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Questions Patients Ask – 12

Elaine Lewis
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Elaine, if a person receives a dose of a given remedy which helped the first time, and receives 5 more doses of the same remedy of same potency without succussing each dose, and the patient becomes sicker than he was as Hahnemann observed, and then after two years he is still suffering…. how is one to reverse this proving? I could not find a process to reverse this remedy disease which is more harmful than natural disease. Please shed more light on this issue. I have used the “Aggravation Zapper” but it is not working at all. I think the remedy has knocked out the vital force like a punch from Muhammad Ali. And the remedy was a true similimum and matched all the symptoms! How to overcome this aggravation? Another point is local homeopaths do not give a remedy in a minute dose, they are saying take 6 pellets everyday. Are they not harming the illiterates and making them more sick than they were? It is not wise to use homeopathy like this.–Faheem

My goodness! People really do not understand Hahnemann at all–maybe because nobody reads The Organon! Here’s the problem. Everyone is so influenced by the dominant medical model that it infects our practice! We think you have to give the medicine on a regular basis just like “real” doctors do, it’s as if we have nothing else to go on, no other health care model to imitate, and you can see what the result is. This is not the way to practice homeopathy. And it’s right in the Organon; but, apparently, no one wants to read it for some reason, maybe because it’s “old”, I don’t know. Here is Aphorism 246:

aph. 246, 6th ed.:

Every perceptibly progressive and strikingly increasing amelioration during treatment is a condition which, as long as it lasts, completely precludes every repetition of the administration of any medicine whatsoever,

Translation: If you’re clearly getting better, stop dosing!  But now, what do doctors say? Don’t stop your medication!!!!!  Finish the bottle!!!!  And that’s what we go by!  But is this what Hahnemann says to do?  No!!!

So, the sad part of this is, the remedy worked for this patient and all the patient had to do was stop taking it; but, he kept on because the practitioner’s “dosing schedule” had to be followed, and he wound up “proving” the remedy or aggravating from it.

Our remedies are double-edged swords! If you HAVE the complaint, the remedy cancels it. If you DON’T have the complaint, the remedy CAUSES it! That’s why when the complaint is gone or improving noticeably, you have to stop the remedy! In fact, any striking improvement precludes further dosing, as Hahnemann said. Dosing should be like this, as one of my clients once described: If you’re kicking a ball uphill, no need to kick it again unless it starts rolling back down.

So now the patient has a remedy disease; but, two years have gone by! It is now resisting treatment, like all chronic disease! Which brings me to another pet peeve of mine: homeoapths who say, “I don’t treat acutes.” Why??? It’s the only thing that absolutely works! The one thing you can count on is that if you’ve got an acute complaint, homeopathy will work, and it means one less thing in the patient’s life to turn chronic! Chronics are not easily cured, the organism adjusts and makes room for them, accomodates them and let’s them be!

So, at best, let this be a warning to homeopaths and others using homeopathy out there to practice responsibly according to The Organon by Samuel Hahnemann, and my first suggestion along these lines is to read Dr. Luc De Schepper’s Hahnemann Revisited. It’s written so well, so easy to read, I get nothing but positive feedback about it! It’s a great place to start learning how to do it right.

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Dear Ms. Elaine Lewis,

I have 2 years old child, she can’t digest fatty & heavy food. whenever eats those food she loose weight. no problem was found in her lab test. She hates being alone and sleep in her bed. I started pulsatilla 30 c 1 drop 3 times a day. after 2 days she took all the drops accidently so i gave her 1 cup of mint water as an antidote. Her digestion get a bit better (her stool smell get better and she sweat less than before). shall i continue pulsatilla 30c?

thank you in advance

Don’t repeat as long as she’s improving. Repeat only if she starts to relapse.

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Elaine, my son catches a new cold before the old one is even finished!

There’s a rubric, “Tendency to Catch Colds”. Unfortunately, it has 146 remedies in it! However, Silica is one of them! It’s in BOLD. So, I’m thinking Silica 6X three times a day for a week or two. Sometimes, by giving a remedy in low potency, you can get results even though it may not be the “simillimum”, per se. It’s like, the lower the potency, the less “on target” a remedy has to be. Think of low potencies as a spray, like water from a spray bottle that covers a wide area, and think of high potency remedies like laser beams. In the latter, there’s no room for error! If the laser beam is off by only one inch, it still misses the target; whereas, the mist or spray can be considerably “off” and still hit the target! So, that’s what I’m hoping for here by suggesting Silica 6X. As usual, if it makes him worse, stop dosing. If he gets significantly better, stop dosing.

