With homeopathy being the second most widely used medical system in the world, demand for this gentle form of natural medicine is strong around the world. To share what a typical working day involves for a homeopath in Australia, we invited practitioner, lecturer and the National Secretary for the Australian Homeopathic Association Kerri McWaters to give us a glimpse into her world.
As a mother of four children I hit the ground running every day but make sure to start the day with a meditation to center myself for the day ahead. I organise myself and then focus on preparing the kids for school.
I do two separate school drop-offs and then drive to work at Morkare Health & Wellness Clinic in Holland Park West.
I’m usually the first one to arrive and I set up my patient files, divert the phones, put out the shop flags and check the dispensary. If there is any time left I review my patient files and complete some research for their cases.
Once the clinic opens it’s go time. I will usually see four or five clients over the course of the day, with appointments taking 90 minutes for a first session and 30 to 60 minutes for a follow up. I make sure there is time between clients so I am centered for the next person.
Most of the patients I see have heavy metal toxicity, particularly mercury, as well as mental health concerns. I also see many children with various allergies and mothers who are worn out and depleted who want to increase their energy levels.
Treating my clients reminds me why I got into homeopathy in the first place. I love that it is such an individualised form of medicine, with no two people treated in the same way. You may have head pain however there are at least 767 different remedies for a practitioner to choose from depending on your expression of the pain. The art and science of homeopathy is determining which one of those 767 remedies is right for you. Homeopaths base their treatment on your symptoms, not the name of the disease.
I love the client relations side - I enjoy connecting with people and building a therapeutic relationship. It is all about that relationship – about understanding a person at the deepest level.
I break for lunch and will eat a homemade Indian style curry outside or in the clinic spare room that has beautiful stained glass leadlight windows.
I sit in on a group interview as we are looking for a remedial therapist to join the team.
After my last client appointment I will head home so that I am there in time for the children to arrive from school and enjoy afternoon tea together.
I send the kids out with their friends for a run, skateboarding or riding while I prep dinner.
We enjoy a family dinner and everyone has a turn to share the best and worst thing that happened to him or her that day.
I make sure all the kids are in bed for some quiet time and then I spend a few hours doing some study, case work or reading a book. This is the part of the day I spend unwinding with my husband.
Time for bed to get plenty of rest to do it all again tomorrow.
25-year-old nurse Coreena Cruceanu’s life turned on its axis when she contracted a Lyme-like illness. The extensive lifestyle and dietary changes she made to facilitate her recovery sparked a fascination with natural health and she is now studying to become a nutritionist.