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Homeopathic Philosophy, an abbreviated guide:


Dr Eric Asher MB BS FFHom,
With kind acknowledgements to Dr David Lilley MB BCh FFHom

There are two separate types of homeopathic prescribing: acute and chronic.
You would be wise to select only acute remedies which assist you in your usual activities eg Arnica in acute injury.
Chronic case taking is a lengthy exercise, typically taking an hour. Nonetheless, many find the patterns of ill-health emerging from their personal and family history during this process to be fascinating.
Healing, when it occurs, follows a typical course of approximately one month for each year of malfunction. Leave this for trained homeopaths.

The key philosophical principles of homeopathy are:
· The law of similars, (like is treated with like).
What it can cause, it can cure.
· The law of cure, (healing occurs from top to bottom, from important organ to less important and in reverse order, so that the first clinical change to appear is the last to go).
While not all accept it as true, most homeopaths can at least work with:
· Hahnemann's theory of Miasms.
This holds that certain disease patterns run true through families and may also be acquired in life.
· Nosodes: These are remedies derived from disease products, similar in some ways to a conventional vaccine. They give the central idea of the associated miasm.

Psora: this is a pervasive familial tendency to produce symptoms with little tissue change.
The diseases commonly associated with it are scabies and eczema. The main symptom is itching.
The key remedies are:
Nosode: Psorinum
Animal kingdom: Lac caninum
Vegetable kingdom: Carbo veg.
Mineral kingdom: Sulphur

The belief system is: the world is a harsh place and we eke out our existence by the sweat of our brow. Nutrition and body boundaries eg skin are much affected by Psora.

Sycosis: this too, is familial and characterised by exuberant tissue response to trauma or toxicity.
The disease commonly associated with it is mucosal infection and polyp or cyst formation/hypertrophy. The main symptom is catarrh.
The key remedies are:
Nosode: Medorrhinum
Animal kingdom: Lachesis
Vegetable kingdom: Thuja
Mineral kingdom: Nat sulph.

The belief system is: shame is the natural human condition and we cope with as best we may, by concealing it or washing it away. Sexuality and its perversions are greatly influenced by Sycosis.
Syphilis: this familial tendency is characterised by insidious tissue destruction and infiltration.
Tissues mainly affected include, bone, nervous system and blood vessels.
Peptic ulcer is a typical example.
The key remedies are:
Nosode: Lueticum = Syphilinum
Animal kingdom: Androctonus (Scorpion)
Vegetable kingdom: Phytolacca
Mineral kingdom: The heavy/ noble metals eg Gold, Mercury, and the halogens
eg Fluorine.
The belief system is: I am alone in a destroyed planet, surrounded by the
flames of civilisation. I cope with it by rebuilding my empire by whatever
means are necessary. The darker the shadow, the brighter the light.
At a practical level, one can prescribe perfectly well, with no regard at
all to this approach.
However, this schema does allow for some planning in case management and
anticipation of the evolution of clinical findings.
For example: an athlete may present with the (COMMON) hyper-hypomobile syndrome
typical of the remedy Calc fluor. These people have recurring ligament injuries and are difficult to give correct manipulative treatment, as the problem areas are often tighter than the adjacent normal tissue, leading to over-manipulation.
This is a Syphilitic remedy, so, once this aspect of the case is fully healed, any underlying sycotic (hypertrophic/ catarrhal/ warty features in the past history should emerge. This could include gynaecological or sinus issues. These older disease manifestations will then need attention in their own right.
In summary: it is not expected that the average reader of this article will actively use these concepts, but simply be made aware of the philosophical underpinnings of homeopathic case taking and so be able to cooperate more fully with the trained homeopath and so become a more equal partner in the healing process.