Category Archives: homoeopathic teaching

The most common mistakes outlined in casetaking.

1/. I see this all the time. Sadly it is the Kentian spiritual teaching regarding mental emotional and Constitutional symptoms being the correct and essential prescribing criteria which has created this situation. It is false.

Hahnemann stated clearly:

1200px-Portrait_of_Samuel_Hahnemann._Wellcome_L0015074§ 6 Sixth Edition
The unprejudiced observer – well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience – be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.

When analysis is applied to this directive, it becomes clear that there is no emphasis on the mind or desires or indeed, to personality, (another misleading emphasis in understanding remedies).

2/. In case taking, both the symptoms of the disease, and the individual reaction to the disease are to be noted. If we know the nature of a named disease, its progression and pathology, we can note clearly which aspects of its reach is affecting the patient, and how the patient processes the infection in an individual way.

§ 153 Sixth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of thesamuel-hahnemann-1 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 symptoms1 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.

Many years ago, in my studies to find out how to take a case, I went out on a limb and noted only the chief characteristics of a patients presentation, one two or three symptoms which ‘peculiarised’ and personalised the case before me. As I refined this technique, I learned to see the disease through the patients expressions of symptoms, not all the symptoms were of the pathology of the named disease, yet were intrinsically part of that infection though not noted as part of that disease. the patient presented symptoms which were expressed reactively and individually and as such needed individual treatment.

dental_doctor-thinkingsmallEach living organism comes from a line of genetic encoding and also the line of disease and weakness in the family. One family will be tubercular inclined and another from the results of say, a syphilitic background which has been well diluted but expressed through acute diseases not immediately associated with syphilis.

Because of the unknown backgrounds, we can ONLY prescribe on the symptoms presented. So for example, a patient presenting ringworm, we have a few remedies that deal with that infection readily. Occasionally, the patient does not resolve despite careful noting of the symptoms and a few doses of the requisite remedy. Compton-Burnett noted that ringworm ONLY appeared on susceptible people of a tubercular diathesis, and studied Bacillinum carefully, and then gave to the non resolving patients. Without exception, they all were relieved of Ringworm.

The practice of homoeopathy is solely effective based on the similarity of the remedy to the disease. However, it is ESSENTIAL to have the correct symptoms of the ‘disease’ to be effective.

The ‘disease’, is the individual presentation of the change in the patient and how that is expressed, not the symptoms of the named pathology. It is not merely the collection of symptoms collectively, it is the drilling down to the strangeness (to be discussed in seminars) the rarity of some symptoms (to be discussed in Seminars) and the characteristics (to be discussed in seminars) of both the disease and a considered remedy.

 

First decision for the HQ.

This will be one of the rooms for a visiting lecturer or guest for the 4 day training for attaining membership of the IHM Register.

Yes, I was laid on the bed testing it.

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Understanding the repertory of Boenninghausen.

I am often asked why I chose the rubrics for a case that I do. When Vladimir and myself spent the time to rewrite each rubric using the German original from the existing Allens Pocket Book and dictionaries of the 1800s to understand the meaning of medical knowledge in that era, we became familiar with the intent of each symptom as related to the Materia Medica. 

clemensmariafranciscusvonbc3b6nninghausenIn the three years it took to refine the work, we saw the errors introduced by Allen due to his lack of language skills in German. In fact, this point alone was one of the driving forces behind our desire to have an accurate overhaul of the Repertory.

I think it worth mentioning that the motivation for rewriting the TPB was solely for use in our private clinics. I had found that using the Allens version had proved to be more beneficial to my patients than any other Repertory to indicate the correct remedy. Originally I had played with the TPB back in 1983, but found it so different to Kent and apparently ‘simplistic’ plus I lacked knowledge regarding the methodology that it was placed on one side.

later, with a little more knowledge regarding its usage, I came to like its accuracy even in my clumsy use of it.

tpbpwA person who uses the TPB is a person who utilises the methology of Hahnemann. Boenninghausen incorporated the thinking and directions of the Master, and as such when used correctly, the remedies suggested are an accurate portrayal of how Hahnemann takes a case, and matches the patients symptoms accurately with the Materia Medica.

One incorrect complaint leveled against the repertory is that it is a ‘generals’ repertory and is not a specific local symptom repertory. We can demonstated how to use properly.

laptop2It was the most used repertory in German English and French from 1846 to late in the century, then due to Swedenborg influence in the USA homoeopathic sector, it stopped being printed.

