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Summer of 2014
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Sharum Sharif, ND
W H Y H O M E O PAT H Y ?
T H E H O M E O PAT H I C R E V O L U T I O N
• In the book “The homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous
People & Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy”, Dana Ullman
mentions the names of numerous famous figures in history who
have and continue to use homeopathy, including: 11 American
presidents, 7 popes, Mother Teresa, 2 UK prime ministers, heads
of the state of France, Germany, Norway, Mexico and India,
Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Darwin, J.D. Rockefeller, Dickens,
Tagore, Beethoven, Chopin, Van Gogh, Tina Turner, etc.

• Refer to the “Testimonials for Homeopathy” page as well as the


“Psychological Conditions” page on my clinic site,
www.DrSharif.com.
H O M E O PAT H Y, M O R E T H A N J U S T A
GOOD IDEA!
• There are lots of reasons why homeopathy is more than just a good idea:

• “It has no side effects.

• It is safe for pregnant women, babies and elderly people.

• It is not expensive.

• Production, storage and distribution are uncomplicated.

• It does not induce therapy resistance.

• It does not create more dangerous viruses and bacteria.

• It has been effective in many epidemics in the past and is effective in today’s epidemics.

• Current experience indicates it to be also effective for collective trauma.”*

• * Editor of the book “Homeopathy and Mental Health Care”, Dr. Harry van der Zee, MD
W H Y H O M E O PAT H Y ? ADDITIONAL
REASONS…
• Remedies are planet friendly- we don’t have to worry about
running out of natural resources as we do with herbs.

• Convenience of use: In the treatment of chronic illness,


patients only need to take their remedies, on average,
once a month, and they improve on all levels (physical,
mental, and emotional), and continue to improve until they
are healed.

• There are conditions that do NOT respond to other


therapies as well: Examples: Warts, autism, the flu, etc.
W H Y H O M E O PAT H Y ? IN CASE OF
EPIDEMICS….

“After a short training, health workers with any level of education


can successfully treat main epidemic diseases. Using a homeopathic
kit of remedies costing virtually nothing they can then treat
thousands of patients. This treatment is safe, effective, low skill, low
tech, knows no therapy resistance and is without side effects. Even
in the most remote places, far from any medical facility, the method
can be used successfully.”*
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* Book “Homeopathy for Diseases: Vital Remedies for Epidemics, Trauma and
Chronic Diseases”, Harry van der Zee, MD
What is Visual Homeopathy (VH)? 

Who can practice it?

“Visual Homeopathy” (VH) is a term I developed


to describe a video-based approach to learning
homeopathy rather quickly. Cases are taken by
keen visual observation and carefully listening
to the patient. In some cases, I might ask a few
questions to confirm my assessment.
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The VH technique is developed to encourage
ND’s to incorporate basic homeopathy into
their practices.
Does the word “visual” mean that you
don’t listen or talk to the patient?

No. The word “visual” in “Visual Homeopathy” does


NOT imply that you do not listen or talk to the
patient. I initially came up with the word “visual”
since I found visual observation of my patients to be
the most helpful aspect of the case-taking process.
!
If I arrive at a person’s constitutional remedy by
merely looking at them, I always double check by
asking them the key questions. My visual dx is
based on pattern recognition.
Audio aspect of case taking…
• You can tell much about a person by just
listening to him/her:
– Quality of the voice at any given point. High versus
low, etc.
– The way the voice varies over time
– The amount of silence or pause between uttering
words
– Choice of words
– Speed with which the person talks
– How talkative the person is…
• Example: Daughter was able to ID a pulsatilla over the
microphone!
Critics of the VH Technique
• I have come across a few homeopaths that
think I am oversimplifying homeopathy.
• I’d like to point out that I definitely
practice classical homeopathy, just teach it
differently, using more modern techniques
such as videos. Additionally, I spend less
time on minute physical symptoms, and
much more time on helping the students
develop a feeling/sense for the remedies.
What is Constitutional Homeopathy?

A “constitutional” homeopathic remedy matches the person on the physical AND mental/
emotional levels, and thereby can significantly help a person on all three levels.
The patient’s personality traits and behavioral patterns are absolutely key in finding
the true “constitutional” remedy.
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Note: There are COMBINATION REMEDIES you can obtain for various mental/
emotional/physical complaints. This practice is certainly not considered
“constitutional” homeopathy. I use certain combinations such as UNDA drops for
detoxification purposes ONLY, but do not ever treat the mind using such
formulations. The results are truly not at all impressive, and in fact, you could hurt
your patients with such poor quality prescriptions.
Examples: Formulas for fears, anxiety, etc.
How many common
constitutional types are there?

In my opinion, you will see 15-20


constitutional types very commonly in a
primary care naturopathic practice. We
cover these constitutions in the Visual
Homeopathy book as well as in the weekend
seminars.
SLOPPY acute prescribing vs.
ACCURATE acute prescribing?
1) Sloppy “acute” prescribing is what is routinely utilized by many
practitioners. A sloppy acute remedy is only addressing a few of the
patient’s symptoms, as opposed to a constitutional remedy which
captures the patient in his/her entirety.

Example of sloppy ACUTE prescribing: Gelsemium for the flu.


Gelsemium may be a well known rx for the flu, but many other remedies
can also be effective in treating the flu.
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2) Accurate “acute” prescribing is NOT different from the patient’s
constitutional remedy at the moment.
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Note: If you intend to mainly use homeopathy in your practice, you
will definitely need to learn how to do effective acute prescribing (be
it sloppy or otherwise). Otherwise, your acutely ill patients end up in
other practitioners’ offices. Ex: UTI, URI, the flu, etc. (Of course,
constitutional prescribing will lead to the acute remedy if done
correctly.)
DOES A PERSON’S CONSTITUTIONAL
REMEDY CHANGE?

• Yes, it can if the stress is large enough and the person is


susceptible enough. A car accident, for example, may shift
a person’s constitutional type to Helleborus, Arnica, etc.

• If a person’s constitution changes in response to STRESS,


they may require an acute remedy (for the TEMPORARY
CONSTITUTION) to be brought back into their regular
constitution. Without the “acute” remedy, the person
may not heal with other remedies.

• Refer to Dr. Paul Herscu’s Map of Hierarchy.


DR. HERSCU’S MAP OF HIERARCHY
Identifying a Red Rose…
Do you need a plant identification book to
identify a red rose? Identifying Calc carb,
Phosphorus, or other very common (polycrest)
constitutional homeopathic types is just as
simple as identifying a red rose!
!
Using the Visual Homeopathy technique, you can
easily identify most of your patients’
constitutional remedies within minutes.
Do you have to repertorize to find a
person’s constitutional remedy?
In a primary care setting, in most cases the
answer is no. Using the Visual Homeopathy
techniques, you do not have to spend hours
trying to find a person’s constitutional
homeopathic remedy by “repertorizing” a
case. Repertorization is necessary or helpful
if you do not know a patient’s remedy with a
high level of certainty using the VH
techniques, or if the patient’s remedy is not
a common polycrest.
What is needed to practice VH?
1. A familiarity with the ESSENCE of remedies, the
main 20 or so remedies, and the keynotes of each one.

2. Good observation and listening skills to discern the


ESSENCE of the patient.
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3. Match the patient to the appropriate remedy.
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With just a little training and practice, you can easily
become very proficient in this approach to
constitutional prescribing which is very useful in a
primary care setting.
Interpreting human behavior is
critical in constitutional homeopathy

Finding the core constitutional remedy is not


as much about learning the numerous details
regarding each homeopathic remedy as it is
about learning how to identify various
human traits and behavioral patterns.
Challenge #1 in Constitutional
Homeopathy
The most important word of caution in
constitutional homeopathy is that you must
not be fooled by the patients’ superficial
words and gestures:
!

Not everyone who is angry is Nux vomica, and


not everyone who smiles is Phosphorus! 
Challenge #2 in Constitutional
Homeopathy

The fact that no two individuals of the


same constitution are identical is another
major difficulty in finding the correct
constitutional homeopathic remedy for a
person.
Some of the VH descriptions are very
unique…
Since I am looking at the remedies from a
kinesthetic/energetic viewpoint, I have included
certain information about the main polycrests in
my book that is definitely not found in other
homeopathy books. Examples:
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• Carcinosin has a “tight” energy.
• Silicas are most often very thin, and appear like
the cartoon character “Pinocchio”. This sort of
information is meant to be a memory aid for
students.
• The “three I’s of Ignatia”: irritable, industrious
and idealistic.
Look at and listen to your patients
very carefully
• In order to properly interpret your patient’s
behavior and personality characteristics, you
will have to be very observant and attentive
while talking to your patient (or watching our
class or website videos).
• You are trying to learn the essence of the
patient’s personality and character, and
should not be confused by superficial aspects
such as the patient’s nationality, gender, age,
educational background, etc.
The main two VH tools
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1) Polycrest Table: This table contains the


main traits of the most common
polycrests.
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2) Polycrest Algorithm: Classification of the


top polycrests into three categories.
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I) Polycrest Table
Refer to the one-page word document in
your handouts.
Polycrest Table
This table contains the main traits of the most
common polycrests.
Note that many remedies can have the traits
listed in each box; the ones listed are the most
likely to have that trait.
For example, under “very sensitive and
gentle”, I have listed Nat mur and Pulsatilla.
This does not mean that other remedies
cannot be sensitive and gentle; however, these
two remedies are definitely on the sensitive and
gentle side.
You should be able to sense these
traits, but can also ASK…

You should be able to sense many of the traits


listed in the Polycrest Table yourself, and not
have to ask the person whether they possess
them. Patients are not going to volunteer a
lot of this information. Additionally, most of
us cannot see all of our own personality traits
(especially the “bad” ones)! If you see the
word “ASK” next to a word in this table, it
means that you may simply be able to ask the
patient whether they possess that particular
trait or not.
Patient’s Choice of Words…
I would NOT completely trust in the words
patients use to describe their personality traits
or behavioral patterns. So, you must have a
clear mind and a non-judgmental attitude to
come up with an accurate understanding of your
patients’ traits.
!
For example, often patients use the words
“defensive” to mean “aggressive”. Or,
“anxious” to mean “irritable”.
Practitioner’s Choice of Words…
In order to choose the correct remedy for the
patient, you must be accurate with your choice
of words to describe personality traits. If you
do, then the Polycrest Table can be of great
help.