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Elaine, is there any way you can point me in the direction of some informative books I can purchase to help me with homeopathy? My only need for it right now is to heal our family and use it for our personal use. I’d like to get to the point where anything that comes up, I can take care of it. Basically, I’d like to become the family doctor! I have been thinking about purchasing my own Materia Medica/Repertory but there are so many out there that I really don’t know which one’s best. At some point, I might take a few classes, but that’s a whole other conversation. For now, I’m learning by consulting with you 🙂

Such a big topic! Well, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. Yes, a Materia Medica and a Repertory, which reminds me that this can start getting expensive real fast! But there’s only one Repertory I could possibly recommend and that’s Murphy’s Repertory, 3rd ed., called the Homeopathic Clinical Repertory:

You know, people complain constantly about one thing and another, but very few people actually DO anything to make a difference! Robin Murphy saw a lot wrong with the Repertory and actually took the trouble to fix it! Of course, it took years!

He put the whole thing in alphabetical order, not just the chapters but the material within the chapters as well. Plus he added new rubrics and new chapters to make finding things easier. Where do you find “desires milk”? It’s in the “Food” chapter! Where do you find “midnight agg.” It’s in the “Time” chapter! Where do you find “faints during menses”? It’s in the “Fainting” chapter! Do you see what I mean? There’s no mystery about where things are anymore! I don’t know why everyone doesn’t have this book; where is the common sense? (“Well, I had to learn Kent’s Repertory, so, it’s ‘tradition’; so, the rest of you have to learn it too!”) Is that what this is all about? Frankly, I think it’s embarrassing to have to say to a doctor who might be interested in homeopathy, “Here is our most important book, the Repertory; but, it’s not self-explanatory, so, you’re going to have to take a course in how to use it.” What??? What are we trying to do, shoot ourselves in the foot? So, thank God for Murphy’s Repertory, is all I can say.

So, the companion book to the Repertory is the Materia Medica. Again, there’s Murphy’s Materia Medica, called Nature’s Materia Medica:

Unlike the Repertory, there are MANY materia medicas, and I don’t really know of anybody who has just one. I also have Morrison’s Desktop Guide:

Materia Medicas are books that give descriptions of remedies in detail.

Another book you’re going to want to buy is Homeopathic Medicine in the Home by Jonathan Breslow:

Breslow teaches us how to take an acute case, and I can’t think of anything more important than that! Breslow will be asking you to buy

Homeopathic Medicine at Home

by Panos. Breslow calls this his “Text”. He will also ask you to buy Boericke’s MM with Repertory; but, if you’ve already got Murphy’s, you won’t need to buy Boericke’s too. Finally, I wish that everyone would read Hahnemann Revisited by Dr. Luc De Schepper as I mentioned above. This is a text book. Dr. Luc explains homeopathy so simply, in such a conversational way, it’s an absolute joy to read! Well, that oughta get you started!

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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  • DEAR DR,
    YOU ARE RIGHT THAT MOST HOMEOPATHS ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES OF ORGANON. BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE TO EVOLVE SOME METHODS OF OUR OWN FOR THE BEST TREATMENT OF THE PATIENT. PLACEBO IS ALSO USED TO CONVINCE THE PATIENT THAT HE IS TAKING MEDICINE EVERY DAY. THE REPETION AND POTENCY IS ALSO SELECTED AS PER THE REQUIREMENT. THIS COMES WITH EXPERIENCE ONLY. FOR EXAMPLE I REALISE THAT ARNICA 3 OR 6 IS BETTER FOR FRESH INJURY AND NOT 30/200 AND ACONITE 200 IS BETTER FOR IMMEDIATE DRY COLD AND NOT 6/30
    THANKS
    DR SHEKHAR

  • I have a question. If a person who is healthy takes a substance which has a good effect what would happen if the same substance was potentized. Does it magnify the positive effect?

  • Lynn, that’s a really good question! I wouldn’t make it into a remedy unless it stopped working, and then I would make a low potency like a 6X. I don’t know if there’s any rule that whatever works in mother tincture also works in potency. Take coffee for instance. It keeps you awake. But coffee in potency puts you to sleep. So, I just don’t know…

  • I am using software from Inergetix.com which allows me to add remedies of my own making as well as what is already in the database. By scanning the database with the witness it brings up resonating remedies from all sources. I have added a list of feelings, as potency list, herb list, scriptures which is an ongoing project and about 130 other custom lists. By entering a list of potencies and scanning the list for a witness it usually comes up with very high dilutions. This led me to think that the higher potencies may amplify the good effect of a mother tincture. I also use a touch pad from an earlier system that tells me the answer to my question may be correct. i was just wondering if anyone out there in the world has expirimented with potentizing things that would benefit a healthy person at the mother tincture level. So far my indications are positive.

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