For most people practising homoeopathy, the influence on their case taking and analysis is Kentian. If like me, back in the 80s,a yearly review of my patients showed less than a 45% cure rate which motivated me to return to the writings of Hahnemann and evaluate where I was going wrong.
I then spent the next two years ‘unlearning Kent and re-establishing the correct case taking and evaluation techniques as defined by Hahnemann. My clinical cure rate went up to 80% as I applied Hahnemann’s methodology. Persons who attend the 4-day training for inclusion on the IHM Register also have high rates of success with utilising Hahnemann’s methodology and using the Therapeutic Pocket Book in daily practice.
Homoeopathy is a very forgiving therapy. A remedy that produces similar symptoms to the patient, will generally kick a curative response. However, when a patient requires a remedy to tackle the central disease state, aphorism 153 is the answer.
§ 153 Sixth Edition 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 symptoms1 of the case of the 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.
For a homoeopath, it is vital that they understand the meaning of the aphorism above. It is the cornerstone of finding the KEY symptoms for prescribing and matching with a correct remedy.
Kent, ignoring Hahnemann, emphasised the mental symptoms as the key. Nowhere does Hahnemann express the thought that the mind is the primary consideration, EXCEPT in mental diseases. Aph 210-220. He did say an altered disposition is always considered………..but it would have to be in line with aphorism 153 to be useful.
We teach how to isolate the prescribing symptoms to find the expression disease as per all the instruction and clues given by Hahnemann and Boenninghausen.
Once a practitioner is on the right track, everyone benefits.
It would seem if we are to board an aircraft in the near future, we will require proof of vaccine. At present, I don’t see a way to avoid this and I myself being an avid visitor of other countries in my teaching career, am sad to see NO CHOICE in the matter.
It is vital in these difficult times to be the best practitioner we can. To this end, we have decided to emphasise the need to remain steadfast in our use of homoeopathy according to the rules and tenets of Hahnemann’s directions. Two centuries and millions of words written regard the cures and effects of homoeopathy upon sick people and animals provide a clear picture of the efficacy of the therapeutics.
The IHM also stands firm in its resolve to not mix therapies that give medicines not based on the law of cure, or that lack provings, or are not made in accord with Hahnemann’s methodology.
For members of the IHM register who teach or practice such therapies, we have decided to remove the individuals from the Register and no longer promote their practice. We cannot condone the integration of pseudo homoeopathic practices or allow false therapies to be taught as being OK alongside homoeopathy. Until an individual returns to the singular and proven practice of homoeopathy for curative aims, (a practitioner can utilise proven therapies outside of homoeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, nutrition, massage etc) but not therapies like Tissue salts, Flower remedies and other non proved or tested practices, that have no part in the discipline of homoeopathy, we cannot endorse that practitioner to the public.
The IHM continues to pursue the purchase of a hotel/guest house and are in negotiations.
We want to offer training in the use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book so a practitioner can utilise the exact process in case taking and evaluation as defined by Hahnemann for the benefit of patients. Seminars and short residencies will be offered to facilitate this.
Sars Cov2 pneumonia treated with Homeopathy (Case 2)
All the cases of Dr. Guillermo Zamora presented here come from his daily clinical practice. However, even with the patient’s consent for its publication, some details have been modified to preserve their anonymity.
Professionals at the Institute for Homoeopathic Medicine have already been treating enough COVID-19 cases during this dangerous and very unfortunate pandemic to establish experience. We have also been working from a preventive point of view with very good results.
The homeopathic remedy selected in the case was based on individual symptoms, which means that it works in that case but not in all those who suffer from that disease. The IHM recommendation is that the doctor (and the homeopath who practices genuine homeopathy ) be consulted and that the measures declared by the health authorities be followed.
A homeopathic prescription that is done without modalities might seem somewhat imprecise, however once the concomitant symptoms are successfully combined they can give a clear homoeopathic diagnosis, as seen in the following case:
On January 26, 2021, I was contacted by a retired high command of the Mexican Army. It was his son CS. 53-year-old male, temporary employee who had tested positive for Sars Cov2 antigen. With apparent limitations of the intellect that prevent him from expressing himself adequately due to epilepsy from birth for which he takes Epamin 1-0-2, an indirect interrogation is carried out with the father. It refers to a cough with white expectorations and constant chills day and night. He reports that the day before, he fainted in the morning, losing consciousness only momentarily. For this reason, he was taken to a physician who tried to give an injection with dexamethasone but the patient did not allow it (even becoming somewhat aggressive), which is why he was only prescribed an antibiotic for 8 days. He is seen unusually serious and with little appetite; he asks for something to eat and when it is brought to him he does not eat it. No other information could be collected. Rubrics taken:
Using Boenninghausen’s P&W Therapeutic Pocket Book 1846 in Spanish
520. He does not crave his food, he has no appetite.
523. She cannot eat, she is always full and without appetite, and when she eats anything, she feels disgusted, even vomiting.
