When I Was Green


When I Was Green



Twenty years ago, when I first started practicing homeopathy, full of passion, I offered to treat everyone, even people who hadn’t asked – and for free if they couldn’t afford it. I treated every relative, friend and friends of friends. I even recruited people I saw coughing in the grocery store!

It turned out badly. It was much harder than I thought. One reason was that the simplest cases turned out to be quagmires. The woman with the dry skin also had epilepsy, and the gentleman with the cough had asthma that had been suppressed for 30 years. But that wasn’t the worst part. It was trying to explain and justify homeopathy to people who hadn’t asked for help, and who didn’t have a clue. They expected to feel better the next day, or at least the day after that. Their families and their doctors would tell them homeopathy was bunk and to stop seeing me, which they sometimes did. They stopped remedies, took them too often, gobbled allopathic drugs or looked up their remedy in a chemistry book and challenged my prescriptions. Sometimes they just disappeared after the first aggravation.

At one point I felt so exasperated, I resolved to only treat people who had a BHMS or better, or were direct descendents of Hahnemann, Hering or Boenninghausen.

I’d learned my lesson. You can’t help everyone, and sometimes not even the people you love. In the end, I let go of my illusions, but never my passion.

Some highlights of this issue :

Homeopathic veterinarian Jacques Millemann in our Hot Seat, shares wonderful stories from his 40 years of practice.

Jeroen Holtkamp challenges the validity of the miasm concept.

Julian Jonas reports on the successful use of Psorinum in terminal cancer cases.

Dr. Richard Pitcairn takes us on a journey from Buddhist philosophy to quantum physics.

Pharmacist and Helios founder John Morgan discusses LM potencies, their history, how they’re made, and rules for their use.

Dr. Danny Thomas discusses inflammatory bowel disease and some important remedies for it.

Thierry Clerc weighs in on Chickenpox and Robert Medhurst on Influenza.

There are two excellent cancer cases from Dr. Edmund Carleton and another from homeopath Robert Bannan, solved with an obscure remedy. A Crohns’s case from homeopath Lesley Mang, Alumina case from Boenninghausen, Skookum Chuck cases, and a Sleep-talking case from Mariya Boltwala; We have Vet cases : Vaccinosis from Andrea Szekely and Epilepsy and a proving case from Jacques Millemann.

Be sure to see The Plant Doctor, Elaine’s wonderful Quiz, Tips & Secrets, the new Crossword and Cartoon and… there’s much more. Keep sending your comments, suggestions, cases and articles to : [email protected]

Alan V. Schmukler  – Editor – Hpathy.com


About the author

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. Alan is a recipient of the National Center for Homeopathy Martha Oelman Community Service Award. Visit Alan at his website: Here.


  • thank you for such interesting articles and for all the insights you share.

    With gratitude and best wishes from South Africa,

  • Dear Dr. Schmukler,
    You are a hero! You put your finger at the right nerve. This is how every starter works with a frantic zeal to cure any and every one that comes into contact with a little health problem. More often he would venture to give the remedy free without even asked for, and when there is a cure done he would be more elated than the patient himself, but very soon his frenzy abates when he puts his hand on to a miasmatic or a chronic case. Quite a few feel depressed and drop out; but the more determined ones are not discouraged and get eager to know more and more. This quest leads them to get qualified and the profession grows.
    Thank you Dr. Alan, once again, for bringing a reality to the fore.

    • Greetings Avinash,

      Yes, we’ve come a long way. You’ve contributed so much and your passion for homeopathy seems strong as ever!

      Be well!


  • Happy New Year Marc,

    Yes we all had growing pains. Thank you for all your previous articles and comments on Hpathy.


  • Alan, this is nicely written and spoken from my heart. I’m still fighting with this sort of growing pains..


  • Dear Alan,
    It is heartwarming read about your first years practicing homeopathy. I’m trying to do this as a student and a passionate but I already see how hard it is. I think for the moment it’s better doing this on my cats and some friends and keep studying…a lot, and don’t miss hpathy.com!
    With gratitude…and Thank you.

  • Dear Alan,
    Good work never goes waste. You do not know how much you have been instrumental in spreading and popularising Homeopathy, and how much the people will be grateful to you
    And do you think those who have been benefitted from their sufferings, will ever forget you. They will always remember you and talk about your good work.
    May GOD BLESS YOU and you may live a Happy Healthy And Long for Years and years to come

  • Dear Mehra,

    Thank you for the kind words. Life is a continuing lesson. I wish you and yours a healthy and happy New Year.

  • Dear Alan
    “When I was Green” Thank you for sharing this with us and I believe many of us smile a bit and remember the time. And in the end you say you never lost your passion. That’s right, we shall never lost it and we shall always have homeopathy in our hearts and fight for it.

  • Dear Alan,
    Thank you for this article. It took me back to 9 years ago when I completed my course of homeopathy and when I was studying Organon of homeopathy. It was interesting, but in practice I had so many problems with society and also with non homeopathy dictors. Anyway, life is struggle we have to overcome.

  • Dear Alan,

    Thank you so much. A relative was undergoing cancer treatment and I gave her a tube of Calendula cream to use after the radiation. Much to my surprise, the radiation site became worse and worse. After one of the radiation treatments, the hospital nurse handed her a tube of Calendula cream to use on the site. My relative gave it back to the nurse, saying, “Oh, a family member already gave me a tube of that.” The nurse looked at my relative, put her hands on her hips and said “Mrs. K., the cream does you no good in the tube.” Another patient preparing to go in to treatment then commented, “Well, if she doesn’t want that, I’ll take it1” After that, my relative started to use the cream and the site started to heal.

    I learned from that. The people who want to be healed will be healed, and those who do not, sadly, will not be heal.

  • Dear S.L.

    Re: The people who want to be healed will be healed, and those who do not, sadly, will not be healed.

    I think that is often true. Also many people have been programmed to only accept or believe medical care from conventional sources. They are by nature more obedient, more attendant on authority and less adventurous.

  • Yes the 1st time when I was a tyro, I gave my mother conium maculatum 30c one dose for cancer of right breast. The action was pretty quick , mother said it was like a surgeon working all night on the breast. alas she would not wait although I told her she must wait . I think when I was out she took more doses. Cancerous lump sunk down into an ulcer. What to do now? To cut a long story short her heart gave out, she had valvular heart disease. So it is a deep study and can work miracles but much study and experience required alas one cannot buy experience. There is much as Hahnemann said poor bad homoeopathy practised by allopathic doctors with a 6 day training course under their belt. I shudder when I read doctor in popular newspaper telling a woman to take Lachesis 30c every day for a month.

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