Method: Exploring the Breadth, Context and Application of Different Clinical Approaches in the Practice of Homeopathy by ALASTAIR GRAY


by Alastair C Gray


Method: Exploring the Breadth, Context and Application of Different Clinical Approaches in the Practice of Homeopathy – The Landscape of Homeopathic Medicine by Alastair Gray

What are the different methods of prescribing in homeopathy?

Why is homeopathic medicine practiced so differently world wide, from one country to another, from one city, one village, one street, one consultation room to the next? It is not through any lack of tradition, research, evidence or rigour, all of which homeopathic medicine has in abundance. Rather, it is about interpretation of the key and fundamental principles of homeopathy and ultimately the immediate needs of the client and patient sitting in the consultation room in front of that practitioner. In order to take in and integrate this broad landscape, this book explores the historical, theoretical and practical application of the major methods employed by homeopaths across the globe


Foreword in

Acknowledgements vii

Contributors ix

Publisher’s Note xiii


Introduction 3

Why This Book 6

Literature Review 9

Watson’s Methodologies 10

Nomenclature, Method and Methodology 15

The Different Methods and Their Classification 16

Method at the Coalface of Homeopathy – A Personal Story 17

Flexibility with Principle 21

Culture, Football and Buddhism 22

What Authors Say, What They Do, and Change over Time 24

Hahnemann, Bonninghausen and the Totality of Characteristic Symptoms of the Disease 29

Totality of the Characteristic Symptoms of the Disease 31

Samuel Hahnemann 1755-1843 33

Hahnemann in Paris 42

His Cases / How He Practiced 44

Cases Illustrative of Homeopathic Practice 45

Some other cases 53

Underpinnings of Hahnemannian Homeopathy 57

Peculiarity 57

Totality 58

Causation 59

Health 59

Disease 61

Cure 61

von Bönninghausen (1785-1864) 62

Complete Symptom 63

The Therapeutic Pocketbook 65

Cases 66

Disadvantages of the Method 69

Advantages of the Method 71

Method in Epidemic Diseases 73

Further Reading 76

Kent and the Totality of the Characteristics of the Person 77

The Person not the Disease 79

Totality of the Characteristics of the Person 80

James Tyler Kent, 1849-1916 82

Kent’s Legacy 84

Swedenborg 86

What Is Disease? 90

Kentianism 92

Kent’s Other Influences on Homeopathy 95

Repertory 95

Types 96

Books 96

Potency and Remedies 96

Waiting and Waiting 97

Kent’s Hierarchy 97

The Mind 98

Kent’s Case Work 100

Subtle Changes 106

Case Examples 107

Strategy 109

Further Reading 110

Constitution and Constitutional Prescribing 111

Introduction 113

The Confusion 114

The Prescribing Style in a Nutshell 116

The Disadvantages of Constitutional Prescribing 118

Kent, Watson and Constitution 119

Massive Totality 121

Limitations 121

Definitions of Constitution 125

Etymology of the Word ‘Constitution’ in the Context of Homeopathy 127

Advocates of Constitutional Prescribing 129

Hydrogenoid Constitution 135

From von Grauvogl’s practice 135

Oxygenoid 144

Carbo-nitrogenoid Constitution 145

From von Grauvogl’s Practice 146

Lesser and Nebel 149

Carbonic 151

Phosphoric 152

Flouric 152

Vannier’s Constitution and Types 152

Constitutional Prescribing in Light of a True Understanding of Constitution 155

Ingredients Needed for a Constitutional Prescription 160

Mappa Mundi and Temperaments 163

Little on the Phlegmatic Temperament 167

The Temperament of the Phlegmatic 168

Phlegmatic Bodily Constitution (Generals) 170

Phlegmatic Predispositions (Diathesis and Miasms) 172

Phlegmatic Remedies 174

Conclusions 175

Of Practical Use 177

Further Reading 179

Vital Sensation Shilpa Bhouraskar 181

Introduction 185

The Evolution of Homeopathy in Stages 188

Comparison of Stages, Disease and Medicine Understanding 193

Application of the Stages in Practice 193 Confirm Your Prescription Through All the Four Stages 193

