Dr. Antonio Armando Álvarez De La Torre is a Mexican Homeopath, born April 7, 1955, in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. He practices homeopathy as well as massage therapy and orthomolecular medicine. Moreover, he pursues his passion of working as an actor in TV and radio, always contributing his knowledge of homeopathy with the aim to propagate this genuine healing art.
He holds diplomas from numerous colleges including Homeópatas Puros AC, Colegio Jalisciense de Médicos Homeópatas Universitarios A.C., Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Escuela Homeópatas Puros Colegio Encino de Educación Universitaria en Medicina Alternativa, and Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia from Universidad Autónoma Chapingo.
Dr. Antonio Armando Álvarez
KS: Welcome to Hoacuoidep, Dr. Álvarez. It is a great pleasure for me to interview you for our Hoacuoidep ezine. We look forward to you sharing your knowledge and experience with us.
You are a physician with comprehensive experience in different methods of therapy, including homeopathy. How was your first encounter with Homeopathy?
AAA: In my youth, at the age of 17, to be exact, I had a friend, whose mother visited and was attended by a homeopathic doctor from Puebla, which is the city where I currently live. At one of those visits I was there with a severe cold. I had acrid tears and the mucus from my nose was burning so that my nose got sore. Dr. Lopez gave me some globules of Allium Cepa and the symptoms disappeared as if by magic, which got my attention very much. I was in high school and had decided to study law at the time, but it wasn’t until the fifth year that I took a course in Legal Medicine which aroused my interest in medicine. I decided to start over, remembering the miracle that Allium Cepa once did for me. I told myself, this was the path of my vocation. From then on I decided to study homeopathic medicine, which been my passion to this day.
KS: Great ideas like that of Samuel Hahnemann always find their way to us and so homeopathy also came to Mexico in the middle of the nineteenth century. Now, homeopathy enjoys a wide acceptance among the Mexican people. The population is different from that in Europe, as there are many indigenous peoples and people living in poverty. What can Homeopathy offer these people in particular?
AAA: You are right, Katja, in saying Homeopathy is universal. Unfortunately, allopathic pharmacies have made it their task to undermine the path of this “Healing Art”. The interests of this commercial monster are opposed to the salvation of human beings who could keep their health in balance with the benefits of homeopathy.
Although homeopathy functions legally in Mexico, it is, unfortunately, not accessible to the rural population and those living in extreme poverty. The Mexican government endeavors to bring medicare to all areas of the country, homeopathy is not brought to the most vulnerable population.
On the other hand, shamanism and herbal treatments are still being used, and there even exist trained midwives who bring children into the world who may never know a hospital. In my private practice, 90% of the patients belong to the comfortable middle class and there are very few of low economic status to whom I have access to provide homeopathic healing and care. With regard to the state of Jalisco, yes, homeopathic workshops are being brought to the poor and rural areas, but in the rest of the country we haven‘t reached those people who need it so much. There’s still a long way to go and a lot to learn.
KS: Homeopathy in Mexico also had to face difficult times of instability. At the moment there are more than 7,000 homeopaths in Mexico and the largest homeopathy hospital in Latin America, is in Mexico D.C. How did homeopathy develop in Mexico during the last years?
AAA: The Escuela Nacional de Medicina y Homeopatía was founded in 1849 and functioned under different administrations until 1923, since when it was funded by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and subsequently, from 1936 on, it was assigned to the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), which oversees it to this day.
On the other hand, the Escuela Libre de Homeopatía was founded in October 1912. Both institutions, being installed in Mexico City, monopolized the homeopathic education in the whole country for many years, until the unrest began in Jalisco, a city in Guadalajara, demanding to teach courses of homeopathy too. On February 15, 1983, the teacher Soledad Salas Arriaga and her husband, Dr. Javier Vidales Gurrola, founded the Escuela Homeópatas Puros, which was the model to found other schools in the same city. For a long time, homeopaths from that school had to suffer constant attacks from the schools in Mexico City who convinced the sanitary authorities not to endorse the legalization of further schools in the country. Fortunately, owing to the tenacity and love for homeopathy of Dr. Javier Vidales Gurrola, recognition by federal education and health authorities was achieved, and nowadays the degree in homeopathy exists legally, teaching the unicist approach (single remedy) as founded by the beloved father of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.The Hospital Homeopático Nacional (National Homeopathic Hospital) is indeed a renewed and effective wonder, but it is only for the graduates of the two homeopathy schools in Mexico City.
KS: How do you see the future development of Homeopathy in Mexico?
