other upcoming homoeopaths. It throw lights to a various subjects like tautopathy, miasms, potency selection etc.etc. Such open minded articles will safeguard the originality of Hahnemann’s homoeopathy.

  22. anil kumar kulshreshtha

    January 5, 2011

    Sir,

    Excellent practical approach of Homoeopathy and wonderfull critical analysis of Allopathy and pharmaceutical companies . EVERYONE MUST KNOW THE REALITIES OF BOTH
    SYSTEMS. THANKS TO ROBIN MURPHY .

  23. Elaine Lewis

    Elaine Lewis

    January 6, 2011

    If anyone is living in the Tampa, Florida area, Robin is doing a seminar in Emergency Prescribing there on the weekend of Feb. 19, 2011. For more information, email me at LEWRA@aol.com.

    • Dr Mugdha

      January 8, 2011

      Are there any plans for a Robin Murphy seminar in Mumbai? If yes, please do inform me. Thanks

      • Elaine Lewis

        Elaine Lewis

        January 13, 2011

        I’m sure I’ll get the notice if he does. Go to his website, scroll to the bottom and put your email address into the subscribe window so you’ll receive updates on seminars.

  24. Kelly

    January 11, 2011

    Wow is all I can say! This has to be the best written, most useful interview by Elaine and Hpathy yet! Straightforward, common sense homeopathy which anyone can understand. Keep up the great work and continue to educate as you are both amazing teachers!

  25. Bill

    January 11, 2011

    I am a chiropractor and I know first hand the attitudes of many people about “natural” health care. I became a chiropractor because of a book called, “Chiropractic: a modern way to health, by Dr. Dintinfass.” If you can get well naturally why would you take drugs that are poisonous or have surgery that guarantees that you will not get better? I’m not saying don’t see a medical doctor, I’m saying try chiropractic first. I feel the same about homeopathy now that I’ve read a little about. Essence makes sense. You won’t die or be poisoned from it and it may help, naturally…

  26. chris griffiths

    January 15, 2011

    What a FAB interview, thank goodness for common sense and simplicity!!!

  27. KARUPPIAH.S

    January 15, 2011

    Robin’s advice is execellent one for young homoeopaths.

  28. Kuldip Singh

    January 16, 2011

    I think this interview-article that Elaine conducted with Robin Murphy is one of the best I have ever read, extremely rich in its content. Dr Robin Murphy is a real present day homeopath free from all shackles, dogmas conventions and traditions. He is very much in tune with the times and understands today’s requirements. He offers himself an example of ‘following what he preaches’. Elaine Lewis has pertinently revealed that he is 60 years old, a vegetarian, still having natural black hair and taking no drugs. All credit goes to Elaine for eliciting the maximum out of Murphy for the benefit of readers. Elaine richly deserves all gratitude and abundant appreciation for this marvelous interview.

  29. Elaine Lewis

    Elaine Lewis

    January 17, 2011

    Kuldip, you are waaaaaaaaaaay too kind!!!!! But you’re right about one thing, Robin does set an excellent example of how to live.

  30. dragana

    January 17, 2011

    Its a really amazing interview with one of the greatest masters of homeopathy. Such useful and understandable material for the students. I’ve learned so much from it.
    Many compliments to Elaine!

    Dragana

  31. P.N. Mehra

    January 18, 2011

    A very Practical Right and Correct approach. A must read article/ interview for the Homeopathy Fratinity in general and Budding and Future Homeopaths in particular.
    Please give more articles from Robin Murphy.
    Thanks Elaine.
    Mehra

  32. dr.ashwani kumar rai

    February 25, 2011

    sir today i am greatfull because I read dr murphy interviw but what he say about psora there origine thats from scabs itch and unhiginic condition I am not satisfieing to that Ill thinkinking is main base behind psora like RAGA & DAWESHA .

  33. Dr.ANJU MALHOTRA

    March 12, 2011

    It is really important for all homoeopaths to read this article n I’m sure we all relate to it in some way or the other in our practice of homoeopathy . thanks for all enlightenment.

  34. Dr.ANJU MALHOTRA

    March 12, 2011

    can we please have more lectures of such a master of homoeopathy .
    this kind of a practical approach n clarity of understanding are the virtues of a master only.
    these teachings can take homoeopathy further.
    thanks again .

  35. H.Dr. Inam Rabbani

    October 23, 2012

    Wow, what a brilliant person he is. His lectures, articles, books all are the treasure, not only for the Homeopaths but for all mankind

  36. DR GANESH J CHOPADE

    June 24, 2013

    thanks for the enlightenment.

  37. Vera Sanina, Moskow, Russia

    October 7, 2013

    Dear Dr. Robin Murphy.
    My name is Sanina Vera. I am a Director of Homeopathic Centre “Classical Medicine” (the School of Classical Homeopathy and Publishing House, Moscow, Russia). I call you again to make a request to allow me to publish in Russian your book «Commentary on «Organon» оf Medicine”. We can conclude a contract with you concerning edition and payment of the fee to you. I have read many of your articles and I appreciate deeply your professional knowledge and skills and right understanding of homeopathy. I will be very grateful to you if you can give lectures on classical homeopathy in Moscow.
    As for me, I studied homeopathy at International Academy of Classical Homeopathy of G. Vithoulkas. Now there is a serious situation in homeopathy in Russia. Some government officials are trying to ban homeopathy as a method of treatment. They support allopathy and allopathic pharmaceutical industry. But there is another problem. It is a weak and uncoordinated homeopathic education in Russia in the last 20 years. Before this time there was not development of homeopathy in the Soviet period.
    With best regards,
    Sanina Vera (Moscow)

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