957. Expectoration of whitish mucus. [Gll.]
959. Thick, whitish yellow expectoration with violent cough.
1428. Sudden failure of strength, like fainting; she has to hold onto something; at the same time, blurred vision for half an hour.
1571. Chill (after 14 days).
1575. Continuous chill with sensitive coldness throughout the body, worse towards evening.
1597. Chills every day.
Rx.-Lycopodium Clavatum 30c Solution.
On January 27, considerable improvement is reported in the morning, the patient has eaten well and has a better face, but in the afternoon he returns to the state he was in. The father is asked to get a pulse oximeter. Oxygen saturation results in 83. The unsuccessful search for oxygen begins. The peak of the pandemic in the region has reached its maximums. There are no oxygen tanks or concentrators available. There are no beds available in hospitals. People emigrating to other states looking for a place to intern. The situation is critical. However, contact is made with the municipal government where there are some reserves of the essential element and the patient is registered in line for a later call once patients with lower records and in more critical condition are first treated at the discretion of a doctor assigned by the government in turn. Homeopathic treatment continues.
January 28- Simple chest CT is ordered:
In the lung window, parahilar bronchiectasis is observed, an area of greater right parahilar density, poorly defined with reticular images in relation to interstitial pneumonia or atypical pneumonitis. Bilateral intracisural pleurisy.
We can also take a look at Cyrus Maxwell Boger’s Boenninghausen´s Repertory in the chapter Chest-Inner Chest-Phenomena-Pneumonia. It is not recommended but only out of curiosity. One can observe remedies that were useful to the great masters in pneumonia:
Rx.-Lyc 30c Solution
Fortunately, the oxygen saturation has started to rise: 85. The patient eats well and has a better face.
Through a punctual and daily log reported by the father at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., it is observed that saturation has gradually increased by 1-2 units per day. Today 93-94. It is worth mentioning that the interval of repetition of the doses of the homeopathic remedy was carried out with admirable discipline and without putting any obstacles to the therapy.
Painful constipation is reported. Diet is recommended.
Oxygen saturation 96-97. Clinic, Laboratories and Cabinet indicating remission of the pathology.
This case demonstrates four significant points:
1. Not always a case shows pathognomonic symptoms of the pathology in question. Here there were never, bouts of suffocation or suffocation, fever, chest pain, loss of taste or smell, etc. and yet the patient had pneumonia. Probably the underlying pathology or the anticonvulsant treatment suppressed some of these symptoms. Either way common sense and medical knowledge must be on the alert.
2. The effective application of Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book requires a complete understanding of the meaning of the rubrics and their applicability in each clinical situation.
3. Even in the absence of modalities, the precise combination of the symptoms of the current illness with the concomitant symptoms that present independently, together can provide a sufficient differential for homoeopathic diagnosis after consultation of Materia Medica Pura.
4. The use of advanced technologies such as tomography provides us with greater planimetric precision of the lesions, in this case of the thorax, which gives us an advantage in defining the location that is more akin to some remedies than others.
Still, it’s always good to keep in mind trying to define each of the symptoms as much as possible.
While COVID has everyone in the UK locked down, We at the I.H.M. are taking a tentative look forward to the future. When and how are the 2 questions.
Im in conversation with my colleagues with regard to these questions, simply because I have no idea as to whether Homoeopathy as a profession still exists in the UK or whether indeed there are enough practitioners who want to improve their skills in applying Hahnemanns successful methodology in their casework.
We will outline our plans again. We are looking at purchasing a small 8 bedroom guest house hotel on the seafront of a south-west town for use as a clinic/teaching centre and in stay patient treatment facility. We have decided to not go the medical licencing route and just run it as a guest stay:
a/. with daily homoeopathic evaluation by our staff.
b/. We would like to have student homoeopaths observe and be involved in the discussions for treatment for the patients.
e/. teaching first aid to small groups.
f/. A four day in depth training for inclusion of the homoeopath on the I.H. M. Register.
