The most common question I get is,”What is the remedy for…(any particular condition)?” This question even comes from homeopathic practitioners as well as the common person wanting relief from their suffering. Often the query is about a disease or illness they or someone they know has. It is never enough to just share a remedy or two that may be helpful. In fact it becomes irresponsible to do this. Answering the question, without offering a remedy, can open the door to a bigger discussion of what homeopathy really is.
Because homeopathy is such individualized medicine, it is bound to fail when not prescribed according to the individuals symptoms. Often in an acute or emergency situation homeopathic remedies can be prescribed in a more “allopathic” way; Arnica for bruises and trauma, Aconite for shock, etc. But for any chronic or even acute cases that do not resolve when the leading remedy is given, require case taking.
To answer any of these queries by suggesting a remedy is irresponsible. Giving a well selected remedy without recieving the case will reduce the odds of a successful prescription dramatically. In addition to this it may even confuse the case. This happens when a remedy has some effect but does not go on to cure. If a remedy is prescribed on the totality of symptoms, then a better ability to understand the response happens; the homeopath will have information to work with.
Giving a remedy based on a single or even multiple symptoms without the story of the person is a recipe for disaster. It is necessary to hear the entire case to bring context to the content of their story. The best outcome of suggesting a remedy for some condition would be a very reduced chance of finding the right remedy. Most often though this leads to utter failure, where the remedy does not work, or worse, only partly effects the person and confuses the case further. This is not a good approach to prescribing. You may even do more harm than good.
Often it feels as though you may be side-stepping the opportunity to help a person, but really this must be turned into the opportunity to explain homeopathy further. When the person asks the question, “What is the remedy for…some condition?” I use this as the time to better explain homeopathy. If it is not feasible to help them directly by receiving their case, then I will recommend the person see a professional homeopath.
In the end, suggesting a remedy for any condition without having received the case is not good homeopathy. For homeopathy to flourish as the wonderful healing modality that it is, it must be done with excellence. More harm is done to the profession by bad prescribing than anything else. Only when the remedies that are prescribed work like magic, because they were the most right and perfect remedy, will homeopathy create the reputation of the grand healing art that it is. Avoid shooting from the hip and suggesting a remedy for any particular condition without receiving the case first. You will only make your own reputation better by being more responsible.