The Pillars of good homeopathic prescribing - Selecting a Remedy

The final graph will often contain at least 10 or even 20 remedies. Once you are familiar with the colour group that each polychrest belongs to, you will quickly scan your eye across the results and see only one, two or three possibilities. You don't need to look at the other remedies as the patient's face tells you they won't be the best choice. You may want to check the materia medica to further confirm your remedy choice. We often don't do this now as we have chosen remedies that didn't look particularly close in the materia medica but repertorised well and once given proved to be a great remedy for the patient.

A substitute for checking the materia medica is to use the software to do a rubric search for the remedy you are interested in. Having a look at all the rubrics containing that remedy - this can give you some other indications of that remedy that will match your case. It is also a great way to study your remedy.

If a remedy shows in your graph and it hasn't been classified miasmatically but looks a good choice, try it and see. Results with these smaller remedies will allow new remedies to be classified.

Potency Choice (Chronic situations only)

There is much debate about potency choice in homeopathy. VCCH use centessimals because they are well represented in our dispensary. Daily doses are given as chronic cases need the daily extra energy the correct remedy will give the patient. This remedy must be chosen according to the totality of the symptoms of the case AND the matching miasm of the remedy. A single dose of either 6C or 30C daily works very well in most cases. Patients should be checked within 2 weeks after the initial remedy is given and then at monthly intervals until their condition is stable and their energy at balanced levels. Some patients will need and can absorb the same remedy given daily for months. The correctly chosen energetic remedy will enable their body to self-heal over time and strengthen their system against further life stresses. Occasionally we will use higher potency but given less frequently. Higher potency is only used where the remedy has been used successfully at 30C level but not held over time. A partially indicated remedy generally will not work more effectively at higher potency than 30C – a new remedy is indicated due to the partial result.

DOSE

6C

Daily dose till s&s better

5 or 10 drops daily in ½ glass of water - stir and drink

30C

Daily dose till s&s better

5 or 10 drops daily in ½ glass of water - stir and drink

200C

Single dose

In ½ glass of water - stir and drink

1M

Single dose

In ½ glass of water - stir and drink

ACUTE PRESCRIBING

We run clinics where almost all of our patients suffer with chronic complaints - occasionally we see acute cases but these are not our speciality. We originally debated whether an acute will do better on a miasmatically indicated remedy but have now decided that in a true acute any indicated remedy can be chosen - the same applies for a first aid situation. This reflects our understanding of external and internal cause/contribution. Where an acute cannot resolve itself within a reasonable time it often takes a patient's constitutional remedy (miasmatically determined) to resolve it.

  First Aid Acute Chronic
Causative factor External trauma External (virus/bacteria/contagion) combined with susceptibility of patient Internal - even where an external stress has contributed our own body and mind has responded in its own unique way
Case taking Specific to event Specific to acute symptoms Comprehensive including past and present events and symptoms
Causative factor Specific to event Specific to acute symptoms Must be miasmatic to person - measured by analysis of facial features

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