This issue of Homeopathy for Everyone is focussed on homeopathic education, books and authors.
As a student, I was dissatisfied with the quality of education that we received. Most of the time teachers were not trained in teaching methodologies, and learning meant ‘rote learning’. Even when the intentions of the teachers were good, there was a huge difference between what the teachers were saying in the class and what they were practicing in their clinics. This left the students untrained, bewildered and confused.
Twenty years have gone by since I started my homeopathic journey, but sadly, the standards of education have not changed much. Most students still do not read the original works of our masters and most teachers still do not practice classical homeopathy. So despite an even increasing number of homeopaths, well-trained classical homeopaths are still hard to find!
A large number of homeopaths do not even work as homeopaths. I see young homeopaths going into BPOs, hospital management, working illegally in allopathic hospitals …and even agitating openly to allow them to practice allopathic medicine! And more than 90% of those who do end up practicing homeopathy are using complexes and doing polypharmacy shamelessly.
Yet, I do not blame these homeopaths for what they are doing. You can only practice what you are being taught. If their colleges and teachers are unable to instil confidence for homeopathy in them, it is the education that needs to be blamed. And if the situation is similar in most colleges, then the policy makers and governing bodies need to introspect and reflect on their own shortcomings.
But blaming each other also won’t lead to any change on the ground. It’s time that national bodies like CCH, SOH etc, and international organizations like LIGA, start working together to produce more uniform guidelines for homeopathic education that are accepted globally, develop methodologies to train the teachers and monitor the outcome of education.
In this issue, we focus on all this and present much more. Prof. George Vithoulkas shares his insights about ways to improve homeopathic education in an interview with Manish Bhatia; Katharina Gaerter shares her thoughts about homeopathy education and practice in India after traveling through the country for four months and Rashmi Shukla raises the need for quality homeopathy education in India. There are several other articles and cases that focus on different aspects of learning and education.
Good authors and books are an integral part of good education. We present to you chapters from the books of some leading homeopaths. We are thankful to George Dimitriadis, Jeremy Sherr, Roger Morrison, Alastair Gray, Amy Lansky, Anne Vervarcke, Ajit Kulkarni, Mohd. Rafeeque, Narendra Mehta and Richard Moskowitz for sharing some wonderful chapters from their very useful books. All these chapters and works are worth reading!
Don’t miss our regular columns from Alan Schmukler, Elaine Lewis, Robert Medhurst, Iman Navab, Amarsinha Nikam, Edward De Beukelaer and Mark Moodie. And remember to send in your comments and feedbacks to all the articles that you read. Your can post your comments at the end of an article or send them to us at [email protected]
Dr. Manish Bhatia
Editor, Homeopathy for Everyone.