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For whatever reason, a lot of people who have joined the ranks of homoeopathic practitioners over the last 25 years (in the West especially) have a strange view and understanding of homoeopathy. I read a lot of case reports detaining the ‘cure’ of individuals who have received some weird medicine and whom had been prescribed for on symptoms related to their “inner state or delusional view of life” or “their relationship to the universe” after several hours of interviewing.
Over the years, it has been a source of amusement and annoyance that these people exude an inner smugness and a condescending attitude towards the rest of us, and who themselves truly believe they are the real deal and have insight into healing. They talk of “healing” and give quasi spiritual psychological explanations for a patients state of being, and onlyconsult maybe 3 or 4 times a month. They will attend conferences and seminars having paid lots of money and listen to gurus telling their wonderful stories, and during the breaks these people discuss their own wonderful cures with people who are waiting their turn to tell of their own wonderful tales of cures.
The works in writing of Samuel Hahnemann and colleagues of his era are available for free on Google Books. Therein lies the recorded genesis and struggle and definitions and methodology for homoeopathic treatment. Therein lies how it has to be done, and how it will work consistently and repeatably IF the principles are applied.
Homoeopathy is a medical specialty within the framework of the field of medicine. It is NOT the complete answer for medical treatment. Osteopathy, surgery and physical/mental/emotional nursing healthcare coming to mind. It will not help someone who is dependent on drugs which have altered the body chemistry or killed functionality of an organ or gland. It will not act where in most cases, a natural immune response is lacking or not functioning due to external influences or an immune disorder.
It is however, the better course of treatment where a curative response CAN be elicited. It is the better course of treatment for general therapeutic treatment in primary and ongoing health care. However, and this is the reality, it is only as good as the therapist prescribing for the problem. It is only good if a standardised methodology is employed based on Hahnemannian directives.
I realise that many people who are reading this will look back on their training and scoff… They ‘know’ it takes hours of painstaking casetaking to reach the real seat of the problem, the delusion or sensation that is the trigger to ALL their ailments. Well your argument is with Hahnemann and ultimately your conscience as the reality bites you.
Sorry to be a killjoy. Disease as individually expressed by a patient in their observable symptoms, are the key to prescribing. The rest is pure speculation. See Organon 5th and 6th editions paras 1-10 and 152-158.
I believe, no, I know, a properly trained homoeopathic physician could run a general practitioners office efficiently and successfully for exactly the SAME daily visits from patients as an allopathic physician has.
In the same knowledge, I also know, 99% of homoeopaths in the West could not do it. There is not the training. There is not the comprehension, there is not the ability to case take and prescribe quickly and efficiently, and there is not the understanding of how to manage cases and when to hand over care to another branch of the medical system for a short while.
I have had this conversation many times with practitioners. They all complain about the therapy of homoeopathy not being accepted or utilised properly within the health systems, and say “we can do so much better”. Well……. no you cant.
To clarify, the therapeutics, ie the medicines that are prepared in the manner for use within the practice of homoeopathy, are better. They are able to create an artificial disease set of symptoms within the human economy and stimulate or re direct the overpowered immune system to react in a more focused way to restore health to the individual. NO DRUG EVER CURES….. the body does.
We all have to decide through our experience and understanding (and legal liability) when to change therapies or allow the influence of another therapy be utilised for the welfare of patients. I do not mind stating some of my delineated areas of patient concern where I, through experience will not hesitate too long before administering certain anti bacterial infection medications.
One is Tetanus. I have observed the path of the disease in Asian and Middle Eastern countries, and have managed some cases homoeopathically and some, I turned over to the influence of antibacterial treatment because the infection was life threatening. Clostridium tetani acts quickly flooding the body with neurotoxins. I have come to a settled understanding in my thinking that this falls under the sphere of Hahnemanns common sense approach to “removing maintaining causes” and as such, I see the body full of an infecting poison as being a maintaining cause. I will treat along side the A/B giving the patient the appropriate medicine for the individual dis-ease that they experience.