For example, Nat murs are mild, and what I’d


call “soft”. However, they are NOT “warm/
sweet”. Pulsatilla and Phosphorus individuals
tend to be all the above.
How to find the remedy using the
Polycrest Table
• Identify the traits in boxes that best capture
your patient, such as soft, organized, etc.
• Find the remedies that are in common among
the boxes you picked.
• Choose the one remedy from this list that
matches your patient the best.
• Finalize your opinion by referring to ALL the
keynotes under the algorithm section in the
Visual Homeopathy book or notes (or any
Materia Medica) for the remedy you have
picked.
EXAMPLES for use of Polycrest Table

1) Soft and organized: The only remedy in


common between these two boxes is
Carcinosin.
2) Hard working and irritable: The only
remedy in common is Ignatia.
3) Serious and flat affect: The only remedy in
common is Kali carb.
II) Polycrest Algorithm
This algorithm classifies the top polycrests
into three categories:
• 1) “Soft and Sweet” - Pulsatilla,
Phosphorus, and Carcinosin.
• 2) “Angry/Irritable” – Nux vomica,
Lachesis, Ignatia, Causticum and Kali carb.
• 3) “The Others” - Calc carb, Nat mur,
Sulphur, Sepia, Staphysagria, Silica,
Medorrhinum, and Lycopodium.  
Meaning of the terms in the 

Polycrest Algorithm

• 1) “Soft and Sweet”: The remedies in this


category almost always smile at you. They are
often soft, sweet and warm-hearted.
• 2) “Angry/Irritable”: These remedies tend to be
angry and/or highly irritable.
• 3) “The Others”: This category includes
constitutional types that do not nicely fit into the
“soft and sweet” category nor the “angry/
irritable” category.
The key in using the Algorithm
The key in using the Polycrest Algorithm (as
well as homeopathic prescribing, in general)
is in being able to correctly put your patient
into one of these three categories. Ask
yourself during the interview, what state is
the patient in for the MAJORITY of the time?
!
Example: Anyone can be angry, but is every
constitution angry much of the time? No, but
Nux vomica has a constant undertone of anger to
their personality, and is therefore listed under
the “angry/irritable” category.
Animal analogies in the
algorithm

For each of the main remedies, I have noted


an animal that best captures the essence of
that remedy. The animal analogy is written
in parenthesis.
A person is a subset of a
remedy, not vice versa!!!

Not all of the statements about a


particular remedy have to be present in
every person who needs that remedy. For
example, not all Sulphurs have to be lazy.
Not all Pulsatillas are thirstless.
***Comparison and contrast between
similar remedies…
In the “Seminar Notes” available at
www.VisualHomeopathy.com, I have written
about how similar top polycrest remedies
compare and contrast. If you are stuck between
two very similar remedies, you will find the
comparison and contrast section useful. For
example, if you are trying to decide whether
your patient is Pulsatilla or Phosphorus, both of
which are in the “soft and sweet” category, then
you should refer to this section.
Which physical symptoms/keynotes are
important?
The physical symptoms listed under each remedy in my notes are
what I consider to be the MOST important ones because you
will most likely actually encounter these in your patient
population.
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Examples:
!
Nat mur is often dry. They are often constipated and/or have
dry skin.
!
Phosphorus has weak lungs, and females tend to have heavy
menstrual bleeding.
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Pulsatilla is typically thirstless despite of having a dry mouth!
(Homeopaths call this an “SRP=strange, rare and peculiar”.)
How do I use the physical keynotes?

I first pick a remedy that matches a person’s


personality traits and behavioral patterns.
THEN, I will use the physical keynotes as
“confirmatory” symptoms.
!
Example: Once I see a reserved and polite
person who matches the constitution Nat mur,
then I ask them about dryness in their body:
“Do you tend towards constipation? Do you have
dry skin?” And, Nat murs often do have dryness
in their body.
1. “Soft and Sweet” Remedies:

Black or dark brown Blond, light brown or red


hair hair

Carcinosin Phosphorus or Pulsatilla


Is the patient’s hair color natural?
In using the previous illustration, you need to
know if the patient’s hair color is natural, or
is it dyed? I have never met a Carcinosin
patient who does not have dark hair!
However, Pulsatilla and Phosphorus
individuals can come with any hair color.
Realizing the above point can be useful in
helping you identify a person’s constitutional
remedy if they are in the “soft and sweet”
category.
2) Angry/Irritable Remedies

• Causticum
• Ignatia
• Kali carb
• Lachesis
• Nux vomica
3) “The Other” Common Remedies

• Calcarea carbonica (Calc carb)


• Lycopodium
• Medorrhinum
• Natrum muriaticum (Nat mur)
• Sepia
• Silica
• Staphysagria
• Sulphur
P O LY C R E S T S V E R S U S N O N - P O LY C R E S T S

• The top main remedies that are commonly used in a homeopathic


practice are known as polycrests. They generally range from 40-60
remedies. There is no official list of “polycrests”.

• Out of the above 40-60 polycrest remedies, I believe nearly 20


show up rather commonly in a primary care setting. It is these 20
that I cover in the Visual Homeopathy book as well as seminars.

• Non-polycrests are not commonly used because people who


require a non-polycrest typically present with more unusual
symptoms. Example: If a patient is so unable to function that they
cannot even write emails or pay their bills, they would likely
require a more unknown remedy such as Baryta carb.
How are you going to learn these top
remedies very well?
Reading homeopathy books by itself is
definitely not sufficient in finding the
correct constitutional remedy for your
patients. The VH tools discussed here are
meant to help you, but are not a
replacement for actual patient observation
(either in person or on video). Basically,
you need to closely observe at least
several people of the same constitution to
develop a feeling for that particular
constitutional type.
Start With…
In my experience,
– It’s much easier to find a woman’s remedy than
it is a man’s remedy.
– It’s much easier to find an adult person’s remedy
than it is a child’s remedy.
– It’s much easier to find a native person’s remedy
than it is a non-native person’s remedy.
Summary
• Profile the patient into one of the 3 categories: soft/
sweet, angry/irritable, or “the others”. This narrows
your choice down to a few remedies.
• Use physical symptoms to confirm your choice.
• Read the comparison/contrast section online or in the
book to figure out the exact remedy.
• If not confident, start with a 30C potency.
– If the 30C helps at all on any level (mental/emotional/physical),
when it wears off, then prescribe a 200C potency.
– If the 30C doesn’t help, either your choice was wrong, or the 30C
was not strong enough, or the person is too ill to show any
reaction.
C A S E A N A LY S I S
• We need to find the medicine which is most similar to the
patient’s symptoms. In other words, the key features (AKA
KEYNOTES) of the remedy should nicely fit the key
characteristics of the patient’s physical/emotional
symptoms, personality traits, behavioral patterns.

• Correct case analysis clearly depends entirely on correct


case-taking. You must have asked all the right questions,
and carefully gathered all the data.

• If you don’t know the remedy by pattern recognition, then


correct repertorization is absolutely key. Pick out all the
concepts/symptoms about the case that truly matter.
C A S E A N A LY S I S

• Distinguish between mental symptoms versus


“nervous” symptoms. Nervous symptoms indicate
emotional imbalance (as opposed to mental).

• Do NOT try to force matching a remedy to your


patient. ”The remedy must fit the patient like a
wet suit as opposed to a blanket.”*

• * I believe this statement is attributed to Dr. Paul Herscu, ND.


C A S E A N A LY S I S

“In case analysis, we translate the information obtained during the


intake process, often referred to as the “totality of symptoms,” into
a working diagnosis. This totality is a carefully selected subset of
the collected symptoms, one which emphasizes certain symptoms
while de-emphasizing others. The least-important symptoms for
determining the homeopathic diagnosis are general symptoms
that lack qualities that differentiate them from person to person.
Such symptoms are considered common, and they are rarely useful
in pointing toward the correct diagnosis. Uncommon symptoms, on
the other hand, are homeopathically the most important. They can
be described as strange, rare, or peculiar.” (David Nortman, ND)
C A S E A N A LY S I S

“Whether common or not, symptoms belong to one of two categories:


pathological or characteristic.
• Pathological symptoms are those that are bothersome to the patient or
problematic from a medical point-of-view. These include physical
pathology, pain, unpleasant sensations, and thoughts or feelings which
interfere with normal functioning.
• Characteristic symptoms that are phenomena that are non-pathological
but nevertheless individualize the patient by distinguishing him or her
from everyone else with the same pathology. These include details of the
patient’s personality, reactions to external influences of food, weather, and
the like, and significant past events in the patient’s personal and family
history, such as accidents, emotional trauma, and serious disease. To
these are added the homeopath’s observations of physical appearance
and behavior.” (David Nortman, ND)
I S H O M E O PAT H Y S C I E N T I F I C ?

• Indeed homeopathy cannot be more scientific!


Homeopathy has a 200 history of extensive records
obtained during “provings". The minutest details
have been thoroughly investigated and documented.
There is no room for guess work in homeopathy.
I S H O M E O PAT H Y S C I E N T I F I C ?
N O B E L I S T D R . L U C M O N TA G N I E R O N H O M E O PAT H Y

Dr. Luc Montagnier, the French virologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for
discovering the AIDS virus, has surprised the scientific community with his strong
support for homeopathic medicine.!
Montagnier, who is also founder and president of the World Foundation for AIDS
Research and Prevention, asserted, "I can't say that homeopathy is right in
everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are
right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which
mimic the original molecules.”!
Although it is common for modern-day scientists to assume that none of the
original molecules remain in solution after sequential dilutions found in homeopathic
preparations, Montagnier's research (and other of many of his colleagues) has
verified that electromagnetic signals of the original medicine remains in the water
and has dramatic biological effects.!
In the new interview in Science, Montagnier also expressed real concern about the
unscientific atmosphere that presently exists on certain unconventional subjects
such as homeopathy. !
I S H O M E O PA T H Y S C I E N T I F I C ?
Nobelist Brian Josephson, PhD

….There have not, to the best of my knowledge, been any


refutations of homeopathy that remain valid….
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I went to a conference where the French immunologist Jacques
Benveniste was talking for the first time about his discovery that water has
a 'memory' of compounds that were once dissolved in it -- which might
explain how homeopathy works. His findings provoked irrationally strong
reactions from scientists, and I was struck by how badly he was treated.
!

…Scientists today suffer from "pathological disbelief”, that


is, they maintain an unscientific attitude that is embodied by
the statement "even if it were true I wouldn't believe it."
S K E P T I C I S M I S I M P O R TA N T, B U T
PAT H O L O G I C A L D I S B E L I E F I S U N H E A LT H Y

• “Skepticism of any subject is important to the evolution


of science and medicine. However, as stated by the
Nobelist Brian Josephson, many scientists have a
“pathological disbelief” in certain subjects that
ultimately create an unhealthy and unscientific attitude
which blocks real truth and real science.” Data Ullman

• True scientists should try to explore possible new ways


to understand and verify strange but compelling
phenomena.
R E S E A R C H I N H O M E O PAT H Y

• You can do double-blind placebo-controlled studies


with homeopathy, AS LONG AS YOU
INDIVIDUALIZE THE TREATMENT. In other words,
the researchers would have to find the individualized
homeopathic remedy for each person in the study,
then blind the doctor and the patient to the therapy.

• Most of the randomized controlled studies in the


field of homeopathy and mental health care are
studies comparing homeopathy to placebo.
S K E P T I C S ’ V I E W O N H O M E O PAT H I C
RESEARCH
It is remarkable enough that many skeptics of homeopathy actually
say that there is "no research" that has shown that homeopathic
medicines work. Such statements are clearly false, and yet, such
assertions are common on the Internet and even in some peer-
reviewed articles. Just a little bit of searching can uncover many
high quality studies that have been published in highly
respected medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet,
BMJ, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Chest and
many others. Although some of these same journals have also
published research with negative views on homeopathy, there is
simply much more research that shows a positive rather than
negative effect.
I S H O M E O PAT H Y P L A C E B O ? W H AT I
T E L L M Y PAT I E N T S …
• My simple response to skeptics often is that homeopathy
works on autistic children, little kids who are too immature
to be influenced by placebo, severely mentally ill, as well
as on pets. Also, when it wears off, people know it! Or, if
you can get rid of 50 warts with placebo, so be it! (Refer
to my patient testimonial videos on both sites, including
the video that is a compilation of 70 patient videos.)