Kents repertory is an amalgamation of 7 repertories and one or two booklets. The issue with that is that each individual repertory has its own methodology which is lost in the combination. 

Sadly the same problem exists with the Boger Boenninghausen repertory, where everything has been placed together from all the different sources of Boenninghausen. As a book of collated symptoms it is excellent… as a repertory, not so much.

We will do a one or 2 day course at the IHM HQ in Eastbourne when the restricitions are lifted going through the essentials of understanding the TPB for prescribing success.

We done did it.

The IHM has had the offer for purchase accepted. Now we have lawyers and agents acting on our behalf.

IHM Project in the UK 2019/20

I.H.M. International HQ. 14 Shanklin Close, Eastbourne. East Sussex BN23 8EG United Kingdom.
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In collaboration with our affiliate organisations, colleagues and patients, the I.H.M. has decided to open a dedicated teaching/seminar centre and mobile clinic on the inland waterways of the United Kingdom. We are looking to purchase a 50-60 foot narrowboat and fit it out for teaching and a clinic.

Given the cost of office rental in the UK, this vessel will be considerably cheaper to operate and the savings can be passed on to seminar pricing and patients fees.

The IHM is the producer of the P&W Openrep Synopsis Therapeutic Pocket Book by Boenninghausen computer repertory software and the Book version. tpbpwIt is envisioned that we will conduct one-day seminars on case taking utilising the repertory and show the benefits of the program in the analysis. We prefer to keep the numbers of attendees small so as facilitate personal teaching, so the maximum attendees will be 8-12 persons.

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We will have facilities for refreshments, snacks and lunch if required.

This vessel will be available for rent to non-mainstream medical practices for half-day, full day and 2-day seminars.

Given the present attitude from the government towards alternative medical practices, we see this as a viable project to let the general public have access to professional alternative health care.

We do need some help in making this come to life. We need some financial support to add to our own contributions. We will look to a funding operation and will set a goal of 50K but will go ahead if we can finance more cheaply. We will have to pay for some interior changes, add more 12 volt and mains power to plug in laptops etc. It may require some solar power and a large 3KW inverter. There will, of course, be some thank you rewards for supporters.

We plan on setting the routes geographically. For example London to Bristol. Reading to Birmingham, Birmingham to Liverpool, or Manchester, or Wigan and all points in the zone where groups want to meet. As canals go through cities and are located near rail lines, we can more or less pick convenient locations for mooring and conducting the seminars. We can moor outside restaurants if preferred.

Most of our staff are medically qualified. All have undergone intensive training with the I.H.M. in Hahnemannian homoeopathy. If we get the vessel as we want it, (and ONLY for individuals or 2 persons), we hope to accommodate those attending the IHM 4 day training course for application for the REGISTER. 

Below is a vessel we looked at and let go because it did not quite meet our specifications for having extra people on board.

We will let you know when we open a fund us account. In the meantime please feel free to give us your opinion if this project something you would be interested in using to learn from.

 

August teaching days…

In Seville Spain, August is traditionally the month for vacations due to the heat. We usually close the clinic due to little or no patient activity.

We in the clinic, also take the time for vacations, but for whatever reason, I have been here for August the last 5 years.

So Ive been thinking about the price for the teaching, and as our aim is to teach, and I love the interaction, the following decision has been reached.

We will include the SYNOPSIS computer repertory program, (retail $799) in the 4 day teaching module. (Windows only) If you have the program, we will drop the 4 day teaching price to €800. The program has 17 repertories, with the Therapeutic pocket book in Polish, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian and English.

Now that is a good deal.

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Homoeopathic case of respiratory issues from the clinic.

Free discussion on Aphorism 5. Part of the online training course for practitioners.

The IHM have begun the ONLINE advanced practitioner training course for students, utilising video and audio.

Language is in English.

Post grad students and practitioners wishing to avail themselves of the course, please fill in the contact form below and we will be in touch regarding costs and requirements.

Please note: We teach Hahnemanns methodology only. Our main Repertorial aid is the Therapeutic Pocket Book and the Materia Medicas of Hahnemann, plus verified MM extracts from others.

The course is designed so that a practitioner can hear the information on their phone or laptop in audio form, so as to be able to absorb without being tied to a classroom. Great for walks in the park.

To become a member of the IHM as a licentiate, it will require attending a 4 day in depth training seminar in Seville Spain. Alternatively, if enough people join together, The IHM will travel to the host country and conduct the seminar there.

