At Home with Homeopathy / a course on Homeopathic Homecare

Who can benefit from this course:

(1) Families  & Individuals wishing to manage common acute illnesses & injuries at home

(2) Practitioners wishing to develop & offer homecare classes to empower their clients in self-management

      Empowering one’s client population in homecare has numerous benefits to the practitioner:
        -besides the obvious basic good karma in serving our communities;
        - successes with simple acutes & injuries often inspire individuals & families to seek professional homeopathic attention for
          their more complex or chronic health concerns
        - these individuals often serve as enthusiastic ambassadors for homeopathy & as sources for referrals
        - as acutes & injuries often occur at odd hours that fit poorly into a practice schedule, effective home care can assure the
          practitioner adequate sleep & family time, while often obviating the need for patients to consult unnecessary emergency

We’ll address:

The scope of homecare
When to consult a trained professional, & how to identify a competent practitioner
Homecare resources
the use of homeopathy alongside conventional & other "alternative" healing approaches

Homeopathic care

- in common injuries

- in common acute discomforts & illnesses of infants 

- in common infectious diseases of children

- in common upper respiratory illnesses 

We'll meet weekly (skipping Christmas week) in live interactive online Webinar sessions (these will be recorded & posted as streaming video for review, if you miss a session, or if you prefer to participate in self-paced fashion); supplemented with downloadable handouts, weblinks to resources, and an online discussion forum.

About your instructor:

Will Taylor is a now-retired  physician, trained initially as a conventional family practice M.D., who has practiced & taught homeopathic medicine since 1992, including 11 years as director of the homeopathy program at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon; a school for professional homeopaths in NYC; and a postgraduate program in the Czech Republic.  He has practiced general family and homeopathic medicine in Bethel, South Freeport and Blue Hill Maine, and in Portland Oregon.  Although Will has recently retired his license to practice medicine following a stroke in 2014, and can no longer offer personal medical advice, he continues to teach in a desire to pass on the experiences gained in a rich professional life.  Will has a passion for homeopathy, and is hopeful of passing his passion along to you, so that you too might feel at home with homeopathy.

6 weeks; Thursday evenings December 19, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 5-6 pm US Pacific time (UTC-8)


Botany for the Homeopath

It is important to recognize that our discipline was historically born out of botanical medicine;  in Hahnemann’s 1805 Fragmenta de Viribus, his first collection of “provings,”  24 of the 27 included remedies were of botanical origin; in his later Materia Medica Pura, 20 of 36 were derived from plants.  The “Old School” medicine out of which Hahnemann’s homeopathy emerged was largely reliant on the botanical medicines detailed in Dioscorides’  De Materia Medica, and many of the remedies later introduced by Hahnemann & colleagues entered our practice from the herbal medicine traditions of 18th century European alpine dairying cultures.  Hahnemann’s “Eureka” moment involved experimentation with Cinchona bark, borrowing on South American botanical medicine.  Even today, with the enormous proliferation of substances introduced into our materia medica, our remedies are dominated by the rich diversity of plants.

Botanical (Herbal ) medicine, and homeopathic medicine, tho often confused in the lay mind, in professional understanding are often seen to be distinct in principle & practice.  Yet Edwin Moses Hale suggested that ALL cures are homeopathic, whether intended to be so or not, and regardless of other explanations for their effectiveness.  As such, it warrants us to study the botanical medical traditions as potential roots for our practice as homeopaths.

Contemporary homeopathic teachings often derive descriptions of the medicinal properties of our remedies from natural history & from the classification of natural substances.  If we are to follow these teachings, or to evaluate their  potential applicability to practice, we need to first have a deep understanding of natural history, & of our approaches to botanical classification.

In this 5-week course, I’d like to look carefully into the nature of plants; the diversity of plant life, and the diversity of the plants introduced into our materia medica; the natural history of the plants from which we obtain remedies, our approaches to botanical classification, the known medicinally-active constituents of plants, and how all or any of this might inform our use of plants in homeopathic healing.  We’ll closely investigate the information we might obtain from the botanical/herbal medical traditions, and how this has & might continue to inform homeopathic practice, & v/v.  We’ll investigate contemporary teachings which rely on botanical classification (kingdoms & families) to predict & organize our understanding of the properties of remedies.

I anticipate that material will overflow this 5-week-long course, & will entertain a sequel to explore these issues further, if participant interest warrants.

Thursdays, September 19-October 17, 2019; 5-6/7pm US Pacific time [UTC-8]; I'll try to keep the sessions close to 1 hour, but in my enthusiasm for the topic will likely run over, so I'm blocking out 2 hours to be safe.

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