Previously the College of Practical Homeopathy - Midlands

Homeopathy training course

"Learning homoeopathy is like trying to write poetry. At first is can be confusing and make no sense. As time passes it all starts to fall into place. Excellent lecturers, caring staff and a very friendly atmosphere to learn in"

Adem - student at THC

History of Homeopathy

Not Quite Ancient History

How far back do you want to go? There is an older history and a history of homeopathy in the UK which you can download here or from the Free Downloads page. One about Thomas Maughan and one going further back to the Cooper Club.

For now, let us go back to the time before all the colleges started. Homeopathy was in decline.

In the 1960's and early 1970's there was very little homeopathy in the country. Most was within the medical profession plus a few lay homeopaths. Foremost among them was Thomas Maughan who was getting on in years. He was also the chief druid. He ran two homeopathy groups in London - North and South, which consisted of a few people interested in homeopathy meeting of an evening. Foremost amongst them was Robert Davidson.

In the mid 70's there was a tragedy - a plane crashed on take off from Heathrow. On board were all the top medical homeopaths bar one and many from America who were going to a homeopathic conference in Belgium. Dr Marjorie Blackie did not go and she continued as Dean of the Faculty of Homeopathy for a short time. She was also homeopathic physician to the Queen but she was in her 80's. When she died, there were no medical homeopaths with her depth of knowledge and understanding of homeopathy to replace her.

Thomas Maughan was also in his 80's, so when he died ..... you get the picture? Was the deeper understanding of homeopathy going to die with them? Robert's passion for homeopathy would not let this happen so he set up the original college - the College of Homoeopathy in London. He also set up the first professional organisation in the UK - the Society of Homeopaths.

Most of the people now running colleges were either trained by him or by someone he trained. Robert is an innovator and entrepreneur. He is constantly seeking to understand, develop, improve and synthesize the knowledge of what is working out there in the real world, bring it back into homeopathy and teach it to the rest of us. He is usually about 10 years ahead of the field. This postition opens him up to much criticism and misunderstanding. He likes to joke that you can always recognise the pioneers - they are the ones with the arrows in their backs! He is always pushing the boundaries out.

In the early College of Homeopathy days there was one main method of doing homeopathy - the Classical method. As Robert's work advanced he needed a vehicle through which to convey his new understanding of different methods in homeopathy. He found it too difficult to change the culture of the first college he started. This led to the birth of The College of Practical Homoeopathy - now called The Homeopathy College.

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We have changed our name partly because of the feedback we have been getting which goes along the lines that some people, mentioning no names of course, are implying that Practical does not include Classical. So we have seen the birth of courses describing themselves as 'the first to integrate different methods of homeopathy' and words like that. What a nonsense - Practical always included Classical.

The other recent play we have seen is to somehow imply that Practical is of a lower standard than Classical. Another nonsense. Marketing is a dirty business.

We call it as we see it and do expect this of others in the profession. We can certainly be accused of naivety in this area.

If you are interested into some of the background of the current media attacks on homeopathy, take a look at this.