Category Archives: methodology and posology

Kent, the Constitutional Remedy, Aphorisms 5 and 6

Kent James Tyler

So what should it be – Aphorism 5 or Aphorism 6?  Let’s look at them… (text taken from 6th edition)

Aphorism 5:

Useful to the physician in assisting him to cure are the particulars of the most probable exciting cause of the acute disease, as also the most significant points in the whole history of the chronic disease, to enable him to discover its fundamental cause, which is generally due to a chronic miasm. In these investigations, the ascertainable physical constitution of the patient (especially when the disease is chronic), his moral and intellectual character, his occupation, mode of living and habits, his social and domestic relations, his age, sexual function, etc., are to be taken into consideration. Continue reading

Restrictions during homoeopathic treatment: In search of the tone of the distant flute

distant flute“…in the dead of night, when all the sounds of day are hushed and perfect stillness prevails, the undisturbed ear distinctly perceives the softest tone of a distant flute…”

Reading Hahnemann is often a bracing experience.    When I read his thoughts, which he expresses so succinctly and sharply, I find myself looking at my practice and wondering…  Hahnemann’s introduction to China offers many expressions of the bracing sort… This particular subject, relating to medications and lifestyle of the patient while in treatment , appears in Hahnemann’s notes on his proving of China. Continue reading

Is it too late?

Posted in the Institute for Homeopathy’s main site by Dr. Gary Weaver.  To read the original click here.

“…………….Over excitement with the ideas of delusions and dreams might have caused some of our prescriptions to go prejudiced or in the totally wrong direction. Proving symptoms are the most reliable. with direct symptoms from the provers, we don’t need to look elsewhere. There are no preconceived notions of remedy pictures, just the symptoms of the patient.” Rajan Sankaran.

With these words, the single biggest influence on modern homoeopathic practice, “The Sensation Method” has been admitted to as being a false and misleading doctrine. For the vast majority of people in practice in the West, it has invalidated everything that they have been taught or believe. Continue reading

Hahnemann’s warning to prescribers – beware of disease names…

typhoidHahnemann’s warning to prescribers – beware of disease names…

Treating fibromyalgia? pneumonia? asthma? cancer? gingivitis? diptheria? meningitis?

In his introductions to provings, Hahnemann often gives a list of diseases where the remedy in question has been helpful.  Many seem to see this as a clear therapeutic indication for the diseases named.  It is noticeable that Hahnemann himself, a very prolific writer, did not write any form of therapeutic catalogue. Continue reading

Repertorisation – are we relying on the dictionary instead of learning the language?

Marco’s question yesterday on how to find the rubric for the symptom that resolved Boenninghausen’s case got me thinking.  You’ll find the question and my response in the article on the case here

Fact of the matter is, we’re really working backwards most of the time.  I’ll explain what I mean. Continue reading

Boenninghausen and Treatment of Composite Fevers

Composite fevers are situations where there are all kinds of combinations of heat, cold, shivering, shuddering, perspiration – with each remedy ringing its own characteristic changes on what pattern it will produce.  Each pattern is so individual in each case of sickness, or where epidemic looms, that these composite fever patterns can often unlock cases, point directly to the best prescription and achieve cure.  It is essential in such cases to get very specific information about what comes first and what comes after – is it heat first then chill? Chill, then heat, then perspiration?

Here are some of the composite fever rubrics that appear in the Therapeutic Pocketbook.  Click on the image to see the rubrics more clearly.  The first number appearing after each rubric is the symptom number in the P&W, and the second number is the number of remedies in that rubric. Continue reading

Characteristic, peculiar, and flying pigs

After a recent discussion with a colleague about the meaning of the concept “characteristic” in fitting the remedy to the disease, I trawled through the Organon in search of enlightenment. Continue reading

Changed and unchanged mental symptoms in prescribing

8. Are you sure the symptoms you took are symptoms of the disease?  If the patient is generally angry, this is a point you can use in differential diagnosis, but if that is not something that has changed, it is not part of the disease totality – don’t use it in your initial set of prescribing symptoms.  (vide Aphorism 6).

Dr. Marco Colla asked me to explain this point from my previous post in greater depth.

Before I begin, please make sure you’re sitting comfortably with a copy of the Organon on your lap, laptop, tablet (wax or digital) – and READ APHORISM 6!  Continue reading

10 tips for when the remedy isn’t working…

Many of us have seen and experienced the amazing things homoeopathy can do.  That’s what keeps us in this difficult profession right?  But sometimes the best, most carefully chosen remedy just doesn’t seem to take.   The following are tips for when the chosen remedy doesn’t seem to be working – please note, these are only some of the elements that must be checked. Continue reading

10 Tips for Homoeopathy Students

Read Primary Sources!

10 Tips for Homoeopathy Students

1.  Read the Organon yourself.  Read Chronic Diseases.  Read Hahnemann and Boenninghausen’s Lesser Writings.  You are not a baby, don’t stick to the pureed version.

2. Never let anything go unchallenged.  Ask why, and if you don’t get answers from your teachers look for them yourself.  This includes everything from the law of similars, to plastic cups, dosing methods, antidotes, choices of remedies, concepts of miasms. Continue reading