This is an episode about homeopathy and we’re fortunate to have Dr Laura Chella here with us today. She heads up the Homeopathic Association of South Africa. Welcome. Thank you, Daleen. Thanks for having me. Why homeopathy? Why not? And your interest in it? It’s actually a personal interest. I come from a big family and I had a younger brother who was ill from a very young age, quite severely. And up until that point I didn’t know there was any other form of medicine actually than conventional allopathic medicine – that’s how I was brought up. And when I saw the short comings and I saw the difficulties and my parents started to look for other answers, did I discover a whole other world of alternative medicine. And I always wanted to be a doctor and I didn’t know when I was young that I would be a doctor of natural medicine – and it has been my life path. I think my brother is probably my biggest reason why I’ve become a homeopath. But you studied to be a doctor? The course is very similar to a MBChB, they’re offered at different institutions – one in Joburg and one in Durban and it’s a five-year degree, it’s a masters. And so it’s very similar, we do two years of anatomy and dissection on cadavers; we do physiology; we do chemistry; we do pathology; general pathology; systemic pathology; we do diagnostics; we do psychology; we do pharmacology. And then amongst all that is this weave of homeopathy and natural medicine – and a slightly different way of looking at health, looking at illness, looking at disease. Not from the point of putting a plaster on a symptom? Absolutely. Trying to get to the core and trying to take each individual as an individual and not to focus on the disease per se but to focus on the host or focus on that individual. What is homeopathy? Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine that was developed by a man called Samuel Hahnemann, in about 1780 (round about then), that comprises of three principles. The first is that like cures like, so let me give you an example to illustrate that. For example, if a child has a fever – ordinarily, in allopathic medicine we would use an anti-pyretic and we would bring down the fever, alright? In homeopathic medicine what we do is we look for a substance in nature that can be an animal substance, a plant, a mineral substance – and there are other substances that we use but those are our three main categories. And we find a substance that would produce the similar if not same the symptoms in a healthy individual and then we take that as the ability of that substance to cure those symptoms and then we will use that to treat the individual suffering with the fever. So what we do in essence is that we assist the body in doing what it can naturally do and the child or the person can overcome the illness with the assistance of the remedies. So one example would be something like somebody shaking as if they’ve been bitten by a tarantula and you could give them a remedy called tarantula. It is possible, but you wouldn’t necessarily use it for just if they were shaking. Sure. So you can use for example, Apis Mellifica which is the bee and you can use it for a bee sting or another sting of another type of animal, as long as the principles of the remedy or key notes of the remedy are there. So it would have to be red, swollen, hot and often that shining/ glistening that you see and and you have a bee sting. If the symptoms are there and the remedy matches then we would use it. Similarly, we’ll use it in a tonsillitis that presented shiny, hot, painful, swollen – and you can use it for other aspects as long as that energy of the remedies runs through.