Homœopathic Links 2020; 33(01): 065
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1708814
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Creasy Sheilagh (1923–2019)

Angelika Metzger
1  Brackenbury Natural Health Clinic, London
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Publication Date:
09 April 2020 (online)

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Creasy Sheilagh (1923–2019) Pic credit: Gwyneth Evans-Winston.

Creasy, Sheilagh (1923–2019) was a noted homeopath, presenter of seminars and author of articles and books, for example, The Integrity of Homoeopathy (2007; this work principally concerns miasms, material being gleaned from the ‘classical’ sources. It was reviewed in Homeopathy (97:4, p. 223, 2008), An Explanatory to the Lectures of Homoeopathic Philosophy by J.T. Kent through the Understanding of Swedenborg and a short treatise, Notes on the Nosodes: Tuberculinum and Bacillinum.

She passed away at her home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England. Sheilagh's interest in homeopathy was stimulated early on by grandmothers on both sides of the family. Her baby daughter was cured of illness by an Indian homeopath, confirming her belief in homeopathy. Sheilagh was born in India and educated in Darjeeling and Eastbourne, England. She married her husband Ted in Calcutta in 1943 while he was serving in the Forces, and they stood by each other throughout their eventful lives. During WWII, Sheilagh was employed by British Indian Military Intelligence, specialising in cipher work, decoding emotionally challenging information during the Burma Campaign, where Ted was on active duty. After the war, the family transferred to Shanghai where Sheilagh embarked on her homeopathic studies in earnest. In 1948, political circumstances forced the family to flee Shanghai for England. Everything had to be left behind, including Sheilagh's prized grandmother's homeopathic library and her copious early notes—a sadness that remained with Sheilagh throughout her life.

In 1950, Ted was transferred to a new post in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Sheilagh formed a group of like-minded homeopaths and engaged keenly in homeopathic studies, later guided by Noel Puddephatt (vide)...After her husband's retirement, they settled in the Cape for nine years where Sheilagh treated patients before returning to England permanently in 1986. Sheilagh, a stalwart of classical homeopathy, adhered unwaveringly to the principles set out by the old Masters and their application in practice even when faced with critique from influential colleagues and controversy in the homeopathic community. She did not stand for any dilution or variation of the classical principles and steadfastly refuted teachings that strayed from the classical path.”–Angelika Metzger, RSHom—https://homeopathy-soh.org/blogs/obituary-sheilagh-creasy-bafa-hons-brcp-1923-2019/

Sheilagh became world renowned, and was a much sought-after lecturer. She held seminars in many countries, for example, Austria, Belgium Finland, Germany and USA. She was involved in curriculum planning and homeopathic education in the USA and UK, for example, Homeopathy BSc (Hons) course at the University of Westminster, Integrated Health. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Homeopaths from 1986 to 1990.

For much of her career Ms. Creasy held regular post-graduate workshops in classical homeopathy and her vast knowledge and experience provided a solid foundation to many a homeopath. Her most recent workshop was held in June of 2018 at her home. See her interview in Ronson's Looking Back Moving Forward (2007):

‘To cut a long story short, my grandmother taught me from about the age of eight, nine or ten what this thing called homeopathy was about so I was imbued with the idea from then’. and ‘The idea is not to teach too much, too soon as students don't know where they are. They need to learn the straight and narrow and then gradually that broadens’.–ibid, p. 200.

See the section, ‘Great Britain: III: The Practice under common law and The rise of the colleges,’ in Faces (pp. 408–412). She practiced classical homeopathy for nearly 60 years. Sheilagh possessed an interest in many subjects, for example, philosophy, comparative religions, spiritual texts and a lifelong love of art. She was a skilled artist, received her BAFA (Hons) from Johannesburg University and exhibited her works in various galleries.