Elizabeth Adalian MCH
Professional homeopath and author, offering seminars, lectures and supervision
The word 'trauma' has increasingly entered the global lexicon over the last few years. This has set me thinking that the trauma in the macrocosm is much reflected in the microcosm, i.e. each individual. This means that, unless we heal our own specific trauma in the background of disease, the greater whole will suffer accordingly.
Working as a homeopath after the war in former Yugoslavia, I determined that it is not so much what happens in life - however drastic that may be - but what is brought to that experience from the impressionable years of childhood when so much damage occurs. This is what informs our reaction to ongoing challenges in life and dictates the continuing status of our health.
I therefore set out to incorporate this concept into my homeopathic practice and use the individual's timeline to target the primal influences on the case which are rooted very much earlier in life. At the same time, I set out to understand the evolution of materia medica and how each remedy is based on a distinctive early contributing factor. By working in this way, it becomes increasingly clear to me that the results are quite transformative, not only to patients' health, but also to their whole potential for growth. Elizabeth welcomes working with patients in this way and offering mentoring in this approach to both homeopaths and students of homeopathy.
Latest news ~
2019 - Touching Base with Trauma was selected by the Editor of the Journal of the New Zealand Homœopathic Society as the feature book in Homœopathica, Vol. 39 No. 1. Den Illing said, "This book is so relevant at this time for the New Zealand community . We applaud Elizabeth for her work in this field."
My blogs titled, 'Trauma - Eight Salient Factors' and 'Oxytocin - the Elusive Element' were also selected for publication in the same edition of Homœopathica.
What health professionals are saying about this book ~
I am a chiropractor in practice for nearly 40 years.
My studies have also led me to Bert Hellinger's constellation work too and the transgenerational influences on us. I have had a deep interest in Homeopathy for many years. So because of that I was particularly drawn to your book. I just completed listening to your wonderful interview with Charles Parker. It was wonderful!! Great sharing about the lady from Croatia and the young boy.
Once again, thank you for writing your book and sharing your years of experience with everyone. I am sure a lot of people will benefit from your efforts in years to come. Blessings.
Bob Feinberg. Columbus GA in USA. July 2018.
This is a book that makes you think! It is a book that increases your self awareness of how you decide on the remedy for your patients.
There is so much new information from recent research in this book like how the amygdala and epigenetics affect the personality.
The materia medica given for the remedies here is completely different than expected. Everything is very well referenced for the reader to look it up themselves. We are being given a very up to date slant on the remedies and their function in an ever changing society.
It has given me many ideas for other remedies to use for my patients.
All homeopaths, be they newly qualified or experienced, would gain much insight from reading this book.
Rochelle Marsden. Hpathy.com, July 2018.
Approaching a new book for review has a certain similarity with approaching a patient: the interviewer should be the unprejudiced observer. Reading this book through for the first time I failed. I have so much inherited trauma myself that I became quite entangled. The author writes that one of the threads leading her to write this book is her experience with traumatised patients in the wars of Bosnia and Croatia: “The vicarious effects of trauma can percolate through at least three generations. This is especially true where there has been a collective trauma (such as the Holocaust), which is often suppressed.”
The media reports of world-wide traumas from war, terror and famine, endorse everything that Elizabeth Adalian has written, that homeopaths need to offer help to patients suffering from trauma. The first half of the book looks at the trajectory of trauma in 27 short chapters, covering a huge range including autism. This is complemented by the second half – a comprehensive materia medica focused on trauma. There is a conclusion, a list of references but no index.
The materia medica goes far beyond polychrests, it is erudite, innovative and includes rare material and experiences. There are many comparisons and relationships of remedies and references to rubrics. There is also reference to sources beyond homeopathy from psychology and observations on our human condition from a range of observers and sources which enrich the remedy descriptions.
Examples include the description of Opium and the comparison with its alkaloid Morphinum: the subtleties of fear and fright, the opening out of buried childhood trauma from a war zone, the range from coma, torpor and weakness to telling lies is fully explored. Tarentula hispanica is compared with Stramonium and with the corrupted spider the cubensis. An original view of Carcinocin is cited in detail as a remedy for vulval vestibulitis which can arise as a consequence of trauma. Anacardium is detailed as needed after abuse, humiliation, domination, punishment, violence. These are not surprises but the context and descriptions are unlike any other less focused materia medica.
I can truly say that I discovered so many new ways of looking at trauma. There are varied examples from victimisation to bedwetting. Responses to trauma are related to miasms. This is the only context in which it may be legitimate to develop an enthusiasm for trauma.
Francis Treuherz. The journal of the Society of Homeopaths, Autumn 2017.
I was delighted to be asked to review this book since today's homeopaths are increasingly being asked to help people with various mental / emotionally-centred issues - and so the more quality in-depth resources available to us for unwrapping trauma in its many forms, the better...
Indeed, I feel that the book is an important contribution to a highly complex and growing aspect of modern practice. It should not only be a key recommendation in student reading lists to encourage breadth of perspective, but also should be prominent upon practitioners' bookshelves so that they can make the necessary links within a truly holistic approach to trauma in its many manifestations.
Sue Smith. Homeopathy in Practice, Summer / Autumn, 2017.
This is a wonderful book, teaching us about the very far reaches of trauma, even touching generations not yet born.
We as homeopaths need to be aware of the possibility of not only personally experienced trauma, but ancient generational trauma as well, and welcome that information into our case taking. Buy this book as soon as possible. It answers questions we didn't know to ask. Its teachings will enlighten anyone who seeks to understand the essence of the human condition: how we all are composites of not only our own, but also our ancestors' experiences.
Laura Sholtz, PhD, RSHom(NA), CCH, FBIH. The American Homeopath, Volume 23 - 2017