Pathological diagnosis in Homeopathic Practice

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Hahnemann Ki aawaz posted on 01.08.2019

Since long, we have been stressing the rejection of pathological diagnosis as a guide to the selection of homeopathic remedy, but that does not mean that the modern homeopathic physician denies any value to pathology. Here I will attempt to clarify the much controverted issue of the relationship between bathology and homeopathic treatment.
Generally, the homeopath does refuse to base his prescription on the remedy, in diseases which are curable through the use of drugs, on pathological diagnosis. The progress from symptoms to pathological entity to the curative medicine is an allopathic procedure, which is not employed in homeopathy and whose value is denied by the homeopathic physician. His method moves from the totality of the symptoms directly to remedy, largely bypassing the pathological stage with its uncertainties.
Since, all these years this procedure has given rise to much criticism from orthodox practitioners who state that homeopathic treatment is purely symptomatic and not directed against the disease, but only against the symptoms
A careful understanding of this argument however reveals it to be merely a remnent of the disease entity way of thinking. It reflects the belief that the disease itself is somehow in existence within, and independent of the body. The presence of this entity is thought to produce certain symptoms, and the only removal of the symptoms is not seen an annihilation of total illness or disease.
In fact, homeopathy regards disease as a distoration, disharmony, or misdirection of the body’s vital force. If a medicine is administered which covers the totality of the patients’ symptoms and thus removes all of these symptoms, so that the patient feels entirely well afterwards and enjoys the perfect health, which means that the disease has been removed or the patient has been cured.
Dr. Hahnemann has answered this criticism in the following words in Aphorism 8 of the Organon of Medicine “It is not conceivable nor can be it be proved by any experience in the world, that after the removal of all the symptoms of the disease, and the entire collection of the perceptible phenomena, there should or could remain anything besides health, or that the morbid alterations in the interior could remain unaltered”. He further mentioned “In the cure affected by the removal of the whole of the perceptible signs and symptoms of the disease, the internal alterations of the vital principal to which the disease is due, consequently the whole of the disease, is at the same time removed.”
The fundamental and important principal of hoemopathic treatment is to remove the totality of symptoms by a single remedy. This means that symptomatology of the disease must match that of a remedy to the maximum possible.
It is equally important to understand the need of pathological diagnosis, which helps the physican to understand the internal dyscrasia and its prognosis, although all pathological conditions express their internal phenomena through signs and symptoms, which is the perfect arrangement of the nature and helps the physician to eradicate the diseases and to cure the sick.

Dr. Shashi Mohan Sharma- UK

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