Homeopathy and Mental Health Care

Homeopathy and Mental Health Care

  • Harry van der Zee





Integrative practice, principles and research

Integrating homeopathy and mental health care, this anthology is comprised of the work of more than twenty healthcare professionals.

The full collection of articles leads to an understanding that can coalesce into a blueprint for an integrative and balanced approach to mental health care.

The Netherlands
340pp, HB
ISBN 978-94-90453-01-5


Foreword by Dana Ullman, MPH

Contributing authors: Hannah Albert, Philip Bailey, Iris Bell & Mary Koithan, Daniel Benor, Seema Bhat, Manish Bhatia, Kate Chatfield & Joy Duxbury, Jane Tara Cicchetti, Jane Ferris, Christopher Johannes, Corina Guethlin & Harald Walach, Peter Morrell, Joseph Rozencwajg, Kenneth Silvestri, Edward Shalts, Traian Stanciulescu, Ian Townsend, Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman & Robert Ullman, and Harry van der Zee


Section 1: Introduction

Chapter 1:
Exploring the Role of Homeopathy in
Reducing the Global Mental Health Burden
by Dr. Manish Bhatia

1 Introduction
2 Status of global mental health
3 Where the elixir did not work!
3.1 Antidepressants
3.2 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
3.3 Antipsychotics
3.4 Benzodiazepines
4 Homeopathy - a different approach
4.1 Use and prevalence
4.2 Underlying philosophy
4.3 Studying the psychological effects of medicines
4.4 Tracing the importance of mental health in homeopathy
4.5 Research evidence
4.5.1 General evidence for homeopathy
4.5.2 Efficacy in various diseases Anxiety and depression ADHD Drug abuse Insomnia Stress
4.5.3 Improvement in co-morbidity
4.5.4 Improvement in general well-being, quality of life and patient
4.5.5 Research on micro dilutions
4.5.6 The safe choice
4.5.7 Cost-effectiveness
4.6 Challenges in homeopathic research & the road ahead
4.6.1 The research bias
4.6.2 The question of research methodology
5 Integration
6 Conclusion

Chapter 2:
The Homeopathic Healing Process, Transformational Outcomes, and the Patient-Provider Relationship
by Iris R. Bell, MD PhD MD(H) and Mary Koithan, RN PhD, USA

1 Overview of transformational change
2 Transformation in healthcare and homeopathy
2.1 Case examples
2.2 The multidimensional nature of patient outcomes in homeopathic
treatment: inclusion of the physical domain in transformation
2.3 The role of the patient-provider relationship in homeopathic care and
transformative outcomes
3 Conclusions

Chapter 3:
Holistic, Spiritual Aspects of Homeopathy
by Daniel J. Benor, MD ABIHM, Canada

1 Spirituality
2 Holistic healing
3 Homeopathy as a holistic practice that includes spirituality
3.1 Imponderable/meditative/symbolic/metaphoric remedies
3.2 Homeopathic remedies as radionics treatments
3.3 Holistic evidence from other complementary/alternative therapies 3.4 Mental projection of homeopathic remedies
3.5 Theories to explain spiritual aspects of homeopathy
3.6 Contributions of holistic, spiritual awareness in homeopathy
4 In Summary

Chapter 4:
Was Hahnemann the Real Pioneer of Psychiatry?
by Peter Morrell, BSc MPhil PGCE, United Kingdom

Section 1: Introduction
Johann Christian Reil (1759-1813)
Philippe Pinel (1745-1826)
William Tuke (1732-1822)
Treatment of Klockenbring
In the Organon, Hahnemannon so-called ‘mental diseases’
Vitalist predecessors

Section 2: Integration, Case Applications, and Therapeutic Process

Chapter 5:
Homeopathic Treatment of Children with Behavioral and Learning
Problems by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND DHANP LCSW
& Robert Ullman, ND DHANP, USA

1 Overview of clinical experience
2 Why homeopathic treatment?
3 Homeopathic treatment
3.1 Case taking
3.2 Case analysis
3.3 Homeopathic prescription and case management
3.4 Course of treatment
4 Illustrative cases
4.1 Case a thirteen-year-old-boy with oppositional-defiant disorder
4.2 An interesting teaching case: finding the simillimum
4.3 Case: a fascination with blood and gore
4.4 Case of a perfectionistic child with attention deficit disorder
5 What to expect from homeopathic care

Chapter 6:
Homeopathic Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder
by Dr Philip M. Bailey, MbBs MFHom DipHyp, Australia

1 Introduction
2 Multiple Personality Disorder
3 Case examples
3.1 Wendy
3.1.1 Mandragora (Mandrake root)
3.1.2 Follow-up
3.2 Sabine
3.2.1 Follow-up
3.3 Diedre
3.3.1 Boron
3.3.2 Follow-up
4 Conclusion

