Neil’s journey to an ancient land

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Since the early 1980s homeopath Neil Spence has wanted to visit Upper Dolpo, a remote area in north-west Nepal.

Dolpo has no roads, simply ancient mountain trails that connect the villages some over many high passes which are upwards of 16,000 feet.

With very little food available on the trails, just one airstrip and no roads, very little has changed in the past two thousand years.

Neil said: “In Scotland I work as a homeopath and so I was very interested in the health care system of Dolpo. There is no western medicine and the people are looked after by traditional Tibetan herbalists known as Amchi doctors.

“The Amchi doctors do wonderful work using the local medicinal plants to treat all types of disease.

“Despite this, the mortality rate is quite high. I carried a comprehensive kit of homeopathic remedies and during the journey I was asked to treat many people. In Ringmo I met the Amchi doctor who was very interested in the form of medicine I carried and asked me to return.

“I agreed with Shree Lama, the Amchi doctor, that I would set up a project to return to Ringmo and teach homeopathy.”

He added: “During our journey to Dolpo, we met groups of people gathering a type of mushroom called Caterpillar mushroom (cordyceps sinensis), which a valuable medicine in China. It brings a lot of money to the local communities and I was able to buy samples to make into a homeopathic remedy.

“I think it could be a good treatment for serious illnesses including cancer and Altzheimer’s disease.”

Neil is now hoping to return to Nepal to honour the agreement with Shree Lama and open a community health centre in Ringmo.

He has established a trust to collect funds for the project and also offers talks and presentations of his photographs. Contact Neil on 07747 075036 or