Friday, August 2, 2013

There are No Favorite Remedies in Homeopathy!

Recently I came across a student who told me that one of his friends gives Natrum mur to all the patients with headache and some of them actually feel better. So, are there such ‘favorite’ remedies for every doctor that he or she uses frequently? In the first place I thought about our Master – Dr Samuel Hahnemann who fiercely propounded the Theory of Individualization in homeopathy.

When we study homeopathic therapeutics, we study a group of remedies suitable in certain conditions. For example- If we study headache, here is the article that gives us top remedies used for headache. However, that NEVER means that these are the only remedies used. However, these are the remedies that have marked symptoms of headache that need to be differentiated and matched to the symptoms of the patient. One might need an altogether different remedy for his headache, especially if he is a chronic sufferer and his totality of symptoms must be studied in depth. So, a question like “Can Glonoine help me?” cannot be answered till a homeopath studies his entire constitution and totality of symptoms.

Frankly speaking, it would be quackery if a homeopath starts prescribing on single symptom. The prescription thus formed wouldn’t be “homeopathic” at all. Such practices must be curtailed, if you believe in classical homeopathy.

We must not therefore fall to the tricks of so-called favoritisms when it comes to homeopathy. Study wisely, judiciously and without any prejudice. Never think of your past case if you don’t want to fall to favoritism. Past successful case was successful because you studied individually and the remedy matched the disease symptoms of the patient; not because that remedy was the remedy for hat problem. It is actually one of the basic rules of homeopathy many fail to understand and get bowled over by the remedies that succeeded them in particular cases. Then those remedies are used in every case without realizing the futility to do so. (Recently came across a messed up case of autism that was given Carcinocin because the doctor thought this remedy treats all autistic cases).

It is imperative to understand that we must be responsible enough to understand the after effects of the ‘wrong’ selection of remedies. Especially in chronic and critical cases, individualistic attitude on part of the homeopath saves the patient from all future complications during homeopathic regime. As it is rightly said by Kent, a case messed up homeopathically is the hardest to treat!

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