This special issue is devoted to the theme ‘homeopathy and war’. War and pandemics provide a huge challenge to society. Our world leaders have often invoked battle analogies to communicate the seriousness of an issue and galvanise a national or global response – the war on terror, poverty, crime, cancer, global warming and, of course, the war on COVID-19.
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War, a driver of innovation Karin Mont 4
COVID-19: Staying healthy under lockdown Karin Mont 6
Karin Mont puts COVID-19 into context with other lower respiratory tract infections which are the third largest killer globally while, obviously, not advising complacency, as the infection rate of this new strain of coronavirus is particularly virulent and needs to be limited. This is where homeopathy has an important role to play; it has an excellent, documented, track record in the treatment of epidemics – even during the 1918 flu pandemic.
Limited social interaction, self-isolation and social distancing will undoubtedly also have an impact on our mental and emotional well-being, probably well beyond the imposed restrictions, but homeopathy has answers here too.
Homeopathy and the Russian-Ukrainian war Galina Boggis-Rolfe Ganzenko 12
Since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict Galina Boggis-Rolfe Ganzenko has developed a particular interest in treating deep traumas. She has been in touch with and supported fellow homeopaths in the Ukraine who try their best to get homeopathic remedies through to the front line and generally treat the injured and traumatised.
Gunpowder John Morgan 24
Gunpowder is known for its successful treatment of septic wounds. John Morgan takes us through the history of Gunpowder as a substance, the discovery of its prevention of infection and blood poisoning, and its subsequent introduction into homeopathy by JH Clarke.
Nuclear power, radiation and the occult – part one Yubraj Sharma 28
Yubraj Sharma, in part one of his article on radiation remedies, explores the radiation elements from a different perspective – their spiritual, esoteric and scientific role in the evolution of life on Earth and the development of humanity – not just their destructive potential. Radiation remedies open the body to the energy from Spirit and higher consciousness.
Reconciling the invisible wounds of war Elizabeth Adalian 42
Undeniably, it is important to address the after-effects of war. Elizabeth Adalian argues that the invisible wounds (PTSD) remain much longer than those visible to the eye. They affect mood, thoughts and behaviour, and they can even be passed on to future generations if not dealt with appropriately. She finds that Opium is one of the best remedies giving voice to sufferers but there are other remedies too.
Kaki – the World Tree Marijke Creveld 46
The destructive forces of war leave traces everywhere. In 1945, when the plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, a large percentage of the population was killed. Marijke Creveld made the remedies Diospyros kaki Creveld and Radix Diospyros kaki Creveld from the kaki tree which managed to survive the bomb, and conducted dream provings. The dreams centred on destruction and survival, and she has subsequently successfully treated trauma patients.
Reindeer moss and 9/11 Steve Johnson 50
The 9/11 attacks left many people in New York traumatised. Steve Johnson felt a very strong energy of healing and reconciliation when he visited Ground Zero in 2002. He found that the Alaskan Essence Reindeer moss, made from one of the oldest plants on the planet, was able to deal with the deep, unresolved layers of grief and collective loss experienced by his patients after the events of that day.
Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881) Sue Young 54
Sue Young, who has a passion for homeopathic history, tells the story of Mary Jane Seacole, a British-Jamaican nurse, who played a significant role during the Crimean war. She set up her ‘boarding house’ to tend those wounded on the battlefield, and was supported by the British homeopathic community.
Letters – 58
The Wonder of Stillness by Michelle Sorrell 60
Comparative Materia Medica by Richard Pitt 60
Additional Banerji Protocols from the Clinic by Nimisha Parekh 60
The Remarkable Life of the Skin by Monty Lyman 61