Aggravations are part of the homeopathic healing process. They can be mild or severe. And they can be managed so that they do not interfere with life so much. They can also be mismanaged and even created by improper prescribing. I will go over a common mistake and how to avoid it.
Posology is the study of potency and the frequency of the dose. The selection of the remedy is based on the individual. The selection of the potency and how to apply it is also based on the individual. This is a slightly different process to select the correct posology.
I find that most cases are much easier to manage with lower potencies and daily dosing. A daily dose is in harmony with our own biorhythms. The sun rises each day and the sun sets each day. By giving a daily dose, one time per day, it is inviting the vital force to respond to the remedy based on our own biorythm.
Because lower potencies are traditionally less aggravating, they are much easier to manage this way. It is simply inviting...
Biochemistry is a foundational understanding of using body constituents to help the body heal. Its roots date back to 1832 where a statement was written in Stapf's Archiv: "All the essential component parts of the human body are great remedies." Another article in the same journal from 1846 reads, "All the essential component parts of the human body act on such organs principally where they have function."
It was in 1873 that Dr. Schuessler published his first article about the biochemical form of medicine. He identified a basic understanding about this medical view. It is based on three main principles.
Over the course of the last 10 years, I have found that there are about 700 different remedies that I have prescribed. Some remedies only once and others much more often. But on occasion, there will be a time when after years of not prescribing a remedy, it will be indicated two or three times in one week. Each time this happens, I carefully examine myself for prejudice. But it seems there will be times when the energy of a remedy will be "in the air." This is a good time to learn more about a remedy. Lately, Cicuta Virosa has been coming around. Rather than repeat Materia Medica, I want to share some observations of cases of Cicuta.
Cicuta Virosa is commonly called Water Hemlock. It is very poisonous and even if a very small amount is ingested, it can lead to convulsions and death. Its most common homeopathic indications are convulsions from epilepsy causing stiffness, vomiting, and the head twisting to the side during convulsions.
In all the cases I...
Motion sickness, which includes airsickness, carsickness, and seasickness, is an acute condition that causes a feeling of nausea and malaise. It is usually accompanied by vomiting, headache, and vertigo. There are drugs to help prevent this condition but homeopathy offers one of the best solutions for prophylaxis as well as treatment.
Motion sickness is caused by an overstimulation of the vestibular nerve in the inner ear which controls balance. The condition is usually brought about by motion that is accompanied by acceleration and deceleration. The body has a hard time keeping up with the continual changes brought on by the constant motion and movement.
Motion sickness is common in children who are susceptible to the motions of riding in cars and boats. Once motion sickness sets in, the first symptom is usually nausea. This can be accompanied by sweats or chills, dizziness, hyperventilation, headache, anxiety, inability to concentrate, and sometimes claustrophobia. Vomiting...
In the last two weeks, we discussed the first two phases of the evolution of the student practitioner. In this last part, we will explain the third and final phase of this journey to becoming a homeopath. Once that decision has been made to embrace the journey and commit to becoming a homeopath, the student practitioner begins the evolution to practitioner. As a student practitioner, the challenges are great and the biggest challenge is yourself.
The journey to being a homeopath is fraught with highs and lows, successes and failures. Because this journey is not a straight line, it is easy to get bogged down in self-reproach and defeat. I see this end in much frustration for students. The desire to know it all right now is great. This can lead to many disappointments. I encourage my students to be loving, kind, and forgiving to themselves. Never will everything there is to know be learned. It is an ongoing process. So this third phase somewhat lasts forever. It is good to get...
Last week, we explored the first phase of the evolution of the student practitioner. This phase is filled with the new excitement of seeing and being a part of the homeopathic case. The spark of belief that I too want to be able to do this is ignited. Learning to see people and their dis-ease usually comes fairly easy with the beginners mind. Having a few successful experiences of knowing what is asking to be healed greatly boosts the new student practitioner's confidence. Usually, after six months, a certain restlessness sets in and the new desire to "do" homeopathy arises.
This is the beginning of the next phase in their evolution. It is not the easiest or happiest of times for most student practitioners. The frustration really begins and the realization that they do not know how to use the repertory or find remedies set in. The common question is, "How do you repertize that?" Often, there is no rubric for an idea of the case and this can be quite frustrating. The student...
Students of homeopathy go through many stages of their learning. There is a different challenge at each stage. At Resonance School of Homeopathy (RSH), we are using live cases in a teaching/clinical setting to provide the opportunity to learn to be a homeopath. Our school is different, so these observations may not apply to all students of homeopathy. The challenges are obviously different for each student of each school. That is following the same nature of homeopathy, every case and every homeopath is different also. For our students at Resonance, though, there are definite stages to their learning and challenges. Here I will share the first of the three stages of their evolution. Stay tuned for part two and part three in the next two blog posts!
Unless a student coming to RSH has been to another school of homeopathy prior to attending, the live clinical teaching seminars, the first stage of the evolution, to becoming a homeopath is one of excitement and wonder. Even students...
Duality is a concept that is inherent in our universe. Dualism (from the Latin word duo meaning "two") denotes the state of two parts. The term dualism was originally coined to denote co-eternal binary opposition, a meaning that is preserved in metaphysical and philosophical duality discourse but has been more generalized in other usages to indicate a system that contains two essential parts.
We see this throughout our world; good/bad, light/dark, boy/girl, happy/sad, yin/yang, etc. The list is nearly endless. So how does this apply to homeopathy and receiving a case? It is a concept that we inherently use in all of our daily lives but rarely do we see it for what it simply is.
When we receive a case, we naturally interpret what we hear through our own filters. This is our human nature. Even the concept of duality is so ingrained in our consciousness that we often take it for granted that the polar opposites of what we are considering exist. This is where if we consider what a...
One of my dear students presented me with a paper written by George Vithoulkas about the different methods being taught in homeopathy right now. It was a comparison of the Hahnemannian approach as outlined in the Organon and newer methods being taught by different teachers around the world; more specifically Sankaran, Scholten, Becker and Chappell.
Vitholkas' argument is that many of the newer ways of understanding homeopathy are not following the Organon and that many newer remedies have not been proven in a classical sense. I happen to agree with Vitholkas very much on this. Even though great understanding can be gained by experimenting and extrapolating ideas, the remedies need to be proven. Much happens in the proving of the real substance that needs to be organized through a proper proving.
I do not discount the newer methods though. I too have created remedies from intention alone and experienced the effects of the proving. But I have never published these...
I had a very interesting case last week that I thought I would share some comments about. Hopefully, this will illustrate the importance of remaining unattached to remedies while doing the case analysis. Had I held fast to the remedy that best repertized, I would have made a mistake for sure. I'll explain!
This case was of a 57-year-old man who has been suffering from depression, lack of confidence, and indecision in his life. He is unmarried and a school teacher who does not enjoy his job and wants to quit but hasn't been able to do it just yet.
He has sleep problems and wakes up suddenly at night thinking about the difficulties of his day. His first remark describing his condition was, "it goes deep." He has memory issues that frustrate him to no end. He can't remember where he puts things and has to search to find the item he last had in his hand.
He is a recovering alcoholic with 3 decades of sobriety. He described passing out numerous times from drinking too...
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