A Day in the Life of a Homeopath: Palma Cicco, Hom, DCHM (Hons)
- What inspired you to become a homeopath?
I began to study homeopathy after I experienced a serious musculoskeletal condition involving my neck and spine. There were limited options available in traditional medicine, and through this, I became interested in studying other methodologies that treat pain. I knew from previous research that homeopathy was a safe and gentle way to heal and manage pain. The more I learned how this system of medicine functioned, the more I became fascinated. Every year that I studied at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM), I developed critical skills that benefited both my personal health and my patients.
- What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
My day commences when I greet my patients. I schedule plenty of time for their appointment, actively listen to the details of their concerns followed by questions that will assist me in determining the most appropriate remedy. I believe in educating my patients to improve their health. Medicine needs to be integrated with conventional and/or other alternative therapies to help achieve optimal health. I emphasize the importance of a nutritious diet, regular exercise, annual physicals and age appropriate tests completed by their medical physician. It’s a wonderful satisfaction to see my patients recover.
- What do you most love about being a homeopath?
I enjoy receiving feedback from my patients when they are better and have realized how safe, simple and quick homeopathy is to treat an issue.
- What is your favourite homeopathic story?
A patient reported that she had a chronic bladder infection. She experienced this issue over two weeks. A medical doctor had prescribed her two different types of antibiotics with no improvements to her condition. When she arrived to my office, I took a complete case history and I selected an appropriate homeopathic remedy that matched her specific symptoms. The patient kept me informed of her daily prognosis and within three (3) days, she was cured of the bladder infection. I later learned from my patient that she was very reluctant to try homeopathy as she thought it was nonsense. Now, she is amazed by homeopathy’s simple and gentle approach in treating a medical condition.
- 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?
I begin my day with a bowl of assorted fruits. I then sprinkle some flax meal and add almond beverage as a substitute to dairy. This provides me with the energy I need to accomplish my daily tasks. By starting off my mornings with a nutritious breakfast, I can concentrate better and avoid binging on snacks.
- How did you change your life through homeopathy?
By studying Homeopathy, I learned that to achieve optimal health there are various alternative treatments available to assist patients with healing. We need to establish the methods that are appropriate to improve the patient’s condition(s). Medicine is about the patient’s wellbeing, and what is in their best interest. It is important that all doctors and healthcare practitioners should make these options known. It is critical that medical doctors and healthcare practitioners think outside of their parameter and become knowledgeable, aware and unbiased of the different types of methodologies to cure various illnesses.
- What do you love about the homeopathic community?
I am inspired by the passion and strong networking opportunities that have been created in the homeopathic community. Great professional relationships are developed and a bond is formed when you come together and discuss cases and other modalities of treatments.
- What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
Homeopathy is an ongoing learning experience that continues after graduation. You will always need to research and study materia medica as there is so much knowledge to gain.
- Anything you'd like to add?
I am a strong believer in integration of homeopathy into different medical fields as it has positive medicinal effects for patients. Currently, I am working together with Dr. Roberto Burgos and Dr. David Grant at their Etobicoke Dental Office to integrate homeopathy into their dental practice for specific treatments. They have seen notable improvements in their patients healing progress.
Palma Cicco, Hom, DCHM (Hons)
Osteopathic Health Centre
7777 Kipling Ave., Suite 105
Woodbridge On L4L 2Z3
Email: [email protected]
My Bio:My name is Palma Cicco, Hom, DCHM (Hons), I am a registered homeopathic practitioner with the College of Homeopaths of Ontario. I graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto. One of the perquisites to graduate with honours was to write a research paper and study how homeopathy can promote healing in individuals. My chosen topic focused on musculoskeletal disorders titled “Homeopathy Benefits in Treatments with Musculoskeletal Disorders via Holistic & Conventional Methods”. I became interested in homeopathy when I experienced a serious musculoskeletal condition involving my neck and spine. There were not many options available to me from conventional medicine other than surgery and medications. Through this ordeal, I began searching for a gentle, safe and non-invasive treatments that would help with my pain and recover. I have 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry practicing as a Certified Dental Assistant. In addition, I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education where I taught various age groups and developmental stages for eight years. This experience provided me with the knowledge to learn about child development and how to effectively communicate with children. With this addition to my portfolio, I am able to transfer my teaching skills to all levels and working with various children of all ages. I practice homeopathy at the Osteopathic Health Centre in Vaughan, Ontario. I treat a variety of conditions ranging from colds, flus, digestive concerns, skin issues. My speciality is in pain management, to educate patients how to ‘Reduce Pain Naturally Living a Healthier Life’. These include musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, rheumatism, back and neck problems. Women’s gynecological concerns such as PMS, menstrual pains, menopause, bladder infections, yeast infections and children issues.