We get asked a lot regarding reasons why a ‘well indicated’ remedy did not work. The answer is simple. In the main, it is an incorrect prescription. A prescription is only as good as your case taking, your knowledge of Materia Medica, of pathology and the repertory you use to get suggestions for remedy examination.
Let us look at at Repertories first. Kent is misleading. It is the amalgamation of many works that have incorrect insertions and worse than that, the methodologies of each work has been lost or misplaced in the KENT format.
Materia Medica. In the main, it is best to stick to Hahnemanns Materia Medica Pura and Chronic diseases proving notes. Anyone using modern provings are at the mercy of the author and his understanding (or lack of) of the methodology and protocol involved in testing a medicine. Avoid Materia Medica which promote personalities of remedies. This is totally incorrect and misleading.
Knowledge of pathology. Useful for prognosis of clinical symptoms and for eliciting common symptoms of disease.
Case taking. A practitioner will fail every time if prescribing for anything else other than the disease symptoms expressed in the patient. Personality, preferences and emotions are all to be dismissed in case taking except where the disease process has altered expression from the previous state.
The unprejudiced observer – well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience – be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.
Following this REQUIREMENT correctly, and matching only particular disease symptoms with particular remedy provings, will negate giving a medicine based on generalisations. “oh he is a fat and lethargic and sweaty baby” so I gave Calc” will not do. Have you matched the particular symptoms the baby is suffering from to a remedy? Why not?
“I gave Natrum Muriaticum because the patient wanted to be by the seaside.” So what? Are any particular symptoms alleviated or removed or cured by being at the seaside? Is this desire relevant to the symptoms of disease present or is it just a preference of the individual?
This is a medical practice based on sound and scientific principles. Many practitioners think its a quasi spiritual experience. It is not. A brief look (without any overlay or filter of a modern practitioners influence of your understanding, including KENT) of the Organon of medicine, the HANDBOOK and INSTRUCTION manual for the practice and application of homoeopathy will show EXACTLY how to use the application of medicines for success.