Homeopathy & Homeopathic Practice
be an expert at practicing Classical Homeopathy simply by attending
a Homeopathic school, reading countless number of homeopathic
books or by attending seminars on homeopathy. You may be learned;
however your clinical experience and ability to manage cases successfully
with homeopathic medicines will indicate your proficiency and
so many schools of homeopathy in the recent past that homeopaths,
especially those newly entering homeopathic practice, are confused
regarding the ideal method of practicing this relatively simple,
yet profound science.
Over the past
15 years my experience with homeopathy has been very fascinating
and an eye opener. I have been fortunate to witness the effects
of homeopathic medicines on thousands of cases at the different
centres which we run, using different approaches in homeopathy.
Having lost count, I can still say that over 60000 new cases have
been seen at our centres and millions of prescriptions written
out to patients.
When I started
practicing homeopathy my initial prescriptions were influenced
by and based on the recommendations and principles of our masters
such as Hahnemann, Kent, William Boerricke etc, and were primarily
homeopathic single remedy prescriptions. The outcome was fantastic
in simple, clear cut cases; however when cases were complicated
and when two or three homeopathic remedies were indicated it was
a disaster. The problem which arouse was whether two homeopathic
remedies, as long as they were complementary or at least not antidotal,
could be prescribed covering different aspects of the symptomatology.
This approach worked well too, in most acute cases where immediate
relief was expected, as well as in chronic cases which need both
a constitutional as well as a superficial, faster acting homeopathic
As my practice
grew and my level of comfort in dealing with chronic conditions
increased in routine practice, I was compelled to understand homeopathic
medicines in more depth. I now approached cases by studying patients
personality in depth and fit their individuals characteristics
with our know polychrest remedies. This yielded wonderful results
in patients primarily affected by emotional or psychiatric conditions
as well as psychosomatic conditions.
Do note that
there are some well-known groups of ‘Classical Homeopaths’
documenting cases extensively on the basis of mental symptoms
as well as classify the person into homeopathic groups or kingdoms.
It is worth reading such books; however in my opinion one must
be cautious and not be overwhelmed by these contortions. You need
to be the final judge by applying new methods in your own practice
and realizing the limitations and advantages and their practicality
in day-to-day practice. Unless you have an extensive knowledge
of each and every remedy in our Materia Medica, you will end up
prescribing a limited number of homeopathic remedies and will
limit your scope of clinical success, drastically.
Do also note
that homeopaths who delve into such research are already established
and have a busy homeopathic practice. They can afford to take
risks and would matter less if a certain percentage of their patients
were not benefitted. You will also hear and read of homeopathic
cases which have yielded a positive response to a certain new
approach or remedy and never of the limitations or drawbacks of
a certain method. The hurdles inexperienced, new homeopaths will
face will arise from such distorted views and the birth of new
approaches in homeopathy emerging worldwide.
can be practiced in numerous ways and the method you adopt cannot
be challenged as long as you follow the basic principles which
govern this science and have clinical evidence to support the
same. It is in every homeopaths best interest to share their methods
as well as discuss their drawbacks, which we seldom see, except
from those wanting to market their practice or charm the homeopathic
community for accolades.
homeopathy’ is Homeopathy practiced as per the laws which
are in the Homeopathic Organon and as far as the clinical application
of the same is concerned, there are numerous ways you can achieve
a cure, recovery or palliation. This process is constantly evolving
and you have the right to experiment and learn as you handle cases.
The simple guidelines to start with are as mentioned below.
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our next update:
Start the treatment by prescribing a Homeopathic remedy which
covers the totality of the patients’ general, physical
and mental characteristics.
superficial & deep acting remedy:
Certain homeopaths prescribe a superficial acting homeopathic
remedy (a remedy covering the physical, local or pathological
signs and symptoms) with the intention of relieving the patient
immediately (or palliating the condition in irreversible states),
and periodically prescribe the constitutional or deeper acting
homeopathic remedy at intervals, with the intention of a longer
and sustained homeopathic cure.
You can prescribe the homeopathic remedy initially, then take
a break, and resume the dosage if the condition relapses. For
e.g. 3 doses of a homeopathic medicine can be prescribed on
the first day, followed by placebo for a week. Reanalyze the
condition and if the condition demands so, repeat the dosage.
Palliation: In conditions which need palliation, the chosen
remedy can be prescribed daily, the potency of which will vary
with the intensity of the condition.
mode of Homeopathic treatment:
This is useful in cases which present numerous symptoms and
no clear indication for a single remedy. Start with the main
indicated remedy which covers the totality of the most characteristic
symptoms. As the signs and symptoms change or the degree of
the symptoms change, the remedy or potency changes too. Be careful
to distinguish between symptoms of the homeopathic remedy and
those of the patient as you may prove the remedy in some cases.