• As a side note, I have found that the wrong remedy


typically does not work even with the best of intentions on
the part of the practitioner (and even the patient).
G R E AT I D E A S A R E A L W AY S F A C E D B Y
S K E P T I C S F I R S T…
• “Unworthy of the attention of practical and scientific
men.”

• British Parliamentary Committee report on


Edison’s electric light bulb

• “X-rays will prove to be a hoax.”

• Lord Kelvin, president of the Royal Society, 1883.

• Even antibiotics were questioned by skeptics.


RESEARCH - MOST RESEARCH IN PEER-
R E V I E W E D J O U R N A L S H AV E B E E N P O S I T I V E
“Most clinical research conducted on homeopathic medicines that has been
published in peer-reviewed journals have shown positive clinical results,
especially in the treatment of respiratory allergies, influenza, fibromyalgia,
rheumatoid arthritis, childhood diarrhea, post-surgical abdominal surgery recovery,
attention deficit disorder, and reduction in the side effects of conventional cancer
treatments. In addition to clinical trials, several hundred basic science studies
have confirmed the biological activity of homeopathic medicines. One type of
basic science trials, called IN VITRO studies, found 67 experiments (1/3 of
them replications) and nearly 3/4 of all replications were positive.” Dana
Ullman
In addition to the wide variety of basic science evidence and clinical research,
further evidence for homeopathy resides in the fact that they gained widespread
popularity in the U.S. and Europe during the 19th century due to the impressive
results people experienced in the treatment of epidemics that raged during that
time, including cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and influenza.
R E S E A R C H - H O M E O PAT H Y A N D
PSYCHO-EMOTIONAL DISORDERS

CONCLUSION: We found relatively high rates of use of complementary and


alternative medicine among respondents who met criteria for common mental
disorders. Practitioners of alternative medicine should look for these disorders
in their patients, and conventional medical providers should ask their
depressed and anxious patients about the use of alternative medicine. More
research is needed to determine if individuals with mental disorders use
alternative medicine because conventional medical care does not meet their
health care needs.
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ARTICLE | November 01, 2000
Mental Disorders and the Use of Alternative Medicine: Results From a National Survey
Jürgen Unützer, M.D., M.P.H.; Ruth Klap, Ph.D.; Roland Sturm, Ph.D.; Alexander S. Young, M.D., M.S.H.S.; Tonya
Marmon, M.S.; Jess Shatkin, M.D., M.P.H.; Kenneth B. Wells, M.D., M.P.H.
Am J Psychiatry 2000;157:1851-1857. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.157.11.1851
RESEARCH - PSYCHOLOGISTS SHOULD
L E A R N A B O U T H O M E O PAT H Y

Abstract:
Can the fields of complementary and alternative medicine provide psychologists with new career
opportunities in practice, education, and research? With 42% of Americans estimated to be seeking
unconventional treatments, collectively spending $21.2 billion annually, it is recommended that
psychologists become informed about alternative medical practices, possible benefits and risks of such
practices, and relevant licensing laws and education required for complementary medical practitioners.
This article introduces psychologists to the emerging new health fields of complementary and
alternative medicine; outlines the theoretical perspectives of 4 disciplines—Chinese medicine, Indian
Ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy, and homeopathy; presents a brief sample of research literature;
and discusses expanded career opportunities and roles for psychologists in interaction with alternative
medicine. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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Psychology and complementary and alternative medicine.
White, Kathryn P.
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 31(6), Dec 2000, 671-681. doi:
10.1037/0735-7028.31.6.671
L I Z L A L O R ’ S H O M E O PAT H I C P S Y C H I AT R Y B O O K
FOCUSES ON DELUSIONS IN EACH CONSTITUTION

• Dr. Lalor: “Homeopathic psychiatry is the


psychoanalytical study of the meaning and application
of the Delusion rubric in homeopathic case-taking and
case analysis. A psychological delusion is a
perception or opinion which is exaggerated or
disproportionate to reality. In both psychiatry and
homeopathy, the psychological delusion exists, and is
diagnosed because the patient needs to avoid reality.”

• Note: Delusions=Imaginations in the repertory.


LIZ LALOR…THE NEED FOR DELUSIONS

• In Liz Lalor’s book “Homeopathic Psychiatry” the NEED for various


DELUSIONS is analyzed for EACH of the constitutional remedy profiles.
(Refer to her book for details of each remedy’s delusional profile.)

• The psychotherapeutic understanding of the PATIENT’S NEED for the


psychological DELUSION is the indicator of, and explanation for, the
SIMILLIMUM. The simillimum must have delusion rubrics which match
the delusional state of mind of the patient.

• Example: “Sulphur has a psychotherapeutic need to avoid personal


responsibility for failure which manifests as an intense psychological need
to delude themselves into believing they are great.” (Liz Lalor) Therefore,
the need for the delusion of grandeur in Sulphur comes from the need to
avoid personal responsibility for failure.
LIZ LALOR ON THE 4 REQUIREMENTS
OF A DELUSION RUBRIC
• You can only use a Delusion rubric in the case analysis if the following four
prerequisites have been noted in the patient’s case-development.

• 1) Evidence that the patient has notable inner conflict and evidence of self-
destruction and pathology which is proof of the need for a Delusion rubric
to be used in the rubric-repertorization.

• 2) Evidence that the patient has used the psychological delusion in a


disproportionate way to misinterpret reality.

• 3) Evidence that the delusional stance is maintained by the patient because


it is to their advantage to delude themselves of reality.

• 4) The ‘never-well-since-event’ confirming the primary psychodynamic


trauma.
L I Z L A L O R ’ S 5 R U B R I C C AT E G O R I E S O R
5 S TA G E R U B R I C R E P E R T O R I Z AT I O N P R O C E S S
• Dr. Lalor groups the delusion rubrics according to the five rubric headings and explains
their delusional use:

• 1) Denial: “hubristic denial” of disease (Delusions of grandeur)

• 2) Forsaken: disproportionate feelings of abandonment, or persecutory delusional


beliefs (Delusions of abandonment or persecution)

• 3) Causation: disproportionate guilt (Delusions of original sin)

• 4) Depression: predictions of failure (Delusions of impending doom)

• 5) Resignation: overblown resignation to disease and death, or exaggerated


hypochondriacal fears of illness (Delusions of hypochondriasis)

• Note: Each patient will have a tendency to be predominantly in one of the above
stages.
L I Z L A L O R ’ S 5 R U B R I C C AT E G O R I E S ,
H O W A R E T H E Y R E L AT E D ?
• SUMMARY: You do #1 to avoid #2, you do #2 to
avoid #3, etc.

• You deny (#1) to avoid feeling forsaken/abandoned (#2).

• You feel forsaken/abandoned (#2) to avoid feeling guilty


(#3).

• You feel guilty (#3) to avoid feeling depressed (#4).

• You feel depressed (#4) to avoid feelings of resignation (#5).


L I Z L A L O R ’ S 5 R U B R I C C AT E G O R I E S O R
5 S TA G E R U B R I C R E P E R T O R I Z AT I O N P R O C E S S

• “In all homeopathic consultations the patient will


move through some or all of these five
(psychological) states as they struggle to
acknowledge that they are suffering an illness. A
patient will often start their story from the arrogant
assumption, or misapprehension of immortality; we all
assume that we are entitled to health and long life.
This is denial.” (Dr. Liz Lalor)
L I Z L A L O R ’ S 5 R U B R I C C AT E G O R I E S
M I N D : D E L U S I O N S : X , Y, & Z
• 1) Denial rubric category: All the delusion rubrics which pertain to “delusions of
grandeur” go under this rubric category. (In other words, if the constitutional remedy
chosen has delusion rubrics allocated into Denial, the patient MUST display
psychological “delusions of grandeur”.)

• 2) Forsaken rubric category: All the delusion rubrics which pertain to psychological
“delusions of abandonment” or “delusions of persecution” go under this rubric
category.

• 3) Causation rubric category: All the delusion rubrics which pertain to psychological
“delusions of original sin” or self-blame go under this rubric category.

• 4) Depression rubric category: All the delusion rubrics which pertain to psychological
“delusions of impending doom” go under this rubric category.

• 5) Resignation: All the delusion rubrics which pertain to psychological “delusions of


hypochondriasis” go under this rubric category.
MISCELLANEOUS OTHER PSYCHO-
EMOTIONAL CONDITIONS:

• In addition to the above mental disorders, there are


conditions that may not be established DSM-IV
“disorders” due to their milder nature. Homeopathic
remedies tend to be highly effective in treating such
conditions.

• We will cover a few of such conditions here now:


A PAT H Y A N D I N D I F F E R E N C E
M I N D : I N D I F F E R E N C E , A PAT H Y
• There are numerous remedies listed in the Repertory under MIND-
Indifference. However, the two MAIN ones I have seen in my practice are:

• 1) Phosphoric acid: Apathy, with no strength mentally, emotionally or


physically. There may not even be any interest to get well. Extreme
exhaustion. Great remedy to think of for severe chronic fatigue. Their spark
is totally gone! Phos acid is definitely a pathological state on all levels,
and thankfully is not nearly as common as Sepia which is a common remedy.

• 2) Sepia: Stasis is hallmark. Indifference to even own child. I believe they


may often care on the inside, but their appearance/words may reflect
indifference. If highly out of balance, may not even care internally. They
are genuinely “cool” and “chill”. (Extremely common remedy among
African Americans as well as Indians, or any other darker skinned races.)
ANGER (MIND: ANGER)

• MIND: Anger: Acon, Anac, Ars, Aur, Bry, CHAM, Cupr,


HEP, Kali-c, Kali-s, Lyc, Merc, Nat-m, Nit-ac, Nux-v,
Petr, Sep, Staph, Sulph (These are only the remedies
in BOLD.)
ANGER

• In my experience, remedies for anger/irritability and getting short


with others: Nux vomica, Ignatia, Causticum, Lachesis, Lycopodium,
and Staphysagria. Sepia is often cool, but they can get very angry.

• Ignatia: They tend to have decent control over their anger (unlike a
remedy such as Staphysagria.)

• Staphysagria: Common remedy in my practice for anger outbursts


(hold in for long time, then blow up BIG!!!!!)

• According to E.B. Nash, think of the following remedies for anger:


Chamomilla, Aconite, Bryonia, Colosynth, Ignatia, Lycopodium, Nux
vomica, and Staphysagria.
A N G E R , A N D I T S C L O S E R E L AT I V E S :
M O R T I F I C AT I O N A N D V E X AT I O N
• Refer to Massimo’s book on “Homeopathy for Anger and
Mortification”.

• Mortification: A much more difficult topic than simply anger


or rage. It has to do with self-worth. It can be expressed as
a feeling of shame, or wounding of a person’s honor.

• Vexation: implies a state of being annoyed, frustrated or


worried. This can come as a result of injustice, repression,
and bullying, or consequences of abuse or of being
severely molested. It is the step before mortification.
OTHER CONDITIONS….

