Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Importance of Constitutional Homeopathic Treatment and its Intricacies

If you ask me what is the best part about practice of homeopathy, I would say, it is the possibility of having a science that works closest to the Nature’s Law. Whenever we find positive results in homeopathy (consistently), we are thrilled by observing how the “Like cures like” worked exactly! It is not a miracle but the nature’s law that never forgets acting alike! When we act according to the nature, the nature has to give us the desired fruit of this action. There is no other way! But we must know that the desired effect in healthcare industry means “Cure”!

We are going through the era of newer and newer drugs, combinations, patents, etc even in homeopathy. Every other day we find some catchy advertisements that boast of its efficacy in treating various nasty diseases. However, do they really work for the betterment of sick people? With all respect to their inventors, are they really according to the law of nature that governs homeopathy? Sadly no!

That does not however mean that these patents and/or combinations do not work. They do in certain individuals to annihilate the problem. Take for example, an acne ointment available in the market or psoriasis tablets that are making rounds! Well, they do contain multiple medicines but perhaps not the one intended in a particular patient. Generalization is never homeopathy. If we generalize, what is the basis of homeopathic prescription in such cases? - Common symptoms of the disease? If yes, that is sadly not homeopathy. Our Master said, “Unless we look for characteristic symptoms of the patient on the physical, mental, and emotional plane, we cannot treat him or her homeopathically”. Individualization is the basis of nature’s law too. What a person sows, he will reap. His sowing will not yield crop to another being.

And “Constitution of the Patient” is the basis for individualization in homeopathy. The constitution does not mean only the physical built up of the patient but it constitutes the totality of the following things -

  1. His physical symptoms of the disease
  2. His mental problems pertaining to the disease
  3. His emotional turmoil that has cropped up as a result of the disease
  4. His physical, mental, and emotional built up otherwise (generally)
  5. The causative factor/s behind the present disease (physical, mental and/or emotional cause)
  6. His bodily built up including his likes, dislikes, etc
  7. His past history of illnesses
  8. Family history of any serious illnesses, etc.

And everyone should know that in every patient, we need to know each one point from the list in details. When I ask patients to fill up the questionnaire, many people (Ignorant about homeopathy), fill up just cursory details and write “Not-applicable” under most of the columns. But in homeopathy, there is nothing “not-applicable”. Everything pertaining to the patient is applicable for our evaluation of the case. It seems to be a tedious task no doubt. But with practice a good homeopath knows exactly how to reveal history from the patients. And only then he can understand the various aspects of this person, and not just his disease. We as homeopaths need to treat the patient as a whole; that’s what our master intended when he left his practice of modern medicine and entered the realm of homeopathy! Holistic medicine is what homeopathy is and not just disease-oriented science.

In an individual for a certain abnormality to occur, there must be some innate problems that result in these abnormalities. Unless we check those innate problems (miasmatic overload) in every patient, we CANNOT cure him of his chronic malady. Yes, this is particularly true of the chronic problems.

That however does not mean that we should not treat his acute exacerbations of the chronic problem or acute diseases during the course of treatment. We can certainly help him get over the acute crisis with our acute remedies. But while selecting the acute remedies too, we should individualize and never generalize!

That is the depth of homeopathic prescription. If we merely prescribe certain medicine depending upon the external symptoms and signs, without considering the person as a whole, we might mislead the treatment in the long run. The patient might get temporary relief but it is not according to the law of nature but according to the theory of suppression. And then what’s the difference between homeopathy and conventionalism? The difference lies in the holistic approach of homeopathy and the constitutional study gives homeopathy its holistic background to depend upon.

Thus, if one longs for cure from his or her malady, he must look for constitutional homeopathic prescription and not the patents available in the market!

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