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How To Explain Complexity of A Homeopath Role To A Client:

For each client I explain in several different ways about homeopathy and the role of a homeopath. What comes to my mind at that moment I go with it….Finally I thought let me put that in to words so that it will be easy for me to provide a copy of this to each client instead of explaining each time and if they have any questions I will answer them accordingly. Below is what I cited as an example for my clients.
“I would like to share an interesting incident of one of my relative was given Rhus Tox for his arthritis. In the same family his mother also has same symptoms so she took Rhus Tox and it did not work.I was questioned why didn't Rhustox work for the mother?

In another instance I gave the same relative of mine Rhust Tox for his headache, then I was asked why are you giving me Rhus Tox for headache when you gave me that for my arthritis, how can you give the same medicine for different disease conditions?

The above two questions are valid and justified !

Job of an Allopath: Your questions are correct from the allopathic perspective of allopath. He prescribes a specific medicine for a specific disease which he gives to all his patients irrespective of their sex, age by altering the dosage if required.

Job of a Homeopath: He prescribes not for a specific disease but for an individual whose diseases are unique in its own way. He has to find a remedy that fits all the disease symptoms of a patient. E.g. arthritis, skin, mental symptoms, allergies, headaches etc. Which indeed is a tough job ! Just like we have one to many and many to many relationships in maths, here also a remedy can be given to numerous diseases for that particular patient if it matches symptoms with the unique symptoms of the remedy. So again out of 30 -40 arthritic remedies he chooses the most similar remedy for the patient. It is just like a puzzle in which we match all the pieces to make one. With respect to the above first instance it did not work for her mother though she had the same arthritic symptoms, because her modalities e.g. worse by motion and also her temperament is different e.g. irritable and easily gets angry, which needed another remedy i.e. Broyina.

Likewise in the second instance he was given Rhus tox for his headache because it matches with the symptoms of Rhust tox headache. Every remedy has its symptoms for all the parts of his body from head to foot, all diseases and acts on all organs.

The job is still not over because even if the remedy is correct, it will not act if the potency is not matched.

The practice of homoeopathy is thus not easy. Perhaps one factor that makes it difficult is that Homoeopathy is probably one of the very few scientific disciplines, which has a method of identification that begins with specifics, rather than going from the broad to the narrow. Each patient's state is to be identified into a remedy state. And this is done through symptoms, understanding patient sensations.

When trying to identify the remedy for a patient, very often homoeopaths will go by specifics only. We can see the humor in this if the same procedure were to be followed for others things. It would be something like this: We start with three features of a thing to be identified, say... black... big.... moving. One person says, "Oh, I know! It's an elephant!" A second one identifies it as a black cloud, while a third is sure that we are talking of a steam engine. It is therefore no wonder that when it comes to prescribing the homoeopathic remedy for a patient there will be as many suggestions as there are homoeopaths.
Normally, a scientific discipline should ask - is it a living or a non-living thing? If living, is it a plant or an animal? If animal, is it a mammal or a snake? etc. And then if it is a mammal the black and big and moving narrows our choice down to two or three. Then we can go on to asking more specific questions to differentiate further. Similarly, our task would be made much easier if we were able to follow a system rather than a random search throughout the Materia Medica - a jungle in which we can easily get lost without maps and signposts.

So a Homeopath wants to know all the unique features of that individual for a precise remedy selection.

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Comment by Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma on April 19, 2009 at 8:39pm
Thanks for the very easy explanation of the process of a case taking and noting of the symptoms. In proper homeopathic treatment leading to successful cure, each symptom has to be complete as we have the totality of the symptom and totality of the symptoms as the sole guiding lines leading to the similimum and there is no alternative other than this, which is advised by the great master Dr Hahnemann.

Often, we are confused with the two different totalities, the first one means the totality of a symptom which mean a symptom complete in itself ie onset, location, sensation, modalities and concomitant etc and the second totality of symptoms means, all the complete symptoms together in a case, which gives the real picture of the sickness in an individual case leading to the most appropriate remedy.
Comment by Kavitha Kukunoor on April 19, 2009 at 11:58pm
Thank you Dr.Shashi Mohan for appending notes to my blog.
Comment by Muhammad Noor Asi on June 1, 2009 at 12:31am
Thanks Kavitha,
I agree to Dr Shashi Mohan...good explanation.
Infact, the people are well known to allo and they find it difficult to believe that the same pills of homeopathic medicines will work for whole of body's problems.

You are in USA where patients are more homeopathy literate but in Pakistan ( especially in small towns) a homeopath has to educate the patients before giving him/her medicine.
I personally faced with some unusual situations. A female patient with the complaint of backache came to me. When I start questioning about her feelings, sleep, thirst, menses etc, she flare up and said just prescribe some tabs or syrups and don't waste my time by asking these irrelevant questions.

Any way, I appreciate your brief about case taking. Thanks
Comment by Dr. Chapalesh Chakraborty on June 14, 2009 at 2:14pm
I agree to Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma. it is a perfect and good explanation. Totality and individualizetion are the only way of medicine prescribing.
Comment by Dr. Robert Bruck on June 14, 2009 at 8:08pm
Outstanding analysis- good job!!
Comment by Kavitha Kukunoor on June 14, 2009 at 9:56pm
Dear Dr. Noor, Dr.Chakraborty & Dr.Robert,

Thank you so much for your Input. Yes, we all are in favor of understanding the totality of symptoms and individualization of patient/remedy.

Dr.Noor: I hope Homeopathy becomes popular in Pakistan soon. I am glad that here (USA) clients are showing much interest / aware of alternative medicine like Homeopathy.

Wishing you all best.

Cheers
Kavitha
Comment by DR K.S.MAHAJAN on August 4, 2009 at 12:24pm
Thanks for your clear explanation of topic ,it is the chipped medicine and easily available,but still there is need of professional communication to general public so that they should get confidence regarding recovery .now also most of people don,t have faith they prefer lastly when they don,t have any alternative medicine.
Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on November 2, 2009 at 10:03pm
Welcome to HWC,Kavita i enjoyed reading your blog specially the way you have narrated the story around RhusTox.It carries the message of Homeopathic philosophy in simple but effective way specially to newcomers.My best wishes
Comment by Dr. Sarfaraz Ahmed on November 5, 2009 at 10:55am
Nicely explained Dr Kavita.Yes we need to educate our patients about homeopathy as well as treating them. All the best
Comment by Kavitha Kukunoor on November 8, 2009 at 11:52am
Thanks Dr.Mahajan, Dr.Wequar & Dr.Sarfaraz for taking time to read my blog and providing your review / comments. What i mentioned was a piece of a cake, a little scenario but when we are talking to actual client we talk alot explaining homeopathy to its best in clear and detailed manner customizing examples once again to patient questions.

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