Chapter 7:
Homeopathic Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
by Edward Shalts, MD DHt ABPN ABHT ABHM, USA

1 Introduction
2 History of PTSD
3 Official criteria for PTSD
4 Types of PTSD
5 Examples of traumas that can lead to PTSD or acute stress disorder
6 Conventional treatments for PTSD and acute stress disorder
7 Homeopathic approach to PTSD
7.1 Main principles of homeopathic approach to treatment of PTSD
7.1.1 Acute stress disorder
7.1.2 Acute and delayed onset PTSD
7.1.3 Homeopathic approach to PTSD in children Case of Mancinella
8 Conclusion

Chapter 8:
Healing Collective Trauma with Homeopathy:
Applying the Genus Epidemicus Approach to Trauma
by Harry E. van der Zee, MD Hom, Netherlands

1 Introduction
2 The principles of homeopathy
3 As if one person
4 Miasms
4.1 Infectious diseases and miasms
4.2 Miasms and process
4.3 The logic of miasms
4.4 A new source
5 Collective trauma
5.1 Genocide in Rwanda
5.2 Second-generation Holocaust trauma: case of a 55-year-old woman
with a deep pain
5.3 Trauma and miasm
5.4 The trauma of war in Africa
5.5 The trauma of rape in Africa
5.5.1 A case of rape and gonorrhea
5.5.2 The raped women of Bukavu
6 Conclusion
6.1 Follow the river to its source
6.2 Impossible?

Chapter 9:
Homeopathic Prescribing Strategy
for Patients Taking Psychotropic Medications
by Edward Shalts, MD DHt ABPN ABHT ABHM, USA

1 Introduction
2 Management of conventional medications
3 How to administer homeopathic remedies to patients on conventional
4 Role of illicit drugs in treatment of mental illness
5 Conclusion

Chapter 10:
The Homeopathic Counsellor: Beyond the remedy
by Christopher K. Johannes, PhD, DHM HD(RHom) MARH NCC LPC LMHC, Japan

1 Homeopathy’s underutilized role in mental health care
2 The idea of the homeopathic counsellor
2.1 Something more: mental health benefits beyond the remedy
2.2 Even more: integrated mind-body-spirit health
3 Do we need a recognized homeopathic counsellor?
4 Ideas into action

Chapter 11:
From Unprejudiced Observer to Narrative Facilitator:
Rogers' Person Centred Approach and the Homeopathic Consultation
by Ian Townsend, MA RSHom, United Kingdom

1 Introduction
2 Rogers’ PCA model
2.1 Rogers’ six conditions
2.11. Making psychological contact
2.1.2 Vulnerable client, resourceful practitioner
2.1.3 Core condition 1: unconditional positive regard (UPR)
2.1.4 Core condition 2: empathy
2.1.5 Core condition 3: congruence
2.1.6 Communication: client awareness
2.2 Putting it all together: the idea of single configuration
3 Summary

Chapter 12:
Integrating Psychotherapy and Homeopathy:
A means of determining the needs of the vital force
by Kenneth Silvestri, EdD CCH RSHom (NA), USA

1 Introduction
2 The ingredients to integrate homeopathy and psychotherapy
2.1 Celebrating interpersonal communication
2.1.1 Implications
2.2 Understanding context and systemic treatment
2.2.1 Implications
2.3 Explore psychology
2.4 Mindfulness, forgiveness, and health
2.4.1 Selected forgiveness remedies
2.4.2 Implications
2.5 Respect constitution and temperament
2.5.1 Implications
2.6 Allow collective connections
2.6.1 Implications
3 Genogram format (McGoldrick, 1995) and case example
3.1 Implications
3.2 Case example
4 Conclusion

Chapter 13:
Unlocking the Door to Human Potential
A Jungian Perspective on the Treatment of Emotional Disorders with Homeopathy
by Jane Tara Cicchetti, RSHom(NA) CCH, USA

1 Introduction
2 An early childhood dream
2.1 Case analysis
2.2 Follow-up
3 Conclusion

Chapter 14:
Homeopathy as a Tool for Personal Evolution
by Hannah Albert, ND, USA

1 Introduction
2 Methodology
2.1 What I seek in the interview
2.2 What happens with treatment
3 Case study
3.1 Assessment
3.2 About miasms
3.3 Homeopathic prescribing
3.4 Follow-up
4 Conclusion

Chapter 15:
Treatment of Mental Diseases, a Clinical Diary
by Dr. Seema, BHMS MD Hom, India

1 Introduction
2 Excerpts from the case diary
3 Conclusion

Chapter 16:
Using the Tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnosis
to Prescribe Homeopathic Remedies in Psychological Cases
by Dr. Joseph Rozencwajg, MD PhD NMD, New Zealand

