The Haiti Clinic – almost 10 years of service to the poor!

Dear friends,

Another year of clinic has passed and the Naturopathic Relief Clinic has continued its invaluable work, offering free naturopathic health care to about 7000 people, bringing the total of patients to 77,000 in almost 10 years! This is an astonishing accomplishment, as the overall situation in Haiti continues to deteriorate. What were seismic shockwaves have now turned into a veritable socio-political earthquake: daily gang shootings, political unrest, attempts to overthrow the government, gigantic embezzlement scandals, riots, mugging, hospital strikes, etc., rock Port-au-Prince daily. Two months ago, Bernard tried to make his way from downtown Port-au-Prince to the area where the clinic is when he was visiting Haiti for two weeks. He had to abandon the plan half way, because he got caught in a shooting, having to wait it out lying on the floor of his hastily parked-by-the-roadside car. There was not a single day during his stay that was safe enough to drive what is really just four miles (six kilometers) of road. 

Meanwhile, Marie-Lucie, Camio and helper Robinson have been holding clinic when it is safe and there is no curfew. Clinic attendance has fluctuated greatly for three main reasons. Whenever the government hospitals are on strike, the clinic is swamped with people seeking help. When it is too dangerous, people cannot reach the clinic or try to stay inside, or there may be a warning asking everyone to stay indoors. At those times, Marie-Lucie and Camio have seen people from their homes for emergency treatments, which they also do on weekends. When life is normal, the clinic serves people from all over Port-au-Prince city area as well as other towns. It has now been in place for almost 10 years, and attendance from those living directly around the clinic (including those living in the tent camps since the earthquake) has declined steadily for an unexpected reason: they hardly fall sick. These people, generally too poor to afford orthodox medical care or pharmaceuticals, had the chance to be treated at the clinic for free for all those years. In their own observation, thanks to the naturopathic treatments their life force is so good now, that they do no longer become sick. They say “please say thank you to those people (who organize the clinic and donate), they help us so much, we don’t have to go to the doctor any more!” Some people say they have not had to go to the regular doctor a single time since their natural treatment! 

Amazing Results

We still see incredible results, successes which warm our heart. Maybe the most dramatic case this year was that of an 8-year-old boy who suffered from hydrocephalus, a very severe condition in which the fluid around the brain increases to the point where the skull becomes enlarged and the brain can longer function properly from the increased intracranial pressure. He had been in and out of the hospital where the fluid had been drained many times and the doctors had given up on him. When the case came to our attention, he was in hospital waiting to die, because he could no longer walk, because the case was considered incurable. Camio sent a short video of the boy and Jinpa noted that he was constantly pleading for his mother to wipe his hot face with a wet washcloth to cool it off. The keynote symptom of him feeling hot only in the face with constant thirst for small sips of water led Jinpa to Arsenicum album 200 C. To everyone’s great surprise, he recovered within 7 days enough to walk again and be discharged from the hospital! He took a few more doses of the same homeopathic remedy since then and continues to be better, able to walk and growing more normally. He was able to return to school within a month and remains well now, 11 months later. We are still in awe of the power of the right homeopathic treatment! Needless to say, the doctors were speechless. The photos show the boy in hospital, the last one shows him well and recovered.

Our tireless acupuncturist Michelle gathered many herbs to send and made some Ghost Pipe tincture as well which is used to palliate extreme pain. Result? The clinic ladies texted “that stuff Michelle made works so great, please send more!” Luckily, she has already prepared more ready to send! Michelle in her garden with Thai Basil for the clinic and drying and packing Motherwort to send.

Those Vicks sticks you sent work great! 

This was the first time we had nasal aromatherapy sticks at the clinic. They look like a lipstick with a felt core which can be impregnated with essential oils such as Bergamot, then used to sniff on. You can imagine our surprise when we first got the feedback “those Vicks sticks you sent are really efficient!!!”  Vicks?!? The “Vicks sticks” as they call them became an instant hit, because they brought immediate relief “like magic” for: 

  • Hypertension, usually caused by a mix of stress, tropical heat and sun exposure on the head
  • Headaches, with similar causes as above
  • Heart palpitations from stress, usually over how to find the next meal and / or escape violence / shootings
  • Depression, usually a kind of despair about the dire situation they find themselves in and a despair about the future
  • To bring down anger (people fly into anger easily and do not know how to control it), just sniffing the oils such as lavender brought it down 

People carried the stick in their pockets to sniff whenever needed.  They bring the stick back for a refill on a regular basis. The inhalation stick thus proved to be real lifesaver in such wretched life circumstances! 

Robinson (19) has been successfully trained as a remedy perpetrator over the last year. Here he is preparing a nasal stick.

