Best of the Best! CCHM Faculty Feature:Kim Elia, CCN



Kim is currently running a 4 year homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. In addition, he was just recently asked to teach a 10 week homeopathy class for the Naturopathic College, Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Kim has also taught at SCNM (The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine), NCNM (The National College of Natural Medicine) as well as The University of Bridgeport. He has worked in the clinic at the University of Bridgeport and at CCNM (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) seeing new patients as well as overseeing student cases in their clinic. He has taught at the Pacific Academy of Homeopathic Medicine, The Texas Institute of Homeopathy, The Colorado Institute of Homeopathy, The Homeopathic Academy of Southern California and the Vancouver Academy of Homeopathy where he still teaches about once a year. He has also taught at The Homeopathic School of the Americas in Guatemala and El Salvador. He is currently a teacher at CCHM (The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine). He has been in homeopathic practice for almost 22 years and has studied with various teachers including George Vithoulkas, Roger Morrison, Paul Herscu, Andre Saine, Vasillis Ghegas, Henny Heudens-Mast, Sheilagh Creasy, Rajan Sankaran, Jan Scholten, Divya Chhabra, Farokh Master, Vega Rozenberg and others

What brought you to the study and practice of homeopathy?

I was director of Nutrition at Heartwood Institute, working with people nutritionally and sometimes getting good results where the issue was from poor nutrition, but I was looking for another type of modality to use. Then one day I found a book on Homeopathy and on the back was the quote from Mahatma Ghandi - "“Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other form of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical.” This caught my attention because I knew that Ghandi was somehow choosing Homeopathy over Ayurveda, even though he had so much pride in Indian Culture. So I purchased that book and read it in one night. I started adding homeopathic remedies into my practice almost immediately.

Where did you study homeopathy? Did you complete graduate studies in other areas as well?

I have a Bachelors in Economics and Psychology, and studied Nutrition at Heartwood. I did my homeopathy studies at the New England School of Homeopathy in Massachusetts.

How many years have you been practicing, and can you estimate how many years your longest-standing patient has been a patient?

I have been practicing since 1986 or 1987 so 33 years and I do have some patients from 1990 or so.

Are there any of the old master homeopaths with whom you really resonate? Can you tell us why?

Especially Hahnemann - first of all he was polymath genius, that is, a genius in many different fields. He was incredibly meticulous in his work; his love of precision is unsurpassed. He also had a tremendous amount of moral integrity and was willing to live very poorly simply because he refused to practice the conventional medicine at the time, with which he absolutely disagreed.

What is your favourite Materia Medica?

This is hard to answer but, of the older Materia Medica, I would say Materia Medica Pure and Chronic Diseases, both by Hahnemann. Of the more contemporary ones, Materia Medica Viva by George Vithoulkas.

What made you want to get into teaching?

Well I was already teaching at Heartwood Institute as the Director of Nutrition. To be honest it just kind of happened, since I have a propensity for teaching, it’s very natural for me to be doing it. I didn't really pursue it per say--while I was at Heartwood, they offered me a position just because I knew so much about nutrition. Then when I became a homeopath, I was so excited about homeopathy that I would do one presentation and people would immediately ask me to take over their entire program.

What would you say is different about CCHM from other schools?

The nice thing about CCHM is that the students are well trained in Hahnemannian homeopathy.  It is much less confusing for students than at other schools where there is an eclectic approach. It makes it much easier when people are taught a clear method. Students at CCHM have a solid foundation.

What do you find most rewarding about the teaching experience?

I love it when students really understand a concept in the subject that you are presenting about. You can see that light bulb go off and they become excited. I like being able to communicate profound ideas and make them intelligible to other people.

Is there a case you are most proud of or would like to share with us?

I think one of the most astounding cases I had was one I did in front of a class in Czech Republic. One of the students showed me a picture of her daughter who had a terrible case of impetigo and I used the Therapeutic Pocket Book Repertory to choose a remedy. She gave her daughter Mercurius and the skin was completely cleared in 60 hours. In theory it should not be possible for the skin to regenerate that quickly. It should take longer than that to heal. This was a startling case of the power of homeopathy and there was a whole class full of people there to witness it.

What has surprised you most in your practice?

The fact that you can still help people who look like they may be beyond hope. People come for treatment who are missing organs or who have organ degeneration, and you wonder, how can I help this person? But still you take the case, and you find that they benefit greatly from homeopathy.

How does the practice of Homeopathy enrich your life?

For me, if you are thinking about yourself all the time, you are basically going to be unhappy, but if you are able to help and serve other people, this can make you happy. The opportunity to help other people is what is most enriching for me.

What might you tell prospective students considering this as a career choice?

It is such a powerful system of medicine and such an opportunity to learn and master a treatment that is really effective. It doesn't just palliate, it gets to the root of people's health issues. If you have a curious mind, it is something you can pursue for the rest of your life, it never ends, it’s really limitless. Homeopathy is also very beautiful since it is a system which is based on natural principles and universal laws.

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