Learning Beyond the Classroom with Dr. Saine
This summer, I was fortunate enough to attend the Andre Saine Homeopathy course in Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Students and physicians from all across the globe participated in this intensive training in ‘Essentials of Chronic and Acute Homeopathic Prescribing’ at the McGill University campus. Dr. Andre Saine is a 1982 graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is board-certified in homeopathy (1988) by the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians and has been teaching and lecturing on homeopathy since 1985. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject of homeopathy.
During the first few days of this week-intensive course, Dr. Saine taught his students the fundamentals of homeopathy, including the and science of homeopathic healing art, a basis of medicine and science of therapeutics. Throughout the week, the students dived into the study of the Materia Medica and how to differentiate each remedy based on a person’s case.
Dr. Saine’s captivating stories and countless examples of patient cases made the course highly engaging for everyone. My personal favorite takeaways from the course were live demonstrations of different modalities. For instance, Dr. Saine told us a story of his rotator cuff injury from skiing down a mountain. His shoulder was completely immobile. Despite suggestions by conventional doctors to get immediate surgery, Dr. Saine decided to take Stinging Nettle plants and “nettling” himself with them. Within 1-2 weeks, his shoulder was not only completely healed, but fully functional and with a full range of motion. The next day of class, Dr. Saine took us to a nearby nettle bush where we all had the chance to “nettle” ourselves with the stems.
Another exciting moment during class was when Dr. Saine performed a Bilateral Nasal Specific (BNS) treatment on a student with Cerebral Palsy. BNS works to help the body return to a more optimum function by restoring the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to the body and proper flow of blood to the brain. The treatment cleared up the student’s sinus and aligned her spine so that it was more symmetrical than before the treatment. It was incredible to see in person!
We also had the privilege of observing two live homeopathic patient cases on different occasions. Both patients flew into Montreal for a case that took about 2-3 hours each. Once the case was taken, students went home to repertorize the proper remedy for the patient. The next day we presented our thought-process, and the correct homeopathic remedy was officially revealed!
Towards the end of our journey, we were able to tour a historic medical library where we read original excerpts from Hahnemann and even Paracelsus! However, the best adventure of all was hiking through the forest to visit Dr. Andre Saine’s house! His home-office, gorgeous garden and collection of old homeopathic remedies were a sight to see! Dr. Saine even has his own hydrotherapy and IR Sauna room where patients can gladly receive treatment. Overall, the Andre Saine Homeopathy course is definitely something I would encourage all students to try and attend. It is a truly unique experience filled with a wealth of knowledge that you won’t get anywhere else! Find out more at the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy http://www.homeopathy.ca.
About Far Rahman, UBCNM Chapter President 2016-2017:
Far is a 2nd-year naturopathic medical student at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She pursued Nutrition Science as an undergrad at Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Her passion as a medical student lies in women’s health and oncology. At UBCNM, she received a Pathfinder Scholarship to conduct research with Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, NY Times best-selling author of “Eat Right for Your (Blood) Type” and director of Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. The current research project focuses on developing bioinformatics programs that use advanced algorithms to determine complex microbiota phenotypes. In addition, Far is presently authoring a chapter in the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine Textbook.
Pictured below is Far Rahman and Dawn Siglain (UBCNM Class of 2017) with Dr. Saine: