Who are we?
Side by Side Homeopathy is a group of professional homeopaths dedicated to providing homeopathic treatment to socially and economically marginalized people in the downtown east side of Vancouver and associated treatment centers. Side by Side is incorporated as a non-profit society in British Columbia.
See recent article published in the Interhomeopathy Journal November 2011.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of medicine using natural remedies to stimulate the body’s self-healing powers. It is a holistic medicine which treats the symptoms of the body and mind as a totality. Homeopaths recognize that symptoms of ill-health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, and that the whole person needs treatment, not just the isolated symptoms of a particular illness.
History of Side by Side
Side by Side Homeopathy began in February of 2009 and Non Profit status was granted in Oct of 2009 . It was initially inspired by a few homeopaths who felt motivated to help those struggling with substance misuse issues specifically in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. The homeopaths combined their desire to help with their knowledge that homeopathy could be an effective healing modality with much to offer in this situation. Side by Side Homeopathy was created and currently there are over 20 individuals volunteering in the organization
The first site where Side by Side initiated the project was Onsite detox and later the project was expanded to include Ranier Hotel and the Life Skills Centre. Currently homeopaths are visiting these sites once a week for 3 hour sessions. On a typical visit, the homeopaths will meet with 3-4 patients â€“ 1-2 new patients as well as several follow-ups with patients that are currently being treated.
Results so far:
Since our inception we have received many positive reports from clients and staff following treatment. Clients have experienced amelioration of symptoms that had not improved with conventional treatment such as nausea, digestive complaints, chronic physical pain from old injuries, sleeplessness, mental confusion, anxiety, panic attacks and nightmares. Although some patients are only seen once, or relapse and are lost to follow up, even from these patients we have received feedback that they have appreciated the experience of the homeopathic interview in which they have been able to express freely and often come to a deeper understanding and awareness of themselves.
Testimonial from a client:
I use homeopathy, they are wonderful. The practitioner first asked me so many questions, for almost one and a half hours including my dreams, spiritual beliefs, etc. I was surprised, no MD would take the time to dig deeply into “who” I am at the deepest level…If the British royal family uses them, it is good enough for me.
CB, Life Skills Centre, October, 2010
Our offer of services includes
- Professional services commitment
- Volunteer time serving clients and patients
- Education in first aid homeopathy for staff and organizations
- Remedy kits
Side by Side Homeopathy is incorporated as a society. The aim is to establish an office in the DTES where clients can be followed over the long term after they leave Onsite and Rainier. It would also include a space to house the Side by Side Pharmacy. The non-profit status would eventually allow the homeopaths to receive an honorarium for their time, as so far all the work has been volunteer.
Would YOU like to help?
Homeopaths, students of homeopathy, anyone interested in helping the Downtown East Side…
- CLINICAL HELP – if you are a homeopath or student of homeopathy and would like to be included in our substitute list and occasionally be called to help with case taking, analysis and prescribing, contact us
- PHARMACY – consider donating 1-2 drops of your medicated potencies to this project
- FINANCIAL – donations are greatly appreciated, just click on our “Donate” button, all funds go towards providing homeopathic treatment for clients
- SPREAD THE WORD – become a fan of our Facebook group, send an email to your friends with a link to our website, install a link to us on your own website
- OTHER – There are many other ways you can help, please contact us!
The volunteer homeopath group at the Life Skills Center and Side-By-Side Homeopathy would like to thank the following for their generous donations of homeopathic products:
a) Janice Abramsen (Western Canadian representative) and Homeocan for their continued generous donations over the years. Contact Janice for more information about Homeocan and their product line at:
Janice Stadnyk Abramsen
Homeocan Western Canada Prof. Div.
1-877-766-1331 toll free Fax: 250-766-7200
What We Offer
We offer professional homeopathic care. This consists of a thorough initial intake/ interview which will cover the client’s medical history, current health concerns, and consideration of the emotional and mental state. This interview and subsequent appointments are intended to gain as thorough an understanding of the client as possible in order to individualize the homeopathic prescription and assist the client in coming to a better state of health and balance in all realms â€“ physical, emotional and mental.
Homeopathy can be useful to treat any imbalance, from acute ailments to chronic complaints. Examples of presenting complaints that are being treated at other centers include: sleep, constipation, support with addiction issues, minimizing the side effects of methadone or other medications, flu, stress, musculoskeletal pain, support with the detox process, first aid complaints, dental issues, infections, immune support. Homeopathy is a gentle healing process that can be used to support the body through any disease process.
We also offer staff education in homeopathy and first aid treatment. We provide homeopathic remedies and first aid kits where possible.
What to expect from the homeopathic treatment process:
When working with chronic complaints homeopathic treatment is a long term healing process that can take some time and commitment. The course of healing is a very individualized one and results can be fast and dramatic in some patients and a much slower pace in others. In some patients one remedy may last a long period of time, while others may require a daily remedy and more frequent follow up appointments. Many patients experience amelioration just from the homeopathic interview, which is a chance to express in a caring, non-judgmental environment.