Why the study of mental sphere and/or behavioral patterns so much important in Homeopathy?
Many times, patients those come to us feel that we ask too many questions. Especially when we ask questions regarding their behavior and mental sphere, they feel amazed and say till now no doctor has asked us such questions and what is the need? Well, in most cases, speaking out about oneself is in itself a great catharsis for patients. We tend to account patients those like to speak out and those who like to keep to themselves and take too much time to open up. This single behavioral pattern throws light upon certain drug traits in homeopathy.
The major reason behind the study of mental sphere is the necessity to comprehend the patient as a whole. As we know, homeopathy is a holistic science and encompasses certain nature’s principles. Suppression is a strict NO in classical homeopathy and stimulation is the tactic used while treating any disease. Rather, it is often said in this individualistic science that we do not treat diseases but we treat patients. And unless the person is understood in his mental faculty, one cannot comprehend him as a whole. Certainly physical general symptoms and physical characteristic symptoms are important, but especially while treating chronic diseases, we must know how the person is mentally and emotionally.
In case of children, this study is more fascinating. The way child enters your office room, the way he opens up, the eye contact, the approach to talk when asked certain questions, restlessness, etc and lot more things are studied. Even in my online practice, where I have to deal with patients from a huge distance, I always stress parents to explain each and every aspect of the personality by filling up an elaborate questionnaire. Only then, it is possible to assess the varied personality traits. Certainly with practice, things become easy. But while easing out, a homeopath should never become stereotyped in his approach. Individualistic approach is the crux of homeopathic science and arts. Only those homeopaths succeed who have that special ‘cultivated’ eye for searching the characteristic individual traits in patients. Only then one can get constitutional types in adults as well as children.
It is often said that in homeopathy there is no suppression. But if the appropriate constitutional remedy is not applied to treat a malady, especially a chronic one, we are doing nothing but suppressing the vital force and impacting temporary relief. That’s why when the cure is not achieved, fault lies with homeopath and not homeopathy!