Before I discuss the Allen College of Homoeopathy, let me tell you something of my own journey. I have been part of the Allen College since 2005. I trained for four years part time for the Undergraduate Course and graduated in 2009. In my last year I attended the Bengal Allen Medical Institute Calcutta. I enjoyed the course so much, that I went again in 2012. I completed two years Postgraduate studies at the Allen College and presently I am Technical Supervisor for the video-link courses with my colleague Beth Hatwell. We organise the long distance and overseas students who join our courses via video-link. Dr. Saptarshi Banerjea and I also manage our group ACH Classical Homoeopathy on LinkedIn. I also run my own practice and work at a clinic in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Allen College’s “Simple Classical Homoeopathy”
Our teaching at Allen College is “Simple Classical Homoeopathy”, straight forward and non-confusing. We have a very structured approach. I started at Allen College with very little knowledge of homoeopathy and couldn’t believe how much there was to it. Once I started to read Materia Medica, I was absolutely taken with it. I loved it with a passion, so much so I just couldn’t stop reading. A book went with me everywhere.
At Allen College our priority is Materia Medica, not Repertory. We do teach repertory, but Subrata’s words are :“If you know fifty medicines off by heart, you are done.” It is also great to have the privilege of being taught Materia Medica so passionately by Dr. Subrata Banerjea. What more could you ask for!
I have to admit I rarely use repertory, as I know my Materia Medica. Even when I was still an undergraduate and we had to do ten cases, my choice of medicine was always confirmed by Subrata. However, he would always write on my notes “Where is your repertorisation?” so I didn’t get away with it!
When I take a case now, I have Subrata’s words in my head “Homoeopathy is simple, you don’t need to complicate it”. “Prescribe for what you see”.
The must-have books for our teaching at Allen College are:
1) Boericke’s Materia Medica
3) N.M. Choudhuri’s Materia Medica
4) Synoptic Memorizer of Materia Medica – Dr. Subrata K Banerjea
5) Organon of Medicine 5th & 6th Edition
6) Miasmatic Prescribing – Dr. Subrata K. Banerjea
We learn our Materia Medica and Miasms thoroughl, from Dr. Banerjea. Philosophy and Organon are taught by Janet Robinson Banerjea, who has a unique way of explaining things. We have the best medical science teachers in Dr. Olfat Ghoneim and Dr. Anjali Hariharan. Our other excellent lecturers are Dr. Richard Laing, Ann Perry etc.
Once we have our grounding, thorough case taking is essential. “Aa case well taken is a case half cured.” Here is the case taking format:
Personal Details: Name/Address/ D.O.B/ Sex/ Occupation etc.
Medications: Past and present drug/allopathic conventional medicine history, including any other complementary treatments. Family medical history.
Presenting Complaints:- Complete the symptoms with Location-Sensation-Modalities-Concomitants-Aetiology (cause and onset of the problem with emphasis on physical, emotional, past history of drugs, vaccination and diseases- NBWS (never been well since). Duration of Treatment. Past history of treatment. If there is more than one presenting complaint, complete each one as above.
Clarify what the patient says.
Head to Foot scanning of symptoms
Ascertain miasmatic diagnosis of nails
For full details of case taking please refer to Classical Homoeopathy for an Impatient World/ Rapid Classical Prescribing by Dr. Subrata K. Banerjea.
MTEK – Miasm-Totality-Essence-Keynotes
Take the case thoroughly. Complete analysis and evaluation of the case. Miasmatic analysis to ascertain the surface miasm/s. Pick out the symptoms to which you will base your prescription. Special emphasis on clear modalities and causes (aetiology). Totality-Esscence and Keynotes (PQRS).
Ensure the indicated remedy covers the surface Miasm.
Drug Dependent Cases: refer to “Our Prescribing”
In the Allen Teaching Clinic we have live interaction between patients and participants, so we demonstrate what we teach. We discuss clinical and comparative Materia Medica. We follow-up the cases approximately every 6-8 weeks.
Example 1 of how a case is taken:
Miasmatic breakdown of the case
Cough without expectoration – Tubercular
Cough agg: by lying down, evening – Tubercular
Cough dry, teasing – Psora/Tubercular
Respiratory agg: cold/winter – Psora, Respiratory symptoms agg: night – Syph/Tubercular
Aggravation damp weather – Sycotic
Lack of confidence – Psora
Changeable – Tubercular
Slow – Psora
Fears – Darkness, snakes – Psora/Tubercular
Stubborn – Tubercular, Timid shy- Psora, Dancing & singing- Sycotic /Tubercular, Easily bored- Tubercular
Wart on foot – Sycotic
Desires: Sweet = Psora. Salt/Salty- Syco =Tubercular, Meat=Tubercular, Warm food- Sycotic
Amelioration in summer – Psora
Headaches when tired, weakness – Tubercular
Nails – Shiny, white spots – Tubercular
Chilly but desires fresh, open air – Tubercular
As you can see there is a predominance of Tubercular miasm, which indicates you need to prescribe a Tubercular medicine. So you are covering the surface miasm.
Prescription made on the basis of:
Appearance – Pale, tall, slim build.
Exposure to damp, cold, changeable weather, < from any change of weather.
Chest sore < cold.
Chilly patient but desires open air.
Changeable temperament, easily bored- annoying, > when occupied.
Desires – Sweet, Salt, Meat.
Headaches when tired.
Final Prescription: Calcarea Phosphoricum 200C /2 doses – 1 globule poppy seed size in ½ litre bottle of water, sip for 10 days, then 20 day gap, sip second dose for 10 days.
Miasmatic Weightage of Medicine:
CALCAREA-PHOSPHORICUM: PSORA++ SYCOTIC+ SYPHILITIC++ TUBERCULAR+++
Follow Up – Patient much improved after six weeks.
Example 21 of how a case is taken:
Likes watching films – Psora
Amelioration rest – Psora
Jealous; Irritable +++; Materialistic, wants to make money; Likes gambling; Angry – Sycotic
Profuse sweat +++; Thirsty +++; Suspicious ++ – Sycotic
Fluid on knees – Sycotic, > rest- Psora
Headache – Vertex, Frontal, Headache with worry – Sycotic
Nose blocked – Dryness- Psora, Sneezing+++ – Psora/Sycotic
Nails – shiny, flushing – Tubercular. Ridges – Sycotic
Likes playing Rugby-Syphilitic
Stubborn; Impatient; Changeable – Tubercular
Hayfever- Allergy- Tubercular
Desire Fresh Air – Easily catches cold.
Hot Patient ++
In this case there is a predominance of the Sycotic miasm. So a Sycotic medicine is needed, as it covers the surface miasm.
Prescription made on the basis of:
Ailments from anger – headache- > pressure, > rest
Nose stuffed up – dryness ++ Sneezing +++
Knees swelling, < motion, > rest
Temperament- Irritable; Impatient; Insecure; Suppressed anger, easily angered
Sweat +++ Thirsty +++ Hot Patient ++
Final Prescription: Bryonia Alba – 30C followed by 200C
Miasmatic Weightage of Medicine:
BRYONIA ALBA – PSORA++ SYCOTIC+++ SYPHILITIC+ TUBERCULAR++
Follow Up – Patient much improved, especially temperament.