We will be able to offer low cost room rentals to students during seminars and FREE for overseas students taking the IHM training for the Register.
We understand that the IHM centre will be outside of London, yet only 60/90 minutes by train or 60 minutes by car. We aimed for sunshine, fresh sea air and a cheaper locale.
I can operate the premises as a guest house, and have my clinic in it, so as to offset the ongoing bills, but much prefer to have as a teaching and patient care centre if possible.
We hope to have guest speakers from other countries to give seminars.
The I.H.M. has the opportunity to purchase a small 8-10 bed hotel on the south coast of England to make a wellness centre for teaching and inpatient care in the bedrooms.
As with all things homoeopathy, there is a mild uncertainty as to the future, especially when considering a three-quarter of a million-pound property purchase.
I will explain the concept first. We will offer a one or two-week stay for patients who would like a thorough evaluation and treatment via homoeopathy with daily observation and case management.
We will offer a balanced diet to be taken during the stay. Where possible, we will encourage walks along the seafront and complete relaxation from the daily routine of the patient’s life. We can arrange for the spouse to stay as well.
We are hoping for multiple homoeopaths to share in the case taking and then via discussion arrive at a course of treatment for the patient.
We will have a clinic on the premises staffed by professional homoeopaths and medical homoeopaths where possible to cover all eventualities. We will have osteopathic treatment available for misaligned joint issues if required.
We will have space available for student training in case taking and repertory understanding. There will be an opportunity to assist in live case taking and case management under supervision. Seminars will be a regular occurrence. We aim to be all-inclusive in terms of Hahnemannian homoeopathy.
Just looking for the incentive to get out the cheque book and commit to the future.
I’m sat on the IHM boat in Hemel Hemsted, currently with either battery or inverter issues…. either way is a fistful of money to fix. Things happen.
Watching the events of the last few months, and how the countries are pushing towards vaccines as the answer, and how the populace are either worried to distraction or are against the lockdowns ………. I’m seeing how homoeopathy is being denigrated and indeed being removed by the fact-checkers on google and Facebook and other sites. We seem to be sidelined in favour of ‘proper treatment’.
Well, I worked out a prophylactic remedy a few months ago, and of the 600 plus people that I and other members of the IMH have given in 4 countries…. not a single case…
Guillermo Zamora and I have treated individuals with COVID sx to a good resolution………but who is listening…………?
The world is changing. Nothing will ever be the same. WE need to accept and be prepared to change how we do things and still be homoeopaths in mind and action. We need to make the room for us.
We at the IHM do not make claims to ‘cure’ COVID or offer alternative vaccines. We treat each case individually as per our Hahnemann protocols and will give the prophylactic to be taken once a week or every two weeks. Some give daily, my experience with taking more than once a week was a massive proving and difficulties until it wore off…So I advocate once a week simply because, in truth, I don’t know how long the protection lasts……. I know that weekly or even 2 weekly seems to hold.
We have to stand firm on the principles and be sure we know what we are prescribing for, the essential symptoms that need treating…… not just the remedy with the most symptoms covered.
The IHM uses the TPB of Boenninghausen simply because it follows the Hahnemannian protocols, and will work in 98% of cases both acute and chronic. We do not discount the use of other well-proved remedies and advocate a thorough knowledge of them before prescribing. The essence of using the TPB is a well-taken case and extracting the symptoms according to aphorism 153.
Every disease has a centre. The disease symptoms are known, and the patient exhibits symptoms ‘peculiar’ to the patient its either intensity or prominence. These all may have other symptoms not noted as pertaining to the disease state.
WE have to find these symptoms out of the collection of altered sensations that the patient feels. We have to remember that many symptoms are the result of the causative condition and therefore NOT prescribing symptoms per se.
Since 2016We have conducted a 4-day intensive seminar for application to become a member of the IHM. The students are all long time homoeopaths who increased their knowledge base by learning the Boenninghausen method and tidying up the loose ends that were muddied by Kent and others. The original venue was at our clinic in Seville Spain and has now relocated to The London area on our IHM Widebeam vessel.
We will offer a free bedroom aboard the vessel for individual applicants, and will just ask for a contribution toward food. The fee for the 4 days intensive will remain at the same cost as from 2016. It will be Sterling £900.
