By Devinder Singh
It was a bright sunny day and my time to attend the conference had arrived which I had reserved in my diary and was eagerly waiting for. I have been regularly attending these conferences for nearly 15 years. The versatility of speakers, variety of exhibition stalls, conveniently accessible quiet venue close to Russell Square in London the UCL School of Pharmacy, the choice of food to everyones taste and an opportunity to socialise are the key factors for
my continued support and attendance.
This year was special as it was marked with the celebration of the 261st birthday of Dr Hahnemann ‘the founder of homeopathy’ with a cake cutting ceremony. This cake was huge and was cut by the oldest member of HMA. We were obliged to resist our temptations to enjoy the cake until the afternoon tea break!
9:00am - 9:30am Registration
As always Parm Randhawa and Dr Harsh Sidhu welcomed and greeted everyone with a bag of goodies from Helios containing some sample homeopathic medicines and ointments. It also contained the handouts of lecture notes that were to be delivered by the speakers during the conference. An eco-friendly, recycled badge with delegate’s name was also handed out to every attendee.
9:30am - 9:45am
Seema Malhotra - Chaired and gave an opening speech which was concise but versatile and congratulated everyone on Dr Hahnemann’s birthday. She emphasised on the importance, demand and popularity of homeopathy worldwide especially in India where it is booming!
9:45am - 11:00am
Hans G Schrauder gave a lecture on ‘Cancer: What Homeopathy Can Offer?’. He provided statistical analysis
to show that the lung cancer is the second biggest killer in men and the total cancer registration is on the increase since 1971. He gave a detailed description about the symptoms and causes of cancer. Moreover, he explained the side effects of Chemotherapy, Hormone Therapy, Radiotherapy and Surgery. He also explained about the role of dietary advice and exercise. He shared a number of cancer cases treated successfully with homeopathic medicines. In cancer cases, he found organ specific remedies more effective than constitutional homeopathic medicines. He experienced success with Dr A.U. Ramakrishnan’s ‘plussing method’ for remedy administration.
11:00am - 11:30am Tea break
This enabled me to explore the stalls of exhibitors whilst also enjoying half a cup of cold milk. The HMA stall usually attracts me for hunting old journals with good articles. There were stalls from Helios, Weleda (Skin food), Sun Ray Drops (Liquid Vitamin D3), Nelson’s Arnica Care, Original Mother Tinctures by Tokaro Yui, Geovital (Radiation Free Sleep), Synergy Homeopathic (Powerful, Intuitive and Visionary Homeopathic Software) etc.
11:30am - 12:45pm
Dr Praful Barvalia shared his knowledge and experience on ‘Miasmatic Classification of Thyroid Disorder with Home- opathic Management’. He began his lecture by reiterating the importance of Ephorism 3 of Organon of Medicine to remind us the importance of what is to be cured in each individual case of disease and what is curative in each individual medicine. He explained about Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, the physiological changes, clinical manifestation, ethology, miasmatic state in each case. He described a few cases to show the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment.
12:45pm - 1:00pm
Dr Nikunj Trivedi shared a few events from Hahnemann’s life ranging from Pre-Homeopathy to Post-Homeopathic discovery. His life was filled with challenges which he faced with bravery, ‘‘Aude Sapere - Dare to be wise”. He made us wonder, how discovery of homeopathy could be linked to Scotland, until he mentioned that Dr Cullen, whose Materia Medica was being translated by Dr Hahnemann, was from Scotland. Melanie, Dr Hahnemann’s second wife, supported him throughout his entire life.
1:00pm - 1:30pm
The time for the AGM for HMA Members chaired by Seema Malhotra. She encouraged all members to be proactive thereby increasing the HMA membership. A trip to Homeopathic Hospitals in Gujrat, India was a rich experience.
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Lunch time is never enough to squeeze three activities in one
i.e. eating food, browsing exhibition stalls and catching up with old friends in homeopathy.
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Dr Balbir Nandra gave a hilarious lecture on “Laughter Fart and Homeopathy”. He thoroughly explained the phenomenon of laughter to the physical and physiological level. The benefits outweigh the side effects. The only side effect was that it increases the life span on an individual by 7-8 years!! It was enjoyable to watch him demonstrate quite a few laughter exercises with the help of his student. He shared successful cases with us. His evaluation is based upon present, persisting and predominating symptoms in a case. This seemed similar to Dr Sehgal’s method of case evaluation, who also gives more importance to mental symptoms.
3:30pm - 4:00pm Tea break
This was the time to enjoy the Dr Hahnemann’s birthday cake and some shopping at the stalls to snatch exhibition deals. Generosity of Parm Randhawa was evident from the portions of cake she served to everyone.
4:00pm - 5:15pm
This was the second lecture from Dr Praful Barvalia on “Homeopathic Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder”. He gave case illustrations of successes supported by videos.
5:15pm - 5:30pm
This conference ended with a raffle and acknowledgement to Parm Randhawa, who was presented with a gift, for all the organisation of this event. I greatly look forward to attending the next HMA AGM and Annual Conference 2017.