Homeopathy and Mental Health Care
Integrative Practice, Principles and Research
Christopher K. Johannes, PhD and Harry E. van der Zee, MD Hom
Foreword by Dana Ullman, MPH
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. The 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 chapter 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
Christopher Johannes and Harry van der Zee have brought us a thorough, much needed summary of the benefits of homeopathy for mental health issues. While a brief review does not do justice to this comprehensive volume, let me summarize some of the highlights:
Dr. Manish Bhatia, from India reviews global mental health problems and some of the limitations of medication treatments for depression, psychosis and anxiety. He reviews the meta-analyses of homeopathy for general medical problems, finding substantive evidence that homeopathy produces significant effects in a variety of diseases. He reviews 40 studies of homeopathy for various mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug abuse, insomnia, stress and general wellbeing. No meta-analyses of homeopathy for mental health issues has been published. Much further discussion is provided later in this book on research and ethical issues in mental health.
Iris R. Bell, MD PhD MD(H) and Mary Koithan, RN PhD, USA consider the transformational changes produced by homeopathy. Their case reports are helpful in fleshing out the human responses on all levels of their being to homeopathic remedies. I also contribute a discussion on holistic, spiritual aspects of homeopathy, pointing out the ways in which these remedies bring people into more complete awareness and fuller relationships with body, emotions, mind, relationships (with other people and the environment) and spirit.
Much of this helpful book considers ways in which homeopathy can be used in integrative care, offering people the best of allopathic and homeopathic approaches. Judyth Reichenberg’Ullman, ND DHANP LCSW & Robert Ullman, ND DHANP, (USA) consider homeopathic treatment of children with behavioral and learning problems; Edward Shalts, MD DHt ABPN ABHT ABHM, (USA) on Post’Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Homeopathic practitioners from Japan, the UK and USA remind homeopathic practitioners of the importance of including counseling along with the remedies. These and other homeopaths suggest that Rogerian and Jungian approaches are particularly resonant with the philosophy and spectrum of effects of homeopathic treatments. Of particular interest, which I have not seen before, is the discussion of Joseph Rozencwajg, MD PhD NMD (New Zealand) on using the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis to prescribe homeopathic remedies for psychological problems.
I, too have a chapter in this book, on holistic, spiritual aspects of psychotherapy.
The last chapter, by Prof. Dr. Traian D. St’nciulescu (Romania), explores a variety of theories and models for bioenergy and resonance explanations for homeopathy.
Chapter 20 Neuro’Psychical (Dis)Orders and Homeopathy: Biophotonic Connections
This is an excellent resource for anyone seeking homeopathic remedies for dealing with psychological problems. As with any holistic healing approach, remember that the therapist is as important as the modality.
— Daniel Benor, MD
It`s about time an excellent and truly integrative textbook like this was published. I have books on homeopathic psychology and some good material with homeopathic cases on mental disorders, but nothing at all that compares to this new book. This book goes way beyond the usual books of strictly homeopathic philosophy, case taking, rubrics and cases and does a marvelous job of weaving together conventional and homeopathic concepts, approaches, and strategies to mental health care, including spirituality, personal transformation, and quality of life, not just pathology. It even includes immediately useful original research published nowhere else, guidelines for future research, and also a nice chapter on ethics. It is loaded with practical guidelines, lots of cases, and exciting new ideas that make integration and communication across professional boundaries possible. You`d have to buy dozens of books for what you can find in this single anthology. This one book has some of the most highly regarded, well known, experienced, and well published experts from around the globe weighing in on the importance of this integration for mental health care now and into the future. Most contributing authors are doctorate holders in other areas of health and medicine. I think this book will set a new trend for the homeopathic professional literature, and will be practically useful as a reference for students and professionals in homeopathy, mental health, and integrative medicine
— Lisa Reeves
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…with a Foreword by Dana Ullman