• Destructiveness: Stramonium is the only remedy that is in bold and capital letters in
this section (Mind: Destructiveness)

• Grounded, lack of: Hydrogen, Anhalonium, Cannabis indica, Phosphorus, etc.

• Nervous Remedies (Dr. E.B. Nash): Aconite, Chamomilla, Ignatia, Nux vomica, and
Coffee cruda.

• Painful memories: Lac caninum (dog’s milk) for those who have been treated as the
underdog, abused and disrespected.

• Pain, not feels: Opium

• Terror/night terrors/obsessive negative thoughts/numerous fears including fear of


darkness: Stramonium

• Uptight/tense/wound up: Carcinosin, Cuprum


H O M E O PAT H Y A N D N AT U R O PAT H Y

• Homeopathy is not always the answer. As ND’s, we can offer various


other therapies which can definitely improve the patient’s response to
homeopathic treatment (be it for mind or body). Refer to my “7 Steps to
Healing” handout on my site, www.DrSharif.com. There is no conflict in
using other ND therapies along with homeopathic remedies. They can work
concurrently.

• A thorough naturopathic detox (often for one month or so) can help
prevent the “healing reaction” seen w/ homeopathy (however rarely it
might occur).

• Homeopathic remedies stimulate self-healing. However, since the remedies


have no matter to them (minus the sugar), you still need certain other
therapies/supplements that contain MATTER such as fish oil, vitamin
B12, iron, etc.
H O M E O PAT H Y A N D N AT U R O PAT H Y

• There is a homeopathic remedy for just about every


human ailment. Take a look in the repertory for the
enormous number of symptoms listed in there, and the
many possible remedies for each one!

• In my experience, when it comes to treating


imbalances of the mind, the correct constitutional
homeopathic remedy is significantly more effective
than herbs/nutrients since they are highly tailored
for each patient, more deep acting, and truly get to
the root of the problem, ultimately leading to cure.
H O M E O PAT H Y A N D N AT U R O PAT H Y

• “Some research has shown benefits in using St. Johns


wort to treat depression and Kava kava to treat anxiety
states. However, homeopaths generally find that it is
preferable to prescribe individualized homeopathic
remedies to each patient to attain long-term results,
including sustained results without having to take
continual doses of any medicine (natural or
otherwise).”*

• * Book Homeopathic Family Medicine by Dana Ullman


H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• 1) Regarding approach/philosophy:

• Medical profession ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the head around!

• “Mental health in conventional medicine is the ability of a person to conform to the


norms of expectations for subjective experiences and behaviors in their society.
Deviations from the norm are seen as pathological. Pathology is usually defined in terms
of symptoms, which are addressed behaviorally and with medications. Underlying issues
often go unaddressed.

• Homeopathy addresses each individual in much greater depth, individualizing remedies


to the fullest spectrum of issues of a person’s being that can be identified, taking into
consideration their personalities and other factors in their current life and life history.
Remedies are identified to release problematic issues and to harmonize the person
to optimal health.” *

• (* Iris Bell, MD, PhD; “The homeopathic Healing Process, Transformational Outcomes, and the Patient-Provider Relationship; Book “Homeopathy and
Mental Health Care”; 2010, p: 60-71)
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• Regarding neurotransmitter imbalance:

• Conventional medicine views mental illness as a


chemical imbalance in the brain caused by excesses or
deficiencies of neurotransmitters such as serotonin,
dopamine, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine.

• Homeopathy recognizes the importance of


neurotransmitters but maintains that any particular
chemical imbalance is merely an indicator of a
deeper imbalance at the level of the vital force.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y R E G A R D I N G D S M - I V :

• What is missing in the DSM-IV method of


diagnosing is individualization. “If the patient fulfills
the criteria, treatment with the antidepressant
medication should be considered even if the physician
thinks the patient has a good reason to be depressed
(Cunningham, p. 401).” (Ullmans, 2012)

• If homeopaths use DSM-IV terminology, it is only for


purposes of communication, NOT to actually label a
patient.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• 2) Regarding conditions:

• In homeopathy, we can potentially treat all psychiatric disorders PLUS conditions that
are not typically considered pathological such as fears or arrogance, etc.

• 3) Regarding the nature of the therapies:

• Homeopathic remedies are often highly effective in uprooting or CURING the


diseases or imbalances (VS. PALLIATION). They are more convenient (REMEDIES
CAN LAST WEEKS TO MONTHS VS. HOURS, and TASTE GOOD) and FAR LESS $
$$$$, and rarely (if ever) cause any complications (such as low libido which is a
common side effect to anti-depressants).

• Note that the “HEALING CRISIS” secondary to remedies is often a short-lasting


phenomenon as opposed to “complications” secondary to drugs which can be long-
lasting (or at least last as long as you are taking that drug). The morbidity and mortality
associated with psychiatric medications is unfortunately significant and real.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• Homeopathic remedies go beyond just helping a person NOT feel depressed (or mentally ill or out of
balance in any way), the correct constitutional remedy can indeed help bring about a true transformation
and create joy in a person. Antidepressants are not known to bring about joy, but most often (at the very
best) work to numb the “bad” feelings- The patients simply come out of their depression.

• ANTIDEPRESSANTS —-> PSYCHIC INDIFFERENCE, NOT PARTICULARLY JOY

• Patients on drug therapy usually end up needing to take their drugs ongoing. Whereas in homeopathy,
sometimes a single dose cures, and at other times, repeated dosing may be necessary only if the
symptoms return (which may be every few months or more). Note that even after years of ongoing drug
therapy, if the drug is stopped, it’s not surprising to hear that the patient’s old issues resurface. The issues
that needed to have been dealt with, but never did b/c of the drugs, will resurface.

• Also, in homeopathy, the process is like peeling layers of onions. Sometimes patients need several
different remedies over a course of a few years in order to truly heal. We are clearly speaking of a
personal evolution with homeopathy, completely different from drug therapy that certainly does not
promise any personal evolution.

• Remember: Homeopathy holds the promise to cure psycho-emotional imbalances, not just palliate.
However, meds distort- they do not heal.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:

• 4) Regarding views on the causes of mental illness:

• A psychiatrist will most likely prescribe the same


antidepressant if you have depression after the loss of
a loved one or if you lose your job. Homeopaths, on
the other hand, will consider various remedies
depending on what caused the depression, how the
person responds (copes), and what makes the
depression better or worse.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:

• 5) Regarding tailoring the medicine for the patient:

• Homeopathic treatment is based on what is


UNIQUE about a person, and how that person is
DIFFERENT from others with the SAME diagnosis.

• In conventional psychiatry, the prescription is based


on the COMMON symptoms shared by others with
the SAME diagnosis.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• 6) “Our patients are not ‘treated as a complainer’,
with a body full of complaints, aches, and pains, but as
a person whose rashes, allergies, and pains might be
linked to a trauma locked away in their memory.”*

• 7) “Homeopathic” rather than “psychiatric” patients


bypass the societal stigmatizing labels of allopathic
psychiatry that sometimes inhibit people from seeking
treatment.* (* Iris Bell, MD, PhD; “The homeopathic Healing Process,
Transformational Outcomes, and the Patient-Provider Relationship; Book “Homeopathy and
Mental Health Care”; 2010, p: 60-71)
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• 8) The cure rate to antidepressants tends to be low
and slow. Patients with severe depression must
tolerate weeks to months of waiting before they truly
feel better. (Appleton, p. 58)

• Homeopathy, on the other hand, in many cases,


can take effect within minutes even before the
patient leaves the office! In some cases, it takes
longer. In the majority of cases, I see an energetic
shift in my patients within minutes.
H O M E O PAT H Y V E R S U S C O N V E N T I O N A L
P S Y C H I AT R Y:
• 9) Regarding the number of remedies for each malady:

• In homeopathy, there are often tens to hundreds of


remedies for each malady. In conventional psychiatry,
there are fewer (if at all) medications for each condition.

• 10) Regarding popularity:

• Psychiatry is well established, but homeopathy is,


unfortunately, known only either to the very rich or to
the very poor.
D R . H A R R Y VA N D E R Z E E , M D :
( A U T H O R O F B O O K H O M E O PAT H Y F O R D I S E A S E S )

• “The drugged patient is dulled, confused, shut off,


mesmerized by the drugs; seldom gets better, takes drugs for
life, exists in a drug-mitigated zombie-land and suffers
increasingly from drug side effects. These can be terrible, can
shorten life and do not provide a cure… Drugs and electric
shock (ECT) have become the treatment of choice across the
world it seems. This is superficial and ignores the cause…
Without offering real cure, drugs often need to be taken for
life, a perfect recipe for profit by pharmaceutical companies…
Psychiatrists in USA who base their therapy purely on drugs/
ECT earn three times as much as those who base their
treatment on psychotherapy and other social interventions.”
H O M E O PAT H I C T R E AT M E N T O F C H I L D R E N W I T H
P S Y C H O L O G I C A L & P S Y C H I AT R I C P R O B L E M S


S TAT I S T I C S O N P E D I AT R I C
P S Y C H I AT R I C D I S O R D E R S

• More than 25% of American children and teenagers are


being medicated. Out of these, 7 million prescriptions
or refills each year are for ADHD, 1 million for
antidepressants, and 1.4 million for antipsychotic drugs.
Between 1996 and 2005, use of antidepressants doubled
for both children and adults from 5% to over 10% of the
population in the U.S. Some of the drugs involved were
studied primarily or exclusively for adults, resulting in
little or no information on proper dosing or attention to
safety or efficacy in children. (Ullmans, 2012).
P S Y C H I AT R I C M E D S C A N C A U S E
SUICIDE AND HOMICIDE IN KIDS

• SSRIs have been associated with suicide in children. In


2004, the FDA issued a black box warning for all
antidepressants.

• “Invirtually every mass SCHOOL


SHOOTING during the past 15 years, the
shooter has been on or in withdrawal
from psychiatric drugs.” (Lawrence Hunter of the
Social Security Institute)
LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF
P S Y C H I AT R I C D R U G S O N K I D S N O T S T U D I E D …

• Since the long-term consequences of antidepressant


use in children has not been studied, parents and
practitioners should exercise great caution, weighing
the pros and cons. In fact, why not consider
homeopathy as an alternative, especially considering
how extremely effective the remedies are?
M U LT I P L E D I A G N O S E S F O R C H I L D R E N

• Children are getting diagnosed with multiple


diagnoses over the last decade. The main dx used to
be ADHD, and now it’s a multitude of various
diagnoses such as Oppositional Defiance, Asperger
Syndrome, Learning disability, and Sensory Integration
Disorder.

• Of course, in homeopathy, we find a remedy based on


the unique and characteristic symptoms of the person
rather than the person’s diagnosis/label.
H O M E O PAT H I C C A R E F O R K I D S V E R S U S
A D U LT S
• In homeopathy, we treat children similarly as adults. There are just a few notes to
be made here:

• 1) Compared to adults, I have found children respond much more rapidly, deeply,
and extensively to homeopathic treatment. In many cases, one dose of a
properly selected remedy can bring about complete cure on all levels (physical,
mental and emotional).

• 2) Children cannot and do not often readily give you all the information you might
need to figure out how they tick. You have to use much intuition and also discuss
the case with their parents or other caretakers. (If possible, I often have the
parents come in first and tell me all about the child, THEN I have the child join
us.)

