So, why knowing Diagnosis is Crucial for Homeopathy prescription?
It is a common misconception that Diagnosis is of no importance to a Homeopathic practitioner. Although the Homeopathic medicines are not solely selected on the basis of diagnosis, still diagnosis plays crucial role in Homeopathy prescription. Let’s talk about these aspects:
1] The very first one is knowing the Prognosis of the Diseases: Prognosis means forecast of the Disease; that is to say, whether the treating condition is curable or not or whether the disease is solely curable by surgery. For example: Difficulty in swallowing can be due to many reasons such as tonsillitis or esophageal cancer. Tonsillitis is curable but esophageal cancer needs palliative treatment that is temporary relief of symptoms.
2] For Case Management such as dietary restrictions, lifestyle changes or auxillary management For example: oxygen therapy in COPD that is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease where lungs are incapable to function; intravenous fluid in severely dehydrated patients are some of the examples.
3] To Prescribe Homeopathic Medicine:
- To differentiate common/clinical/disease symptoms from characteristic symptoms/unique symptoms which helps in Homeopathic prescription.
- Prescribing medicine by location of Disease:
- In case of pneumonia, the lobe of lung affected upper middle lower right or left, gives clear picture of the remedy since some Homeopathic medicines have affinity for particular side of lung or lobe of lung.
- Medicines are selected on sphere of action, on some body part, for example China offincinalis for liver, Crateagus for Heart, Berberis for left Kidney problems etc.
4] To select Potency suitable for the patient: This is a big one..if you are interested I have a separate video for this. Potency selection is a huge topic.
5]To know whether patient is improving with the treatment: For example: blood sugar levels or cholesterol levels.
6] To prevent spread of infection: some diseases such as measles, chicken pox, tuberculosis and off course Cororna Virus are infectious and require patient isolation. A well-informed Homeopath is aware of this and can correctly advise his/her patients regarding preventing spread.
So, to conclude, I’d like to say that a Homeopath must have knowledge of disease to know unique symptoms for Homeopathic remedy selection, for accurate potency selection, to provide appropriate advice as regards diet/lifestyle changes/self isolation is needed.