I hear this question so often, I’m surprised no one else has written about it! “Do you treat fibroid tumors?” “How many cases of asthma have you cured?” “When will I be cured of psoriasis?” “Can you assure me that you will cure my eczema and it will never come back?”
These all seem like reasonable questions, but people have to understand the following:
There are cures in the homeopathic literature for virtually every disease you can name, including even the worst ones like MS, Autism and Polio. Does this mean that it will inevitably cure your case as well? I wish I could flatly say yes; but, there is no guarantee and here’s why. No case of disease is like any other case of disease!
You may assume that if you’ve seen one case of Asthma, you’ve seen them all! But you have no idea how different these cases are! The triggers are all different–some episodes come on from rainy weather, some in dry weather, some have a known cause like exposure to dust, for others the cause is unknown; some patients are athletic and energetic while others are weak, fragile and have many other conditions to contend with at the same time; the number of variables in these cases is endless! Do you see how overly simplistic it is, then, to ask, “Can you cure this disease?”
Believe it or not, there is actually no other case like yours. The case has to be taken: What does it consist of, what’s happening, what is the story? How is a homeopath supposed to know these things in advance? The only real question is, Does the homeopath know how to take a case? That’s really all you can ask of him, to take a proper case. You might say, “How difficult can it possibly be to find out what’s wrong with a person?” but that’s not what a homeopathic case-taking consists of! That’s what the doctor needs to know, because when he knows that, he knows what drug to give. What we need is peculiar information that leads to one of our 3,000 homeopathic remedies.
Never think the issue is: “In order for the homeopath to cure my disease, he has to have seen this disease before.” No. In fact, we will have never seen your disease before! We do not treat diseases, we look for “remedy pictures”. If we see indications for a remedy, we give it, the name of your disease could be anything, it’s not what we go on.
Common symptoms of a disease do not lead to homeopathic remedies!
This is why you must cooperate and answer the homeopath’s somewhat unorthodox questions or he/she will not be able to help you. Once this information is gathered, the homeopath consults the index of symptoms known as The Homeopathic Repertory and hopes to find that a single remedy runs through all or most of the information you’ve given. That would be ideal. Even if I’ve never seen your disease before, I know Arsenicum when I see it! I know what Calc-carb looks like, I know what Belladonna looks like, I know what Rhus tox looks like. See, this is a whole different world than what most people are used to. Doctors are looking for a disease so they know what drug to give, we are looking for remedy pictures, and they show up regardless of what disease you have!
In terms of whether or not you can be cured, here is a general rule: The more recent your complaint is and the less toxic (drug) treatment you’ve had, the better your chances are.
I should also add that the skill of the homeopath matters too! Get references, read his or her cured cases, see if he or she graduated from a school of homeopathy and that homeopathy isn’t just a side-line or a hobby. People tend to assume that if the homeopath is an MD, they’re in really good hands! Actually, if the MD did not go to a school of homeopathy, there is no reason to assume you’re better off with him.
Here are the factors that go against you…
2. Complexity (many things wrong at once)
3. Non-nutritious eating (no fruits, no vegetables, no fiber, etc.)
4. Suppressive drug treatment
5. Badly trained homeopath
The best possible scenario for success:
1. The complaint is recent and uncomplicated
2. You know what caused it
3. There are clear symptoms
4. No drugs suppressing the case
5. You’re relatively healthy other than the chief complaint
6. The homeopath comes highly recommended and/or has graduated from a school of homeopathy
We run into trouble when the patient can’t remember the cause of the complaint or there are too many causes and too many diseases and prescription drugs clouding the true nature of the case and the patient isn’t good at giving information, thinking that the name of the disease and the common symptoms should be enough since they were enough for the doctor. This combination would surely not bode well for the case being solved.
There’s something else I’ve seen in chronic cases, they often resist treatment; the body just seems to get used to them, the way you no longer feel a splinter after a day or two; or like a bad habit that your body seems to “make room for” or accommodate. The moral of this story is: treat symptoms when they first occur, when the case is acute, when your body really doesn’t want it there and is fighting against the illness tooth and nail! That’s when your body will make the best use of your homeopathic remedy!
You’ve probably noticed that in the beginning of an illness, your body puts up a strong fight! It runs a fever, it coughs, it discharges, it inflames, and then… it just gives up! Look at smoking: You start out trying to smoke but your body fights you every step of the way, making you dizzy, nauseous, you start coughing, etc., but you persist in smoking anyway! Day after day! Each day you get a little less dizzy, a little less nauseous; the coughing stops; finally your body says, “OK, I give up!” Suddenly, there are no more symptoms! Your body has just learned to accommodate the intrusion and stopped fighting. Years later you may try to quit smoking but your body will become furious and block all your efforts! “Oh no you don’t,” it will say, “you can’t do this to me! I’ll get even! You know you can’t live without smoking, everyone knows that!” At this point, your body is no longer supporting health, it’s gone over to the other side! This is what you’re up against in chronic disease. Yes, your body protects the disease, is what I’m saying! So, it’s not going to be as easy as it would have been when the problem was acute.
Homeopaths who breezily say, “I don’t treat acutes!” show they have absolutely no understanding of chronicity and how it resists treatment! The fact is, the best shot you have against any illness is when the immune system is still fighting; in other words, when it’s acute! This is when homeopathy really shines!
To make matters worse, people with chronic disease often also have “drug diseases”–side effects of drugs–side by side with their complaint; so, now their case is not only chronic but complex–a tangled web of diseases and disorders. If I can quote from page 184 of Dr. Bhatia’s Lectures on Organon of Medicine: “…these [drug side effects] gradually coalesce with and complicate the chronic malady … adding to the old disease a new, dissimilar, artificial malady of a chronic nature and thus give the patient a double, in place of a single, disease, that is to say, render him much worse and more difficult to cure, often quite incurable….”
People who have allowed themselves to get to this state should stop looking for a magic bullet–a pill that will make it all better– and begin the unenviable but necessary task of detoxifying and nutrifying! Read my article on Convalescence for details on how this is done:
I have cured people with nutrition alone. So I would suggest to everyone within the sound of my voice to turn over a new leaf! Start right now! Buy a 30C homeopathy Emergency Kit, like the one you see below–just google Homeopathy Emergency Kit.
Buy an acute prescribing book, like this one here–though there are many and usually people have more than one:
so that you can spring into action as soon as an acute illness or an injury pops up and get rid of it the natural, permanent and easy way with homeopathy so that these acute complaints don’t go chronic and so that you can avoid drugs which are toxic and only add to your troubles; and do start eating in a way that doesn’t lead to disease! Click below to see all my articles on food including the Convalescence article I mentioned earlier:
No one believes me when I tell them, “It’s the food!” or “It’s your drugs that are causing this!” but trust me, that’s what it is. Proper eating–and I might add, Juicing— and homeopathy, together, represent a powerful one-two punch in terms of getting better!
I hope I haven’t dampened your enthusiasm in any way, I want you to be realistic and I want you to have an idea of where you might be in your illness, what direction you need to go in and what needs to be done. Even so, don’t be afraid to give homeopathy a try! My teacher Robin Murphy always used to say, “If a disease is incurable, all the MORE reason to try homeopathy, you have nothing to lose!”
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine takes online cases! Write to her at [email protected]
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