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How much is the intuition important in the homeopathic therapy?

How much are the patients honest and open in the therapy? Sometimes people can say something, even many times, but we have an impression that it is not true. Without any prejudice about right and wrong. What shall a homeopath do in this case... listen to his/her intuition or not react on this feeling?

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Dear Tihana,
I would take this situation as if the patient does not know the word for his/her thoughts or feelings. It is not easy to confront the problem, to find the right word for the unknown, although they try to, by repeating the same words, seeking for it.
Asking synonyms or just waiting until they are able to express themselves 'in the language we could read' is one way.
Is it an answer to your question?
Best regards,
Ildiko
Dear Ildiko,

thanks for your answer... The unknown is not easy to express in words, for sure....And till now I didn't have too much practice, but what I've experienced is that people are more ready to talk about their personal problems, they feel like at the psychotherapy and they like to talk about themselves, but had rather problems to talk about some very normal body processes....like digestion problems... or what is the colour of body excretions.... especially some ladies or let's say "fine people" start to feel quite uncomfortable in this moments and they are ashamed to give the right answer...
Dear Tihana,
I understand.
I suggest you to read the following book: Homeopathy and the Elements by Jan Scholten. His visions may help you to find the path to your 'fine' patients (this is a nice expression, thank you). He emphasises the mental stage of the rx, next to the physical symptoms, of course.
One must become a bit of an amateur psychologist, I think .. and always give some credence to our intuition.. if/as we train ourselves to discriminate between "true" intuition and random mental ramblings.. we gain access to information .. sometimes this information might be .. mmm.. "privileged information" .. almost like reading someone's secret diary
-we should generally not "confront" the client with this information, but rather keep it in mind and ask questions, questions, and more questions.

In GENERAL: people are not telling the "whole truth" .. many if not most are practically incapable of doing so, as they live "un self-examined" lives .. and again in general, are often apt to be protecting their ego .. hiding their shadow.

Gaining the confidence of the client (without being fooled into thinking they will be divulging every inner thought) .. is an art that we all get better at over time.

It is sometimes useful to begin listing a lot of possibilities:
"is it lumpy" "is it greenish" "does it smell terribly worse than normal" etc., etc.

The homeopathic anamnesis is about 40% of the art of homeopathy
the other 60% is about equally divided between the science of materia medica and how to locate symptoms by use of repertory (or in these 'modern' days .. by my preferred method... direct computer aided search of hundreds of materia medica & related texts)
-and the high Art of case management.

warm wishes,
david hartley
Hi Tihana

I think this question is a really good one :D - And no answer is absolutely the right one as it is all about how the practioner and the patient conect individually.

But it will get better with more practice and more cases. What I usually do is to use the left margin on the page while taking a case, to write down any feelings I feel at the moment it comes up - as very often that is a reflexion of the patients feelings. Then you can use that particular feeling into your next question. I belief that asking those uncomfortable questions also gets easier with time as the patient also reflexes your uncomfortness while asking and when you are ok with asking these questions the patient will be comfortable to answer :D

I suggest to you to read this book:

The Homeopathic Conversation, Dr. Brian Kaplan MBBCh, FFHom (ISBN 1-903952-00-X)

Delightfully readable and packed with advice on how to improve case-taking skills by blending Hahnemannian philosophy and psychological theory.

It is packed with great case taking hints - I´ve used many of the hints through my years as a practioner.

Keep on asking these useful questions - WE ALL learn so much from them!
My best to you
Gudny
Great! Thank you all for your kind answers...

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