By Lionel ‘Noble’ Kpogo (PISHAM 3rd Year Student), recipient of the 2015 An Award
The opportunity to study homeopathy in India aided me personally and professionally. It was exciting, interesting, revealing and also challenging as I got to see the different methodology applied by professionals with the same training in another country and with cultural differences. I was overwhelmed by the continual exhibition of competence and experience of both doctors, Dr Kalyan and Dr Kalishankar Bhattacharyya and also Dr Dilip Bhattacharyya, whom I met for the first time. It was how they were able to answer every question as if reciting a poem – answers came so easily. They were very simple answers, straightforward and easy to comprehend. You saw the truth in what they were telling you. I appreciated Dr Dilip’s passion for doing more research into the mental aspects of homeopathy.
I consider the doctors to be walking encyclopaedias and have learnt many new remedies such as Myrica, Secale and Agaricus, to name a few. Secale I now see to be like a homeopathic broad spectrum antibiotic. The clinics were wonderful and very educational. I feel it has been a real experience and would love to go back again. The cases we witnessed have added to my experience and knowledge as a homeopath.
The diet in India was challenging initially and influenced me to learn nutritional values and new recipes or how to adapt ones I know. I think in the future there could be a window of opportunity to help people change their diet a bit.
The doctors told us, for example, that over the years they have gathered the statistics to show that vegetarians do not suffer with anal fistulas and fissures. In countries where most of the foods are heavy with carbohydrates many people may not realise that they may have fissures or fistulas. If a patient comes I now have the best advice to check and assist them into health.
This was a rich time for me and I feel that I have grown in so many ways. It has taught me the diplomacy to be able to promote teamwork. I intend to pass on the knowledge acquired on the course and will re-read, several times, what I was taught there to get more insight and understanding. From there I will start to implement it in each case that comes. Anytime a new patient is before me and I am taking the case, I will be able to look into all the dimensions and come out with the best remedy for the patient to restore them to health.