We will be fitting out boat for teaching in the next weeks, and be ready for the new year……..to get going government permitting. We already (with the help of members Abdul Malik and Imran Khan) are putting together a clinic for when we are ready to start…
The IHM has a 4 day training opportunity, starting in 2021. We dont claim to have all the answers, but we do feel we can teach the Hahnemanninan methodology in case taking.
What we teach:
The rationale of homoeopathic medicine and the use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book in everyday casework.
The examination of the patient according to defined parameters of eliciting prescribing symptoms without the filter of all the variants of non-Hahnemann practices as taught by teachers today.
An in depth look at the Miasm theory in the light of infection and infectious disease models that are the accepted protocols in modern medicine.
Patient management utilising Hahnemannian directives for medicine administration and potency choice, frequency of dose, withdrawal of repetition of medicine on well-indicated grounds, observation of medicinal action and when to change the medicine.
Use of LM or Q potencies.
Chronic and acute prescribing and when to finish prescribing.
In depth explanation and use of the Therapeutic Pocket Book. The T.P.B. was devised by Boenninghausen as a synthetic approach approximating Hahnemanns thoughts on case analysis so as to find a close similimum by extracting the correct proving symptoms that match the disease state.
How to understand the meaning of rubrics via the patient’s symptoms.
Lots of case examples and analysis by Gary Weaver.
Help in re-examining some of the students’ intractable cases.
As a homoeopath, be you a medically qualified professional or not, Coronavirus is at present out of your hands. The allopathic grip on the situation is what it is, and if a person is taken to hospital with the flu, then treatment will be as mandated by the prevailing thoughts at the time. There will be no allowance for any other treatment.
There is a scramble for finding a prophylactic remedy to prevent the virus from taking hold, yet the symptoms of the virus appear to vary from country to country… and the criteria for sx assessment vary from homoeopath to homoeopath… and some are very suspect indeed. Worse than that, there is a scarcity of symptoms that a homoeopath needs for differentiation between remedies.
Recently I have treated about 21 cases of influenza, and 2 cases of pneumonia, both in my locale and in America, and based on the sx of the affected persons, I gave Phos to members of the families, and no one else contracted the flu. (All the patients recovered swiftly) In examining the coronavirus, (for my locale) I see that Phos might be suitable for use as a prophylactic, however, that is only based on what SX I can find from my colleagues in hospitals and the internet.
So my advice is to just keep watching and reading and listening for ‘real’ Sx and not broad generic ones, and then at that point we can help protect our patients.
Facts: 80% of people contracting the virus have it mild. As with any other virus, death occurs in individuals having serious pre-existing disorders, like cancer, diabetes, respiratory problems, heart issues etc. Even in the 20% that have it bad, less than 2% succumb.
“a basic truth that explains or controls how something happens or works”
“a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.”
We have principles in homoeopathy. Medical principles that should guide us through all aspects of treatment and patient management. We have example after example with thousands of cases that show success in the face of mainstream and herbal medicine failure.
One principle that homoeopaths seem to neglect continuously, is acceptance of the law and principle of similars, this being the bedrock of the therapy of homoeopathy.
Too often I read homoeopaths suggesting or recommending other therapies like naturopathy, vitamins, acupuncture, TCM, reflexology etc as ‘helpful’ in the current coronavirus spread.
I’m disappointed. It would appear that people claiming to be homoeopaths are not prepared to lean on the principles of homoeopathy and pursue them vigorously to cure patients utilising the law of similars. Why is this? Do they think that other therapies are stronger than the law of similars? Did they forget that Hahnemann showed how naturopathy did not and could not work in the curative principle when he translated Cullens work?
For those wanting a prophylactic for the disease in their area, they need to STOP looking outside of the law of similars and find the similar as per the law. It is ridiculous to leave medical principles behind and look for combination remedies, or herbal solutions as the answer. Do not take any suggestions from naturopathy or Thai traditional or TCM or acupuncture as these do not conform to the law of similars. If a person claiming to be a homoeopath keeps pushing ‘solutions’ outside of the therapy, Let me remind them that they have committed to the principle of similars, and if they do not hold to it, my strong suggestion is that they should re-educate themselves or cease being known as a practitioner of Hahnemann’s therapy. They will do more damage than good.
Given that the majority of members of our profession subscribe to a false practice, it is essential that those wanting to be known as effectual practitioners, know what they are doing conforms to the directives as set by Hahnemann.