• It’s important to be able to communicate with children at their own level so that
they are more likely to open up and tell you about themselves.
H O M E O PAT H I C C A R E F O R K I D S V E R S U S
A D U LT S

• 3) We see fear in adults as well as in children.


However, I seem to treat fear much more commonly in
my pediatric population versus adults.

• I have treated numerous cases of various types of fears


with very basic remedies such as Nat mur or Pulsatilla.
However, some with more severe and debilitating fears
may require less known remedies such as Stramonium.
KIDS LOVE THE REMEDIES!

• Since homeopathic remedies taste good and last for


long periods of time (i.e. weeks to months), it is
extremely easy to dose children. In fact, it’s extremely
common for my pediatric patients to tell their parents,
“Let’s go to Dr. Sharif’s office to get those sugar pills!”
REMEDIES DO NOT DULL A CHILD’S
AFFECT AND PERSONALITY

• Homeopathic treatment does not negatively impact a


child’s affect, or bring about any undesirable new
symptoms. Drugs, on the other hands, can dull a
child’s personality, not to mention other possible side
effects.
H O M E O PAT H I C M E D I C I N E … C H A N G I N G T H E
F U T U R E O F O U R W O R L D O N E C H I L D AT A T I M E

• Homeopathic care helps children (like adults) to go beyond just


feeling OK- the treatment can help children literally blossom into a
highly functional and energetically vibrant version of themselves.

• Since homeopathic care is often curative (or at least is certainly not


just palliative), children do not develop the attitude of becoming
dependent on any drugs, and thus are probably less likely to turn
to illicit drugs as they mature into adolescence and adulthood.

• Treating children homeopathically is probably one of the most


effective ways of helping positively impact the psychological (as
well as physical) health of the future generations as well as the
future of the Earth.
VIDEOS OF CHILDREN ON MY SITE

• Under Kids Corner page of the


VisualHomeopathy.com site, there are a number of
videos of children that you can watch for educational
purposes. Next to each video, the child’s remedy is
listed.

• You can also sign up for the Children’s Module in the


Members Only portion of the site.

H O W T O I N T R O D U C E H O M E O PAT H Y T O
OTHER PRACTITIONERS
• Find therapists and psychiatrists who will work with patients who use homeopathic remedies. Here is
what you should share with them about homeopathy:

• Homeopathic remedies are highly individualized, and can effectively treat many mental/emotional &
physical conditions. The remedies are not “ANTI” anything; The remedies start the innate self-
healing process by balancing a person’s energetic system.

• Patients CAN use both homeopathy and drugs concurrently if needed. We ask our patients to
NOT stop their medications on their own, they MUST discuss with their prescribing doctor.
And, we ask that they do NOT start a new medication without having the patient inform us
first. We shouldn’t start more than one medication of any kind at a time in a month.

• Homeopathy can enhance the patient’s progress in all ways, physically as well as emotionally/
mentally.

• Homeopathy tends to make therapy sessions more effective and efficient. Even though they are
gentle, they often push suppressed emotions out which need to be dealt with during therapy.

• Patients need to be monitored, and should not dose themselves unless the case is simple and the
patient is highly skilled her/himself. Coffee and a few other things can antidote the remedies.

• (I recommend that you don’t discuss the ideas of dilution and succussion. This only confuses people.)
TEACHING OTHER PRACTITIONERS HOW
T O I N T R O D U C E & M A N A G E H O M E O PAT H Y

• IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO PREPARE YOURSELF


FOR:

• How should they introduce the subject of homeopathy


to their clients for the first time?

• How to work with their clients when the remedy is not


found or is antidoted, or when aggravations occur?

• How do they become better educated about


homeopathy?
WEANING OFF OF SSRI’S OR OTHER
ANTI-DEPRESSANTS…SPECIFIC TIPS
• I recommend 5-HTP and other natural therapies as the patient is weaning off
of SSRIs. Look out for serotonin syndrome!!!! Take 5-HTP only on days
when on NO or LESS dose of the SSRIs*. I like to see my patients taper
off of SSRIs gradually- 1/2 a dose every 3rd day for 3 weeks, then 1/2 a dose
every other day for 3 weeks, then 1/2 a dose every day for 3 weeks, etc.

• *: If taking a lesser dose (i.e. half a dose) of SSRI on a particular day, I


recommend 100 mg of 5-HTP to help boost the serotonin levels. If no SSRI
on a particular day, then I recommend 200 mg of 5-HTP, 100 mg bid. The
evening dose can help with insomnia.

• Recommend professional quality 5-HTP, not OTC.

• Make certain all organic diseases, such as hypothyroidism, are ruled out or
treated, if present.
WEANING OFF OF ANTI-ANXIETY
DRUGS…SPECIFIC TIPS
• In my experience, many patients with anxiety use their medication as needed only,
not necessarily daily. Therefore, I find it easier to wean them off of their medication
versus patients who are on anti-depressants (who always use their medication daily).

• If the anxiety medication is used daily, however, due to their highly addictive nature,
it can be challenging to take the patient off of such drugs. The patient may need a
daily dose of the appropriate homeopathic remedy in 12C or even LM
potencies while working with a psychiatrist to help wean her/him off of the anxiety
medication. Another idea is to offer a 1M or higher potency initially, followed by
12C daily dosing.

• I teach my anxious patients self-help techniques such as self-tapping (EFT), deep


breathing exercises, meditation exercises that can be applied as needed.

• Make certain all organic diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, are ruled out or treated,
if present.
WEANING OFF OF LITHIUM IN BIPOLAR
DEPRESSION - THE REMEDY LITHIUM MUR

• Of course, every case may require its own unique remedy.


However, I have found the remedy Lithium muriaticum to be
rather effective in treating bipolar depression in a number of
cases.

• Once I am convinced the patient is responding well to his/


her homeopathic remedy (say, Lithium mur), we can then
proceed with the weaning off process of the pharmaceutical
Lithium.

• Make certain all organic diseases are ruled out or treated, if


present.
W E A N I N G S C H I Z O P H R E N I A PAT I E N T S
OFF OF ANTI-PSYCHOTICS?

• I would definitely refer to a psychiatrist to have him/her wean


the patient off of the drugs as the patient makes progress (with
the help of homeopathic remedies, psychotherapy, etc.) on her
journey towards healing.

• I believe, as homeopaths, we can be of considerably more help


if the patient comes to us after the 1st or perhaps 2nd psychotic
break. The patients that have been hospitalized numerous
times may be rather difficult to treat homeopathically.

• Make certain all organic diseases are ruled out or treated, if


present.
E F T, E M D R , A N D O T H E R P S Y C H O L O G Y E N E R G Y T H E R A P I E S
(FOR RELEASING TRAUMA) INCLUDING
MY OWN THREE-POINT ENERGY TECHNIQUE

• Modern hands-on energy therapies such as EFT or EMDR seem to allow


homeopathic remedies to work more effectively.

• My own three-point energy technique involves three points on the head:


The top of the head (crown chakra) and the middle of the forehead (third
eye point) are extremely energetically sensitive and charged points in
the body. I would NOT tap these points, but gently keep the third finger
(of the dominant hand) on these points, while gently applying pressure.
While doing the above, I hold the back of the patient’s head with the
non-dominant hand. Almost 100% of the patients in my office claim a
sensation of calmness and peace within seconds upon experiencing this
procedure. Once the calmness is felt by the patient, I then ask the
patient to take his/her remedy (5-10 pills under the tongue).
HOW DO THE REMEDIES WORK?
IDEA OF RESONANT FREQUENCY
• The exact mechanism of action remains to be discovered further over
time. However, below you will find some possible explanations…

• I believe these medicines act as a kind of resonant energetic/


vibrational field to catalyze a change in our beings.

• “Some believe that a type of resonance occurs in which the specific


homeopathic medicine vibrates at the same frequency as the
constellation of symptoms. This allows the two vibrations to cancel
each other out, thus eliminating the disease.” (Ullmans, 2012)

• Advocates of homeopathic remedies attribute their effects not


to molecules present in the water, but to modifications of the
water's structure. (Nobelist Brian Josephson, PhD)
W H AT D O T H E R E M E D I E S C O N TA I N ?
W AT E R M E M O R Y H Y P O T H E S I S
NEWTONIAN PHYSICS VERSUS QUANTUM PHYSICS…

• “Homeopaths have proposed that their remedies consist of vibrational


patterns of substances that are imprinted in water. This is outside the
realms of explanations of Newtonian Physics. However, no other explanation
has been proposed for the fact that homeopathic remedies are potent in
dilutions where no single molecule of the original substance remains.” * The
most accepted explanation for the above is that water is capable of carrying
energetic vibrations put into it by various substances/medicines. In other
words, water seems to retain a memory of the medicinal substance.

• The remedies work based on ideas of quantum physics. Interestingly, even


though quantum physics has been around for many years now, medicine is
reluctant to embrace it fully! To quote Deepak Chopra, “Medicine is
reluctant to walk through the quantum door”.

• *: Iris Bell, MD, PhD; “The homeopathic Healing Process, Transformational Outcomes, and the Patient-Provider Relationship; Book
“Homeopathy and Mental Health Care”; 2010, p: 60-71

W AT E R M E M O R Y

• Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work on water published in his books “The Healing
Power of Water” and “Hidden Messages in Water” clearly illustrate the
point that water can carry our intent or energetic vibration via
liquid crystals. This may explain how homeopathic remedies that are
made in water work. It’s very likely that each remedy has its own
crystal structure in water, and that’s how it carries the information
as opposed to any physical constituent. I hope Dr. Emoto someday
provides us with pictures of remedies in water!

• Since Dr. Emoto has so beautifully demonstrated the power of


intention, I propose that when making homeopathic remedies, we
want to make sure we put into that water our best intention/thoughts.
This is important for remedy manufacturers to recognize.
H O M E O PAT H Y I N O T H E R C O U N T R I E S

• Homeopathy is popular in many European countries, India,


Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina.

• In France, homeopathy is accepted by up to 70% of


conventional physicians and is available at every one of the
22,000 or so French pharmacies. Homeopathic medicines
are fully reimbursed by the French national health care
system.

• Approximately 42% of British physicians refer patients to


homeopathic practitioners, many of whom are covered under
the British health care system.
Rubric Ideas for Various
Mental-Emotional Disorders
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Mind: Word - x, y & z?

