Homeopathic MedicineCHRONIC PRESCRIBING
A thorough understanding of the miasms will provide a solid back-drop on which a veterinary homeopath can lay the animal patient’s overall picture. Understanding the origins of chronic disease and then relating to the inherent constitutionality of a patient can help a homeopath more fully grasp the presenting symptoms within the context of miasmatic influence, and thus flush out the entire picture of a pet’s chronic disease.
Miasmatic knowledge can enable the selection of a more appropriate remedy for a dog, cat, horse or a bird, particularly when several appear to be on target, for it may permit even the smallest subtleties to come to the surface during differential analysis (as an example, the human patient who checks his appearance several times and straightens his hair while gazing into the mirror-like finish of the elevator walls is clearly demonstrating the presence of the sycotic miasm, while the pet who averts his gaze out of timidness is more psoric, and the animal who snarls at you and if he could talk, would say, “Whaddya lookin‟ at?” is obviously a bit more syphilitic in nature).
In fact, homeopathic treatment can be suppressive rather than curative if the homeopath does not keep a clear picture of the most active miasmatic state in view – prescribing a psoric remedy for an animal who is predominantly demonstrating psychotic or even syphilitic symptoms may result in further suppression, making the case even more complicated.
“We only need to know the symptoms of the miasms to be able to classify the symptoms of the remedies. In simple terms, we can begin to classify most symptoms by what is too little (psoric), too much (sycotic), or destructive (syphilitic).
Why is the similimum needed for a curative reaction?
What is observable of the patient is the ‘outer’ aspect of the disease process. The change at the level of the life force is more extensive and profound than just this picture displays. There is also involvement below the level of observation involving processes that are too subtle for our perception — even with present technology.
Many remedies will have an outer match. Few or just one also matches in depth. This match at depth is necessary for a curative reaction. It’s not that the match in depth is necessary for change to occur or even change that looks to be improvement. However, for a curative process to begin, that is ongoing and more significant in every way, this depth must be matched by the remedy.
This is met with in all types of practice, as an acute condition arises relatively quickly and presents a limited but usually fairly well defined range of signs.
The prescription is mainly based on these signs, which are then matched with the more major features of the remedy. They tend to be mainly local with some easily recognized general symptoms that represent the dominant physical characteristics of the animal patient. The mental symptoms are not used to the same extent in the acute situation as they are in the chronic cases. However, they must be noted and not ignored and if present should be utilized, as strong mental symptoms can be of great help in confirming a remedy. What is particularly useful is any change in a mental or general symptom as a result of the illness.
Lots of exploration into such aspects of the case other than the presenting physical signs are given throughout the book.
Handling an Acute Case
This is an area where homeopathy has many advantages. Because correctly selected remedies encourage the natural processes of the body to work more quickly, and their use in acute conditions can avoid the creation of chronic problems, while at the same time bringing the required relief to the patient by way of a genuine cure rather than by a suppression of temporarily uncomfortable symptoms. Hahnemann states, in Paragraph 2 of the Organon, that “The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health”, and in acute disease this is usually attainable.
In every homeopathic case the goal is to recognize the state of the patient and then to match that state to a homeopathic remedy in the Materia Medica, that has been shown to create (in proving) or cure (in clinical use) that state. This is true whether treating man or animal and the state of the patient is acute or chronic.
The majority of what is commonly thought to be acute illness is more likely to be an expression from the chronically disturbed vital force; however, true acute conditions do exist. Examples of actual acute illnesses are first aid injuries (sprains, broken bones, puncture wounds, bruising from a fall, or car accident, etc.) or those with a clear, recent etiology (ailment after a sudden fright or grief), or an environmental exposure (sunstroke or diarrhea after exposure to an unfriendly bacteria in food or water).
Examples of ailments that are unlikely to be true acutes are allergies or bronchitis in animals who have flair ups every summer or winter, reoccurring diarrhea, vomiting or urinary track infections, grass allergies or cows with recurrent mastitis.
The book will teach the you steps that can help you when you are working with a clearly acute case:
First, it is important to verify that this is indeed an acute illness. If the animal has had this condition for longer than six weeks or the owner or caretaker acknowledges that it is a persistent problem that comes and goes, then it is unwise to consider the illness as an acute.
When taking these cases, repeatedly ask whether or not a symptom has begun or changed since the onset of the acute condition. If it has not appeared or altered within the duration of the acute symptoms, then consider it a part of the chronic picture, and ignore it for the purposes of repertorizing the acute case.
Address only those symptoms of the acute illness. rubrics (abbreviated symptoms found in a repertory).
Acute or first aid prescribing – using the current chronic remedy may work in acute events where the acute disease is not too intense and thus creates a relatively small layer. In this situation, the chronic remedy strengthens the patient’s Vital Force so that it can annihilate the acute layer. But if the acute incident is more serious or long- lasting, it takes on a life of its own (creates a bigger layer), dominating the Vital Force and creating possibly life-threatening symptoms. It ‘suspends’ the chronic disease until treated with the appropriate acute remedy. rubrics (abbreviated symptoms found in a repertory).