Don’t let an emergency cloud your training or judgement. Homoeopathy never fails, just the practitioner.
Homoeopathy faces enough criticism for the practice. Let us not add to it by encompassing other ineffective therapies that contradict the principles into it.
First, there are many cases of patient suffering, in which, despite investigations of all kinds, a clear diagnosis can not be established, although patients have symptoms and signs. These symptoms are sometimes categorized as psychosomatic, or as nonspecific disorders (eg diarrhoea before any examination, or any major event) and may be the cause of a decrease in quality of life. These can become homoeopathic cases, precisely because there is no disease diagnosis.
Secondly, a patient may experience recurrences, repeat disturbances of either viral (e.g., the common cold) or reaction-type (diarrhoea and bloating at certain foods: milk, fruit, meat, etc.) .). These recurrences may be due to immune deficiencies or are simply peculiarities of the patient’s physiology. Although they can be treated allopathically, they are homoeopathic cases when it comes to treating predispositions or preventing these conditions.
Thirdly, during ill-defined diseases as a diagnosis, patients exhibit different symptoms (against defined disease standards), particular, even strange, difficult to explain and difficult to fit in the “typical” picture of the disease. These symptoms are generally considered peripheral and are ignored during allopathic treatment. Sometimes the remission of the diagnosed disease, these symptoms disappear, but sometimes not. Although allopathy considers the disease healed, the patient still suffers from the same problems or always faces the same symptomatic configuration. Is he healed?
The answer in allopathy is an approximate but not as consistent with what the patient feels. He suffers – contiguous or recurrent – but is considered “healed” though he is still not well, he feels ill. In children especially, this situation is very common. The child is “cured” by tonsillitis, bronchitis, etc., but continues to be sensitive, always becoming ill.
To cure, usage of multiple antibiotics, other medicines, but nobody takes into account that the baby, for example, is sensitive to wet weather, fog, rain.
A careful general practitioner will notice this particular sensitivity, but it does not have the conceptual framework to value it, or, in other words, it can not treat it. The allergist will shrug (moisture is not an allergen), the pneumologist, the ENT will treat tonsillitis, but the sensitivity to moisture. As the patient continues to “heal”, but not to be cured and again and again to produce the same tonsillitis (bronchitis, asthma, etc.) until the tonsils are extirpated or to have a suppressive cortisone treatment, often useless and immunodepressed.
The only person who can take this particular sensitivity into account, as well as other sensitivities and peculiarities, physical, mental or reactive, and for which it has a significance is the Homeopath. He (she) is the only one who can value such apparently peripheral disease symptoms that do not relate to the proper diagnosis but to the individual interpretation of suffering. There are particular, strange, uncompromising symptoms in the diagnosis of illness, which relate to the individuality of the patient, but which directly affects him, having a safe recurrence under the same conditions.
The keywords to characterize a homoeopathic case is the individualization of suffering . If we were to describe the characteristics of “homoeopathic cases” these would be:
– Very individualized, particular symptoms, strange in association or not with certain diseases. Localizations, modalities, sensations and unusual symptoms of some symptoms.
– Unusual association of illnesses and symptoms, interesting and unexpected configurations of symptoms, signs, illnesses.
– Recurrence of disorders , whether or not related to certain events or conditions, whether external (eg climatic or food) or in-house (emotions, fears, anxieties, etc.).
– Changes in the immune system either in excess (allergies, autoimmune diseases) or in deficiency (recurrence, sensitivity).
– Resistance to allopathic treatment, even better as indicated in the diagnosis
– residual symptoms after treatment allopathic
– Diseases or symptoms after emotional trauma, professional stress or any other kind. These are afflictions with a strong causality, after which the patient did not feel well (“never well since …”)
From your friends and colleagues here in Europe and Thailand and the USA, we send our wishes and hopes for your safety and a good settlement of the current problems that beset you.
For Arden and Manisha who have worked so hard in the last few years to lay the foundation and potential for homoeopathy in Hong Kong, we send special affection for your dedication. For the students who wanted to do so much for the people of Hong Kong, and are suddenly in this political mess, we send hugs and well wishes.
For those, we love through personal knowledge, for those that rejected us, and for those that are suffering for all sorts of reasons right now… we remember you in our prayers daily.
It is a salutatory lesson that if a country will quash its own people, then internationally the world needs to be aware that they will indeed be ruthless with their dealings with Europe and the USA.