Special Focus: The Mind-Body Connection
My particular interests include the mind-body connection, the long-term effects of trauma and stress leading to issues of anxiety, depression, stress, ADD, ADHD, allergies, memory issues and chronic as well as catastrophic disease. My personal focus lies on the connections between the brain, energy treatments, the arts and wellness and research about any of the above. In my experience most illness can be cured if shifts in habits, attitude and energy states can be achieved. Sometimes a change in just one of those things can be so beneficial as to be life-altering. Through the use of the correct remedies and education of the patient, the health of the person or persons involved can noticeably shift towards greater well-being and comfort.
For exactly this reason I was interested in a more direct physical interface or connection between the dimensions of body-mind-spirit. I came across kinesiology for the first time whilst working at St Francis Health Centre in the Eastern Cape. Anneliese Cowley, then owner and leader of the St Francis team, explained and showed me some basic kinesiology techniques which then became a standard part of my consultations whenever appropriate. When I moved to Cape Town, I immediately started Kinesiology training with the International College of Professional Kinesiology Practice.
Studying kinesiology was like becoming reacquainted with a very old friend … the techniques immediately felt comfortable and were easy to combine with my homeopathic case-taking skills and knowledge. In my practice I use Kinesiology to shift energy blockages in a gentle and deep manner, transforming enduring negative patterns towards more positive states.
Homeopathic remedies are essentially energy medicines, and as our understanding of quantum and/or nano-worlds increases, our understanding of homeopathy and its action within the patient will become more detailed. My interest in research is based on the belief that we are going into a new phase of research, that of a fusion between quantitative and qualitative research types. I believe that the combination of both approaches will be a considerable improvement on the simpler, single type approach to research and that it will open up many new avenues of investigation. From current research I also know that using newer and more advanced technological approaches such as electron microscopy or light scattering techniques is the way forward for functional homeopathic research. Clinical research is an old and enduring part of homeopathy and is still a big part of the profession.
Research in Homeopathy
A few examples:
1. Homeopathy: meta-analyses of pooled clinical data.
2. Homeopathy for Perennial Asthma in Adolescents: Pilot Feasibility Study Testing a Randomised Withdrawal
Mitchiguian Hotta L1, Cardinalli Adler U2, de Toledo Cesar A3, Martinez EZ4, Demarzo MMP5.
3. Double-blind evaluation of homeopathy on cocaine craving: a randomized controlled pilot study.
Adler UC1, Acorinte AC2, Calzavara FO2, da Silva AA2, de Toledo Cesar A3, Adler MS4, Martinez EZ5, Galduróz JCF6.
4. Individualized homeopathic treatment and fluoxetine for moderate to severe depression in peri- and postmenopausal women (HOMDEP-MENOP study): a randomized, double-dummy, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Macías-Cortés Edel C1, Llanes-González L2, Aguilar-Faisal L3, Asbun-Bojalil J3.
Thesis Work "Review of homeopathic research", taking into account the homeopathic research done in South Africa by 2003 by Dr M. Baasch.
Dr Marianne Baasch Thesis