Homeopathy Tips for 12/27/11 Receiving a Good Case

I often have students write up their cases that they are working on outside of the class for me to review and make recommendations. It is a part of the mentor process that our school uses to help the budding homeopath. Sometimes the student will report the case as if it is a clinical report without testimony from the client. There is really not much that I can do to help when this is the case.

Sometimes the student will present the case word for word from the client but still there will be no flavor to the case. When I say flavor there are lots of stories but the quality of the presentation is missing. There may not be any notes as to the observations the homeopath is making. It is always more than just the story.

The homeopath’s job is to not lead the case but be a good guide so that more than just stories are told. It is in the story that we get the information we need, but sometimes the story can be without any flavor. There might be a theme that emerges, but if left to just figure out what the story means can be difficult sometimes.

Receiving a good case requires active listening and being able to “hear” the subtle nuances of the story. This is when it is necessary to make a note and ask questions later for clarification. As an example, sometimes a theme of injustice  may seem to be present but upon closer questioning the story is really referring to a part of the person that is not necessarily about injustice but about defending a particular person.

Using this example it is very necessary to understand this part of the story . If the rubric Mind; Injustice, can not support were used it would influence the possibilities for remedies to consider and would lead to possibly the incorrect remedy being selected.

I ask many questions for clarification during case receiving. I do not interrupt the flow of the delivery but instead wait for the next natural pause to happen before I ask for them to elaborate on the part of the story that is still unclear in my mind.

Understanding what is asking to be healed is very important. If this is not understood then we really do not have a case to work with.  If we let the person ramble on and tell story after story as a running diatribe, then this is not good case skills either. The person needs to understand that for the homeopath to understand what is asking to be healed there needs to be some focus on the therapeutic part to the case.

I will often ask the question,” if you could change anything in your life, what would it be?” If I get the answer one million dollars or something that seems unreasonable or trite and not really connected to the vital health of the person I will ask a second question that will usually get me to better understand the case. I will ask,”assuming that the remedy I give you works perfectly, what will have changed when you come for our next visit?” This gets the person thinking about the specifics of their suffering and they will then be telling you just what is asking to be healed.

There are also the subtle, unspoken observations that contribute to the case that may be speaking even louder than their words. These must not be ignored. Always make good notes of the physical observations during the case. Sometimes there may be the particular symptom that will lead to the right remedy.

The homeopath must use all of his/her faculties of observation to receive a good case. We must be unprejudiced observers. Do not take anything for granted during the case. Be open and like an empty vessel ready to be filled up with all aspects of their story. Set your intention prior to sitting down with the individual. If the case seems like it is not going anywhere ask for help from higher powers. Ask the client what they really want help with for their healing. Write down verbatim everything that they say. You will then have the beginnings of a good case that you can  review. Get very clear about what is asking to be healed. If you do not know this with complete certainty, then you still do not have a good case.

10 comments so far

  1. Karan on

    It is an interesting issue for homeopath and patient alike.
    For a proper treatment of the case,how the case is taken and how the case is given are both important.

  2. Zille Subhani on

    Taking a case is an art. Homeopath should have good knowledge in asking quistions perticularly related to the patient’s problems. In case taking some of the considration could be as following:
    Family history, patient’s history, adverse reactions, constitution, physical characteristics which includes hair greasy or dry, over weight/underweight, loose skin/old looking, tidy/untidy.
    Tension, depressed, perspiration hot/cold, clothes likes tight loose, friendship easy/not easy.
    Interest, hobbies.
    Emotional Charactersitics: under control, likes music or dislikes, problem of married life, sleep, self description.
    Then it comes to head, eyes, face, teeth, mouth, thirst, appitite, digestion, eating hot/cold. Heart, lungs.
    Constipation urine
    Also some question for female patient: Menarche, cycle, premenstrual syndrome, menorrhagia, prgnancy problems, menopause etc.
    Above are few questions to be considered by homeopath while taking a case. Remember a case taken properly can help for future remedies if the first prescription does not work well.
    Regards
    Zille
    Jeddah Saudi Arabia
    Mobile: 00966504662505
    zskhan@almabani.com.sa

  3. Lori Gertz on

    I am smiling because I know there is no irony in receiving this from you today.

    As you know I work with people all over the country by skype and IM and this makes it challenging to get the nuances of the physical characteristics and the voice and intonation, which when I take a case personally I get in spades. Many people who come to me do so because of their knowledge of my positive homeopathic experience with a particularly challenging special needs child, and so many of them are starting from the same “parenting a special, challenging child” platform I started at many years ago.

    I work from a place of understanding their “attitude” and “response” to that challenge and then build the case separately from that trying to make conclusions only from what they tell me. In the end, I identify what is asking to be healed by virtue of the unfoldment of discussion during the case taking in combination with how I know them to respond to this “stressor”. But, and this is a big but, I am a new student and am still learning to reporatize. What comes of it, is that too much information stalemates my intuition. I need to be more mindful of this and thank you so much for attending to it in this forum. Warmly, L

  4. Aaron on

    Robert, I loved this article. As you always say in class, “keep it simple and don’t read in to the case” that is helping me alot with cases. If I report and take note exactly as a recording device, for example, a video camera, and write down exactly what transpires, not my interperatation or opinions, the case then flows towards the core issue. Finding “whats asking to be healed” is then shown to us and not constructed by us to fit a specific remedy we may have in mind. If we watch, listen, and feel the case acurately in it’s entirety, the correct remedy for this case will “resonate with the client” when the remedy essence is read. Thank you again

  5. Muhammad Siddique on

    Thanks Dr. R
    This is very useful articles for beginners. Need more and more. Thanks

  6. Karen on

    I like how you redirect the person when they are vague as in winning a million dollars. Thanks!

  7. Monina Vazquez on

    Thank you Robert, very useful article. Happy New Year!
    Monina

  8. lakshmi on

    Thank you sir,very good information.

  9. debdas on

    I understand the matter. It willbe very helpful to me . Thank you.

  10. debdas on

    Pl. send me suggestion about Diabatic Case with Medicine.


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