Ever since I was a teenager I have been interested in health. This went as far as nutrition, but also how herbs and other natural ways of healing work and how they can be used. Because I was wondering whether I should pursue learning more about this, other than reading a lot of books about it I decided I should do an introduction course on the topic.
What was it all about?
In 1992 I found a course that I liked. This course was for 12 months and included several different modules. They were Hydrotherapy, Healing Naturally, Homeopathy, Phytotherapy, and Shiatsu Acupressure. The practical classes on Shiatsu Acupressure were amazing. We were with a small group of very motivated people, so we learned a lot on how to do it in practise.
The rest of the course was also very interesting to me. It was an experience that left me wanting more, much more.
In 1993 I finished the course and got my certificate which showed that my average grade was a 9 out of the maximum of 10. I felt very good about that. But then the motivation I had for doing this course and the interest I had and still have in the topic, will have helped with this.
After receiving the certificate I asked to be sent a grade list as that was just really cool. I kind of like showing off my grades when they are good, but then who doesn't.
My grades were:
Healing Naturally 10
Shiatsu Acupressure 8
The grading system used is that 0 is the lowest and 10 is the highest possible to achieve. I was pretty chuffed I had scored so well.
This module focused on a variety of topics. How the immune system works. What we can do to improve the way the immune system works. How one can take personal responsibility for their own health. Healthy food for adults and children, what the basic components of nutrition are. The skin, digestive system and urine, the metabolism of proteins and detoxification, infectious diseases, addictions to alcohol, nicotine, coffee and sugar and strategies on how to overcome those. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Detoxification. Nutrition and nutrition for children, this included proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals. The biorhythm. A variety of diets from older times and more modern times were also discussed. And we learned about feelings and mental health problems.
This module taught me a lot about the history of Phytotherapy, which I also found very interesting as I do also really love history, especially the way the common folk lived. Here I learned about the convents and how they used herbs back in the day.
I also learned how herbs can support healing during treatment with mainstream medicine. And I learned how herbs support the human body and how to use that. There was a lesson on how to have your own basic herb garden and how to use those in your food. I also learned about the active ingredients in herbs and herbal poultices were discussed. A short list of all I learned about is the skin, accident, the digestive system, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, fasting, calories, fatigue, vitamins and minerals, respiratory system and relaxing, feelings and mental health problems
The following herbs were individually discussed:
Yarrow, Liquorice Root, Birch, Juniper Berry, Chicory, Burdock, Arnica, Calendula, Onion, Comfrey Root, Anice, Coriander, Fennel, Lovage, Apple, Ginseng, Alchemilla, Shepherd's Purse, Cleavers, Common Verbena, Plantain, Nettle, Dandelion, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Thyme, Parsley, Celery, Elderberry, Walnut, Nasturtium, Lavender, Chamomilla, St. Johnswort, Irish Moss, Iceland Moss, Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley, Mistletoe, Digitalis, Melissa, Passion Flower.
The use of honey and propolis was also discussed
This module taught me about the way homeopathy is dosed. The minimal dosage and potencies. It also taught me the principle of simila. This means that like will be cured by like. It was very interesting to learn about that. I also learned that in homeopathy the whole person gets treated and and not just the symptoms. And the differences between homeopathy and main stream medicine were also addressed. Complex remedies were discussed. Nosodes were another topic I was taught about.
The areas of health that we were taught about were the skin such as acne, shingles, cold sores, hives, allergic skin reactions and eczema.
Children's diseases, the digestive system in which we learned about nutrition, digestive problems, tummy aches, constipation, diarrhoea and parasites, various women's issues, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, infants, colds and flu, fever, inflammation and infections, holiday problems, respiratory system, feelings and mental health problems.
This module was all about the health benefits of water, mineral waters, mineral water baths, sauna, and all kinds of other ways water can be used to improve health. I learned about the effects of mineral baths, sauna's, steam rooms, foot baths, foot wraps, herbal baths, mustard baths, steaming, dry compresses and poultices. The importance of drinking water was also a topic. I learned about the effects of various minerals on the body and how to determine which type of mineral bath would be good for people with which health challenges. It was absolutely fascinating. Fasting and detoxification
I learned about the history of using water to help people with ill health recover or at least improve their health.
The lessons were divided in various sections, which covered various parts of the body, such as the skin, the digestive system, genitals, period problems, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, fever and pain, wounds, First Aid, burns, respiratory system, stress, relaxation and feelings.
The methods of Kneipp were discussed in one of the lessons, this was very interesting.
This module was also very interesting. I learned how acupressure works. I learned the basic techniques for various areas of the body. I learned how to use the techniques on others, but also on myself. Furthermore I learned a lot about the various First Aid pressure points.