• In some cases, there are so many possible


subrubrics that I could not list them all. In such
cases, I have used the following notation:

• Mind: Excitement, x, y, & z


ADDICTIONS, POSSIBLE RUBRICS*
~ PSYCHOSIS PA R T 1
Refer to the last section in this presentation on Schizophrenia (psychosis) for many more rubric ideas.
• Mind; ALCOHOLISM, dipsomania
• Mind; DESIRES; drugs, recreation
• Mind; DESIRES; drugs, recreation; speed
• Mind; DRUGS, general; desire, for 
• Mind; MORPHINISM, drug addiction
• Mind; MORPHINISM, drug addiction; injections, especially by
• Mind; MANIA, madness; drinking; from
• Mind; MANIA, madness
• Mind; MANIA, madness, alternating with sadness
• Mind; IMPULSIVE
• Mind; AILMENTS from, sexual, abuse, raped, being
• Mind; CONFIDENCE, want of self
• Mind; FORSAKEN feeling
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations, neglected he is
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations, great person , is
• REFER TO (DELUSIONS=IMAGINATIONS) SECTION OF THE REPERTORY AS THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER DELUSIONS
THAT CAN BE INVOLVED IN PSYCHOSIS.
* From an electronic article titled “Drug Induced Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder” by Traub
A D D I C T I O N S - R U B R I C S , PA R T 2

• Mind; SENSITIVE, oversensitive; general; noise, to


• Mind; SENSITIVE, oversensitive; general; sensual impressions, to
• Mind; SENSITIVE, oversensitive; general; reprimands, criticism, reproaches, to
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; voices, hears
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; alone; world, in the
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; alone; always
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; alone; castaway, being a
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; animals, of; family, do not belong to her 

own
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; family; does not belong to her own
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; talking; someone behind him, with
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; walk; someone walks; behind him
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; people; behind him, someone is
• Mind; DELUSIONS, imaginations; pursued, he is
• Mind: DELUSIONS, he is being followed
• Mind; AILMENTS from; alone, being
A D D I C T I O N S - R U B R I C S , PA R T 3
• MIND-Sensitive-noise, to
• MIND-Fear-open spaces-fear of
• MIND-Sensitive-reprimands, to
• MIND-Delusions-people-behind him-followed
• MIND-Delusions-he does not belong
• Mind Sensitive, oversensitive to noise and sensual impression
• Mind; AILMENTS from; alone, being
• MIND-Fear-general; agoraphobia
• MIND-Delusion he does not belong
• MIND-DELUSIONS, imaginations; pursued, he is
• MIND-DELUSIONS, imaginations; murdered; he will be
• MIND-DREAMS; cutting; knife, of being cut with a
• MIND-DELUSIONS, imaginations; wrong; he has done
• MIND-DELUSIONS, imaginations; crime; committed, he had
• MIND-ANXIETY; conscience, of
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ADD/ADHD - POSSIBLE RUBRICS*
• Mind: Biting; children, in

• Mind: Busy; children

• Mind: Destructiveness; children, in

• Mind: Excitement; children, in

• Mind: Jumping; children, chairs, tables and stove,on

• Mind: Rage; children, in

• Mins: Restlessness; children, in

• Mind: Striking; children, in

• Mind: Wildness; children, in

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


ADD/ADHD
RESTLESS - RUBRICS
• Mind: Activity, mental, restless

• Mind: Anguish/Anxiety, driving from place to place

• Mind: Anguish/Hurry/Insanity/Irritability/Mania/Moaning, restlessness, with

• Mind: Anguish, sit, cannot

• Mind: Anguish, tossing about with

• Mind: Anxiety, fly away, no peace anywhere, as if she must

• Mind: Busy, must keep, restlessness from

• Mind: Restlessness or Tossing about

• Mind: Walk, desire to, restless


ANXIETY - P O S S I B L E R U B R I C S , PA R T 1 *

• MAIN CONCEPTS ASSOCIATED WITH ANXIETY WITH A FEW ASSOCIATED RUBRICS FOR EACH:

• Worry and apprehension, anxiety about future:

• Mind; Absorbed, future about

• Mind; Anxiety

• Mind; Thoughts, future of

• Restlessness

• Mind; Activity, restless

• Mind; Anguish, driving from place to place

• Irritability

• Mind; Anger, causeless

• Mind; Irritability

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 2

• Inability to relax

• Mind; Beside oneself, being, anxiety (or trifles), from

• Mind; Rest, rest in no position and in no company

• Poor concentration

• Mind; Concentration, difficult

• Mind; Confusion (or dullness)

• Mind; Thoughts; vanishing, loss of (or intrude and crown around each
other…..)

• Mind: Thoughts, wondering


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 3

• Sensitive to noise

• Mind; Anger, noise, at

• Mind; Anxiety, noise, from

• Mind; Confusion, noise aggravates

• Night terrors

• Mind; Fear; dark

• Mind; Weeping mood, dark in

• Feeling of impending doom

• Mind; Absorbed, future, about

• Mind; Sadness, gloomy


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 4

• Depersonalization

• Mind; Confusion, dream, as if in

• Mind; Confusion, identity, as to his

• Mind; Delusions; unreal, everything is

• Discouraged

• Mind; Discouraged (x, y, and z)


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 5

• Upset, Uneasy

• Mind; Anguish, complaints without knowing what ails him

• Mind; Anxiety (or discomfort or embittered)

• Mind; Irritability, himself with

• Hypersensitive

• Mind; Anxiety, conscience of

• Mind; Irritability (x, y and z)

• Mind; Sensitive (x,y and z)


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 6

• Trembling, continuous nervous movements

• Mind; Anger (or Anxiety or Irritability), trembling, with

• Indecisiveness

• Mind; Antagonism, herself with

• Mind; Confusion (or Inconstancy, or Irresolution)

• Mind; No, cannot say

• Insult aggravates, humiliation

• Mind; Ailments from, honor, wounded

• Mind; Contradiction, agg

• Mind; Irritability (x, y, and z)


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 7

• Feeling of imminent death

• Mind; Anguish, fear of death, and

• Mind; fear, death of

• Inferiority complex

• Mind; anxiety, unfortunate, as if he had been

• Mind; Confidence (loss of and want of….)


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 8

• Pace up and down

• Mind; Walk, rapidly from anxiety

• Mind; Wander, room, up and down

• Overreaction to sudden and unexpected stimuli

• Mind; Anger, bad news, about

• Mind; Anger, interruption, from

• Mind; Frightened easily


ANXIETY - R U B R I C S , PA R T 9

• Fear of becoming insane

• Mind; Confusion, insane

• Mind; Fear, insanity, of losing his reason

• Worry on going to sleep

• Mind; Anxiety, sleep, before (or during, or falling


asleep on, or preventing, etc.)
AUTISM - POSSIBLE RUBRICS*
• 1) Abnormalities of communication

• Mind: Repeats, same thing

• Mind: Speech, babbling (or distorted, broken, mumbling, murmuring, slow, wanting)

• 2) Abnormalities of social development

• Mind: Aversion, parents, to (friends, family members, society, etc.)

• Mind: Look at, cannot bear to be

• Mind: Spoken to, averse to being

• Face: Expression, stupid (or vacant)

• Generalities: Touch, agg

• 3) Restriction of behavior and interest (Similar to OCD)

• Mind; Change, aversion to

• Mind; Concentration, impossible

• Mind; Gestures, makes, involuntary motions of the hands (or arms or feet)

• Mind; Play, aversion to, indisposition to, in children

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


DEMENTIA - POSSIBLE RUBRICS*

• Mind: Dementia, old people in

• Mind: Dementia, old people in, talking, with foolish

• Mind: Forgetfulness, old people of

• Mind: Imbecility

• Mind: Insanity, madness, old people in

• Mind: Memory, weakness of; facts, for; past/recent, old people in

• Mind: Memory, weakness of; imbecility, in

• Mind: Mistakes, makes; speaking, talking in

• Mind: Mistakes, makes; writing, in

• Mind: Slowness; old people, of

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


DEPRESSION - POSSIBLE RUBRICS,
PA R T 1 *
• Sadness of mood: Mood: Sadness

• Loss of interest/pleasure:Mind: Ambition, loss of - Aversion, family


members - Business, neglects - Indifference - etc.

• Pessimism Mind: Doubtful, recovery of

• Hopelessness Mind: Despair

• Helplessness Mind: Forsaken feeling - Impressionable

• worthlessness Mind: Unworthy, life, for, feels

• Self reproach - guilt feelings Mind: Anger, mistakes, over his - Anxiety,
conscience of - Pities herself - Torments himself

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


D E P R E S S I O N - R U B R I C S , PA R T 2

• Difficulty in thinking Mind: Absent mindedness - Concentration


difficult - Confusion - Thoughts, vanishing…

• Indecisiveness Mind: Confusion - Irresolution…. - No,


cannot say - Postponing

• Subjective poor memory Mind: Forgetfulness - Memory, weakness of

• Ruminations Mind: Absorbed - Brooding - Dwells …. -


Forsaken - Grief - Sadness - Thoughts, past, of the

• Suicidal thoughts Mind: Death, desires - Suicidal, disposition

• Delusions of nihilism Mind: Forsaken feeling, thinks she is left alone


in the world
D E P R E S S I O N - R U B R I C S , PA R T 3

• Monotonous voice Mind: Answers, monosyllable

• Depressive stupor Mind: Dullness - Stupefaction

• Anxiety and restlessness with sadness Mind: Restlessness,


sadness, with - Mind: Anxiety, future about, sadness, with

• Subjective feeling of uneasy Mind: Anguish, sadness, in - Mind:


Discontented - Mind: Impatience, sadness in

• Depression in AM Mind: Aversion, everything, to, morning -


Mind: Sadness, morning

• Melancholia Mind: Grief, easily - Inconsolable - Sadness


D E P R E S S I O N - R U B R I C S , PA R T 4

• Hypochondriacal features Mind: Hypochondriasis -


Sadness

• Pervasive loss of interest and loss of reaction to


pleasurable stimuli Mind: Amusement, averse to
Mind: Indifference…. Mind: Music, aversion to

• Agitation or retardation of psychomotor activity Mind:


Anxiety, inactivity, with Mind: Hurry, lassitude and
weariness, with

• Delusions, hallucinations Mind: Delusions


MANIA OF BIPOLAR DEPRESSION
P O S S I B L E R U B R I C S , PA R T 1 *
• Alert

• Mind: Alert Mind: Concentration active

• Blissfulness

• Mind: Blissful feeling Mind: Exhilaration, blissful

• Ceaseless activity, overactiveness, continuously busy

• Mind: Activity mental, hyperactive (or ceaseless, restless, increased)

• Mind: Busy or Mind: Excitement

• Mind: Hurry, (x, y, and z) Mind: Impatient Mind: Insanity, busy Mind: Restless, busy

• Delusions of grandeur

• Mind: Delusions, body, greatness of, as to

• Mind: Delusions, proud

• Mind: Delusions, visions, has, grandeur, of magnificent

• Mind: Foolish behavior, happiness and pride

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 2
• Distractibility

• Mind: Answers, distracted Mind: Carelessness Mind: cheerfulness Mind: Concentration, difficult
Mind: Thoughts, distracted Mind: Thoughts, wondering

• Domineering

• Mind: Answers, dictatorial MindL Dictatorial Mind: Power, love of Mind: Talk, forcible, inclination to

• Dressed up in gaudy flamboyant clothes

• Mind: Colors, desires, yellow and brown, to wear

• Mind: Desires, clothing, to wear his best

• Mind: Haughty, clothing, likes to wear his best

• Mind: Insanity, dresses in his best clothing

• Ecstasy

• Mind: Ecstasy Mind: Fancies, ecstatic Mind: Singing, ecstasy, periodic Mind: Talk, ecstatic
M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 3
• Elation

• Mind:Elated Mind:Excitement,easily Mind:Vivaciousness ….

• Euphoria

• Mind: Euphoria…..

• Exaltation

• Mind: Buoyancy Mind: Exhilaration….

