Emperor, Volta Region
HOMEOPATHY IN PRACTICE AT SEVA CLINIC AND HOW IT ALL STARTED by Samuel Komla Tsamenyi (Emperor)
Homeopathy is well accepted at Seva and its environs in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region of Ghana. The practice started three years ago and we treat patients with both chronic and acute cases from far and near and even outside the District. I am a trained Primary Health Care Worker and apprentice homeopath working under supervision. The clinic is integrated within a larger project co-ordinated by the charity AMURT Ghana. It includes a big water reservoir which supplies clean water to 35 villages in the region
At the clinic we work as a team of three including Christopher and Gideon. We take cases and repertorize together and then move to the Materia Medica to make sure the remedy selection is good for the patient. We keep the clinic open twenty four hours without any break and sometimes work at midnight during emergencies. I could remember, two months ago, at midnight, a teacher was brought from a far away town where there is a government hospital, in a complete delusion. After giving Stramonium 1M single dose he fell into sleep and woke up not knowing how came to the clinic. His delusions were all gone. Most of my patients are those with chronic diseases who have been to many hospitals without any sign of improvement, but when they visit the clinic they become fine. One pastor even named the clinic ‘THE LAST STOP’. Of course, if needed we drive the patients to the nearest hospital!
Homeopathy has gained momentum in the community here due to the fact that people believe in herbal medication and also for the fact that many patients with chronic diseases get better and testify how miraculous homeopathy is.
We also let patients know the difference between allopathy and homeopathy anytime new patients visit the clinic or anytime we are on outreach programs in other communities. They are made to understand that homeopathy is a holistic approach to treating patients and how it treats the totality of the patient as a whole and the reason why two people with the same symptoms are given different remedies. Treatment to patients is by the minimum dose to stimulate the vital force. At the clinic conventional medications such as antibiotics, anti-malarial etc have always been available. In the case of people presenting with HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, sexually transmitted diseases, childhood dysentary, communicable diseases, childhood dysentery and acute sepsis, our clinic policy is to treat with conventional medications that have proved to be clinically effective. We may direct the client to the hospital for further diagnosis and treatment. We select the most suitable treatment for each patient. We also have a pathology lab where we can test for anaemia etc. We can give nutritional supplements if needed. We also focus on health education.
My trip to India last year on a seminar for classical homeopaths actually gave me a lot of courage to approach cases. I can now handle patients who suffer delusion by using short acting remedies like Aconite, Belladonna, Stramonium, etc. It is now clear to me that a good homeopath should understand three principles of nature 1) Anatomy, 2) Physiology, 3) Pathology, to enable him to treat a patient. This will tell the homeopath why the body is behaving so by the symptoms it is providing.
I owe a gratitude to visiting homeopaths to the clinic from the United Kingdom who made it possible for me to practice without any fear. They actually helped me through teaching and moral support. They include Sheila, who gives me tutorials every Monday and Wednesday of every week. Noam Bar, who taught me how to use the repertory, Linda, Angie, Mel, Bill, Ellen Kramer, and Orla.
It is my hope that homeopathy spreads throughout the region in the near future.