What information do you need to gather to find a remedy?
The key to selecting a remedy is to match the symptoms of the person as closely as you can to the remedy “picture”.
Try to match mental, physical and general symptoms. Do this by gathering information using
C. A. M. E. L. S.
What is the main issue and what else is going on other than the main complaint?
What brought it on?
How did it start?
What makes the complaint or the pain better or worse?
How is the person’s mood and demeanour?
Where is the problem or the pain?
Is the pain felt anywhere else?
What does it feel like?
Is it burning, stinging, aching or something else?
It is also very useful to look at…
Is the person thirsty or not?
Is the person hungry or not?
Any problems with eating or going to the bathroom?
Are they sweating?
Is so, where and when?
BODY TEMPERATURE –
Are they hot or cold?
Is there a fever?
Do they want to be wrapped up warm or have the window open?
AFTER you have gathered all the information you need, it is time to search for an appropriate remedy.
When you are just starting out on your journey into homeopathy it is great to have a beginners book or two. These will help you narrow done the hundreds of remedy options by outlining some of the more common remedies of the complaint.
Some great beginners books are “The Complete Homeopathy Handbook” by Mirada Castro and “Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants” by Dana Ullman. There are many others. These are just two that I have and have used a lot over the years.
For a more in-depth look at remedies a homeopathic Materia Medica book or an online Materia Medica can be very useful. They can be very in-depth though so try not to feel overwhelmed!
Remember that the remedy that is the most similar to the symptoms you have observed is the one to use.
Try to select a remedy that has similar mental/emotional symptoms, some physical symptoms and general symptoms.
Take note of the keynote symptoms of a remedy because if they match the symptoms of the patient that is the one to go for!
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