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Homeopathy in Primary Care

There’s been interest expressed in my presenting a course addressing the role of homeopathy, & the homeopath, in Primary Care.  Much of the emphasis in contemporary homeopathic education is on chronic cases, involving complex chronic disease, often with an emphasis on mental/emotional “existential angst” or dynamic mind-body complexities; and for complex chronic conditions addressed poorly by conventional medicine, such as autism, childhood conduct disorders, cancers & autoimmune diseases.  Homeopathy certainly has applicability in these situations, but also has a long track record of success in addressing more common & ostensibly simpler every-day complaints encountered in general practice.

Many of the sufferings of humanity fall into the realm of acute so-called “local disease,” which is too often felt to fall into the scope of conventional medical management by default.  I’ve addressed many of these presentations in my series on acutes, and in courses covering ‘flu, communicable diseases of children, &c.

With the perspective of 30+ years in the practice of primary care family medicine, initially as a “conventional” family physician, & more recently as a homeopath, I’ll focus on those complaints seen most frequently “on the front lines” of health care.

In this course I’ll take up the homeopathic management of common “simple” acute presentations, focussing on tools & approaches found to be of greatest use in my 25+ years of practice, including Hahnemannian perspectives addressing “acute” & “so-called local” disease.  I’ll address those concerns that are often raised in pursuing “alternative” treatment in conditions often regarded as benefitting best from a conventional medical approach, and discuss how a both medically-licensed and non-licensed homeopathic practitioners might negotiate these seeming barriers.  We’ll address developing relationships & referral networks with other healthcare providers, and the integration of conventional & other “alternative” approaches with homeopathy.

Hahnemann tells us, in aphorism 4 of his Organon, that [we are] “likewise a sustainer of health if [we know] the things that disturb health, that engender and maintain disease, and [are] aware of how to remove them from healthy people.”  I believe it is significant that he mentions this early on in the Organon before going on to elaborate on the details of homeopathic therapeutics.  Much of primary care practice involves such intervention, addressing both short- & long-term health-risk reduction and the removal of “obstacles to [spontaneous] cure.”  This is not merely an ancillary minimal aspect of our work as homeopaths, but often rises to central importance, above any pharmacologic intervention, whether “conventional” or homeopathic.  We’ll address approaches to risk assessment and risk management, with respect to both acute and chronic disease, in the primary care setting.

We’ll discuss how the dynamist perspective of homeopathy may provide us with insights into preventive care, as well as unique appreciations of the pathologies we encounter in everyday practice.

(the banner image, is a photo of the sign that hung on my office door in Blue Hill Maine from 1993-2001).

6 weeks (12 hours); Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm US Pacific Daylight time, June 14, 21, (3 week break), July 19, 26, August 2, 9.