Stephan Kressibucher trained four years at the SHI Homeopathic College and graduated in 2005. Since then he works at the SHI clinic in a team of 11 homeopaths under the supervision of Dr. Mohinder Singh Jus. Additionally he teaches Materia medica in the SHI College and supervises students during their practical training in the SHI clinic. Before entering homeopathy he was head teacher of a multiple degree school in Wohlenschwil, Switzerland.
- 1. Which aspect of homeopathy interests you personally the most?
For me it’s the aspect that homeopathy is a holistic treatment. I can treat my patients in a gentle way and without unnecessary side effects. For each human being there is a specific homeopathic remedy that helps him getting back into his balance of mind and body. Every day the variety of patients that I care for is wide. There are babies, children, teenies, adults and also old people to be helped. With homeopathy I can treat acute and chronic problems. It helps a shy human being change to a self-confident person, it brings peace into disturbed families, when children or parents are aggressive or hyperactive (e.g. in case of ADHS).
- 2. Since graduating seven years ago, what has been the most memorable moment in your career?
There were many memorable moments. I especially remember a three year old boy with heavy asthma, almost since he was born, who couldn’t breathe without corticoid inhalation. His oxygen saturation was very bad, so his mother had to check it every day and he often had to stay in the hospital. He came to me on a Sunday when I was on emergency duty. He was coughing heavily, his oxygen saturation was very low. In summary, he was in a bad condition. After Phosphorus it changed immediately. He started to breathe deeper and laughed. His oxygen saturation increased to a stable healthy situation, and this in one day! Since then he never had to use a corticoid inhaler again. He developed well and his asthma was gone. Now two years later he is still well and is running and playing. Last time he told me very proudly, that he had started to play hockey.
- 3. Lately you have been working in a pilot project for ambulant oncological rehabilitation. Could you tell us more about it?
The SHI collaborates with the Swiss “Health Centre Bodensee” in a pilot program for ambulant and later on also stationary, oncological rehabilitation. The aim of this project is to combine alternative medicine, in that case with the main focus on homeopathy and music therapy, with conventional medicine. The clinic offers its therapies to patients who have completed the oncological acute therapy or suffer from another chronic disease and who have a need for rehabilitation. In my function as treating homeopath I was responsible for the case taking and prescribing. We also had regularly team meetings with a close cooperation between the responsible physician and the other alternative therapists.
- 4. What effects have you been seeing during the pilot phase of this project?
This summer a pilot project with 18 patients was carried out. During the eight weeks of treatment, patients discovered significant improvements in body dysfunctions (e.g. such as limited motility of an extremity, lymphatic oedema, pain, polyneuropathy and sleep disorders). Problems regarding fears and exhaustion also showed improvements of 15-20%.
- 5. What about the further development of this project?
In a second phase, stationary therapy is also planned and later on, palliative care. Both will take time and probably not be done before 2015. The SHI will be engaged with a team of homeopaths.
6. In 2013 the SHI house of homeopathy celebrates its 20 year anniversary. What are the milestones in its history?
– 1993 foundation of the SHI clinic and the SHI college. The clinic initially consisted of two therapists, Dr. Jus and his wife, Dr. Martine Cachin. During the following years the team continuously increased up to 11 homeopaths in 2012.
– 1993 publication of the Similia magazine. It contains cases (also of animals), tips and hints, materia medica and therapeutics as well as book reviews.
– 2004 start of collaboration with the Shri Kamaxidevi Homoepathic Medical College & Hospital Goa, India
– 2005 started the 24 hours/365 days emergency duty offered by the SHI clinic staff. In the same year, opening of the first Swiss homeopathy garden behind the SHI house with about 120 homeopathy plants, categorised after application.
– The SHI Homoeopathic College is a member of the newly founded Higher Technical College for Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine (HFNH). In 2008 the HFNH was awarded state recognition by the Canton of Zug, as well as numerous other Cantons. The SHI Homeopathic College is the only one of its kind in Switzerland to have achieved such a high level of recognition and acceptance.
– Since 2012 courses in homeopathy for animals
7.You mentioned the Shri Kamaxidevi Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital of Goa. What does the collaboration look like?
SHI students and homeopathy professionals have, every year, the opportunity to take part in a three week training in the hospital, with live case taking of Dr. Jus. This also applies to the local staff/students who may ask Dr. Jus for advice.
All participants profit from his more than 40 years expert knowledge. His case taking often lasts only a couple of minutes. Nevertheless it is a beautiful experience to see that such a “highly efficient” case taking does not suffer from being less empathetic! If you ask the right question, a person may be touched within seconds. Due to the huge number of patients who like to be treated, the training is also a great opportunity to study rarely prescribed remedies. Patients benefit from a cost-free meeting and often come in the following year to describe the progress since their last consultation. During the year they are looked after by the clinic staff.
8. You have been in Goa four times already. How did you benefit from your stays abroad?
Every time I was in Goa with Dr. Jus my experience in homeopathic treatment increased. I got faster in prescribing. It is the opportunity to see so many different types of patients, so that you get a better feeling for the remedies. It’s only about nuances which makes the difference to choose between two remedies. In addition, you can see the daily progress of the internal patients and you are able to learn how to prescribe in acute cases. In Europe, most of these patients would be treated in allopathic hospitals. And after Goa you are sure that homeopathy works all over the world!
Stephan, thank you for spending time with us today. I wish you many further exciting and fulfilling moments.
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