§ 153 Sixth Edition
In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.
A prescribing symptom is a symptom that characterizes the disease state as exhibited by the patient in his or her own peculiar way. That is: Peculiar to the patient , individual and therefore peculiar (either singularly or in combination with other symptoms) to but a few remedies.
In collecting the information required to make a homoeopathic prescription, we take note of nothing except the exhibition of changes that the known pathological disease makes in the patient. The symptoms exhibited will be a deeply individual reaction to the infection. This does not mean that the infection or ‘disease’ will always be reflected in strange or unusual symptoms, but it does mean the infection will perhaps make a person react to the infection with an affinity toward a location or a heavily one sided expression of the disorder.
For example the way a fever manifests itself. First it may be heat, then followed by chills… then later it may be chills followed by perspiration. In the midst of a prolonged fever there may be acute thirstlessness or an aching in the bones.. these are the characteristics of HOW the body reacts and expresses the disease state.
Many times I watch students trying to elicit mental symptoms during a case of disease instead of OBSERVING the patient and recording the physical symptoms in all facets of expression.
the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view.
So a prescribing symptom, is an expression of how the disease has modified the state of health and detailed by Boenninghausen constitute the totality of characteristic symptoms:
QUIS : The make up of the patient
QUID : Peculiar sensations
UBI : Location of the disease
CUR : Cause of the disease
QUOMODO:Modalities of circumstances
QUANTO :Modality of time
QUIBUS AUXILLUS:Concomittant of symptoms
It is the qualitative totality or the characteristic symptoms to be the only one which constitute the totality of symptoms in real sense.
A prescribing symptom is based on the above collection of data and is representative of the disease as expressed by the patient, and is an altered state of health as a reaction to the infection or trauma or circumstance.
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