I decided to write this article because I have for a long time been tormented by the question of how is it possible for most media and social networks to basically turn against homeopathy, but not turn against other alternative therapies. I have often wondered what causes this ruthless war and the constant attempt to deconstruct homeopathy with the ‘light’ and easy argument that it is merely ‘plain’ water.
I have noticed in various posts on social networks that, even if you present specific and exacting arguments, the ‘skeptics’ – which in my opinion are not real ‘skeptics’ but only deliberate opponents of homeopathy – do not want to listen to any argument, nor are they interested in a bona fide dialogue. They seem to be indifferent to listening, as if they are deliberately closing their ears
But why is this happening?
I wonder if this deliberate ‘deafness’ is because homeopathy has shown not only excellent effective outcomes in the health of the patient but, in many cases, resulted in complete cures of those with serious diseases – indeed, such serious diseases where allopathic medicine can only blindly attempt to ameliorate at best.
Maybe homeopathy is, after all, the only alternative therapeutic method that can effectively help the patient. Or is this ‘deafness’ because homeopathy often overshadows all other therapeutic methods with its amazing results – even conventional allopathic medicine?
If the original practice of Hahnemannian homeopathy per se had absolutely no effect at all, it would have disappeared by now. The patients themselves, whose numbers are currently rapidly increasing, would have turned their heads away and not continued to put their hand in their pocket to pay for homeopathic treatment at their own expense.
What you should do about it
So, what responsibilities do homeopaths hold? Moreover, do homeopaths have any responsibilities regarding this war, this ‘deafness’? Do homeopaths make substantial mistakes to perpetuate this ignorant situation? Unfortunately, homeopaths can be their own worst enemy.
Homeopathy is a complete but, at the same time, difficult science which requires persistent study and constant practice. One cannot call oneself a homeopath and practice homeopathy correctly and reliably if he has only attended a brief introductory course of 50-60 hours together with a handful of seminars.
What is most important is that it is not possible to consider a ‘homeopathy course’ as honestly being about homeopathy when this ‘course’ mixes classical genuine homeopathic knowledge with various new so-called ‘theories’ that have nothing to do with homeopathy and can irretrievably alter the profound science of homeopathy.
Research in the field of homeopathy is scarce and often conducted in a superficial manner. Few are those who try to provide scientific arguments through research.
This is primarily due not only to the lack of comprehensive knowledge but also to the false impression that homeopathy must follow the research methods of allopathy in order to convince. Double-blind experiments in homeopathy have been conducted but failed to show convincing and uniform results.
This failure was expected. The only way we can have positive outcomes are when an individualized remedy has been prescribed for each patient. In homeopathy there is not the same remedy prescribed to all patients with a certain disease – each individual is different, and their individualities must be taken into consideration by the homeopath in order to have the best possible results.
I must also add that there is a lack of recorded and well-documented treated cases which, if written correctly and published in peer review medical journals, will give strong arguments for the effectiveness of the homeopathic treatment.
The only exception are the publications from the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy https://www.vithoulkas.com/research/clinical-cases
Homeopathy – unlike other alternative therapies – lacks genuine and active homeopathic associations. Most of the homeopathic associations that exist today, function as closed private groups, sabotaging those who do not belong to their circles, but also those who in their eyes look like ‘competitors’.
It should be noted that some states/countries do not recognize and do not give accreditation to many homeopathy courses – contrary to the modus operandi with courses belonging to other alternative therapies. This is because the associations, which supposedly represent homeopathy, do not follow the rules of transparency, objectivity and excellence and are often staffed by non-specialists in homeopathy.
The solutions are simple, but require activation from all of us. Namely:
— Do a thorough research before starting your studies in a homeopathy course. Investigate the curriculum, talk to graduates and get their opinion whether, after graduating, you can start practicing successfully.
— If you are satisfied with this course, inform your friends and colleagues, so that they can follow it too. Do not keep the information to yourself, so that you are the only good homeopath with the most patients.
— Do not try to become a teacher as soon as you get some basic homeopathic knowledge. Wait to gain experience and then prove your knowledge and your results.
— Ask your patients to speak publicly about how much they have benefited from homeopathy.
— Ask your famous and distinguished patients to talk on video about how they benefited from homeopathy and ask for their permission to show these videos.
— Do not follow associations that have only a few members; this means that they only have a personal agenda and use the association as a tool to serve their own interests.
—Do not seek accreditations from organizations that have not been officially recognized by states or international/European organizations. Examine their promises and ask for proof of the validity of what they promise.
If you agree with even half of the above, get active, talk to your colleagues, get the message across. Break through this ‘deafness’, and overcome this war on homeopathy.
We should seek correct and complete Homeopathic Education!
We should seek transparency and reliability in the application of Homeopathy !
Remember it is the duty of all of us to preserve the validity and reliability of this wonderful science and to show its amazing results.
Very well put 👏
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Indeed, rigidity and deafness, as well as inability to relate to health holistically, undermine credibility of homeopathy and the teachings of the great masters such as Professor Vithoulkas. Moreover, Internet, while facilitating communication and access to information, is being misused by self-learners who eagerly proclaim themselves as experts. Modern classic homeopathy teachings and research need a solid, if not agressive (in a good sense), advocacy and communication strategy. Many thanks, Maria, for questioning, raising the issue, and suggesting solutions.
I am sorry to tell you that none of the suggestions listed in your well-written article have anything to do with the advancement of homeopathy. There will NEVER be an advancement of homeopathy because it is a threat to “Modern Medicine” and secondly, and most importantly, relates to MONEY!