• Execution of multiple activities without completing any one

• Mind: Activity mental, perseverance, without slightest

• Mind: Capriciousness Mind: Undertakes, many things, perseveres in nothing

• Expansive mood

• Mind: Cheerfulness, conversation, during Mind: Communicative Mind: Excitement…


M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 4
• Feeling of conflict. Inflated self-esteem

• Mind: Confidence… Mind: Egotism… Mind: Haughty…

• Feeling of enjoyment

• Mind: Excitement… Mind: Joy… Mind: Laughing, joy, with excessive

• Flight of ideas

• Mind: Concentration, difficult Mind: Confusion… Mind: Ideas… Mind: Thoughts…

• Gestures

• Mind: Affectation… Mind: Gestures… Mind: Mania, gesticulates Mind: Talk, gesture, with

• Impulsive (HUGE rubric)

• Mind: Abrupt, Abusive, Anger, Answers, Carelessness, Impulsive, Irritability, Jumping, Kill, Rage, Runs, Talk,
Violence, Wilderness

• Incoherent speech

• Mind: Answers, incoherently Mind: Speech…


M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 5

• Increase in productivity and creativity

• Mind: Activity mental, creative Mind: Drawing or Writing…

• Involves in high risk activities

• Mind: Carelessness… Mind: Climb… Mind: Play… Mind: Runs…

• Irritable mood when the person is stopped from doing what he wants

• Mind: Anger, contradiction from Mind: Contradiction, agg

• Mind: (Impatience or Irritability or Quarrelsomeness or Rage), contradiction from

• Laughing boisterously

• Mind: Cheerfulness or Exhilaration or Joy

• Mind: Laughing…
M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 6
• One moment he refuses and the next he get hold of anything

• Mind: Capriciousness Mind: Desires, numerous…

• Personal habits deteriorates

• Mind: Dirtiness, dirtying everything Mind: Indifference, appearance, about

• Poor judgement

• Mind: Discernment, lack of Mind: Discrimination, lack of

• Rapid short lasting shifts from euphoria to depression or anger from gaiety to anger (Alternating symptoms)
(There are NUMEROUS rubrics here. Following are some examples.)

• Mind: Anger, alternating with calmness

• Mind: Anxiety, alternating with indifference

• Mind: Irritability, alternating with tenderness

• Mind: Laughing, alternating with seriousness

• Mind: Violent, alternating with mildness


M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 7
• Restlessness

• Mind: Anguish or Anxiety or Irritability or Mania, etc.

• Screaming, incoherent shouting

• Mind: Mania, shrieking…

• Sexual indiscretion, hyper sexual or promiscuous

• Mind: Indiscretion or Lasciviousness

• Mind: Love, own sex, with one of her, homosexuality, tribadism, men & women

• Shows disinhibition, shameless

• Mind: Dirtiness - Indifference, naked - Mania, indecent - Naked… - Shameless …

• Sociability is increased

• Mind: cheerfulness, company in - Company, desire for - Excitement/Exhilaration, company in


M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 8

• Speaks loudly

• Mind: Laughing, loudly - Moaning/Shrieking, loud

• Talkative

• Mind: Loquacity… Mind: Talk, desires to

• Tendency to blame others

• Mind: Censorious Mind: Rage, desire to blame others, with

• Thoughts racing in the mind

• Mind: Confusion or Inconsistency Mind: Thoughts, persistent (x,y,z)


M A N I A - R U B R I C S , PA R T 9

• Using playful language, punning, rhyming, joking and


teasing, singing, witty and entertaining

• Mind: Cheerfulness or Dancing or Laughing or


Singing or Talk …

• Wild look

• Mind: Insanity/Mania, wild look, with


“BIPOLAR” DEPRESSION RUBRICS*

• Mind: Activity mental; alternating with; stupidity and awkwardness :)

• Mind: Buoyancy, alternating with despondency

• Mind: Dullness, paroxysmal or periodical or short attacks of

• Mind: Ecstasy, periodical

• Mind: Exhilaration; exhaustion, followed by

• Mind: Insanity; alternating with; normal periods

• Mind: Insanity; paroxysmal or periodical

• Mind: Mania; alternating with; depression

• Mind: Shrieking; ran through house like mad, after apathy

• Mind: Whistling, sadness, after great

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


BIPOLAR - POSSIBLE RUBRICS*

Mind; MANIA, madness; alternating with; sadness


Mind; SADNESS, despondency, depression, melancholy; alternating with; exalted
states

Mind; MOOD; alternating

Mind; SADNESS, despondency, depression, melancholy; alternating with; mania

Mind; EXHILARATION; alternating with; sadness
Mind; ECSTASY; alternating with sadness 

Mind; ELATED; alternating with sadness
Mind; EUPHORIA; alternating with; sadness
Mind; EUPHORIA; alternating with; despair

Mind; EXCITEMENT, excitable; general; alternating with; sadness
Mind; JOY; general; alternating with; sadness

Mind; CHEERFULNESS, gaiety, happiness; general; alternating with; moroseness
* Excerpt from “Homeopathy for Drug-Induced Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder” by Traub; an ebook
M U LT I P L E P E R S O N A L I T Y D I S O R D E R
POSSIBLE RUBRICS*
• Since MPD and Conversion Disorders were known as hysteria, it makes sense that many of the rubrics
that may apply to these conditions may be found under the Mind: Hysteria section of the repertory or
any other rubric that has the word Hysteria in it.

• Mind: Hysteria: (numerous sub-rubrics here.)

• Mind: Anger, alternating with hysteria

• Mind: Delusions, neglected, he is, hysteria in

• Mind: Desires, anxious, full of, in hysteria

• Mind: Fear, visions of old repulsive persons, from, in hysteria

• Mind: Shrieking, sudden hysteria, in

• Mind: Unconsciousness, hysteria, in

• Mind: Weeping mood, alternating with, laughter, hysteria, before

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


O C D , P O S S I B L E R U B R I C S , PA R T 1 *

• 1) Obsessional thoughts

• Mind: Ideas, abundant, same idea repeated

• Mind: Thoughts, persistent

• 2) Obsessional ruminations

• Mind: Thoughts, persistent, recurred to his mind, expressions and words heard

• Mind: Thoughts, persistent, persons who have offended him

• 3) Obsessional impulses

• Mind: Kill, desire to (x,y, & z)

• Mind: Thoughts, persistent, homicide or murder

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


O C D , R U B R I C S , PA R T 2

• 4) Compulsive behavior/rituals

• Mind: Break things, desire to

• Mind: Collects many things

• Mind: Compulsive, ritualistic

• Mind: Counting, continually

• Mind: Gestures, makes, actions, repeated

• Mind: Repeats same things

• Mind: Washing, always

• 5) Obsessional phobias

• Mind: Thoughts, persistent , unpleasant subjects, haunted by


OCD- SOME MISCELLANEOUS OTHER
SAMPLE RUBRICS

mind; behavior; fidgets with everything


mind; behavior; makes gestures
mind; behavior; impulse to do strange things
mind; behavior; always washing hands
mind; intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; chaotic
mind; insecure, uncertain, scared; anxiety
mind; preoccupied
mind; preoccupied; brooding
mind; preoccupied; counting continually
mind; preoccupied; one track minded
PA N I C AT TA C K S - P O S S I B L E R U B R I C S

• In addition to the rubrics in the three sections on


anxiety, fear and PTSD (all covered in this
presentation), you can also use the following rubrics:

• Mind: Fear, extreme

• Mind: Fear, panic attacks, overpowering


PA R A N O I A ( D E L U S I O N A L D I S O R D E R S )
DELUSIONS IN THE REPERTORY
• There are numerous delusions in the Mind-Delusions section of the
repertory. Each constitution has it’s own delusions. For a thorough
explanation of the delusions (and the appropriate rubrics) for each of the
top 150 remedies, refer to Liz Lalor’s Homeopathic Psychiatry book.

• The following are just a few delusion rubrics:

• MIND-Delusions that have to do with grandiosity (Refer to next page)

• MIND-Delusions-persecuted (Delusions of persecution)

• MIND-Delusions-visions (Visual hallucinations- the largest section in the


Mind chapter of the repertory)

• MIND-Delusions-voices-hearing (Auditory hallucinations)


DELUSIONAL THEMES BY DR. BAKSHI
• In each of the following rubric categories, there are NUMEROUS rubrics listed in the repertory. Refer to Dr. Bakshi’s
book for a complete list.

• Persecutory delusions: Patient thinks someone or something is trying to harm his/her. (Persecutory delusions is
what we think of when we hear the term paranoia.)

• Delusions of reference: Example: Something on TV is thought to be a personal message to you!

• Grandiose or expansive delusions: Beliefs of exaggerated self-importance

• Delusions of guilt and worthlessness: Usually found in depressive illness.

• Nihilistic delusions: Beliefs about non-existence of some person or thing. Pessimistic ideas.

• Hypochondriacal delusions: Patient thinks (s)he is ill contrary to all medical evidence.

• Religious delusions

• Delusions of jealousy: Some jealousy is normal, but if a delusion —> dangerous behavior.

• Sexual or amorous delusions: A women believes is loved by a man who is inaccessible.

• Delusions of control: Patient thinks his thoughts are controlled by an outside agency.

• Delusions concerning the possession of thoughts (Thought insertion, thought withdrawal, and thought
broadcasting). These delusions occur much more commonly in schizophrenia.
D E L U S I O N S O F G R A N D E U R I N H O M E O PAT H Y
(IN MIND SECTION OF REPERTORY)
• Delusions-Christ-himself to be: cann-i, VERAT

• Delusions-God-communication with God-he is in: Stram, Verat, etc.

• Delusions-God-messenger from God-he is a: verat. (Many of us


homeopaths may fit in this rubric!) :)

• Delusions-heaven-is in-talking with God: verat

• Delusions-power-all powerful

• Delusions-consciousness-higher consciousness

• There are many other delusion rubrics indicating a sense of grandiosity in a


person.
D E L U S I O N S … O T H E R R U B R I C S T H AT
ARE SIMILAR TO DELUSION RUBRICS

• In the mind section of the repertory, there are other


rubrics that might reflect a delusional state or lead to
delusional behavior:

• Answering-incoherently; Answering-refusing;
Confusion-identity; Dementia; Fear-murdered; fear-
poisoned; Gestures-strange; Insanity; Insanity-
persecution; Mania; Speech-incoherent; Strange;
Stupor
PSYCHOSIS - POSSIBLE RUBRICS,
INCLUDING MIND-DELUSIONS, ETC.
• Possible relevant rubrics that may apply to symptoms associated with psychosis may be:

• MIND-Delusions (=MIND-Hallucinations)

• MIND-Confusion of mind (and all the many relevant rubrics such as MIND-Speech-incoherent)

• >40 remedies just in the MIND-Speech-incoherent section

• MIND-Violent (and all the many relevant rubrics)

• MIND-Concentration-difficult (and all the many relevant rubrics)

• MIND-Singing (Relevant rubrics: Delirium-singing; Mania-singing; Weeping-singing; Whistling)

• You may also find rubrics in chapters in the repertory other than the MIND that may apply to your case:

• EXTREMITIES-Motion-irregular or loss of power of (as found in catatonic schizophrenia)

• FACE-expression-bewildered

• Face-expression-confused
Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 1*
• This is a very large section. Please refer to Dr. Bakshi’s book Manual of Psychiatry for a
complete list of all the rubrics. I have only included the main rubric themes and sample rubrics
here…

• I) In general,

• Mind: Schizophrenia

• Mind: Schizophrenia, catatonic

• Mind: Schizophrenia, paranoid

• II) Thought and speech disorders:!