 

 

Cold aggravations in TPB

Author: Dr. José Guillermo Zamora de la Paz, UAG Surgeon Doctor, Dhom. Med. (Lic.) By the Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine.

As the second part of the Therapeutic Pocket Book title tells us “A Guide to the Materia Medica”, the repertoire is a medical guide. It is a work, a synthesis, to memorize the symptoms of the medical matter, represented for each of the rubrics in the context of a pathogenesis that must have been previously studied and restructured so that the practitioner can know what is And what symptom you should look for. Even in the absence of deep knowledge, this tool can be used for the learning of this MM, and even to make an analysis, although from my point of view with less effectiveness.

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Thus, if for example we have the context of pathogenesis in perspective, we can find the correspondence associated with the rubric. From the translation of the rubric in German ” Nach Erkältung “, which in English translates as ” Catching Cold ” and in Spanish as “after a cold” (Nach = After, Erkältung = Cold or Cold) , no it is difficult to differentiate between it and the heading ” Aggravation when cooled ” ( Becoming Cold ).

In the writing of the provings and from my own practice I have found that the first rubric ” Aggravation, Cooling ” is used more specifically for factors of causality and aggravation in relation to the fact of becoming sick after beingexposed to a cold climate Could be by “uncoating,” “taking off the hat” or “taking off”) with an effective reaction of assisted or spontaneous thermoregulation, sometimes by the release of heat manifested in immediate or immediate tremor of variable duration; While the second rubric ” Aggravation on Cooling “, being clearer, gives me more for remedies that in their pathogenesis they modify by making contact for a more or less prolonged time with something cold (climate,

Of course, although there is a modification, when we consider the literal translation of German as ” after cold ” ( Catching Cold ), which has a completely different meaning in English, when the letter ” a ” is first placed before the word ” cold ” “, Or” Catching a Cold “, which means” to get sick from the flu “or as we commonly say in Mexico” to have a cold, flu, or to gulp down “, then I have not left out the heading” Cold Aggravation ” Those symptoms that have worsened or appeared since the patient became ill with the flu.

There are some repertoires, which have simply merged (seemingly) similar rubrics like these, although I confess that I would not be brave enough to do something like that. *

OpenRep SYNOPSIS offers this alternative to merge or combine headings momentarily during the analysis.

Examples of Cold Symptoms :

EC = Chronic Diseases

MMP = Pure Materia Medica

  • EC Carb-V 465. Belly pain, as after catching a cold; Is aggravated before eliminating flatus, and continues even afterwards.
  • EF Nat-C 661 Dry cough with coryza obstructed, after cooling.
  • MMP NUX-V , Introduction. Serious disturbances due to the cold are frequently removed by him.
  • MMP NUX-V 460.- Belly pain in the open air, as for cooling.
  • EC Silicea 256 Heat and burning of the face, after washing with cold water; for two hours.
  • EF Petrol 358 Pain in the abdomen, as if from a cold. *

* In English, this symptom of Petroleum appears “as for catching a cold”, that is to say “as for cooling, to have flu, or to be agripado”, and is included both in the rubric “Aggravation by cooled” 1, as in “Aggravation on cooling” with grade 2. The reason why Boenninghausen includes remedies in both rubrics is explained at the end of the article, but in short has to do with his own findings and verification during his clinical practice. However, this should not lead us to choose the appropriate rubric for each case, since we can see that the 1st rubric lacks 25 remedies contained in the 2nd, and the 2nd lacks 18 remedies contained in the 1st; While most remedies that coincide in both rubrics are graduated with different value. “

Examples of symptoms on cooling . (“Beim Kaltwerden” in German, “Becoming cold” in English)

  • EC Aurum S. 422 Very sensitive to cold throughout the body.
  • MMP Moschus S.134 When it is airborne or cold, the air feels cold, and looks for heat from the stove (after 1 ½ hours). [Gss.]
  • EC Zincum 1256 All day, general exhaustion, sleepy, aversion to all noise, and yet deaf, without sleep, as after a night of waking, with shivering and cold chills run over the body, as after cooling after sweating
  • MMP Spig 573 He is very sensitive to cold air
  • MMP Camp 209 It is very sensitive to cold air.
  • EC Graph , introduction. … mucus of the nose; Daily coryza, when it cools …
  • MMP Magnes 220.- While standing in a cold place, there is a tearing pull in the muscles of the arm.
  • MMP NUX-V 928 By the contact of cold air, sudden in the calf, as if the leg were dormant (aft. 2 h.).

