Healthcare is a basic human need and Doctors-Physicians are the ones who help us lead a healthy life by holding a space for us patiently while we heal from all sorts of diseases. There are various branches of medical science that help in diagnosing and treating the ailments, so that we can live our life to the fullest. Homeopathy is one of the oldest and the most trusted mode of treatment for not only chronic disease but also people are widely using it for self awareness, behavioral therapy, de addiction, establishing radiant relationships and resolving parent-child conflicts.
The growing demand of homeopathy has led to a significant increase in number of homeopathic doctors in the country. Homeopathy is a medical science developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician.
Treatment through homeopathy involves holistic healing of mind and body, says Dr Meeta Nihlani, one of renowned homeopathic doctors in town, who has been serving humanity with her knowledge, wisdom and experience since last 25 years. One of the few doctors in town who practices classical homeopathy, her approach in dealing with her patients is a blend of psychology, homeopathy and spiritual healing. In a tete-a-tete with Rsquare, Dr Meeta Nihlani gave insight to her world.
Q- How and where did your journey towards healing begin?
This year, I celebrate twenty five years of my Homeopathic practice. I have grown in all these years as a person, as a mother, a healer, a teacher and an eternal student.
It is an intriguing journey. It started off as accidentally landing into the Homeopathic realm, after not being able to score for the conventional allopathic college. Little did I realize that this could be a blessing in disguise!
The very first lecture of “Organon”, Homeopathic Philosophy made me commit rest of my life to Homeopathy. It helped me understand the cracks in the modern system of healthcare from very early days of career. I strongly started to believe that medicine should contribute towards healing of an individual and not just suppress the symptoms .
I was fortunate to meet and receive training from some of the great “masters”.In 1991, I started working on “THE SENSATION METHOD”, which helps to understand the deepest patterns of a disease .
Q- How does Homeopathy works?
One of the most important principles of classical homeopathy is Individualization, a single remedy is prescribed at a time considering the expression of an individual at physical, mental, emotional level. This makes sense because everything is connected. All of our symptoms express a totality, a single state, a unique way in which we become limited in our freedom, trapped in a consciousness and physical disease which has its own coherent meaning. My job is to perceive it accurately and deeply, in order to match it with the most similar homeopathic remedy. Once this remedy is taken, healing takes place from within. The patient’s organism and vital force receives both the energy and information it needs to heal itself. The process of healing, unfolding from within, is a beautiful one to witness and to experience. The result of a good prescription is not only the resolution of physical and emotional symptoms, but an increased sense of freedom, joy, and well-being.
Homeopathic remedies are energetic and informational in nature, rather than chemical, Homeopathy guides the immune system as well as the psyche to a place of balance so that disease resolves and well-being is achieved.
These are the principles of Homeopathy, which aim to work on THE INDIVIDUAL who is diseased rather the disease. This makes it a Holistic science. Homeopathy is an Art and Science.
I am from Mumbai and got married in Raipur. I felt a void in the area of learning. As Homeopathy is an Art and Science, we need to exchange our skills and techniques to grow each day, apart from studying. We formed a study group with Homeopathic Practitioners. I believe it is in giving that you receive. Over a period of time , I started teaching Homeopathy to fresh graduates and share my experiences with them . I believe that it is in giving that you receive. This gave birth to my Institute, Research Institute of Classical Homeopathy (RICH) in 2008.
Q- While other doctors usually attend a significant number of patients on a daily basis, you prefer only 2-3 appointments of patients a day. Your reason?
Every case comes with certain challenges and demands meticulous attention to details, I spend substantial time with my patients to understand their symptoms and feelings in order for me to prescribe the most effective remedy. Just to give you a few examples:
These days I notice a growing incidence of poly cystic ovarian disease (PCOD) and hysterectomies amongst women. After research and analysis, I could connect the symptoms to a more emotional state of being of the patient. I was deeply moved when I consulted women who underwent hysterectomy ( removal of a part / all uterus )with after effects such as depression or hypothyroidism. This propelled me to actively create awareness at all the social platforms. I see “Menorrhagia” (excessive bleeding during menses) as a sign of grief. When women can’t cry, when her tears are dry she weeps through her womb. I was able to help to make a difference to some women being devoid of their “essence”.
