During a conversation with a friend the other morning I was reminded of how little about homeopathy is known and understood by the general public AND even by many people who are interested in holistic health and who tend to gravitate towards natural remedies themselves.
There are many differences between allopathy and homeopathy, of course, but what I want to focus on today is the fact that homeopathy treats the individual. The patient. NOT the disease.
In fact, when I am taking a case from a client, whether it is for constitutional or chronic care, or even when I take an acute case, I am really not concerned with the name of the disease.
Why is this?
Many reasons, but one reason is because no two people are alike, and similarly no two people with a disease are going to suffer the same.
I am concerned with how my patient is suffering – not how the “classic” presentation of the disease would look. In fact, it is those symptoms that are uncommon to the disease that I am even more interested in, as a homeopath.
At this point I think it’s important to distinguish between disease and dis-ease. Diseases are things like arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. They are a collection of pathology or symptoms given a (usually long and important sounding) name.
Typically if somebody has a collection of symptoms or pathology they are diagnosed with ‘XYZ’ disease. Most allopathic treatments are decided based on the diagnosis
On the other hand, dis-ease is what exists on the spiritual level in your body and that dis-ease is expressed through your vital force (which also gives you life) and manifests itself as physical suffering.
This goes back to the idea that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience here on earth. Allopathy and even many natural medicine systems still very much believe that we are first and foremost physical beings. In fact, western medicine is just beginning to acknowledge that there is an emotional and spiritual part to us. In homeopathy, the idea that we are spiritual beings is of utmost importance.
Your particular group of symptoms may not fit into a diagnosis. They might be such “mild” symptoms that if you were to go to an allopathic doctor with those symptoms, he or she may not be able to help you.
If the dis-ease goes untreated long enough, the mental and physical suffering may turn into pathology (tissue changes) and THAT is typically when the average person finds themselves at the doctor.
With homeopathy, we are able to treat the person – the WHOLE person – BEFORE there is pathology.
This means a patient can come to me when they are having mental symptoms and maybe slight physical symptoms and I am able to help them before there have been tissue changes, which are more likely to be permanent or at least much harder to heal from.
You see, homeopaths aren’t concerned with a diagnosis. We don’t need the totality of your symptoms to be named “arthritis” before we can help you.
So when I am taking a case, I want to know everything I can about the person. I want to know all the ways in which they suffer. In other words, what do they want to change? What bothers them? What do they love? What is most important to them?
If it’s an acute illness, I want to know how they are acting, how are they most comfortable, do they want fresh air or not, are they lying in bed or propped up on the couch? All of these details are important.
As you can see, there is a lot more to the suffering of a person than just the name of their disease. It’s the person and how they are suffering that we are concerned with!
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