We must understand that the contexts of pathogenesis are described in climates that are very different from the climates we manage here in Mexico and some other Latin American latitudes. Perhaps for who is living in Toluca, State of Mexico or in La Rosilla Durango, Mexico, the cold will be something very similar to what is lived and lived in Germany; However, most Mexicans will feel extremely cold there. For this reason, it is that the usefulness and pathogenetic correspondence that I find for the rubric ” Aggravation by Cold Air ” is simply for causalities and aggravation modalities in cold weather (including, by common sense, those cold artificial climates that are created with airs Conditioned).

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It is not difficult to establish parameters for the other symptoms in the repertoire, since they offer the specific location for their aggravation when exposed to the cold; In the same way that it is known that Silicea is sick during and after her feet cool, and that in Belladonna the same is done by washing her head with cold water; In cases where the location that is cooled is specific, and whose cooling generates or complicates the symptoms; The heading ” Aggravation when cooling part of the body ” should be taken. For example:

  • MMP Puls 203 Toothache, which begins at 2 am, does not let him lay his head in a cold place in the bed; A sudden escarbante, first in the teeth of the lower jaw, then in the upper jaw, from the root of one tooth to another, that recur at noon when he eats.
  • MMP Hepar 151 When the smallest member cools, coughing occurs immediately, as by a cooling and hypersensitivity of the nervous system.
  • EC Silicea 302 Sudden dizziness, which does not allow you to take anything hot or cold in your mouth.
  • EC Silicea 781 Severe oppressive pain in the right shoulder, extending to the elbow, as soon as the shoulder is bare and becomes cold , mainly at night.

In patients in which both drinking cold water, walking barefoot on the cold floor, exposing themselves to the cold, etc., etc., aggravate or produce their symptoms, ie, they become ill with various factors associated with cold, I would not hesitate To take into account the rubric ” aggravates cold in general “; However, other combinable symptoms can almost always be found which are shared by fewer remedies with respect to this type of thermal modality.

Nor is it difficult to identify, for anyone who has read Hahnemann’s provings, that the rubric ” Aggravation Taking Cold Air ” (I would add ” aspiring “) is for provings in a context like the following:

  • EC Hepar 161 After drinking anything cold, and after opening the mouth, toothache at the moment in all the teeth.
  • MMP NUX-V 244 Inflamed throat; Sore harshness in the jaws, only felt when pulling cold air and when it swallows.
  • MMP NUX-V 95.- External headache; During cold wind, pain as if the head were sore externally; And still the place is not painful when it is touched (aft. 6 h.).
  • MMP NUX-V 928 By the contact of cold air, sudden in the calf, as if the leg were dormant (aft. 2 h.).
  • MMP NUX-V 202 Drawing tooth pain, which at the same time, stitches in a row of teeth, especially when pulling air through the open mouth (after 1/4 h.).
  • MMP NUX-V 206 Breathing deeply (in the open air) pain as if air entered the hollow tooth.
  • MMP Staph 212 Toothache caused by air pulled in the mouth.
  • EC Silicea 286 Odontalgia, particularly when eating hot food and when cold air enters the mouth.

I insist, it is important to take into consideration, to which pathogenetic context each heading refers. If we consider the pathogenetic correspondence that the provings have with the symptom “Aggravation, Temperature Change” ; We will realize that this refers to the change in temperature from the cold to the hot . I exemplify with the following summary case from my clinic:

Facial Neuralgia

A 38-year-old female patient, a cook , appears in January 2012 with a 6-hour evolution that begins about 20 minutes after arriving at work. It has sharp pain on the right side of the face, which includes upper gums, upper jaw, cheekbones, around the eye on the same side. The pain has become increasingly intense and even dizzy. Feel the same side of the face and it becomes numb. The pain increases with the noise, when spoken to, when touching the sore area; Wants to be locked in a single room. He tried to sleep but could not. Patient is restless, desperate, walks, does not want to sit. Pain upon palpation of the described area. There is no paralysis.

The case has a thermal causal factor (infectious / stimulant) that is key in the process and from which the analysis begins, and is accompanied by a symptom component of modality and sensation.

 

Rx Verbascum Thapsus. 30c (L)

These combined headings cover the patient’s current condition. The MMP of Hahnemann provides us with the necessary information for the confirmation of the homeopathic diagnosis.

