Evaluating Symptoms

It rained in Palma Mallorca yesterday. I took a long walk in it to remind me of what Im heading back to.

The rain gave me time to think about how to explain Hahnemanns methodology in ascertaining prescribing symptoms through his instructions in the Organon. It is very clear in each section (aphorism) but it is not until ALL the instructions are put together and looked at collectively, does it become absolutely clear for each case.

What needs to be clarified is the true meaning of aphorism 153:

“In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.”

Only by keeping this in mind whilst looking at the other instructions given in the Organon can we see what we are looking for in selecting symptoms for prescribing. When I got back from my walk in the rain, I spent a couple of hours putting together a lecture for the Seville Seminar in October explaining this…..

Members of the I.H.M. in the main use the Therapeutic Pocket Book of Boenninghausen, The reason for this is because Boenninghausen managed to create the perfect tool to facilitate Hahnemanns methodology in case taking. This again will be explained in detail at the seminar.

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