Author: Rowenna Ronson
499 pages, paperback
Reviewed By: Ivo Wiesner, PhD, Czech Republic
“So much of what we call insanity is that people are on a different or altered level of consciousness….” Nicky Pool (one of the contributors)
This book is a rich repository of British homeopathic history giving fascinating insights into the lives and philosophy of homeopathic healers in the UK.
It provides really stimulating reading from cover to cover. A reading of this book reminds us that there are many, many methods out there that can and do work. But not everything is for everybody. A key challenge is to reveal the proper way for you and your cases, with the overriding criterion being to help to release the patient from whatever is blocking him or her, and the release from suffering. And we must always keep in mind the golden rule that we must be patient-centred and not practitioner-centred/egocentric. So everything that works helps, such as giving two remedies at once. It may be allowed and justifiable for a particular situation.
This book is made up of 32 chapters reflecting 40 years of fascinating opinions, perceptions and memories of the different contributors. It is like an enthralling pilgrimage through individual interviews and conversations with 34 British homeopaths. Every interview reflects an aspect of the British homeopathic scene, and shows the variety of ways in which homeopathy can be practised effectively. You can get a measure of the vast collective wisdom based on daily practice and teaching. You can witness the roots of the homeopathic renaissance in the UK during the sixties (looking back), from which the future outlines of UK homeopathy clearly germinate (moving forward).
Rowena Ronson, who put this book together, is a British homeopath and registered member of the Society of Homeopaths. Her practice developed in Bushey, where she offers daily homeopathic care. She also teaches at the Open University and contributes to homeopathic journals. Her website, contains more information about her.
As for the book’s strong points from my perspective, I was fascinated by the homeopathic branch rooted in the British druid tradition of the group taught by Thomas Maughan, who was the mysterious hermetical figure of his day. He reputedly gave everybody remedies either in a 200C or 10M potency as their first prescription. He would use 200C for bowel nosodes and detox remedies followed by a 10M polychrest. Even today, when you do not know what to do with your case, you can find one o f his combination remedies to sort it out. All in all a really mysterious person, this Chief Druid of England: a spiritual teacher of great substance who had a strong impact on his homeopathic students. And I could continue with the likes of Yubraj Sharma (interviewed in Chapter 19), self-taught and now principal at the School of Shamanic Homeopathy in Wembley.
Another striking aspect discussed was the issue of infertility in women. What is its root? It is suppression. As Linda Razzell says in Chapter 25: “Kali carbonicum is my great remedy for all fertility problems or Folliculinum followed by bowel nosode program. It is like Sulphur in obstetrics. It can undo almost any damage or interruptions to the female cycle.”
So for whom was this book written? Any reader may learn about various forms and aspects of homeopathy in practice. This book should therefore be in the library of every college to bring inspiration to its students.
No more needs to be said: it is enjoyable reading which can be recommended to everyone.
This review was first published in the journal Homeopathy Links