Creating Waves of Awareness
None, Constitution is not disease.
And provings did not create personalities --- so remedies don't have personalities.
And-- most of my patient's don't want to have their personality changed --
In general the most advanced method is using Q-potencies where you start with the lower potency and then work your way up, if the remedy is still indicated.
Organon 6th, edition gives detailed instruction, and btw. does not even mention the old C-potencies anymore.
The concept of Constitutional prescribing is actually too confusing. These are experiences of various authors compiled together which gave birth to the various constitutions and personality types! Hence these are based more on clinical trials than provings. How reliable these trials may be is the big question?
I generally find potency is highly individual regardless of whether the remedy has been indicated for chronic or acute states. I have used 6c up to 10M for my chronic sulphurs.
Just to add a few ideas to my last post, I think it is important to remember what disease does. It perverts the normal functioning of the organism. This will be on all levels (to differing degrees for each individual) so physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. As individuals, as human beings, each of us possesses the potential for all sorts of strengths and talents. When disease affects us, those characteristics can be distorted, exaggerated, or diminished. When disease has been affecting us for a great length of time, perhaps even since childhood, those distortions have become familiar and perhaps almost comfortable. We accept them, those around us accept them (to some degree). When even our dominant medical system cannot itself tell the difference between health and disease (mostly because they cannot truly cure it) it creates a belief that such distortions are natural. In some cases, under very specific circumstances, such distortions can actually create a short-term benefit for the person. In fact many people will choose life situations where these distortions will be cause less suffering, where they may even be some kind of reward for it. For example the fastidious Arsenicum may choose a profession where such attention to detail is applauded. The egotistical Sulphur, our focus for the discussion, may gravitate towards careers where their intellect will be given as much praise as possible and they can be the 'big man' (or woman). But such choices are driven by an imbalance in their health, and will not be beneficial in the long-term. Even within those narrow areas of their life, such characteristics will cause them problems. In part this is because the person is expressing those traits in an exaggerated form, and this will be destructive. They also will be unable to 'turn it off' outside of those areas, and will act inappropriately in other situations, creating more suffering for them and for others.
Since many disease characteristics are distortions of healthy functioning, those characteristics themselves can be very useful in the right situations and when expressed in proportion to the situation. Such things would never be considered part of the disease state for that patient, nor would a healthy person need treatment for such things unless their survival is threatened (in the case of emergencies).
What cure should give a person, is flexibility. In any situation that calls for it, a person can do whatever is necessary to survive it. Health is flexibility - the ability to respond appropriately to any given situation. Again, this is on all levels. If you get hit, you bruise, protect the part and then heal. If you get insulted, you get angry, resolve the conflict, and let it go. If you suffer a great loss, you grieve, accept it, and move on with your life. Being alive, being human, means that we encounter all sorts of problems that require us to adapt to them. Health means we adapt and then return to our normal level of function. Disease means we cannot adapt enough, we cannot stop the adaption (so we remain stuck in it), or the adaption is too much.
So in my mind it is important to be able to tell the difference between those things that truly benefit us, and those things that hamper us. We are hampered whenever we cannot appropriately adapt. The person that constantly chooses to put themselves in situations where their unhealthy characteristics can exist with some pay-off, is not displaying health. You can tell such a person by watching how they deal with every other situation in their life - do they continue to do the same thing regardless of what might benefit them or others more? A person who can enter those situations, do what is needed, and then return to how they were, or enter into a new situation that calls for a new type of behaviour (symptoms), is healthy. When people have trouble doing this, they need our help.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on it.
Interesting perspective, David. Thanks for sharing.