Mind & Homeopathy

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.


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.  

Food of the Gods

A woman we shall call Elaine first came for a homeopathic consultation a number of years ago.   A teacher and artist in her 50's, she had struggled with depression for nearly her entire life, along with bouts of severe insomnia when she would go sleepless for days.  A few years earlier, she had seen another homeopath who had been able to help her to a certain degree.  But since Elaine had moved out of the area and was still prone to frequent relapses, the homeopath suggested she consult with someone else.

Recognise This Person?

Most of the time after meeting a patient for the first time, I don't prescribe a remedy immediately at the conclusion of the consultation.  It is my habit to study the information gathered during the session - my notes, observations and impressions - afterward, in order to integrate it all together, come up with a treatment strategy and an initial remedy.

During a consultation, it is easy to have a remedy come to mind and color my perspective. So, step backing affords me the opportunity to drop my prejudice and gain a more objective frame of reference. It also affords time the opportunity to study not only the patient's information, but medical and homeopathic literature relevant to the case as well.

It's the Serotonin, right?

A patient we'll call David came for a consultation seeking help regarding a mood disorder.  Variously diagnosed as depression or anxiety - or both, it had plagued him for most of his adult life.   Most of his emotions seemed tied up with his working.  As a middle aged professional who ran his own small firm, he placed a great deal of pressure on himself to perform up to his own high standards and easily fell into despair about what he perceived as his professional inadequacies.