BACKGROUND: The main aim of this article is to understand how Dr Kent explained the concept of Individualization & how it becomes a core of Homoeopathic case taking.
Individualization is defined as a process of differentiating one person from others of the same group by some peculiar or unique features same holds good when it comes for Homoeopathic drugs as well.
Individualization at the level of drugs:
Kent explains it with two remedies: Arsenic & Secale, he differentiated them with these points both are similar in characteristic features but both are completely different at the level of generals (Importance of generals is explained)
Individualization at the level of disease:
Kent explains individualization at the level of disease gives an example of Peritonitis, the disease had two indicated remedies which were very close to each but the then the exact similimum was selected based on the generals, thus Ars was indicated as the generals are matching but always remember One strong general rule out one remedy and rules in another.
All medicines have its own Individuality, no medicines are same each medicine produces particular effects in the body of man and no other medicinal substance can create a similar effect, thus we cannot just substitute a medicine if its not available with us.
Quality of Medicine:
The medicine that we use to treat our patients should be genuine, Original, Pure, Unmodified, Preserved and possess their full energy because, if after all the process of case taking, analysis and finally because of unavailability of medicine if we give any other available medicine then the whole concept goes wrong and all the above process becomes useless.
Role of Homoeopath:
To have correct knowledge of the system, to find out Individuality of each patient & to find uncommon symptom. Buy medicine from an authentic sourcefurther givesexample of Lachesis remedy which he has which was proved by Herring
In our system of medicine what we do is, we take case in detail then we find the individuality of the patient after analyzing the case & further we find the exact match of the individuality of the person with that of the remedy in our Materia medica. After we find the similimum we find the susceptibility, miasmatic background of the person and choose a suitable potency then we give our medicine to tackle the ongoing disease in the person. From this above process its so obvious that how vital is the process of individualization because everything is depended on this process and if we fail in this process then it will be failure of the Homeopath but not Homoeopathy. So, we need to know the basics of the system to practice well and the strong base of Homoeopathy is case taking and individualization.
- Sarkar B.K. Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine. 6th edn. Kolkata: M. Bhattacharya & Co. Private Ltd; 1980. 56-79, 211 p.
- Hahnemann S. Organon of Medicine. 6th edn. New Delhi, India: B.jain Publishers; reprint 2008. 21 p.
- Kent, J., 1985. Lectures on homœopathic Materia medica. New Delhi: Jain Pub. 52 p.
Dr Skandhan. S. Kumar, BHMS MD Organon of Medicine (Gold Medalist), Assistant professor department of organon of medicine and philosophy, Father Muller Homoeopathic Medical College.
Dr Shreya N Padiyar, BHMS MD Organon of Medicine, Consultant Homoeopathic Physician