The Cajeput essential oil was very useful for the many horrible skin diseases, but in particular for the kind of oozing sores and boils children in underdeveloped countries get on their scalp. The oil of Cajeput was applied in a 1% dilution in local cottonseed oil directly onto the scalp. They found it so effective; it is their all time favorite for boils on the head now. 

This photo shows previously big boils, in part oozing, now nicely they dried up and scabbed over thanks to the Cajeput.

Here is a dramatic Curcuma essential oil case: A 69-year-old lady came with what appears to be a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis all over her body. She had tried pharmaceutical treatment to no avail. She had not been able to sleep for months, from extreme pain in the bones as well as a sensation of her muscles being ripped asunder. The pain was so bad she would scream at night in bed. When up, she was not able to bend over at all or even lower herself to sit. She was given Curcuma essential oil in a 1% dilution to rub on all over her body. After a few days, the extreme pain was down by about 80%, she was finally able to sleep at night, as well as move better with some bending forwards and sitting. Some pain is still left, but given the severity of this case, this is a very impressive clinical result.

Malnutrition still the Top Cause for Disease

Thanks to a large donation of high quality vitamin and mineral powder from Restorative Medicines, we were able to provide some nutrition. The malnutrition takes a hard toll especially on children and pregnancies. Patients return saying how much better their dizziness is as a result, how much better the children can learn in school, how concentration no longer gives them a headache. The pregnant women have a much easier time in pregnancy, they no longer need to go to the doctor all the time, but simply carry the baby to term and give birth “like in the old days.” One woman who has had many children said that this last one was the easiest of all of her pregnancies, and it was the only one during which she received some vitamin powder.

Thanks to a large donation of Bioplasma cell salts from Hyland’s, we were able to support the malnourished children, pregnant women and elders. Often too weak to stand up from lack of food, the cell salts brought them back onto their feet within three days! In one particular case, it restored a 6-year-old boy who was completely dehydrated. Despite drinking a lot, his body looked completely shriveled. The cell salts allowed his tissue to rehydrate within three days. 

The clinic can only continue with your continued support! We still need donations of remedies, especially of essential oils (tea tree, lavender, patchouli, etc.) as well as cash for shipping and supplies. Contact me for shipping within Europe. Please share this newsletter with your friends!

Here is a little video to Rejoice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQWIOI3LZXM&feature=youtu.be

Here is a glance at the yearly budget  https://www.juliagraves.com/haiti-2018 and click on “budget”

Thank you for all of your support, 

Julia, Jinpa and Michelle (with a special thanks to her for growing and drying herbs!)

A big thank you to all of our donors for the year 2019:

  • Michael Friedman of Restorative Medicines
  • John Schlottig and Hyland’s Homeopathics
  • Jonathan Hinde of Oshadi UK
  • Louise Carta of Absolute Aroma
  • Ven. Irene Turner
  • Ven. Robina Courtin
  • Deborah Franks, Martina Lyons, Julie Duffy and the IFPA aromatherapists (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists)
  • Jao hand sanitizers 
  • David Newman and Nanette Nelms, Rachel Chaput, Amy Woolever, Carolina Palmgren, Bonnie Williams, Paula Dear, Leigh Warre, Heidi Woolever and Michelle LaDue – the herb growing fairies, Paul Kite, Lucienne de Villeneuve, Kelsey Reinke, Joanna Novick, Anupama Kulkarni, Lauren Holloway, Sheila Hollister, Andrea Lemon – our website hosting goddess!, Fusae Noda, Michael Royal, Gary Schwartz, Nancy Allen, Laressa Dickey, Inaya Ahmed, Ben Parker, Janira Martinez, Marly Ellis, Helena Dunn, Flavia Cardoso, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Puntsok and his students, Simone Elsbroek, Karen, Megan Mook, the enthused participants of the soap fundraising events, & anyone else who donated anonymously or whose name did not reach us!

Successful Training at the Haiti Clinic

Thank you to all the donors!!! Jinpa has returned from Haiti after a very successful training for the clinic staff.

In November the island experienced the worst phase of politically-motivated street violence ever, because of which the tiny island country made world headlines for one sad day. Gang violence has also become extreme – until now, shootings never took place before all children were in school, but since Jinpa returned, even children on their way to school are being shot dead.

Anti-corruption protests in Haiti

A Dangerous Journey

The car that picked up Jinpa at the airport broke down at the very crossroads most dreaded for daily shootings, in a spot between ocean and high mountains where everyone has to pass. They spent a few harrowing moments waiting to get shot at any moment, when miraculously a rich man in a jeep stopped to pick him and Camio up – a crazily dangerous thing to do in such a spot. The stranger told them he had heard a voice in his head telling him God wanted him to pick up those people and bring them to safety, as he dropped them at the clinic gate.

