Interview With Tanya Nolte
How did you initially become involved with homeopathy?
I first began tinkering with homoeopathy over 12 years ago after a friend administered to me some homoeopathic Arnica for an injury I sustained. I marvelled at how little bruising and trauma I suffered as a consequence of these innocuous little pills. After a few more experiences I gradually purchased a number of books to learn more about these substances and how they were used. It didn't take long for me to realise that there was so much more to homoeopathy than simple first aid treatment and that classical homoeopathy presented the answer for assisting the body to achieve a higher order of health in the most gentle and natural way. Having never been fond of anything artificial or chemical, I always favoured taking the most natural approach I could find to treat my or my animal companion's ailments.
I practiced as a lay person for several years but what really clinched my involvement to do more serious study and gain recognised qualifications as a classical homoeopath was when I had a serious horse riding accident. I was a shadow's breadth from being a quadriplegic and firmly believe that it was the homoeopathic remedies I used at the time that saved me from being in a wheel chair the rest of my life. I was laid off work for a while, and I'm not a person that takes kindly to being inactive, so the time was ripe for me to take up formal studies.
After graduation I began full practice in classical homoeopathy and have never looked back since.
What new developments have there been in your homoeopathy career?
Currently I am doing a post grad course to upgrade my Diploma of Homoeopathy to an Advanced Diploma. I will complete this at the end of June this year. The veterinary clinic where I have both nursed and practiced homoeopathy for the past 8 years has appointed me as their official Homoeopathic Consultant as of the beginning of 2004. I have a good liaison with several veterinarians in the region and also consult at other centres. I am pursuing more integrated activity amongst the alternative and the allopathic sectors and feel that the future of homoeopathy will be stronger as a result. Recently I have had a bit of press on the television, local newspapers, and such following the encouraging results of homoeopathy seen in the dairy industry, in particular by one of my clients. This could be another quite large avenue for me to take on and the interest shown has been very promising.
What has been the greatest value of homoeopathy for you?
I would have to say the opportunity that homoeopathy has given me to enhance natural health and well being for myself, my patients, and all that lives while causing no harm to our environment. It has provided me a comprehensive tool to implement safe, gentle and effective healing on ALL levels, in any age group, or even when pregnant, for almost any type of condition (imbalance), especially in what has been viewed by mainstream medicine as a dead end case with no hope.
I have gained a far greater understanding of how individual all organsisms are, one to the other. I am grateful to homoeopathy for teaching me how to look much deeper than what is merely presented at a more superficial level. How to consider every one and every thing in its own particular way, its WHOLE story, and its history; what is out of balance, why it is out of balance, and how the imbalance is displayed in that particular individual.
What has homoeopathy with animals taught you?
Working with homoeopathy and animals has increased my powers of observation. When a subject can not verbally speak with you, detecting every little nuance is so important to finding useful information that can lead to the choice of an appropriate remedy. Animals have honed my intuitive skills and communication levels to better identify with their disturbance and how to address what may ail them.
I have found homoeopathy to work especially well on animals as they can be less complicated than human subjects, i.e. they carry less layers of 'baggage' to remove to get to a root cause. I have learnt the need to be careful of humanising or interpreting an animal's symptoms to suit our way of thinking. It is imperative to not read into symptoms more than what meets the eye and to use clear, well-defined, factual symptoms to be steered to a remedy selection. Practicing homoeopathy on animals has taught me not to fall into the trap of trying to mold a patient's symptom picture to fit a remedy just because you may have little information to work with, 'find the remedy that fits the patient, do not fit the patient to the remedy'!
Where do you see yourself headed in terms of homoeopathy?
I guess I see myself being less out in the field practicing and becoming more of a tutor or mentor. I think I would like to adopt a larger role in teaching homoeopathy in passing on my knowledge so that as many people as possible get to experience the enormity of the results that homoeopathy can achieve and to keep it alive. In my more nubile days I would likely have travelled across the world to spread the word of homoeopathy but I am quite content to do what I can from my home base.
What words of advice do you have for newcomers to homoeopathy?
Classical homoeopathy is not about taking shortcuts or looking for the 'magic bullet'. You need to adhere strongly to the laws and principals of homoeopathy to appreciate a high success rate. While Classical homoeopathy can be a time consuming modality the rewards are great.
Don't be ashamed or disheartened by a seeming failure. Learn to accept that you are NOT God and CAN NOT heal every animal yourself. Ego is an obstacle to healing and the time wasted in procrastinating to relinquish a case will be at the expense of your animal's health.
Listen to the advice of others. When stuck with a case, refer it to others who may see it from a different perspective or have greater knowledge and/or consider other healing modalities that may complement.
Do not hesitate to seek the services of your veterinarian because you are trying to avoid conventional methods to stay strictly natural in your approach. Immediate help to stabilise an animal who is in a perilous state is of first importance, and conventional medicine has still an important role here. Homoeopathy can be used alongside veterinary medicine and continue after veterinary intervention and a diagnosis has been made to effect further healing and re-establish harmony.
For more information:
Tanya Nolte, Classical Animal Homoeopath.
Whispering Horse Therapies
PO Box 1515, Lismore
NSW 2480, Australia
Phone 0266 220201