A Case Example Incorporating All Stages 194

Which Approach to Use and When 212

The Sensation Method Compared With the Earlier Methods 215

Conclusion 218

Further Reading 218

Miasmatic Prescribing Jennifer Osborne 219

The Use of Nosodes 219

The use of anti-miasmatic remedies 220

Faithfulness in Tracing the Picture of the Disease 225

What Is Miasmatic Prescribing? 230

Nosodes as the Simillimum and Intercurrents 230

Other Application of Intercurrents 234

Other Benefits of a Knowledge and Understanding of Miasms 236

References 240

Further Reading 242

Jan Scholten’s Group Analysis Greg Cope 243

Jan Scholten 247

Group Analysis 249

Reverse Law of Similars 251

Homeopathy and the Minerals 251

Homeopathy and the Elements 255

The Plant Kingdom 260

Prescribing Techniques 261

Case example 263

References 269

Further Reading 270

Eizayaga Ben Gadd 271

Introduction 275

About Eizayaga 278

Treating the Patient versus Treating the Disease 279

Different Types of Similitude 280

Totality of Symptoms 282

Classification of Symptoms 284

Classification of Diseases 285

Layers 287

Lesion Layer 287

Fundamental Layer 289

Constitutional Layer 290

Miasmatic Layer 293

Prescribing 294

Posology 295

Repertory 296

Criticisms of Eizayaga’s Approach 297

Case Example 298

Conclusion 303

References and Further Reading 304

Keynote Prescribing 307

Definitions 309

Keynote Materia Medica’s 310

Why Keynote Prescribing at All? 311

Misapplication 313

History and Development of Keynote Prescribing 314

The Components of the Method 316

Totality Again 316

Red-line Symptoms 317

Will Taylor and Meg Ryan – Practical Keynote Prescribing 318

What are the Characteristic Features of a Keynote? 320

The “Three-legged Stool’ Approach to Keynotes 321

Storming the Fortress / Achieving Break-through at the Weak Spots 322

‘Minimum Syndrome of Maximum Value’ 323

Experts at Work – a Few More Examples 324

Analogous Parts 328

Ruling Features of the Case Reflect the ‘Genius’ of the Remedy 328

Other Leading Proponents 332

Advantages of Keynote Prescribing 339

Disadvantages of Keynote Prescribing 342

Further Reading 344

Isopathy 345

Definitions 348

Introduction 348

Practicalities 350

Context 351

Isopathy and Pre-Homeopathic History 352

Advocates 357

The Response to Isopathy 361

Collet and Others 364

The Controversy 365

Refining the Method 379

Advantages and Some Extraordinary Examples 380

Conclusion 385

Further Reading 385

Appendix 387

Tautopathy 397

Definition 400

What Exactly Is the Method? 400

Why Do We Need It? 402

Review of the Literature 404

Application of Tautopathy 417

The Pill, Naprosyn and Cortisone and Vaccinations 418

Intercurrent Prescribing 419

Case Examples – Patel 420

Who Uses It Today and Research 422

Limitations 423

Provings and Tautopathy 423

Further Reading 424

Appendix 425

Organ Prescribing, Organopathy and Burnett 429

Introduction 432

Background 432

Affinity, Organ Prescribing, Organopathy, Supporting the Organs 434

Specificity of Seat 435

Locality 439

The Limitations of the Totality of Symptoms’ 443

Drilling Deeper: Burnett’s Influences 446

Rademacher and the Organ Remedies 447

Burnett’s Cases 449

Burnett’s Use of Potency 454

The Organ Remedies 455

Random Gems from Burnett, Rademacher and Others 456

Nosodes 459

For and Against 460

Computers and Burnett 462

Burnett’s Works 462

Conclusion 463

Further Reading 466

Polypharmacy, Complexes and Combinations 467

Definitions 469

Literature and Opinion 469

Controversy, Mongrelism, Multilation and Perversion 470

The Double Remedy Experiments of 1833 472

The Technique Itself 487

Why NO! Opinions Past and Present 489

Contemporary Opposition 501

Why Yes! Opinions – Past and Present 509

Some Commonly Used Combinations 510

When Is it Best to Use Polypharmacy? 514

Further Reading 516

Conclusion 519

Method and Totality 519

If You Meet Hahnemann on the Road, Kill Him 526

The Influence of Hahnemann 527

The Implications of Individualism in Homeopathy 532

Teachers in Contemporary Homeopathy 537

Method or No Method 539

Implications for Practice 543

References 545

Index 559

Paperback, 564 Pages

ISBN 978-2-87491-0210

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