After Jinpa’s departure, the situation degraded further and the clinic had to stay closed for two weeks due to the riots. This was the first time the political violence also reached the neighborhood where the clinic is. It is open again now. Meanwhile, some senators have been arrested for paying people to start violent rioting in otherwise peaceful demonstrations. 

Jinpa reports “My experience of going to Haiti, my home country, was very different this year. I would not encourage others to do this, but I can now understand people who talk about how special it feels when you risk your life to go and help others.” Thank you for everyone’s prayers to keep him safe!

Training Holistic Healers

Marie-Lucie learning to use the iPad and materia medica.

Jinpa supervised Camio and Marie-Lucie at work, as planned. This proved extremely fruitful, as he was able to spot their weaknesses and teach them new special skills. Thanks to some of you donating used laptops and iPads, Jinpa was able to set them each up with a laptop containing all the training videos we have done thus far (thanks to Kaia for compressing them!). They had great difficulties watching them on YouTube before, because this cost so much (data to watch videos on a smartphone) and because of electricity constantly breaking down. Now they can reload the computers from the solar panel and slowly study all the videos independently of the internet, taking notes and asking questions. This will save the clinic about USD $250 a year, which now can go to medicines.

The Miracle of True Holistic Case Taking

Jinpa also brought them a homeopathic materia medica and a repertory, and he trained them how to look up and study individual remedies as well as highly specific symptom pictures. This greatly helped them understand holistic case-taking and individualizing the cases, causing a true quantum leap in their understanding. “Wow, now we really understand what homeopathy and holistic healing is!” they said.

Jinpa showed them how to apply this to the case-taking interviews. One of the patients was a 45 year-old ex-military. He complained about pain from kidney stones, gassiness, and shoulder pain from right to left. Not surprisingly, Camio and Marie-Lucie thought of Lycopodium (Club Moss) which covers those symptoms, but Jinpa encouraged them to look deeper. Teaching them to ask what makes the symptoms worse and what better, checking for desires and aversion etc., they discovered that he could not stand a tight collar around his neck. This is a red flag sign for another remedy, Lachesis, and Jinpa taught them to ask confirming questions “Do you ever feel jealous?” in this case.

To Marie-Lucie’s and Camio’s great surprise, the man answered “OK, forget about all those other pains. They are annoying, but jealousy is the worst of all of my troubles – I am jealous of everyone for everything, so bad that my wife is about to divorce me for that! Drop everything else, just please give me a medicine for jealousy if you have!” This was a perfect teaching example for the remedy (Lachesis) not only to match some, but all of the physical symptoms and also totally match his mental state. The man received a single dose of the remedy and came back a few days later, reporting that all of his pain was gone and that he had passed the kidney stones, something a well-chosen remedy will bring about. Most importantly, his jealousy was also greatly diminished.

Miraculous Essential Oils

Donations arrive at the clinic.

What’s interesting for the practitioner in Haiti is the severity of cases, because most people do not have the money to see a doctor or have surgery. Here are a few things we learned. We had already seen that diluted Yarrow essential oil works miracles for vaginal infections so bad that the discharge is blood-stained. Now we discovered that uterine fibroids (fibroid tumors) can be healed by external application of diluted Yarrow essential oil (about 1%, applied twice or three times a day on the spot where the belly bulges). Thank you so much to Atanas Krachmarov of Ecomaat in Bulgaria for this very precious donation!

US herbalists know to use yarrow tea, tincture or sitz bath for fibroids. The application of the essential oil will bring on the missing period flow, so the body can bleed out the tumor.  Just in case you are wondering, a lot of these women come to the clinic with a “uterine fibroma” diagnosis from the doctor, and they are asking for a palliative treatment for the secondary problems only. The complete cure of the fibroids comes as a great surprise. The bottle Yarrow oil is now reserved for those extreme cases!

Another case is that of a 36 year-old woman who had seen multiple doctors in vain for the extremely bad stench of her period flow. It was so bad, she explained, that as soon as her blood came, everyone else had to flee from the house. This had gone on for 20 years and greatly impacted her social situation. At a loss for what to do, Camio gave her our tried-and-true diluted Tea Tree/Lavender essential oil (one drop in water for a vaginal wash). One week later, the lady returned to the clinic, crying with gratitude, because she was entirely healed. We assume the stink was caused by a bad vaginal infection.

Patient register

We are presently looking for a donation of oil of Palmarosa and Patchouli for skin infections, which are the only oils effective for a severe condition locally called “leprosy,” which forces people to live in colonies separate from others. It is not what we call leprosy and we are trying to figure out the medical name of this disease, which includes pus oozing out from the pores. Please contact us if you have some of these oils to spare!

