I am pleased to read dear Kavita's blog, where she explained very nicely giving some good examples. I am adding herewith some information, which may be helpful to many of my homeopathic friends.
In most of the cases, we fail because of lacking in proper case taking. I remember my teachers telling us that that homeopathy is not merely a science but an art as well, and you have to learn the techniques of proper case taking, which is basically the first task in any homeopathic treatment. We should allow a good time in understanding the illness before prescribing the remedy. Many of my colleagues just make up their mind after listening a few symptoms and forcefully direct the questions leading to the remedy, which first came to their mind. Maybe they want to make sure themselves that what they think is right. This is the first blunder, which is not permitted. Dr Hahnemann in the "Organon" clearly instructed us to be an unprejudiced observer, and we should not make any decision or mind for a remedy until the full case taking is done properly.
Regarding case taking as advised by the master, we should ask the patient, what is troubling him or her and allow the patient to narrate the symptoms in his/her wordings. We should not use diagnostic words to show our competency and keep noting the symptoms leaving some space so that if the given symptom is not complete, then we can question later after the full amount of symptoms are given/narrated by the patient. For example headache only is not a complete symptom, as we see this as pain in the head. We have to complete this symptom with more information such as time of occurrence (onset), morning or on waking, anger after etc., the site of pain (location) in the forehead, sides or top, or in the back of the head etc., then comes (causation) loss of sleep, alcohol, anger or injury to the head etc., then comes type (sensation) such as bursting, pulsating, hammering etc, then comes (modalities), where it is aggravated in particular condition such in heat or warm room etc or in the conditions one feels better such as in dark room, bathing or binding the head or after vomiting etc. and lastly (concomitants) which means another symptom present with the main symptom such as nausea, vomiting and vertigo etc.
Special attention should be given to mental, characteristic and peculiar symptoms, which are very much confirming basis of each individual case.
Now for the selection of remedy, we need good knowledge of materia medica. The help of repertory is very useful and the procedure is called repertorisation, which is very confirming process, as we can see the number of symptoms covered by the selected remedy in a particular case.
After selection of a similimum or proper homeopathic remedy, the next task is to find a good and effective potency depending on the age, sensitivity, duration of illness, stage of the disease (acute or chronic) and lastly the repetition of doses in each case depending on the selection of remedy (short or long acting, nosodes etc.) is most important, which is also a failing factor.
I personally use single remedy in 200 or higher potencies, and in very definite selection one or two doses of high potencies 10m or 50m are very effective as I have seen brilliant results within hours of administration. I avoid high potencies during fever and in very weak and sensitive individuals, where a low potency in repeated doses is advisable.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
With best wishes