About Ellen Madono


Born in 1949. Nationality: American (3rd Generation Japanese-American). During Junior year at Oberlin College, studied Chinese for a year in Taiwan. Husband Japanese. Studied Chinese for 3 years as a visiting student at Kyoto University. Three children born in Japan and then moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 1983. Finished Ph.D. in 1999 in writing about the cultural Anthropology of education, specifically apprenticeship. 1996 begin practicing yoga. 2000 begin studying Zen Shiatsu. 2001 certified to teach Kundalini yoga.2012 begin Yuushiki breathing technique.  Began clinical study of Homeopathy in 2002. From 2004 Internet study of homeopathy begins and continues to the present.

My Values

Learning is the flip side of teaching. Because they are so related, understanding how I think about learning and skills that I know other than homeopathy is important. Prior to learning homeopathy, I studied education as apprenticeship. First I learn as an apprentice to an individual practitioner. Cultural Anthropological methods and philosophy support the way practice homeopathy in the clinic.

I feel that my prior training in other alternative health methods are also important. I am interested in the healing process, but the heart of the matter is in the spiritual training that any alternative healing practice requires. When patients tell me about their private suffering, I am deeply moved. Being able to help them even gives me great joy.

My Introduction to Homeopathy

My first introduction to homeopathy happened when I was raising my three children in Pittsburgh. They were in their teens, so although my worries had increased, time consuming care for them had decreased. I had just finished the 10 years of study for the Ph.D., and one year teaching Japanese Language in an inner city school. Free for the first time in so many years, I practiced shiatsu and held Kundalini yoga classes at my home. I was yearning for Asian spiritual education (Zen Buddhism and Kundalini Yoga, Zen Shiatsu), at the same time, my formal education was grounded in rationalism. My experience with both school education and hospital and drug driven medicine caused me to feel that Western practices were too mechanical. So I was drawn to hand crafted practices.
I had practiced Kundalini meditative healing and knew it worked. I also had experience “miraculous cures” with homeopathy. But those experiences did not draw me to homeopathy. I was looking for something with a more obvious theoretical basis, at the same time, I have never quit practicing Asian spiritual learning either.

First Experience Managing a Study Homeopathy Clinic

Starting from the result of all these thoughts and experiences, the homeopath who had first taught the four major homeopaths in Pittsburgh, Tom Heard, came to hold a clinic in my living room. Tom came every month from 9 am to 4 pm to interview patients and then to explain his thoughts to three other beginning students like me. During the lunch break, as I cooked, I taught everyone how to cook a healthy Asian lunch. These Sunday clinics were like a daylong party. Patients, teacher and students all ate lunch together. By hearing Tom’s explanation of how he interviewed and his analysis of the patient’s issues, we all took the first step to understanding the theory and clinical experience of homeopathy. At first I thought the healing results were “unbelievable”. As I observed that the experiences of returning patients confirmed Tom’s predictions and theory, the number of my questions increased. Eventually, while managing this clinic, with Tom’s help, I began using homeopathy with my friends and family, began using homeopathic software and reading books. This all led to enrolling in a series of Internet course.

Learning on the Internet

Learning homeopathy on the Internet is much more active than attending classes for my Ph.D. course. At first, I wrote dozens of short essays. I was still caring for patients; so even essay writing was very lively. As I wrote, I always thought about the problems of specific patients. Even reading theory, the relationship with case analysis that I had observed with Tom..  The studying was motivating. Currently, I am managing the Internet class of a homeopathy teacher (Dr. Ardavan Shahrdar) who has a very interesting and useful idea for analyzing homeopathic cases. This work makes me feel like working with Tom Heard was just yesterday.

The Life of a Beginner’s Heart Built around Learning by Observation and then Doing

According to popular culture, after studies are finished, we should begin offering our skills to others. I have built my life around Learning by Observing and then Doing and I am a life long beginner. Because there is always more to learn and to investigate, I will never become an expert. My assumptions have not changed since I wrote a Ph.D. thesis on this subject. I found out that the Japanese are much more conscious and respectful of Learning by Observing and then Doing than Americans. In traditional Japanese culture when one wants to learn a craft, he is expected to prepare his mind by quietly observing and eventually doing. Probably as a result of writing this thesis, I am also much more confident that through such focused experience-based learning is also the best way for me to learn. Unlike schooling where the connection between teacher and students tends to be mechanical, in my case, I form an individual connection with a teacher and by supporting my teacher and at the same time I learn.

My Current Activities: Learning by Observation and then Doing

This traditional way of learning is also reflected in my current efforts to train myself. Currently I follow respected teachers in the following activities: Homeopathy Case Analysis, Homeopathic Facial Analysis, Aikido, and Acupuncture.  The beginner’s heart is the core.

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