We’ve been speaking to some of our CHE lecturers to get some of their top tips for homeopathy students and newly qualified homeopaths. They have given us a few study tips, told us about their favourite books, and given us some tips in dealing with patients. Sometimes the tips from the pros just help us to know where to put our main focus. We hope these help!
- Know the polychrest remedies inside out, they will be the bread and butter of your practice. These will also give you confidence in your acute prescribing.
- Create remedy ‘top ten’ cheat sheets to help you revise – for example choose 1 remedy and write up the top 10 keynotes, or pick a condition and write up the top ten remedies.
- Study with others and make it fun – get together to test each other on your knowledge. For example organise a remedies quiz night. You can also use social media – how about using your class as a support group and chatting to them online between classes? That way the whole group can share in your conversations. Join the CHE student and alumni FB group.
- Get your head around homeopathic research. It’s a growing field and a great tool to help explain homeopathy to others. The Homeopathic Research Institute is a great resource for information.
- Revise your notes from class in the week after the classes, don’t put it off until you have an exam.
- There is no way around having to learn the Materia Medica – never stop studying it!
- Knowledge of anatomy and physiology is critical. Invest time in learning the basics, and continue to build on your knowledge.
- Use mind-maps to help you revise. If you’re not into the old-fashioned pen and paper, you can get some pretty cool mind-mapping software to help you.
- Initially, don’t attend too many seminars outside of your college curriculum – you have enough to learn at your college lectures. Lecturers have observed that this can cause some confusion where it comes to learning the basics.
- As a homeopath, you will always be a student, not only of homeopathy, but of the human condition. Don’t be surprised if you are pulled into many different directions of study. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime… but to begin with, get your homeopathy basics right.
Practicing as a homeopath
- Get treated by a homeopath – experience a long-term homeopathic relationship yourself, and notice how much you can learn for your own practice.
- Don’t go into analysis paralysis – the patient symptoms tell the story, you don’t have to add to it.
- Find out ‘where the party’s at’ – ascertain the main pain point the patient is experiencing.
- If you’re struggling, concentrate on physical symptoms.
- Ensure you are grounded and present – a big topic you can read about here.
- Consider some of the most important qualities in a homeopath, and see if you can develop these qualities in yourself.
- KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid!
Favourite books / authors
Many books were listed by our lecturers – here are some of the top ones:
- The Organon – Samuel Hahnemann
- Robin Murphy – Materia Medica and Repertory
- James Compton-Burnett booklets
- Kent’s lectures
- Boericke’s Materia Medica
- Vermeulen’s Prisma
- George Vithoulkas – The Science of Homeopathy
- Philip M Bailey – Homeopathic Psychology
- Tricia Allen’s Your Healthy Child with Homeopathy
- Neil Slade’s Mini Workbooks for CAM practitioners
We hope these tips will help you!