Homeopathy can work this deep and cure not only the “bleeding” but also the women to accept and cherish her own feminity. This is the level of “CURE”, I strive to endeavor in my clients in every case
If it is a case of Hypertension, I need to understand what he the client perceives as “Stress”. I help him to resolve the conflicts at that level.
The more time I spend with the client , the better level of understanding I could achieve with respect to his / her problems. That’s the reason I usually only schedule two / three cases per day.
As a physician one has to face challenges and face failures, but there are shining moments too, which keep you going ahead with ever increasing convictions. One such case is a case of Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (excess bleeding). It causes a characteristic purpuric rash and an increased tendency to bleed. This was a child of 4 years who used to bleed from his nose so profusely that he used curtains to wipe his bleeding lest his parents are scared to see the stained bedsheets. He even underwent splenectomy (removal of spleen). His parents had to sell off their house and office to meet the expenses. However he could not be helped with allopathy, and Homeopathy cured him of his disease and is now 10 years old, hail and hearty. These are the live rewards of diligent practice.
Q- The most common problem or ailment you see in people these days and what can be the possible root cause?
I often come across patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Chronic pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Menorrhagia, Polycystic Ovarian disease, Headaches, Fibromyalgia and Rheumatic Conditions, Spastic colon, Irritable bowel, other digestive disorders, Allergic conditions, Asthma, Behavioral Problems in Children, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction, Recurrent Respiratory, Sinus, or Ear Infections, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Addictions and dysfunction, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Talking about the possible root cause, I would say – There is a state which has an altered pattern of energy, sensation, feeling, and emotion which manifests as a disease, a block in the natural capacity of the organism to self-heal. Once the peculiarity of a patient’s state is recognized by the healer, it can be gently overcome by the administration of the correct homeopathic remedy.
Q- A myth about homeopathy among people that you would like to bust Or What about homeopathy more people need to know
The common myth about Homeopathy is that it works very slow, but , in reality when worked with Exactness, the results are pretty fast. The second myth is that homeopathy has certain dietary restrictions but the homeopathic remedies work on dynamic energy level, so there is no question of restrictions. Right from common trivial health problems like cold, flu, fever etc to major ailments and conditions such as Auto immune disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Suicidal Tendencies, Polycystic ovarian disease, Hypertension, Homeopathy has cure for all. This branch of medical science works on way more deeper level than any other .
Q- Your way of paying back to the society.
I have a dream of bringing the concepts of holistic healing under one roof. My dream venture is The Anahata Healing Foundation. I try to make disease based groups for meditation and healing and teach them concepts of self-healing. The power to heal yourself lies within. We need just a stimulation to unfold it be it Homeopathy, Meditation or an act of mindfulness. We conduct weekly meditations and self healing workshops which can be availed free of cost .
An important aspect of Homeopathy is the case witnessing process, in which we try to understand the disease pattern in the clients psyche and experience. Sometimes we are not able to reach the “CORE” of the client .This is where I realized meditation can be an important tool to help the client to connect with his “Subconscious”. When we connect to our deepest pain be it in a disease symptom or dealing with a difficult situation in our life, we experience certain “SENSATIONS”. When we are mindful of these sensations, we enter a Space, where beautiful healing occurs. The process of case witnessing is itself therapeutic. I tried to incorporate various meditative techniques in quest of deeper and profound cures. Ultimately the aim of all healing is to make you a “WHOLE”. Homeopathy also helps to create an awareness of who you are at the deepest level of your “BEING”. Case witnessing process is a tool for Self Awareness.
Q- Your source of strength and inspiration.
My family has always been a source of inspiration. My parents, My better-half, Anil who is my lifeline. He always has always supported me in all my endeavors. I am blessed with two children , Aditya and Aastha . They are the anchors of my life. I get inspiration from my mentors and attending conferences and workshops gives us an opportunity to meet like minded persons and expand your horizons. I love when art and the artist becomes one, when the dance and dancer become one, then the art becomes a spiritual.
Q- Your philosophy of life.
I believe in being child-like with ever increasing curiosity, living and learning each moment.
Please seek and experience Homeopathy as a first resort as an act of Self love, as it aims at rapid, gentle , permanent restoration of health, The CURE rather than removing the symptoms of the “Ailing” human within.
Connect to the child within and starting loving yourself at the deepest aspect of your being. You are amazing gift of God.
The panacea to Heal one self is self love….
Love and Light