Holistic Medicine Heals more than One Condition 

We see it confirmed daily that not only do natural remedies not cause side-effects if used correctly, they heal more than one condition at a time. For instance, the very bitter Wormwood tea given to children not only expels worms, but also stops their hair loss and helps regrow hair. Marie-Lucie tells us they now give Wormwood tea whenever a child has hair loss even if there are no typical worm symptoms, and it will cure the hair loss. We think this is, because Wormwood dispels obvious or hidden worms, which interfere with appetite and cause insufficient absorption of nutrients, which can lead to hair loss. Wormwood tea also strengthens the digestive mucosa against all kinds of parasites and increases its ability for nutrient absorption, all of which would help healthy hair growth.

Healing Damage from Hormone Therapy

A lot of women in Haiti become infertile from the expensive birth control shots with artificial hormones. These shots are supposed to protect from unwanted pregnancy for three months at a time. As with the traditional “pill”, their period does not always return when they stop the treatment, often for years. We confirmed countless times that a single dose of Pulsatilla or Sepia 30 C well-matched to the case brings back the bleeding within three days.

We are happy that despite all the danger, this was a very successful trip, and that the clinic has reached the state we wanted it to reach: thanks to all of your contributions, the Haitian practitioners are well-trained and independent, doing excellent work! 

Much love from Jinpa, Julia, and Michelle

And a huge thanks again to all the donors who have made this year’s clinic a success!

  • Ven. Irene Turner
  • April Eya of Hahnemann Labs in California
  • Karen Williams of Aromatics International
  • Michael Friedman of Restorative Medicine
  • Atanas Krachmarov of Ecomaat, Bulgaria
  • Anna Doxie of the Institute of Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy
  • Julie Duffy of Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • John Schlottig and Hyland’s Homeopathics
  • Solar Energy International (SEI)
  • The students at Thupten Jinpa’s fundraising retreat, Thupten Puntsok, Sandra Lory and friends, Megan Mook, Leigh Warre, Michelle LaDue, Heidi Whooler, Ben Parker, Inaya Ahmed, Ileana Diaz, Paul Green, Tracy Chiu, Lucienne Villeneuve, Noga Shefi, Eugene Massey, Ani Tenzin Palmo, Kaia Fischer, Ben Parker,  Laressa Dickey, Nancy Allen, Gary Schwartz, Michael Royall, Fusae Noda, Andrea Lemon, Sheila Hollister, Lauren Holloway Digital LLC, Anupama Kulkarni,   Kelsey Reinke, Paul Kite , Ven. Robina Courtin, Paula Dear, Amy Hosig, Ann Tracy, Maria Cutrona, and anyone else who escaped.

Wish list

Essential Oils

Since essential oils are antiseptic and prevent the spread of epidemics, and mixed into local corn oil as a carrier go a long way, all medicinal essential oils are useful. The ones we used more than any other were Lavender and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia, also called Ti-Tree) followed by Pine, Thyme and Rosemary.

We used Lemongrass and Geranium to keep mosquitoes off of babies.

Homeopathics

The most needed remedies were Arnica, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Drosea, Pulsatilla, Nat. mur., and Phosphorus followed by Chamomile, Sulphur, Urtica ur., and Euphrasia.

The complete list of useful remedies is:

Arnica, Aconite, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Calendula (granules, tincture and ointment), Calcera carb. (lots of children eating soil), Chamomile, China, Cimicifuga, Eupatorium perf., Euphrasia, Drosea, Ferr. phos., Hepar sulph, Hypericum, Ipecac, Kali bic., Lobelia (low dose), Mag. Phos, Medorrhinum, Mercurius, Nat mur, Nat sulph, Nux vom., Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Psorinum, Rhus tox, Ruta, Silica, Sepia, Staphysagria, Sulphur, Syphilinum, Thuja, Tuberculinum, Urtica ur., Zincum

Herbs and Herbal Tinctures

While it is hard to take herbal tinctures due to their weight and size, these were our “best friends”: Arnica, Calendula, Coptis (Goldenthread), Goldenseal, Spilanthes Usnea compound, Lobelia, Wormwood. As loose teas, we used lot’s of wormwood +++++, sage +++, rosemary +++, chamomile ++, and valerian ++. We would like to include Calendua and Arnica as loose tea for poultices.

Flower Essences

We can never have enough Rescue Remedy or Five Flower Formula, as well as Benediction oil. The Flourish Formulas called Post Trauma Stabilizer, Fearless, and Grief Relief were equally invaluable. Of single essences, we used especially Aspen, Mimulus, Red Chestnut, Snapdragon and Evening Primrose.

Cupping Glasses

The Chinese-style plastic cupping glasses were most useful in quickly treating many people. We would like to buy two more cases.

Chinese Massage Oil

The Chinese I-U oil was highly appreciated by the bone-setter. We would like to bring more.