Homeopathy Tips for 10/06/09 Every Case on it’s Own

One of the greatest challenges for homeopaths is knowing when to let go of an idea about a case. This difficult task arises when we have seen cases similar to the one being received in the present. Often we will project aspects of a previous case into the case we are working. This is a process that the mind naturally wants to do. It is a function of the ego to justify and support our thoughts. But this is very dangerous in homeopathy.

Many times we will have had an experience ourselves similar to the client before us. In a casual setting one would share from a similar perspective our own experience. We can relate to another in this way; it helps us make connection to the person before us. This all comes very naturally in life. But as a homeopath this tendency creates a very big obstacle if we are to remain unprejudiced observers.  Our natural tendency to share our story with another person with a similar story needs to be suspended, especially during the case-receiving process.

If we start to share our story or relate to the case through our own story or another case similar to the one before us, we will severely prejudice the case. We will be seeing the case through our eyes and not the eyes of the client. No two cases or experiences are the same. It would be a huge mistake to make the assumption that because we as the homeopath had seen a similar case, or had a similar experience, that the remedy familiar to us or given before, would be the same remedy that the person needs. This is prejudice.

Hahnemann clearly states in the Organon, Aphorism 6; “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 health of the body and of the mind 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 it’s whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.”

Clearly Hahnemann understood the need to eliminate transcendental speculations; those ideas about the case that are speculative from the homeopath and not supported by the perceptible signs and symptoms of the client. It is only those deviations from health that form the true picture of disease of the individual. This could never come from knowledge of any previously seen case or experience of the homeopath. Each case needs to stand on it’s own. Every case is different, even if the similarities of one case to another require a similar remedy. Never make the mistake of seeing the case through your own experiences or another case. Overcoming this obstacle will make you a very fine homeopath. Failure to do so will leave you with your prejudice and usually an unresponsive case.

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20 comments so far

  1. Dr M Azizur Rahman on

    Thanks but we the Bangladeshi doctors did not follow the suggestion of real homeopath or organon. We should carefully read Organon and follow it for successful homeopath.

  2. B.K.Khurana on

    Although it is correct that each case has to be treated in isolation yet at times comparison of the previous treated cases having more or less identical symptons will be a definite guiding factor and obviously one should be prompted to derive benefit out of the past treated cases.

  3. Dr.A M Howlader Bangladesh on

    Thank u very much for such an informative article.As we know our founder of homeopathy Dr. Hahneman also clearly decried that we treat the patient not the disease.Hence every case has its own merit.

  4. Preetika on

    Yes this will definitely explore some remedies of rarer use.We often use some favourite remedies of our own and neglect the others due to prejudice(aphorism 257).At times we neglect some remedies which we have employed with bad effects,due to our own fault(aphorism 258).Once we take every case as new we can explore more in terms of a similimum remedy.

    • Robert on

      Hi Preetika,
      Thanks for your comment and references to the Organon. It would be good for all of you with an Organon to study the above referenced aphorisms. Hahnemann really understood the challenge of the homeopath.
      Best wishes to you,
      Robert Field

  5. dr fari on

    hi itz realy gud for us who realy want to permote the homeopahty. i want also prmote it but i have no plateform for it.thank you from karachi

    • Robert on

      Hi Fari,
      Now you have a platform to promote homeopathy. You can enter as many comments as you like on this forum. Please, help yourself!!
      Robert Field

  6. Pat Deacon on

    I think there are two issues here, Robert.

    On the one hand, I have found sharing my own experience or even indicating that I have seen others with a similar story in certain cases has led to a kind of catharsis for the patient. These patients have experienced relief that they are not the only human beings on the planet with this condition. Given that understanding, they will often reveal even more of their state, knowing that it is not as weird as they previously believed.

    I think,too, it is important to identify a feeling i get from a patient that I have experienced before. It will often lead me to a related remedy – say, something in the same botanical family.

    On the other hand, I completely agree that it is important not to assume that any patient will need the same remedy that other patients or I, myself, have needed in the same circumstances.

    • Robert on

      Hi Pat, Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that there will be times that a few kind words of understanding can seemingly move a mountain. Our challenge is to have a keen balance between connecting with the client and acknowledging them and entering into our own story. We must be careful with this delicate issue. Thanks again,
      Robert Field

  7. V.V.Sita Rama Rao on

    Thank you very much. I completely agree because as per Hahnemann homeopath treats patient not the decease

  8. K. Rajagopala Kurup. on

    Majority of the Doctors treat only for the purpose the patient had gone to him! They don’t take the entire case?
    There could be underlying major problems.The present problem of the patient may be an off shoot of the main dormant decease.
    Am I right?

    • Robert on

      Hello Kurup,

      Unfortunately this is true in many cases. It is important to take the entire case to prescribe accurately. Often this is not possible in an acute or emergency but it must be eventually done to help the person deeply. Thanks for your comment,
      Robert Field

  9. Dr.S.P.Khona on

    Dear Sir ,
    As Arsenic is acute of Thuja , Aconite is acute of Bryonia , Bryonia is acute of Natrum Mur , can I get such type of acute and their chronic drugs .
    Yours faithfully ,
    Sanjay

  10. dr naseermuhammad on

    dear sir

    one of the most important principal law of similar. similar remedy require great experience and
    cured totatlly. it require great knowledge of materia
    neduca abd daily read one remedy deeply. one part of studies of medicine onther part require long experience.
    my experience sul phos nat mur lyco lach cakc,carb
    chronic. every chronic patiets need miasmatic remedy lile
    s sul psor thuja medorrinum syphillinum kali sul to
    start miasmatic to cured.

  11. dr.venkatesh.k.n. on

    This isn’t new.old wine in new bottle, forgive my comparison if it hurts.what we essentially do while studying a case is relating it to a known case. that is numerous (infinite)and unknown cases are classified under some(finite)known cases,with the object of giving same remedy falling under each such class. Isn’t that we are doing in effect while prescribing ? But we are comparing not the simple or COMMON symptoms rather its the PECULIAR or so called CHARACTERISTIC symptoms we are taking for comparison,even when they aren’t themselves the complaints of the patients.Homeopathic literature is best written using the terminology adopted by brilliant men like Clarke,Kent,Boericke and Nash etc.Sorry Robert ,I can’t help thinking your advise immature.

    • Robert on

      Hello Dr Venkatesh,
      The problem with homeopathy today is that it is not always being applied in all of the most important classical ways. To compare this short newsletter, written with the desire to remind us of this simple fact, to the great masters is flattering. Thank you.
      Robert Field

  12. deepti salgunan on

    i have to move to qatar after marriage pls tell me whether i have any scope of homeopathy in qatar

  13. Dr. Josef on

    Dear sir:

    Thank you for your nice advices. Now I am lucky to be a member of this group. hope to get those in future

  14. syed on

    hi
    i m the patiant of psorises from last 10 year some it spread and some time appear nothing due to this i have reduced my sexual power i am 43 year age now so i like to ask u which kind of homeo madicin used and foe sexual pawer also
    i will thanks ful to u

  15. abdul razak ibrahim on

    Dear sir/Madam
    thank you for nice tips .now i am glad to be a member of this fantastic group or family.i hope to get more to in future.


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