Do give time for things to subside and don’t be impulsive.
Remedies such as Psorinum, Thuja, Tuberculinum, Syphilinum etc
play a vital role in stimulating cases which does not yield
Homeopathic remedy classification into kingdoms and groups:
There are numerous
authors who have classified remedies into different groups or
kingdoms and the symptoms common to them (Plant, Animal, Minerals
and their subkingdoms). Definitely worth reading to get an understanding
of their common symptoms and will help you streamline and classify
patients as well. However, do not indulge into this if you aren’t
familiar with the basic keynotes of homeopathic remedies. Your
decisions can become biased and you will tend to ignore remedies
which actually need to be prescribed.
- Prescribing Homeopathic remedies based
on single keynote symptoms:
Traditionally homeopaths have done this and an excellent tool
when time is the essence. The results can be fantastic provided
the symptom matches the exact symptoms (keynote, 3rd degree)
as in the MM (e.g as in Allen or Boericke MM). Not as easy as
you may think as you need to be a keen observer with thorough
knowledge of these Homeopathic keynotes.
Doctrine of signature:
You may be aware that numerous remedies in Homeopathy are compared
to their natural state or existence. A plant or animal’s
anatomy or behavior when resembles a certain facet of our patient
has useful relevancy and can be the guiding sign or symptom.
Do not get carried away with this notion as it can be disastrous
and misleading. You may have read published articles where homeopaths
prescribe an animal remedy simply because the traits were like
an animal; or, a remedy from the plant kingdom as the patients
showed some vulnerability etc. You will end up becoming prejudiced,
so be cautious. Do not ignore what is in front of you while
creating some mysterious interpretation in your mind.
on Homeopathic remedies which have been proven and documented:
Do not indulge into prescribing homeopathic remedies which haven’t
been proven thoroughly or lacks clinical data. Relying on a
handful of cases isn’t sufficient. If in doubt apply the
same in your practice and judge for yourself. In the recent
past a limited number of homeopathic remedies are repeatedly
presented and documented in Homeopathic Magazines by ‘Classical
Homeopaths’. They seem to have forgotten our common polychrest
remedies and repetitively mention unknown and non-proven remedies.
Very misleading indeed!
be obsessed by the term “Classical Homeopathy”
If you practice homeopathy as per the ‘Organon’
you are a classical homeopath, automatically. The word ‘Classical’
simply means that you practice homeopathy as per Hahnemann’s
rules and does not necessarily mean that you indulge into taking
lengthy case and family histories, as most new to homeopathy
cases as they are and not as you imagined it to be:
Only if you have a thorough knowledge of most of the homeopathic
remedies can you make a sound prescription. If you are thorough
only with the polychrest remedies and fail to appreciate the
smaller ones, you will end up prescribing only a handful of
homeopathic remedies. So keep reading…
be delusional or egoistic:
Most homeopathic prescriptions are based on the patients’
symptoms and will be the likely similimum. Do not criticize
a homeopathic prescription or methodology simply because you
fail to understand it or follow a certain school of thought.
Your experience and clinical successes should speak for itself.
drug pictures of new and lesser known homeopathic remedies:
Cases presented by homeopaths in seminars or publications are
based on the physicians ability to precisely fit the patients
symptoms with that of the remedy and depends on his/her understanding
of that remedy. If the same case was presented to another homeopath
it is very likely that some other homeopathic remedy may be
prescribed as the case may be perceived differently. There is
no ideal or supreme homeopathic drug picture. There is only
the most likely drug picture. You will learn to identify homeopathic
remedies with time. Read and learn from your teachers and senior
homeopaths, but do not follow them blindly. Learn from your
own experiences. Do not expect miracles by blindly prescribing
a homeopathic remedy which was found to be useful by someone
Successfully managing cases of similar kind will make you popular
and you may eventually be known as a specialist. Experience
will teach you to manage similar cases with a handful of remedies.
However, your chances of failing here too exist and your success
will depend on your ability to recognize homeopathic remedies
other than those you prescribe routinely.
isn’t as easy as you thought and the process of learning
and evolving will last for the rest of your homeopathic life.
However, your chances of success will improve only by keeping
an open mind, using only proven tools and your ability to recognize
what is to be cured in a case, rather than your quest for the
are most welcome and we do encourage you to email us.
Dr. Anish Vaknalli