Homeopathic Trituration

"Good, better, best"

Sierra Leone

„Good, better, best“, this song by the German-West-African singer Y’akoto was our motto when we travelled to Sierra Leone in February 2013 for the 5th training cycle.

We, that is Barbara Boettcher and Ruth Rohde, landed in Freetown on Feb 10 before dawn and were picked up by our reliable cooperation partner, “Verein Sierra Leone Baden Wuerttemberg/EAFA”, represented by Mr. Yembeh Mansaray and Mohamed, our thoughtful driver.

After a short stop in Freetown and reception by Mr. Debali Konteh (chairman of EAFA) we went directly to Makeni in order to start teaching next Monday.

Finally we were back after a break of just under a year due to the long rain period and the presidential elections in November 2012, which made a trip impossible due to travel warnings.

A newly-formed study group had trained the theory of homeopathy during our absence so that we could emphasize practical implementation of the theoretical knowledge – including students’ presentations of remedies, live anamneses, case conferences and evaluation of progress after medication.

Highgly concentrated and with a lot of fun our students did their first trituration with fresh flowers and leaves of the drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera), which is being used as phytotherapeutic remedy. Before our departure a pharmacist had provided us with the equipment: mortar, pestle and scraper, thank you very much! Everybody enjoyed the trituration very much.

Training anamnesis was a major part of the twelve lesson days, some anamnes were taken by the students themselves just under our supervision. We were delighted how seriously and thoroughly these anamneses were taken, our students have improved much!

In addition to this class every student had to reinforce and then present one homeopathic remedy according to special rules, this was done with a lot of enthusiasm and pride.

We presented different methods of learning (e.g. with file cards) which help learning remedies. Every morning we reviewed the most important symptoms of some remedies. Furthermore, we practiced repertorisation.

In the afternoons in the training practice in the village Worreh Yeama our students gave proof of their ability to take anamnesis on their own. Also the evaluation of progress was in some cases done on their own and without mistake - we were impressed and delighted.

We also found out different motivations to learn classical homeopathy:

“I love homeopathy!” suddenly shouted our student Sabaina. “Thanks to homeopathy I have my Usman!”. Usman, a bright boy of one and a half years, has kept us busy during our lessons in the past two weeks when clearing the shelves in our classroom, a practice room for nursing training, or inspecting the whole building.

Francess, three months, another student’s daughter, usually slept during the lessons and was a vision of delight.

We would appreciate collaboration with a professional pharmacist from Sierra Leone so that reliable supply of homeopathic remedies can be assured. Our future homeopathic therapists should be able to start their profession as soon as they have passed their exams (scheduled Feb/Mar 2014) - classical homeopathic treatment of acute diseases including evaluation and follow-up treatment.

The whole country is making progress, not only our students, but also in Makeni, where finally energy supply has arrived and more construction work is done, and even in the rural village Worreh Yeama.

Our students put in great effort to participate in the lessons, they travel long distances, take vacations, make up for the missed time afterwards, work night turns so that they don’t miss a lesson. European standards can not appreciate what this commitment means for the individuals.

We say thank you to everybody involved in the success of our trip - especially to our cooperation parter, the “Verein Sierra Leone Baden-Wuerttemberg”, to our students in Sierra Leone, to the village Worreh Yeama for the well-organized training practice, to our HOG project group which supported us in Germany and last but not least to all the generous donators who made this wonderful success possible.

3.3.2013 Barbara Boettcher and Ruth Rohde

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