AAA: Fortunately, the development of homeopathy in my country is growing by leaps and bounds. Since the beginning of the 21st century, many new homeopaths have graduated from other legal and more recently founded schools, and there are also more Mexican laboratories that produce homeopathic remedies. All this will have a positive impact on the health of the Mexican people. As you say, there are more than 7000 homeopaths in Mexico those who are learning it, and these will disseminate the ideas of homeopathic therapeutics for the good of human, animal and crop health in Mexico. Another factor is that a lot of homeopathic literature already came to Mexico having been translated into Spanish, which makes learning easier.
KS: Other homeopaths from abroad like Dr. Farokh Master have taught in Mexico. How were they perceived?
AAA: The Escuela Homeópatas Puros has always been interested in cultivating and increasing the knowledge of its students, alumni and other homeopaths of the country. Each year a Symposium takes place, and in 2012 and 2013 Dr. Farokh Master gave a masterful presentation and clearly and precisely presented his perspective of homeopathic therapeutic methods. His attendance was very interesting and brought many consultations, both in the clinic and in homeopathic practice and therapy. He made many friends in Guadalajara, Mexico, amongst which I count myself.
KS: You also practice orthomolecular medicine. Did you find in practice that a lack of vital substances may constitute an obstacle for cure?
AAA: Yes, I practice orthomolecular medicine and know the theory of Linus Pauling. Much depends on the treating homeopath and the knowledge he has of each patient and, most important, on the complete adherence to our bible, The Organon. In fact I think that a balanced diet with essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids supports the organism and contributes in maintaining a balanced state of health, which is necessary for the functioning of body cells, tissues, visceral organs, and even the vital energy. But homeopathy goes beyond, as it acts much deeper and is following Hering’s four laws of cure. Moreover, there are the Schüssler Salts which enable one to reach balance in cellular health.
KS: For Hahnemann, homeopathy was the superior therapeutic method. Nevertheless he recommended a few other useful therapeutic tools, such as massage and mesmerism. What are your practical experiences with using massages and what does its therapeutic spectrum consist of ?
AAA: Dr. Hahnemann, who had always been concerned about the equilibrium of human health, required the homeopathic physician to be a profound observer in order to know the state of all morbid, objective, subjective, sensory, functional, physiological, physical and psychic manifestations. Practricing this observation gradually leads to the true knowledge of the disease, because the real genesis of the ailments will be shown in the particular conditions of the patient. Thanks to the knowledge obtained in the clinic, we can determine the efficacy of therapy which allows us to restore the patient to their normal order. Based on this it is known that there may be blockages and energy stagnation in certain areas of the body which can be solved with draining massage and chiropractic techniques. The latter allows us to release root compressions in the intervertebral spaces from the cervical to the lumbar area, which allows the energy to flow freely and the patient to heal more quickly.
The healing power of massage is known everywhere and scientifically proven.
It is a manual therapy designed to produce a series of controlled physiological reactions, in the musculoskeletal system and/or other systems of the body, which lead to the therapeutic relief of the treated individual. By means of these massages we accomplish the following:
Mechanical action on tissues
Warming up, stimulating and developing the musculature
Stimulating or calming the nervous system (analgesic effect)
Stretching and relaxing the muscles
Improving adhesions, making tissues more flexible
Improving circulation, eliminating organic exudates
It has a reflex action on the nervous system
Improves psychological well-being
If we administer the appropriate homeopathic remedy(s) to patients and also help them with draining, reducing, relaxing massages and balance the function of the spine, realigning its structure and eliminating root compressions by rotation or lateralization of the vertebral bodies, even if there is scoliosis, kyphosis or lordosis, we will achieve a more rapid cure.
Homeopathic medicine is an art and science which requires the true understanding of the patient, the disease and its remedies. But it is also very useful to use other techniques such as those already explained, to accelerate the healing of the patient. This is what I do with much success in my practice.
KS: You pursue another passion – working in television and radio, always contributing your knowledge of homeopathy and to propagate this genuine healing art. Please, tell us something about your work there .
AAA: More than 10 years ago I was invited by a radio program to talk about a certain disease. I developed the theme according to homeopathic therapeutics and the theory of its cure based on the law of similars. There I found the opportunity to make the great benefits known that homeopathy offers in achieving health in acute and chronic diseases. Someone asked me why homeopathy acts slowly and does not work in acute cases. I answered that the the only thing slow was the person who treated him and that person surely wasn‘t a homeopath. He told me that he had bought a materia medica and repertory and used them for self-medication but had concluded that it did not work. This forced me to remain present in the media to educate people about the benefits and wonders of homeopathy, and that is must be applied by a health professional and not an empirical learner. SoI‘ve been able to contribute my grain of sand on the great beach of universal homeopathy. Since then I have made my slogan: “Long live homeopathy in order for humanity to live” , which I always publish and constantly repeat.
KS: Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts today. I am sure that our readers now understand the passion and success with which homeopaths practice in Mexico, including you!