Homeopathy tips for 3/09/10 What’s Asking to be Healed

The greatest challenge for any homeopath is to truly perceive the case. It is imperative that we understand what the vital force is expressing. Only when we can perceive this accurately can we know what is asking to be healed.

During our most recent class at Resonance School of Homeopathy I became painfully aware that the greatest challenge for all students as well as professional homeopaths is to be able to clearly define the case before them. We hear a big story sometimes. Other times we do not get much of a story at all from the client. It is our job as the homeopath to be unprejudiced and simply understand the case for what it is.

I find that the biggest hurdle for most homeopaths is to distill the information in to a central core disturbance. This ALWAYS comes out of the testimony of the client and the observations of the homeopath. This process is not an easy one. There is NO ONE SINGLE WAY to come to this because not all cases are the same.

There comes a time in the case when I have heard the disturbance. It always comes out of the clients story. When I am able to repeat their story, in just a few words, I am always responded to with a confirmation that I have understood them. Then I know I have the core of what is asking to be healed. It never comes out of speculation or explaining their story with other stories that are similar. I find that this is the most common error that most students make. If they can  explain another’s story by using similar stories, then they somehow feel as though they understand the client themselves. It never works and is prejudicing the case.

We must always use the clients story as a “stand alone” story. It is never the same or even similar to another. This is why when it can be re-contextualized and given back to them with the essence of what they have shared, I always get an affirmative response. I have not changed their story to do this. I have merely understood it by it’s essence. This process is necessary to understand what is asking to be healed. It requires letting go of any preconceived ideas one may have about the person or the case before them.

This process requires practice. It usually does not come easily for most people because naturally we tend to explain our world by things we already know and have experienced before. This training can only happen with a live interaction. It can not be learned from a book. This is why we train homeopaths with live cases and follow-ups only at Resonance School of Homeopathy. There is really no other way to learn this art. The reason I call it an art is because this is the human/interactive part of being a homeopath. This is where the “rubber meets the road” so to speak. It is in the “doing” part of homeopathy. But it requires the homeopath to be in the “being” part of himself. We must be very clear about what we are experiencing with the client.

Most of the time our minds are filled with much chatter and ideas. When we connect these ideas to past experiences we will naturally have a running dialogue  inside our heads. The mantra I preach to my student’s  is to “let go”. We must be clear vessels to “hear the case”. We must turn off the chatter and simply “be with the case”.  Let the case fill you up. There is really nothing to do when I am perceiving the case. Eventually the case “fills me up” and then there is the moment of clarity when I can say it is like “this” for the client. When this occurs I can easily find the proper rubrics that express the energy of the case and the proper remedy that is homeopathic. It never happens before this occurs.

Only after knowing what is asking to be healed could we ever find the correct homeopathic remedy. Practice letting go during case receiving. Turn off the chatter in your mind. Let go. Allow the case to fill you up. Be still. Ask for help from higher powers. Eventually, and much sooner than you think, the essence of the case will become clear. It will not include another story to explain it. It will stand on it’s own and will be complete. Then, and only then, should we start our search for the remedy.

33 comments so far

  1. Bhupendra Kumar Khurana on

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for providing the tacts for picking the right remedy for treating the particular ailment of the patients. In fact it is very difficult even for an experienced homeopath to deduce what actually is to be treated, from out of the whole narrations given by the patient, yet by focusing the mind on the revelations made by the patient the real malady can be detected for symptomatic treatment.

    However, my humble submissions would be to have adequate knowledge of the main peculiar symptoms of the medicines and giving lesser emphasis on the generalities thereof. This will lead to easier selection of the medicine to be administgered for treating the ailment of the patient.

    I will request the seasoned homeopaths to put forth their views for furtherence of the knowledge of all homeopaths who aspire to be benefited from the experience of other fellow homeopaths.



    • Dr.H.C.Malaker on

      Thanks Dr.Bhupendra kummar khurana for your valuable openion agaist the tips made by Dr.Robert Field.In this connection i would like to further draw your kind clearance on tips that im pasting here from your thread “However, my humble submissions would be to have adequate knowledge of the main peculiar symptoms of the medicines and giving lesser emphasis on the generalities thereof. This will lead to easier selection of the medicine to be administered for treating the ailment of the patient”.My question is whether we will pay more attention of a peculiar sympton of a patient or medicine giving lesser emphasis of total generalities why so.Warm regards,malaker

  2. Dagmar on

    Dear Sir.For years I myself suffer from Neurasthenia.Being on MagMUR +MAGPHOS+SEPIA about a year now.I feel about 30% better.I still suffer and am sceptical as this is a long time for me.Could you bring your opinion on the subject please?Truly Dagmar

  3. S K Kalra on

    A Homeopath, as described above, ought to be a patient (having patience)extractor of homeo drug picture out of whatever is spoken by a patient and its attendants. The art can be mastered.