• Ambivalence Mind: Irresolution

• Autistic thinking Mind: Ideas, insane Mind: Ideas, strange

• Mind: Thoughts, disconnected

• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi


Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 2
• Echolalia Mind: Answers, questions first, repeats the

• Hallucinations, delusions (Refer to paranoid-delusion section prior to this section)

• Impaired abstraction, lack of insight

• Mind: Comprehension, loss of

• Mind: Concentration, difficult

• Mind: Confusion x, y, and z

• Loosening of associations (lack of connection between ideas)

• Mind: Ideas, unconnected

• Mind: Loquacity x, y, and z

• Mind: Talks, wondering

• Mind: Thoughts, disconnected


Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 3
• Mutism, poverty of speech

• Mind: Answers x, y, and z

• Mind: Speech, wanting

• Mind: Talk… indisposed to, desire to be silent

• Mind: Answer, answering, answers, incapable

• Perplexity

• Mind: Confusion

• Mind: Stupefaction

• Mind: Chaotic

• Thought blocking, thought withdrawal, thought insertion

• Mind: Confusion, talking, while

• Mind: Thoughts, vanishing, loss of

• Mind: Conflict between higher consciousness and worldly existence


Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 4
• III) Disorders of affect!

• Apathy

• Mind, Aversion, friends to

• Mind, Forsakes, relations

• Mind: Indifference x, y and z

• Emotional blunting

• Mind, Disconnected

• Mind, Indifference x, y, and z

• Mind, Staring x, y, and z

• Mind: Stupefaction

• etc.
Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 5
• IV) Disorders of motor behavior!

• Excitement

• Mind: Excitement x, y and z

• Aggressiveness/Restlessness/Agitation

• Mind: Restlessness, Anger, Rage, Violent

• Decreased self care

• Mind: Dirtiness

• Mind: Dress, unable to

• Mind: Indifference x, y and z


Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 6
• V) Negative symptoms!

• Lack of conversation

• Mind: Answers, reflects long

• Mind: Concentration, difficult

• Mind: Dullness x, y and z

• Additional impairment, thoughts racing

• Mind: Absent - mindedness

• Mind: Concentration, difficult

• Mind: Thoughts …

• Mind: Absorbed

• Social withdrawal

• Mind: Estranged

• Mind: Indifference….
Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 7
• VI) Other features: There are many rubrics under EACH of the following category of symptoms you may see in
psychosis. I have not listed all of them. You can find them in Dr. Bakshi’s Manual of Psychiatry. !

• Childish

• Giggling

• Impulsive

• Insight into the illness absent

• Kneeling, begging, swearing

• Laughing over serious matters

• Laughing when speaking

• Loss of ego boundaries

• Mutilate

• Odd behavior

• Odd postures and movements

• Overactivity
Schizophrenia (Psychosis)
Possible Rubrics, part 8
• Poor mealtime behavior

• Sexually unusual behavior

• Slowness, underactivity

• Socially embarrassing behavior, exhibitionism

• Suicidal

• Superstitious

• Suspiciousness

• Threats and Violence


• * Manual of Psychiatry by Dr. Bakshi
M AT E R I A M E D I C A

S U M M A R Y O F M A I N P O LY C R E S T S
Calcarea carbonica (Calc carb)
• Very hard working
• Very stubborn
• Harsh/tough energy, but not intense
• Emotionally and intellectually simple
people
• Always chubby or overweight (Individuals whose
similimum is calc carb are chubby, but a thin person can also benefit from
this remedy if they have temporarily landed in this constitution.)

• Animal analogy: Ox
Carcinosin

(Alexis Bledel)
• Very kind and sweet (probably the kindest remedy, even more than Phosphorus)
• Often has romantic eyes
• Has many FEARS and worries
• “Tight” energy (a bit tense, but not forceful)
• Why tense? Because of too much fear/worry
• Black or dark brown hair (I’ve never seen a blond person whose similimum
remedy is Carcinosin, although I am certain even blonds can end up with this
constitution, at least temporarily.)
• Clean and organized (fastidious)
• Has significant digestive problems
• Passionate people who have a sense of longing/romance in eyes
• Loves to dance (in most cases), in order to release her tension.
• Sometimes uncomfortable socially (trying too hard to be nice)
• Blue hue to their sclera
• (Animal: lovebirds)
– Note: Many Middle Easterners and whites with darker hair tend to have this constitution.
Causticum
• All about social welfare/justice for all; often
involved in volunteer activities to help a social
cause
• Great anger over injustice
• Very sincere
• Always strong personalities
• Sometimes irritable. If irritable, their irritability
might feel a bit like Ignatia.
• OCD (checking and rechecking tasks compulsively)
• Body temperature is cold
• Almost always have some neurological symptoms
Ignatia

(Kathy Bates, Catherine O’Hara, Diane Sawyer)

• THE MOST FEMININE CONSTITUTION (behaviorally/emotionally)


• Three I’s of Ignatia: Irritable, Industrious, and Idealistic.
• Raw nerve feeling about them (irritable)
• Touchy and cranky
• Type A
• Often high strung and idealistic, works hard to reach her ideals
• Predominantly a female remedy
• Sighs often to release the tension inside
• Can be very critical of others
• Connects well with others
• Body temperature is not an issue (unlike the other intense remedies)
• The shape of the lips is often a giveaway- they reflect anger
• Animal analogy: A cat whose tail is being stepped on
Kali carb
• Very rigid, inflexible and emotionally dry
• Extremely organized
• Very serious (often intimidating to others)
• Cannot read the emotion behind their eyes-
Very cold and impersonal feeling about
them
• Similar to military officials
Lachesis
• Passionate and intense
• Aggressive
• Very verbal and enjoys engaging with you
emotionally during the interview
• She feels hot/warm physically.
• Often has left sided symptoms
• Animal analogy: Snake
Lycopodium

(Tom Cruise)
• Bossy towards those with less authority
• Subservient and respectful (due to fear) towards those with more authority
• (The above makes Lycopodium. more difficult to perceive than other
constitutions.)
• Very intellectual, serious, and emotionally dry
• Very controlling.
• Can get very angry at times, but not generally speaking
• Poor self-esteem and feelings of inferiority
• Some are introverted and some are extroverted
• Often has abdominal bloating and liver problems
• Similar to Nux v. in that it is a great remedy for liver problems
• (Lycopodium is found in UNDA #243 and #1, both are for liver.)
• Often right-sided problems
• Often has deep brow furrows
• (Animal analogy: Owl. Owls are quiet thinkers.)
– Note: In my experience, many African Americans tend to have this constitution.)
Medorrhinum

(Leonardo DiCaprio)

• Extremist in all ways: physically, mentally, and


emotionally
• Most are excessively and often inappropriately
social (more social than Sulphur and Phosphorus);
some are excessively reserved and timid
• Gazes right into your eyes
• Full of desires, yet many fears
• Better with discharges; develops severe illness
with suppression of d/c
(Animal: A puppy)
Natrum muriaticum (Nat mur)

(Colin Firth)
• Reserved and “closed” (averse to consolation, at least when initially
upset)
• Quiet and not very talkative
• Very proper
• Vulnerable and gentle (overly sensitive)
• Can get teary-eyed easily
• They can be the nicest people- even nicer than the “soft and sweet”
category, but are not necessarily “sweet”; they are just nice and
proper
• Often artistic
• Perfectionist
• Body is on the dry side (look for constipation and/or dry skin)
• Animal analogy: Turtle with head tucked in
• Nat mur actor: Colin Firth playing the role of father in “Nanny McPhee”
– In my experience, many Japanese and English tend to have this
constitution.
Nux vomica

(Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver)

• Very masculine (males and females),


behaviorally/emotionally speaking
• Serious and angry
• Type A and discontent
• Extremely hardworking
• Very organized
• Body feels cold
• Usually, she has definition to her facial bones
(unless very overweight)
• Animal analogy: Lion
Phosphorus

(Julia Roberts)
• Warm and very social (can socialize with anyone)
• Relaxed like Sulphur (but not arrogant like Sulphur)
• Expansive (especially the large body type) and dispersed energy (as
opposed to Carcinosin whose energy is tight).
• Often has scattered thinking
• Bubbly personality and very talkative
• Very comfortable in social settings (versus Carcinosin which is
uncomfortable socially)
• Emotionally independent and stronger (as opposed to Pulsatilla who
is needy and dependent on others)
• Tendency towards respiratory problems (chronic cough, asthma,
recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia in cold months, etc.)
• Tendency towards heavy bleeding (nasal, menstrual, etc.)
• Least controlling of all the polycrests
• Animal analogy: Bunny
Pulsatilla 

(Woody Allen, Betty White, Jonah Hill)
!
• Emotionally, very young for their age
• Very mild and soft, and often sweet
• Emotionally needy/clingy- loves to hug. People pleasers. “Mama’s
baby”
• Very weepy. Sometimes can’t control crying
• Very social
• Can be annoying and/or hyper
• SRP (Strange-rare-and-peculiar): Thirstless, but often with a dry
mouth
• Easily changeable mood. Emotional swings (Bipolar type)
• Often are blond in the U.S.
• Pulsatilla men are often effeminate.
• Ear infections even in adults (Kids get a lot of ear infections too)
• Animal analogy: Baby animals of all sorts such as baby duck or baby
chick, or a cat when it’s curled up on the couch.
Silica

(Estelle Getty)

• Very poor physical health (numerous physical ailments)


• Extremely organized
• Extremely detail oriented
• Extremely stubborn (but can also give in easily, as opposed to
Calc carb who is stubborn and does not give in.)
• As a rule, not the warmest personality
• Can physically carry themselves like royalty
• Often very thin, and never fat (as opposed to Calc carbs who are
always chubby or overweight, and are never thin)
• Almost always have constipation and/or other GI issues
• Animal analogy: Mouse
• Actress: Estelle Getty as Sophia (the grandmother in Golden
Girls)
Staphysagria
(Matthew Fox)
• Shy
• Suppressed anger/frustration (ready to explode) - You
can feel the anger under the surface, in an overall nice
person. (This is in contrast to Nux vomica, whom you
will definitely know is angry- it won’t be under the
surface.)
• Comes across as sweet/polite (but not as sweet as the
people in the soft and sweet category)
• They internally feel as if they are royalty- feel superior
to others. However, they do not act prideful or carry
themselves as if royalty like Silica might.
• High libido
• Actor: Matthew Fox (Main male actor in TV series
Lost) is potentially Staph.
Sulphur

(Ted Levine- Captain in TV Show Monk)

• Social
• Intellectual, always trying to figure things out, and
has an opinion about everything
• Often arrogant
• Some tend to be lazy and messy
• Relaxed body language. Their relaxedness is similar to
Phosphorus
• Feels warm/hot
• Often has problems with skin and/or acid reflux
• Actors: Ted Levine playing Captain in TV show Monk.
And, Matthew Gray Gubler playing Dr. Reid in TV Show
"Criminal Minds"; If he is not Sulphur, he is certainly
acting like one.