I was privy to a recent government session where the head of four top government agencies was meeting. The topic of homeopathy came up in regards to the successful treatment of not only Covid, but other diseases. The immediate response to the inquiry was, “Oh we KNOW homeopathy works, when you figure out how to make money from it come back and let us know.” For this reason, and this reason only, there is much time and energy spent on maligning homeopathy at every level.
Don’t waste your time with such thoughtful ramblings…instead grasp the reality of the world we live in today. Medicine is no longer the pursuit of healing, it is the pursuit of great wealth at the expense of healing!
Instead, embrace your knowledge of this craft, be grateful for the gift from Hahnemann and put your energy into using it for yourself and others who ARE interested and truly care about their health and well-being.
Thank you for putting this subject in the right perspective, Elena. The truth of Homeopathy will never be recognized by authorities of any kind: there is too big money in the way.
But there is another thing I would like to comment on. Every time a homeopath cures a sick person, the ferment of truth is inoculated in the bread.
Presently, even homeopaths hinder the general acceptance of homeopathy by charging fortunes for their courses, even online courses, which could be much cheaper for obvious reasons. If one cannot pay for horribly expensive courses, the number of true healers cannot increase.
An extremely well thought out article. In so many circles the use of the word or term homoeopathy can instil a vigilante style “Let’s burn the witches response” in people who otherwise can seem sane or rational. Every time that you relax and drop your guard then literally someone will take a snipe at you. It takes dedication to practice any of the so called alternative therapies and homoeopaths always need to go the extra mile.
WELL SAID MARIA – THANK YOU!
Αυτό που αντιλήφθηκα από το παραπάνω άρθρο κ. Σεραφίδη αφορά την αναγνώριση της ανευθυνότητά μας -κυρίως των ομοιοπαθητικών- και του προσωπικού βολέματος. Όπως π.χ. η κριτική σας? η οποία δεν είναι υγιείς αλλά εκ του ασφαλούς και ανεύθυνη. Αναφορικά με το άρθρο που όπως καταλήγετε “αναμένουμε (ποιους αφορά ο πληθυντικός είναι άγνωστο) το άρθρο σας για τη ρίζα του κακού και όχι ευχολόγια” θα μπορούσατε να το κάνετε και εσείς αντί να ζητάτε από εκείνον που πρότεινε μια ιδέα να σας δώσει τη λύση στο πιάτο. Η ευφυΐα είναι κοινωνικό φαινόμενο, ο ένας χτίζει στην ιδέα που άκουσε και συμφωνεί- πράγμα που δεν νομίζω ότι αντιλαμβάνεστε- και έτσι φτιάχνεται ο κόσμος μας. Η πιστοποίηση που προτείνετε θα μπορούσε να συμβεί αλλά προηγούνται άλλες ενέργειες, αρχικά με προτεραιότητα όπως αναφέρεται και στο άρθρο την σοβαρή – και όχι σοβαροφανή- επιστημονική τεκμηρίωση και προβολή! Χαλαρώστε, επαναξιολογήστε τις προθέσεις σας και δοκιμάστε να κάνετε το επόμενο βήμα με σεβασμό τόσο προς τους υπολοίπους ενδιαφερόμενους όσο κυρίως προς τον εαυτό σας και την δυνατότητα που έχετε να αναλάβετε μια τέτοια πρωτοβουλία!
Classical homeopathy, which will soon try to deal with cases that are completely confused by wrong homeopathic practices. Then we will hear a lot that it is said that homeopathy does not work. Practices other than classical homeopathy that most harm homeopathy. Fortunately, I got homeopathy training from the right place. Wish long live vithoulkas🙏🏼🙏🏼
Sadly, a mixture of prejudice, and fear prevail. The old adage which says: “There are non so blind as those who will not see” holds.
The modern medical professions will never accept Homeopathy because the two sciences are opposites. Medical science creates disease and then treats this disease with chemical drugs. Homeopathy actually treats disease.
It is not correct to say that the other Natural treatment professions such as Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine etc are not ridiculed. Many in the medical profession would dearly love to ban all of us and every so often they embark on such a campaign (one example is the “Friends of science in Medicine).
Only the Natural Health professions are healing professions. Modern Medicine is actually a sickness system and the aim of the professionals in it is to “Manage the Disease”, not help the body to heal itself. Therefore it is highly unlikely that those who call themselves Medical Doctors, will ever understand or accept a healing art such as Homeopathy. Even if we can throw massive amounts of proof, the old adage, “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still”, applies.
We should still encourage our patient/clients to spread the word. The best advert is where a person you have treated brings back their son or daughter and then that son or daughter eventually brings in their son or daughter.
When i looked the social media, all homeopathy doctors only share information in these platforms. Yes, they are more quickly and efectively but if all homeopatic doctors use their websites maybe lots of people reach more than social media. We need original article on the net.
Thank you Maria. Well said. You continue to be a huge voice in the promotion of homeopathy.
In the United States homeopathy is alive because of the great enthusiasm of many homeopaths and the small industry of homeopathic pharmacies that provide education. Also, there is also the simmering undercurrent of mothers who want a better choice for their children’s health care. However, like Ms. Upton wrote, there is a huge medical and pharmaceutical industry that historically has squashed homeopathy over the last century. I may be repeating what everyone has previously said.
One thing I will add is that there is an industry that has always been open to complementary medicine: professional nursing. This is an untapped community that needs nourishment and education. Homeopathic Certification is the best step in getting nursing to move forward in the practice of homeopathy.