My journey in medicine began 20 years ago. I took the long and rigorous path from medical student to foundation doctor, senior house officer and then medical registrar. I trained and worked in the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Bath Royal United Hospital and joined the Royal College of Physicians in 2011.
After 5 years of hospital medicine I started to discover the gap between the fascination of science described in our medical textbooks and the harshness and disappointment of its reality in day to day practice. I wanted a kinder and more holistic approach to medicine and decided to become a GP.
I did three years further training in general practice at Winchester and joined the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2013. Since then I have been working as GP in Bristol and recently in Cheltenham.
If medical training made me lose the fear of abnormal blood tests, scans and vital observations, general practice has been an insight into connecting to patients at a deeper level - understanding the complexity of their body-mind relation, how their day to day conflicts manifest in physical symptoms and how their medical conditions reverberate in their emotional sphere. I have learnt a lot about how different people are in the way they relate to their bodies, their illnesses and the meaning it has to each of them.
My desire to understand and treat the whole human being developed when I was about 16. However I felt that I needed to have a solid grasp and be proficient in physical medicine before trying to take it further into higher dimensions of the human being. It seemed a fundamental responsibility to reach for a deeper way of healing by going through and beyond conventional medicine, not by shunning it.
I started studying homeopathy in 2007 with the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital. Then I felt the need for more classical approach and joined Misha Norland's School of Homeopathy in Stroud. This was the foundation of my Homeopathic training. I finished with the fast track course at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine.
I joined the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2014. My practice is based on Sensation Method developed by Sankaran and expanded by Jeremy Sherr, Mahesh Gandhi and others. I also use the plant system developed by Mikal Yakir. Since joining the faculty, I have constantly studied major works and attended local and international seminars with the world renowned homeopaths.
Homeopathy Cheltenham has been by far my most rewarding medical experience to date.
I have worked in Homeopathy in Bristol and Bath since 2014 alongside my GP work.
Every homeopath knows the joy and bewilderment of witnessing a dis-ease being cured from the inside out. When not only the symptoms get better, and the patient is no longer dependent on daily medication, often at the cost of side-effects, but they also experience an inner wellbeing, a renewed energy and sense of alignment with themselves. Facilitating this process is very rewarding; worth every effort and the years and thousands of hours I have spent studying. This should be of no surprise, considering that real healing involves the whole of the person.
Only nature can restore with such perfection.
Anxiety, depression, sleeping problems.
In my day-to-day GP practice, I find that many of my patients are on antidepressant medication. They often complain that this type of medication affects their concentration, makes them feel numb or disconnected, or tell me that they have stopped working after a period of time.
I have found homeopathy can have wonderful benefits for anxiety and low mood , and sometimes offer a breakthrough, even to patients who have been on antidepressants for decades.
Dyspepsia, reflux, colic, unexplained abdominal pains, IBS.
One in 6 people in the UK suffer with IBS; one in 5 with reflux or gastritis. One common reason for this is that the abdomen is an area where people somatise emotional tensions. It is widely recognised that both these conditions have a deep connection to ‘stress’. In general practice, common treatments for these life-long conditions are limited to anti-acids, anti-spasmodics, laxatives, and pain relief. To me, it makes sense to approach such conditions with a treatment which integrates physical symptoms with the emotional dimension.
Children respond beautifully to homeopathy – unsurprisingly, bearing in mind that homeopathy stimulates body’s innate healing potential, which is most vigorous when young. Some of my most surprising and rewarding results from homeopathy have been in children.