Rabia joined the YCCH after previously studying for three years at a London College. How has studying with the YCCH helped you in your development as a classical homeopath?
Extending my studies at the YCCH has given me a helpful insight and knowledge into how to become a more efficient homeopath. Although I had three years of education at an alternative institution, I was introduced to the cycles and segments approach by Tony and Monica, and was taught in a manner that has enabled me to understand and apply it in a short time. Combined with understanding classical philosophy and materia medica, learning at the YCCH has made my application of practices much more comprehensive, and thus, more successful.
The cycles and segments themselves are taught in an intelligent and systematic way, especially whilst taking a case. Not only does this aid in acquiring a better remedy picture, it also helps create structure to ask appropriate questions and determine themes and patterns of a patient’s symptoms, making the process of finding the best remedy more efficient.
Philosophy and materia medica are also taught very meticulously: the cycle of a remedy can be understood and observed whilst case taking and determining segments from a case. The classes at YCCH have been very cohesive yet informal, making learning a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
I would like to present a case study of a 7 year old boy who suffered from epilepsy and general delayed development. The method employed was therapeutic, and therefore initial chosen rubrics were focused around the epilepsy. After remedy differentiation, the chosen remedy was Bufo Rana. The remedy was prescribed at 30c which showed good results and was repeated after follow up at 30c also with some improvements. This prescription was repeated for 3 months after which Baryta Carb was indicated. The case finished with that prescription, with much improvement in the frequency of epilepsy and duration decreased.
When taking the same case in terms of cycles and segments, I utilised a classical method. By identifying themes of slowness, convulsions, withdrawal and toxicity, more rubrics were able to be chosen and a more structured case taking was permitted. After repertorising, Carcinocin and Tuberculinum were more apparent remedies. In hindsight, if I had gone for a deeper remedy to begin with, I could have avoided any possible suppression and the case might have gone differently with a full cure and not a partial cure. The difference I found was that the case was able to be interpreted much more deeply, as you have many more rubrics to explore, therefore you do not miss anything. Having more rubrics to work from, other remedies which had not been previously indicated become apparent. In order to be able to choose a single remedy and be confident in that one, this method enables a thorough break down of symptoms so that the classical method can be employed more effectively.
Overall, for me, this method has changed the way that I take cases and has given me a deeper insight into classical homeopathy and how to utilise rubrics more effectively.
Rabia comes from a family of practicing homeopaths, thus making it natural for her to study and practice homeopathy as a career. Rabia currently works as a practitioner at The Homeopathic Clinic, and is also a blogger on the website www.thehomeopathicclinic.org. She conducts EFT therapy specialising in emotional trauma, abuse, depression and self-confidence issues. She also works closely with many mothers and mothers-to-be to help raise awareness of natural lifestyle choices and general wellbeing. Rabia can be contacted at
Seema Parkash – First Year Student at the YCCH
What inspired you to study homeopathy?
I always had an interest in natural and alternative medicine. This interest led to learning something deeper and powerful and after looking and trying different holistic therapies, homeopathy caught my interest. It is a beautiful and fascinating method of healing. It can help restore health and harmony and has a tremendous power to cure various physical and mental symptoms. In recent years my interest increased further as my son had a diagnosis of Asperger’s. This allowed me to look at homeopathy from a more detailed perspective in researching certain remedies for my family and peers.
How has your view of homeopathy changed since you started studying with the YCCH?
I have a better understanding of homeopathy since I have joined YCCH. I learned about homeopathy, like which symptoms are more important and what needs to be fixed. According to classical homeopathy mental symptoms are considered the most important when treating a patient. I have learnt how to look at the whole picture of a patient based on the totality of the symptoms and how different remedies have different personalities. I learn something new in every lesson and hope to continue shaping and improving my skills as I gain even more knowledge.
What are your dreams and aspirations after you qualify?
I have always liked to help people as I am sympathetic as a person and will be able to help more people through homeopathy. Homeopathy is a very rewarding profession and I am pleased that I have chosen to pursue it as a future career.
Seema Parkash : live in Leeds. I graduated from Punjab University Chandigarh India in 1989. I got married in 1990 and moved to England and since living here have worked in the retail family business since getting married. I did a Business and Administration Diploma at Leeds College of technology in 2011. I always had a great interest in holistic therapies decided to take a career in Homeopathy, joining Yorkshire College of Classical Homeopathy in 2013
David is a first year student at the YCCH. What inspired you to study homeopathy?
My inspiration to study Homeopathy started about 23 years ago when I used to suffer from severe hay fever. When driving there were times when I would have to stop due to my eyes watering and not been able to see. I decided to visit a homeopath who amazed me when my symptoms disappeared. I kept my mind open over the years as my interest started to grow. I had heard so many bad things in the past about homeopathy, that it was nothing more than a placebo. I thought why is everyone saying so many bad things about homeopathy? Why does this medicine that definitely cured me of my symptoms not get recognized?
In 1999 I attended an introduction to Homeopathy course at YCCH and my interest grew. I decided that I would like to study at a professional level and be able to help other people with this fantastic medicine. Being a physiotherapist I already have the pleasure of making people better from ailments such as back pain, sciatica, etc, but I decided I wanted to go further. YCCH was not the intimidating atmosphere you can experience at universities.
How has your view of homeopathy changed since studying with the YCCH?
My awareness about homeopathy is now backed up with more convincing reports of patients getting better from the College’s student clinic, and through lectures in class about the way remedies work. Understanding the philosophy and the Organon all add up. I know I have a lot to learn, but the pieces of the jigsaw of this wonderful system of medicine are starting to fit together, and I can only think what on earth is wrong with orthodox professionals and the general public? Why are we so set in our ways in the UK that we believe everything the doctors tell us?
Sadly since studying I have come to realize how much Homeopathy in this country is under scrutiny by the orthodox medical profession. Many orthodox professionals do not truly understand homeopathy and therefore out of ignorance publicly degrade it. I think it’s a great shame as both orthodox medicine and homeopathy have a place in healing. Since my studies began at the YCCH I have come to realize that to cure a patient isn’t just down to homeopathy alone. It is important that patients are aware of good nutrition and exercise which are essential in keeping the body healthy.
What are your dreams and aspirations after you qualify as a homeopath?
My aspirations and dreams about homeopathy are to successfully become a good classical homeopath with a successful practice, gain a greater understanding of naturopathic medicine as a whole. Homeopathy is a great tool, but if a patient is living a life of poor nutrition then naturopathy also has its place.
David Foster MCSP HPC studied at The Midlands School of massage and Manipulative Therapy; Oxford Brooke University BSc Osteopathy; Leeds Sports development Diploma in Exercise and Fitness. He has interests in alternative medicine and nutrition.