Homeopathy & Conventional Medicine
Inherent Difficulties in Homeopathic Practice
1. One of the major difficulties in being a homeopath is selecting the correct homeopathic remedy. This is much more difficult than in selecting a drug of choice in conventional medicine because in Homeopathy the selection of remedy is not dependent on the type of disease the patient is labeled as having. Thus a patient, in conventional medicine, may be labeled as having eczema and there are a selected number drugs of choice for this pathological condition. But in Homeopathy a specific homeopathic interview is taken, where the present pathological symptoms are noted, when they began, if there was a specific emotional or other stress prevalent prior to this symptom coming to the surface, the sleep and eating patterns of the individual, the emotional situation of the patient and a character or personality profile. The Homeopath then chooses a homeopathic remedy which in Clinical Provings showed that a more toxic dosage of this remedy when given to healthy individuals brought to the surface the same pathological symptoms that this individual is now showing. Thus two individuals may be labelled in conventional medicine as having eczema, but in Homeopathy after the individual interview is taken they might be given totally different remedies.
This interview takes one to two hours and there are specific questions asked to differentially diagnose between homeopathic remedies as well. So you see this interview examines not only the pathological symptoms prevalent in the individual at this point in time but gives us a holistic clinical picture. This interview helps us in seeing the possible genetic predisposition of the individual to this specific disease since we also ask if close relatives had any similar pathological condition.
Thus we choose a remedy according to “Similia Similibus Curentur” or in plain English
“Like Cures Like.”
Thus the Homeopath must have studied fully the clinical pictures of the homeopathic remedies, and this is difficult since there are about 500 polychrests (the major homeopathic remedies used) and three thousand smaller remedies. Thus in consulting a Homeopath it behooves the patient to know the background of his Homeopath, which Homeopathic Academy he has attended, who his teachers were, and his “CURE” percentage which is attested to by the number of patients he has “cured.”And let us not kid ourselves, the more your therapist knows the human organism and its pathology the better he can treat you. Thus if your homeopath is also a medical doctor then he not only know conventional medicine but knows Homeopathy as well and this is a double blessing.