A Day in the Life of a Homeopath: Manmit Singh Hom, DCHM
1. What inspired you to become a homeopath?
Like many Alternative Medicine Practitioners, I first saw improvements in my own health by using alternative medicines such as Homeopathy and Ayurvedic Medicine. As I learned more and more about the subject, Homeopathy was a very interesting concept, which I did not fully understand. My journey started from a desire to fully understand the Homeopathic Phenomenon.
2. What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
I arrive at the office, I review my daily agenda and to do list. I review the files of the day’s patients, so I can be prepared when they come in. I study the remedies I’m thinking of prescribing to follow-up patients. I review my remedy stock, put in orders if needed. I make phone calls to patients who have recently come for an initial or follow-up appointment to see how they are doing. I invest some time in marketing and social media. I keep up with the latest news in the Homeopathic world.
3. What do you most love about being a homeopath?
I consider it a very important responsibility when patients trust you with their health. They come to you with an expectation, and hope that you will be able to help them. I love most this level of trust and hope patients bestow.
4. What is your favourite homeopathic story?
It’s always special when you are able to help a patient. The wife of an MS patient came to visit me in tears to thank me for helping her husband. I responded I didn’t do anything, it was my teachers, Homeopathic medicine, and his strength to get better.
5. We don't need to know what you had for breakfast, but I'm sure it was healthy and delicious, so do tell! What did you have for breakfast?
A heavy fattening Indian breakfast made with flour, butter and potato known as “aloo de pranthay”
6. Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath.
I was in many different fields including customer service, insurance, the travel industry. But after spending a few years in these fields I realized I needed something more. I am also a professional musician, preforming and teaching Indian Classical Music. The Music was fine, but I needed something else substantial in my life.
7. How did you change your life through homeopathy?
Both as a patient of Homeopathy, and a Homeopath, it has bettered me as a person, and improved my health. It has opened new ways of thinking about things I was previously oblivious to.
8. What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?
They provided the guidance and support of great teachers, who teach with experience and passion about this field.
9. What are three key memories from your experience at CCHM?
Met incredible teachers or “Gurus”, met a lot of like minded collogues, studying here allowed me to think about, and mould my future in this field.
10. What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
It was an intensive program, with many requirements, especially with the new regulations. I just tried to stay on course, with the help of the staff and my colleagues.
11. How do you see your future in homeopathy?
Bright. Alternative medicine in general, especially Homeopathic medicine, is on the rise. We are getting closer to a model they have in other countries, where Homeopaths work side by side with other health professionals in Hospitals and health care buildings. The leader of this model continues to be India. We should not be in competition with the current system of Western medicine, or other forms of medicine. The goal should be that the patient gets better, and is able to have a long refreshing sleep every night. This goal is only possible if we work together, not in competition.
12. What do you love about the homeopathic community?
The support and closeness of the community, the love for complimentary and alternative medicine, and the hope that everyone lives a long healthy life.
13. What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
First, experience Homeopathic treatment for yourself. Second, it is not like jumping on a bandwagon, you need to have passion for it. Not everyday will be easy, you need this passion to get you though. Third, there is no “right” way of doing things. There are basic established principles in Homeopathy that most practitioners know. Beyond this there are no rules. Just that the patient should get better.
14. Can you recommend a couple of good books on homeopathy?
Anything by Luc De Scheppher
15. Anything you'd like to add?
We are professionals doing noble work. Be professional and proactive, don’t give the “enemies” fodder.
More about Manmit Singh:
I have treated many patients with a range of health issues. Each case is different and requires investigation and analysis. For example, I have seen multiple patients of MS. I recommended a different course of treatment for all of them, even though the diagnosis was the same. I have also seen many patients of arthritis or similar issues. Again, the curative remedy depends on the uncommon symptoms of disease, not the common ones. We can only gather the uncommon symptoms when we properly “take” and analyze the case.
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