Totality of the symptomsIt is in the collection of all of the symptoms of the patient that the disease will be finally known. Hahnemann specifically noted that the most unusual symptoms were the ones that held the most promise for identifying the specific disease picture since many disease pictures look alike. The totality of the symptoms gathered from the physical, the emotional and the mental planes are what will guide the homeopath to the correct diagnosis.
Once the symptom picture has been taken and the totality of the symptoms are known, it is then that the remedy that best matches the disease picture, the simillimum, is sought after. By best matching the symptoms that are caused in healthy people by a substance with the picture of the patient’s symptoms, it will be found that that substance has the best chance of producing a curative response in the patient This is called the Law of Similars.
Minimum doseThe reduction of the chemical quantity of the curative substance should be carried out until the least amount produces a curative response. That limits the side effects of the chemical nature of the substance and increases the gentle action of the remedy. The substance is diluted and shaken repeatedly until the desired potency is achieved.
Single remedy Although there are three laws of homeopathy, this is more of a tenet of scientific integrity which then allows you to say classical homeopathy. By choosing to give only one remedy at a time, it is sure that you know what results it will have. By combining several therapies or remedies at one time, not only are you not sure which one of the substances is causing a cure, but you are unable to determine if there is a drug interaction which helps cure or even worse, an effect as a result of the two working against the patient.
We identify a medicinal substance.
Patient identifies illness.
A proving is made.
The case is taken.
The symptoms are recorded and indexed.
The symptoms are recorded and detailed.
A summary of the remedy is made.
A summary of the patient is made.
The best match is made.
Principles of medicine
The purpose of medicine
Healing the sickMost medical practices today are concerned with taking care of fires. It’s a popular business management style as well since usually until someone messes something up, no one notices.
When you think your body messes up, it becomes a center of attention for you and the health practitioners. And after you are healed through a cure, your physicians move on to others trying to put out their fires until you return to that state of imbalance of disease.
Diets are usually concerned with not maintaining a weight but removing it so most diets should be considered a curative diet. There are many strange combinations that work for getting body weight down but if a person remains on that diet, they will fall ill due to malnutrition or find themselves bingeing to fulfill their desires so long repressed.
The healing process should be short and the health process a long one. Homeopathy is concerned with both, but most study goes into helping the body to recover through the use of remedies. If you are serious about caring for people’s health then it is just as important to know the balancing side of health care.
Improving and maintaining healthIt is never too early (or too late) to think about how to improve your health. But looking at how to cure disease is only one part of a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to maintain health through several different methods that are readily available to us. Hahnemann was a pioneer in demanding a health-conscious lifestyle from the people he was around.
An increasing trend that has surfaced in health care management organizations is the belief that we have diseases that can be categorized and related to any ultimate cause of death. Most of us can live out our lives without chronic disease or disability and succumb only to old age when the time is finally up. The goal of a healthy life is as Dr. Ernst Wynder, president of the American Health Foundation put it, to “die young as late in life as possible.”
90 percent of your health is determined by factors beyond medicine’s control: your genetic background, the healthfulness of your environment, and most important, how you live – what and how much you eat, your drinking and smoking habits, how much your exercise, and how you relax.
As homeopaths, we may hold the key to many paths away from disease but in promoting good health through lifestyle choices we can keep people from getting on the path to disease in the first place. Our genes predispose us to certain types of disease but unless we encourage them to do their dirty work, they will never express their dissatisfaction with our choices.
You’ve heard that our life expectancy has increased over the time when homeopathy was introduced and many principles were adopted by conventional medicine. That’s true but it’s been due to fewer deaths in infancy, in childhood, and after childbirth – the result of improved sanitation, immunizations, and antibiotics. Among middle-aged Americans, however, men live only four years longer, and women only seven years longer that did their counterparts at the turn of the century. It is more of our responsibility to improve and keep our health that it is of the physician’s. Remind yourself often that a pill will never be the solution to any ailment that you may have.
The recommendations that make up for a healthy life are based around a few principles:
Avoid hazardous behaviors such as cigarettes, excess alcohol and calories, mind-altering drugs, unsafe driving and recreational practices, misuse of dangerous tools.
Pursue health-enhancing activities, such as regular exercise, a proper diet, and protective health measures such as routine check-ups.
Get proper diagnosis and treatment. Know the limits of what you can do and don’t hope for any more when your or another person’s health is at risk.
A personal health inventory is a way to check your health so that you know of the hazards you or the people you work with are exposed to. This determines your health age. It should be no greater than your chronological age, and the lower it is than your chronological age, the better.
Process of medicineWhat is the process that the physician uses to provide consistent care to their patients? How can the method be repeated and taught to other students of medical care? What is the best way to use each of the steps of that process? When you look at the parts of the procedure, you will find variation in the disciplines but an overall agreement on how to approach the subject.