1 Introduction
2 Yin and Yang
3 The five elements
4 The seven emotions as causes of disease and their relations to organs/functions
5 Tongue diagnosis
6 Pulse diagnosis
7 Some remedies
8 Conclusion

Section 3: Research, Ethics, and Theory

Chapter 17:
Is Homeopathy Useful in Psychotherapy?
by Jane A. Ferris, PhD, USA

1 Introduction
2 The research
2.1 Observations
2.2 Alchemical process: impact of research
3 Conclusions

Chapter 18:
Research Issues in Homeopathy in Mental Health
by Corina Güthlin, PhD, Germany
& Harald Walach, PhD, United Kingdom

1 Introduction
2 Research in homeopathy
2.1 Research in homeopathy and mental health care
2.1.1 Basic research
2.1.2 Systematic reviews and randomized controlled studies Randomized controlled trial in depression and anxiety Randomized controlled trial in chronic fatigue syndrome Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled crossover trial in
attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome Randomized controlled double-blind pilot study on premenstrual
2.1.3 Varies other types of studies
2.2 A practical guide to research
3 Conclusion

Chapter 19:
Ethical and Practical Implications for
Homeopaths in Mental Health Care
by Kate Chatfield, MSc RSHom
& Joy Duxbury, PhD, United Kingdom
1 Introduction
2 Ethics in medicine
2.1 Respect for Autonomy
2.2 Beneficence
2.3 Non-maleficence
2.4 Justice
3 Ethics in treatment of people with mental health problems
4 The survey
4.1 Question: Please tell us about factors that you believe can help or
hinder treatment of patients with mental health problems
4.1.1 Collaborative working and support
4.1.2 Allopathic Medication
4.1.3 Compliance
4.1.4 Recreational drugs
4.2 Question: Please tell us about any challenging situations that have
resulted from treating patients with mental health problems
4.2.1 Safety
4.2.2 Reactions to case taking and treatment
4.2.3 Boundary issues
4.3 Implications
4.3.1 Education and training
4.3.2 Collaboration and integrated practice
4.3.3 Study limitations and recommendations
5 Summary

Chapter 20:
Neuro-Psychical (Dis)Orders and Homeopathy:
Biophotonic Connections
by Prof. Dr. Traian D. St?nciulescu, Romania
1 Instead of an introduction: towards a (meta)physical synergy
2 Fundamentals of biophotonics: a necessary synthesis
2.1 Theoretical roots of healing by light
2.2 The model of hierarchical energy-information traps: on the genesis of
the profound resources of human health
3 Neuro-psychical (dis)orders: a biophotonic approach
3.1 Neuro-mental mechanisms of human health
3.2 Neuro-mental illness: biophotonic connotations
4 Homeopathic therapy for neuro-psychic disorders: the integrative
assumption of biophotonics
4.1 On the mechanism of resonance by light: “similia similibus curentur”
4.2 The homeopathic mechanism of neuro-psychic therapy: the release by
resonance of energy-information traps
5 Summary of a healing process and practical implications

About the Authors
Index of Remedies


"This timely, compelling, and useful book offers a comprehensive look at the integration of homeopathy and mental health care.

Twenty-three leading healthcare professionals from around the world unite in a diverse collection of provocative, grounded and visionary, and clinically relevant chapters that offer the student, professional, and non-professional alike a clear and inspiring guide to the healing power and potential of homeopathy in mental health care.

At last a phenomenal anthology which should dispel forever the ignorance of those who refuse to accept the fact that homeopathy is effective! The bibliography of excellent studies on homeopathy alone makes this book a must for every health professional.

More importantly, it demonstrates what my Professor of Medicine, Dr. Eugene A Stead Jr., called 'A REAL doctor'."
— C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
President Holos Institutes of Health

"The book is remarkable because it places homeopathy within the context of the current mental health system at precisely the point where it is needed.

Reading this text makes it clear that homeopathy is an emerging medical science that holds tremendous potential for widespread application in the field of mental health.

This work places the topic of homeopathy squarely in the middle of current mainstream medical research and clarifies what an integrative and balanced approach to mental health would look like.

I highly recommend this work to my homeopathic, integrative and allopathic medical colleagues."
— Ronald D. Whitmont, MD
New York Medical College

"This excellent book should interest all health care practitioners — even those with no interest in homeopathy. T

he careful yet pithy description of research into the benefits (and failings) of allopathic treatment of mental disorders provides ample food for thought. The book goes on to outline the general (and impressive) literature on homeopathy in randomized studies.

But the heart of this important work lies in the insightful, comprehensive and truly integrative chapters by van der Zee, Johannes, Shalts, Bell, and others. Every article is worthy of study.

The balanced approach taken by the authors and editors is reminiscent of the excellent earlier work of Dr. van der Zee - Miasms in Labour. I give this book my highest recommendation. "
— Roger Morrison, MD
Hahnemann Medical Clinic