Uniqueness of Homeopathic Evaluation
The common practice of conventional medicine has its evaluation procedure which somehow is in contrast with homeopathic evaluation procedure. The fundamental difference between conventional medicine and homeopathy is that homeopathy works on the principle of individuality while conventional medicine has a broad overview on a particular ailment. Let us consider major evaluation procedures in conventional medicine.
Anamnesis – Taking a Medical History
Anamnesis is the first and most important step of the evaluation in which a complete history is recounted by a patient. Questions that can give clearer information about a patient asked. This includes the complaints – current experience, previous treatments received, progress or improvement made and other information that will give a clear picture of the state of the patient’s well-being.
Gathering a medical history from a sick person is a skill essential for the analysis of a patient’s condition regardless of the area of the medicine this practitioner specialized in. Unambiguous inquiries vary conditionally to a category of medical history physician is taking and if a doctor follows the general outline the information collected is very important for diagnosis and prognosis.
The second and very important step of the medical evaluation is visual observation. Regardless of the specialty, a physician must ask a patient to take his/her close off (bra and underwear on are ok in many cases) and check the condition of the skin, paying attention to:
- skin color and areas of discoloration,
- skin elements (boils, insect bites, furuncles),
- aging spots,
- birth marks,
- warts, etc.
Percussion is an evaluation technique used in the clinical examination, and this involves the tapping a surface to determine the underlying structure of the thorax or abdomen. The middle finger of one hand is used to tap the middle finger of the other hand using wrist action. The middle finger directly placed on the body is called pleximeter. The sound created by the body surface is an indicator of the state of that part. The sound produced is either one of the following: resonant, hyper-resonant, stony dull or dull. A dull sound is an indicator for solid mass under the surface while a resonant sound is likely to be an air filled structure or a hollow one. The difference in notes produced carries information on the state of such a part.
Auscultation is another form of evaluation which involves listening to internal sound in the body with the aid of a stethoscope. This is performed to examine the respiratory, circulatory and the gastrointestinal systems of the body which include the sounds of the heart, breath, and bowels. Auscultation requires a good listening ability and a level of experience with the aid of a stethoscope. Unusual sounds such as heart murmurs, gallops, wheezes, crepitation and crackles are watched out.
Palpation is another examination technique. It involves the feeling of a part of the body with fingers or hands. With the aid of this touch, the size of the part of the body or of the single organ can be determined. Palpation also helps in determining the texture and tenderness of a particular organ or part of the body. It also helps to determine the location of a growth and the likes.
Let us consider some ways in which homeopathic evaluation is unique
Individuality of the Case – main principal of the homeopathic evaluation
Homeopathy places importance on the individuality of a medical condition with respect to an individual and not on the name of the disease. This makes the focus to be on the person and not the disease. The peculiarity of each patient is paramount, unlike conventional medicine that concentrates on the common factors associated with a particular disease. Homeopathy focuses on what makes the patients different from every other patient suffering from the same ailment. Homeopathy believes that the particular factor could be the clue to the causative factor.
Tongue Diagnostic in homeopathic evaluation
Homeopathy uses the state of the tongue in the evaluation of a patient. The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth whose shape, color, texture, and coating can show the actual state of a person’s health. A tongue in a healthy state is pink, with a white and clear coat and it is always moist.
The character of a tongue as regards its look and sense of taste help in the diagnosis of what the underlying miasm of the person’s condition and to know the appropriate treatment to administer. Tongue diagnosis helps in three ways; disease diagnosis, miasmatic diagnosis, and medicine selection.
Iridology as a part of homeopathic evaluation
This is another homeopathic evaluation tool where the iris of the eye reveals what goes on in the entire body. Homeopathy through Iridology zones the iris into seven parts representing parts of the body such as intestinal area, stomach, nutrients transportation, muscles, skin, lymphatic and circulatory, and bones. These zones are a pointer to which part of the body requires urgent attention.
The darker a zone, the more toxic the part of the body it represents might be. Also, the different color of pigmentation shows weaknesses to the organs such represent.
Understanding these representations on the iris will help to prevent a health condition go worse by giving a proper and prompt treatment.
Every single patient is a distinctive individual with his/her own set of individual emotional, psychological and bodily builds and difficulties. Hereafter it is essential to collect as much as possible not only of a patient’s corporeal illness but also those that linked to a sick person’s emotional and psychological state of existence.
Homeopathic medicine based on the personalization of healing and erratic, infrequent and weird criteria of the physical, emotional and mental portions of a patient’s body will lead to an appropriate homeopathic remedies that are the most suitable for each individual medical case.
It is important to keep in mind that homeopathic physician is, first of all, a Medical Doctor and only secondary a homeopath. That means that homeopathic practitioner graduates the same medical school as conventional physicians and uses ALL conventional evaluation techniques approved by the school of medicine. And only after the traditional steps completed homeopath adds some more techniques to the evaluation process that he needs to be able to prescribe the correct homeopathic remedies.
The Medical Director of the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic, Medical Doctor Victor Tsan represent the best traditions of the Integrative medicine in which conventional approaches co-exist with specific homeopathic techniques.