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Totality of symptoms in Homoeopathy doesn't mean a haphazard conglomeration of all the symptoms of a patient or a drug. It really means a combination of certain group of symptoms in definite settings with a definite back ground and certain individualizing characteristics set appropriately on the symptom complex, so that it can point to the drug having similar peculiar symptom complex.

For drawing a picture of the whole totality of the symptoms, one need not to pay importance to all the symptoms of the patient or drug, but only to those ones with their characteristic peculiarities, which in their proper setting, help to distinguish the case from all others.

The term totality not only refers to patient but equally to a drug also.

The sole feature of the phrase is that it must represent, the outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease, that is of the affection of vital force.

We should remember that in chronic cases, the present totality, may fail to represent the whole extent of disease and may not point towards curative remedy. In such cases, beside the present guiding symptoms, many accessory symptoms and circumstances of the past and family history, must be included. I order to spot out the curative remedy the fundamental cause or causes are also required to be considered.

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Comment by Dr. Faisal Afaaq on October 24, 2012 at 9:25am

Totalilty of symptoms is the false theory in homeopathy.

There are specific symptoms of each medicine and patient, which we match.

Comment by Zille Subhani on February 21, 2011 at 3:41am

Further to the nice article by Dr. Sushil Bahl I would like to add as follows:

The patient generally talks in allopathic term, such as, I have fibroids, I have hay fever, I have endometriosis etc. in homeopathic practice we want to know the individual symptoms. Knowing the name of disease can’t give us sufficient information of ailment. The name of disease will only identify a group of symptoms. The symptoms of a particular disease should be known completely to finally decide a remedy for the patient. A single symptom is no more the whole disease than a single foot of a man, Organon para 7.

The totality of symptoms, the outer image expressing the inner essence of disease must be the main event, the only means by which disease allows us to find the necessary remedy. In every individual case of disease, the totality of symptoms must be the physician’s principal concern.

The factors which cause and sustain disease are important to the homeopathic physician, for example, the permanent elimination of a headache caused by a blow to the head may be treated differently from a headache caused by stress.

We can categorically declare that the totality of symptoms and the circumstances observed in each individual case is the one and only indication that can guide us to the choice of remedy. Organon para 18.

Dr. Zille DHM

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on September 16, 2010 at 1:35am
Comment by Debby Bruck on September 15, 2010 at 4:37pm
Dear Dr Rafeeque - Is this person Mr Simpson cartoon character?

Comment by Dr. MAS on September 15, 2010 at 3:30am
Dr. Sushil Bahl very rightly pointed out about TOTALITY. I have seen the practice of so many doctors, they sit infront of computer and add all the symptoms which the patient is telling about, even I have observed 100 symptoms of a patient are added in row and at the end sulphur always comes FIRST -:) This is no way to observe totality.
Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on September 15, 2010 at 12:19am
Can anybody identify this person? His features are: He has one head, two eyes, one nose, one mouth, two ears, two legs, two hands, etc...
With these points, we cant identify a particular person, because these are common among all human beings. If I tell the characteristic features of this person, you can easily identify him - if you know this person very well. It is like identifying our intimate friend among a crowd.

The qualitative totality is more important than the quantitative totality. But these common features become important when one is absent or qualified with some extra information.
Comment by Debby Bruck on September 13, 2010 at 4:24pm

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