Another one is snake bite. I will immediately give homoeopathic treatment and have the patient monitored carefully. In India, where there are a high casualty rate of 45000 deaths a year from snake bite, there is anti-venom available in most hospitals and out station clinics. The problem with Snake bite is similar to Tetanus, a maintaining and presence of poison in the system, and a short duration of excruciating pain leading to expiry.
Symptoms of neurotoxicity, ranging from ptosis, dysphagia, respiratory distress and unconsciousness are all the result of the spreading poison. In many/most cases, mechanical help with breathing is required. A polyvant administration of anti venom is administered, which has been culled from usually 4 of the most toxic snakes poisons in India, and this dilutes and flushes out the strong poison administered from the snake bite. (ironically, it works in a homoeopathic manner) I continue individualised homoeopathic treatment when the patient exhibits prescribing symptoms, but would advice continuation of the anti venom treatment until able to breathe unventilated and the poison is flushed from the system.
To get back to “No.. you cant.” A waiting room in a G.P.s clinic will contain people with minor ailments of an acute nature, and undiagnosed ailments of a chronic nature. a homoeopath will have to be able to do the following.
Firstly, a well trained Hahnemannian homoeopath will have a working knowledge of medicines which makes them able to differentiate symptoms from each other as they observe them. They will of course have the memory aid of a repertory to look up symptoms if they need to refresh their memories or direct them to a medicine or group of medicines for consideration on a combination of symptoms not seen before. With practice, an acute disorder can be dealt with in a 10 minute framework. If you have a good student homoeopath or nurse, they could even work with the acute disorders for you, and check with you for patients whom they are unsure about.
A chronic or undiagnosed major illness, can be treated in this manner in a busy homoeopathic clinic. I can only offer my own experience and practice methodology so its just an example.
A new patient is taken into a clinic room by a homoeopathic colleague/nurse/advanced student, and case taking is started. What is the complaint? it is written down, how does it affect them? it is written down. Where does it affect them? it is written down. What else are they affected by? It is written down. Some tests are applied to the relevant area, If necessary, blood is extracted for analysis and other tests applied if required. This takes usually 20 minutes. The patient is then shown into my office along with the written details, the practitioner will quickly summarize the patients details and then sit in with us as I go through the case with the patient.. In line with Hahnemanns suggestions, I will ask further clarifying questions based on their statements to the practitioner when being examined. I will double check some reactions or observations noted on the form to be sure, and then will ask any other questions I feel necessary.This should take no more than 15-25 minutes.
I will make a prescription if and only if I am sure of one and then the patient is taken to the dispensary and given medicine and directions for taking and then a return visit booked. In this manner, it is possible for a single practitioner with 2 or 3 nurses or undergraduate student to help to see 40-100 patients a day comfortably.
A common method of patient treatment in India, in some of the free clinics, was for student homoeopaths to walk down a line of patients and take notes of the symptoms. They would then return to the beginning of the line and relate the SX to the prescriber, who would listen and then prescribe and move on.. one minute to 2 minutes per patient. In this manner, there was an ability to get the key symptoms from each patient without the prescriber having to wade through other symptoms or memory lapses and humming and hawing from the patient. When there are 2 or three hundred or more patients to treat, it is the only way.
So for those who sit down and spend up to three hours per patient examining every detail of their life, you will not be able to run a clinic. I would also suggest you will not even be able to cure the patients you have now. Cure is not a relative term. Its an observed change of symptoms expressed. If they come with Asthma do they leave free of Asthma after treatment? Or is a cure considered if they are free of a spiritual issue instead, but still have the asthma?
As a therapy, Homoeopathy is in a dangerous place. Relatively few good practitioners to practice real homoeopathic application of principles left. disease is not an easy thing to work with at the best of times. Better to work with a therapy along guidelines with a proven record of success rather than not.