An Interview from Natural Awakenings Magazine...

1).  What services do you provide your clients? 

My primary modality of treatment is constitutional homeopathy.  That is, prescribing a deep acting homeopathic remedy based on the state of the entire person being including their history, symptoms and characteristic physical, mental and emotional attributes.  

In conjunction with that, I also use diet and nutritional supplements and botanical medicines as adjunctive treatments.  In addition, I practice a diagnostic technique called 'Autonomic Response Testing' (ART) that taps into the autonomic nervous system to gain information about toxicities and infections that are often chronic and overlooked in conventional medicine.

A Most Southwestern Family of Plants

Nothing is more emblematic of the desert than the cactus and having just moved to the high desert of Northern New Mexico, it seems only fitting to discuss the homeopathic significance of Cactaceae family of plants.  Of course, there are many types of cacti, about 1750 species, only a handful of which - some 7 or 8 - are used in homeopathy.   

 Of these the best known to homeopaths at least, and mostly commonly prescribed is the Cactus Grandiflorus, the Nightblooming Cereus.  Others include Anhalonium lewinii (Peyote), Carnegia giganta (Saguaro), Cereus Bonplandii (Harrisa bonplandi, Queen of the Night), Cereus Serpentinus (Snake Cactus) and Opuntia vulgaris (Prickly Pear, known in Mexico as 'Nopal').  No doubt, contemporary homeopaths have conducted experiments (or provings in homeopathic jargon) on other varieties, but the above-mentioned are included in the standard materia medica.

The Man Whose Face Was On Fire

A man in his mid-30's we'll call Rashad consulted with me complaining of severe burning pain in his face.  It began suddenly about a half-year earlier.  He just woke up one morning and it felt like his face was on fire. The episode lasted nearly a week then disappeared.  Ever since, the burning returns without any discernable pattern either in terms of the timing, duration or the area of the face, excepting the fact that it was always symmetrical.  Along with the burning, his face felt extremely dry and the skin stretched tight.

Rashad went to a dermatologist who put him on a series of medications: analgesics, anti-anxiety pills, muscle relaxers and even steroids, but these had no effect on his condition.  An antidepressant lowered the intensity of the burning, but it still was barely tolerable and appeared randomly.

Transitions

 In August of 1988, my wife and I along with our 3-year old son arrived in the village of Saxtons River, VT to settle into a new life in a somewhat ramshackle house rented from a cousin.  Only two years removed from the jungle villages of Sri Lanka followed up by an interim stay in Connecticut, we arrived with few belongings save our clothes, some tag sale furniture and kitchen items, my wife's sewing machine and my professional equipment - a treatment table, acupuncture needles, along with about one hundred large glass jars full of Chinese medicinal herbs.

Foxglove

Elaine is a woman in her 30's with two young children, all of whom I had been treating off and on for a number of years.  Prone to headaches, menstrual irregularities and appetite dysregulation, she generally responded to homeopathic treatment positively.    Lean and tall, Elaine always had a pleasant, gentle manner about her, agreeable, quick to smile and laugh.