  • MMP Verb. Symptom 11 Unusually deep, deep pressure on the right frontal protrusion, moving from the cold to the hot .  [Gss.]
  • MMP Symptom 84 Numbness
  • MPP Symptoms 15, 29, 63, 140,  Tapping
  • MMP 1.2 Vertigo
  • MPP 165 Earrings, tremors, shudders on one side.

In the repertorial analysis of the case you can realize that Arsenicum Album appears with grade 4 for the rubric “Agr. Temperature Change “ , which is true, considering that our knowledge of Materia Medica must lead us to understand that while Arsenicum is a remedy that is generally improved by the heat, it is not so in the case of the headache it produces; Which is “… improved by applying cold water, but removing it is much worse than before” (that is, the headache is improved by the application of cold water , but is aggravated by the change in temperature from cold to warm (temperate) . See symptom 118 for Arsenicum in Chronic Diseases). Note also the exception of Ranunculus Bulbosus that has the highest degree for this modality, but also has it in vice versa; That is, in moving from the hot to the cold; Therefore, this remedy will also be found under the heading of ” Aggravation when entering a Cold Place ” with grade 4. This means that the heading “Aggravation; When it enters a Cold Place , has a specific connotation for the situation and circumstance it describes, unlike the heading for the case presented above. Therefore, this remedy will also be found under the heading of ” Aggravation when entering a Cold Place ” with grade 4. This means that the heading “Aggravation; When it enters a Cold Place ,  has a specific connotation for the situation and circumstance it describes, unlike the heading for the case presented above. Therefore, this remedy will also be found under the heading of ” Aggravation when entering a Cold Place ” with grade 4. This means that the heading “Aggravation; When it enters a Cold Place ,  has a specific connotation for the situation and circumstance it describes, unlike the heading for the case presented above.

To conclude on this topic, we must take into account the following:

The forecast of Bönninghausen and his desire for transparency made him cite the origin of the provings for each of the medicines contained in the First Repertory (EPR) (I refer to SRH, Systematic Alphabetic Repertory of Homeopathic Medicines, in two parts: Repertory of Antipsychotic drugs or SARS of 1832-33 and the Repertory of non-antipsoric drugs or SRN of 1835 ), allowing in this way to compare each entry with the proving of origin. Thus, when it built the TPB from its immediate precursor EPR, Bönninghausen did not consult again the provings (already presented within EPR). It only needed to convert the information contained in EPR to replace it within the new structure of the TPB. This is undoubtedly the reason why he does not give references in his TPB, but the other reason, more importantly, Is that the entries it contains can not be found as they are in the provings – They are rather representations of provings, a distillation. The work constitutes the understanding of the characteristic in each medicine by Boenninghausen, completed by analogy, and validated and weighted by his vast experience. In fact, at that time, Bönninghausen had one of the busiest practices in all of Europe. Therefore, we must invest our time in studying Pure Materia Medica and Chronic Diseases, and see the repertoire as what it is; a guide. The work constitutes the understanding of the characteristic in each medicine by Boenninghausen, completed by analogy, and validated and weighted by his vast experience. In fact, at that time, Bönninghausen had one of the busiest practices in all of Europe. Therefore, we must invest our time in studying Pure Materia Medica and Chronic Diseases, and see the repertoire as what it is; a guide. The work constitutes the understanding of the characteristic in each medicine by Boenninghausen, completed by analogy, and validated and weighted by his vast experience. In fact, at that time, Bönninghausen had one of the busiest practices in all of Europe. Therefore, we must invest our time in studying Pure Materia Medica and Chronic Diseases, and see the repertoire as what it is; a guide.

The Boenninghausen Group in Seville

The local group here meet once a month and spend 3 hours studying rubrics of the Therapeutic Pocket Book.  They do this to gain a clearer understanding of what the rubrics mean. It gets to be interesting especially as the group are Spanish and examine the rubrics in English Spanish and reference from the original German TPB which is contained in the SYNOPSIS repertory.

Within 30 seconds walk of our clinic is a choice of restaurants for coffee and beverages, so we try to get at least 2 coffees in during the time..

For people in other countries, the IHM offers a 5 day intensive training course in the teachings of Hahnemann through the use of the Therapeutic Pocket book. We offer this training in 2 modes, one for practitioners and one for people learning homoeopathy for the first time.

I am particularly looking forward to August as two London based persons are coming for their second and final training session and hopeful registration with the IHM. It has been a pleasure watching them develop from individuals with some knowledge into competent case takers. They have worked extremely hard since last August and have my respect for that. Kudos.