  4. ramakrishnan on

    Dear Drs,
    The Homoeo medicines are available in lower price.
    Comparing with the allopathic medicine, it is so cheap and even the poor layman can buy them.
    But the some homoeopaths, even having clinics in the various cities and states, even abroad also, billing in
    thousands for consulting with medicines.
    May i know the reason ?(but dont ask me that other alternative systems’ physicians are also billing huge amount for the treatment)
    Pl excuse me, if i hurt any homoeopaths.

    Thank you
    ramakrishnan, chennai.

  5. kristin on

    The “easy” way to do homeopathy is to prescribe a homeopathic remedy for the mere symptoms – no different than a Western doctor using pharmaceuticals to treat a disease name. However, to inspire real healing of body, mind and spirit (the most profound gift offered by homeopathic medicine), the Homeopath needs to understand the essence of what is needing to be healed. This goes far beyond treating only the manifestations of the dis-ease. It’s definitely an art and skill that comes with much practice to “see” to the underlying cause. But real healing only comes from this kind of prescribing. Everything short of this is just managing symptoms.

  6. Sabine on

    Be blessed for your wisdom!

    I guess being humble and taking yourself not too important is a good attitude a homeopath can have. To my personal understanding a successful anamnesis is about listening, perceiving and as you are saying so wonderfuly: Letting go!
    Maybe even letting go of someones’ ego 😉 ?!?
    Yes, it is all about the patient and triggering it’s self healing power. I consider a homeopath only as a tool for healing! But a very important tool 😉 and the better the homeopath’s state of mind the better the result for the patient! 🙂

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom with us, Robert!
    Kind regards,

  7. Michelle on

    Once you see what needs to be healed, do you then add the strange, rare and peculiar sx to your collection of sx to make a complete picture, knowing that Hahnemann said to give those the most attention?

    • Robert Field on


      Seeing what needs to needs healed is also seeing the strange rare and peculiar symptoms. It is all a part of the whole. The strange rare and peculiar symptoms usually add the flavor to the suffering that helps the homeopath see a common thread through-out the case and can then help see the same thread in a remedy. When it all lines up….it is like magic.

      Thanks for the comment,
      Robert Field

  8. Ray Malecki on

    Yes! And an important tip I think is Dr Hahnemann’s injunction that we should be quiet and allow the person to tell their story. Too much talking will ruin it. Learn to be a good listener. An occasional nod or “umhump” will let them know you follow.

  9. Monina on

    Thank you Robert for sharing your knowledge and experience!

  10. Aaron Wolfe on

    Thank you for this chance at commenting. So often we see the patient, we hear the words and automatically start preconcieved ideas and sometimes miss what our patients are telling us.Through the class we are taught to be receptive enough to catch even the slightest of events, body movements, expressions, even clothing, which sometimes makes the case. We are taught to look at what is hidden in plain sight as well as how it fits into their story, to get the complete story. Thank you again

  11. earl on

    I recommend taking a look at the sample video for the Resonance School’s on-line course. He talks about understanding “what is to be healed” and you also get an idea of what and how Robert teaches. Here is the link: http://portal.resonanceschoolofhomeopathy.com/preview/

  12. Philip Joseph on

    Dear Readers: I wish to humbly comment on the difference of opinion between importance of peculiar symptoms versus generals. Hahneman did give importance to peculiar symptoms taken in the proper context of other symptoms matching the general disposition and state of the mind. Boennighausen or Lippe talked about the three-legged-stool of symptoms. I infer from this that all three symptom legs of the stool – mind sx/generals sx/peculiars sx were equally important for remedy selection. In my experience if peculiars match but the generals of the patient dont match the generals of the remedy, then I have serious doubt about my remedy choice. If you look in history, different repertories listed some peculiars while others omitted them. Same thing with Materia Medicas – one finds many symptoms of a remedy in Phatak’s and Vermeulen’s & Tyler’s but each one does not present all the peculaiar symptoms of a remedy. But almost all the Medicas & repertories are in agreement on the General symptoms & modalities. Take Rhus tox for instance – almost Medicas list the from motion and rest & < motion (i.e.opposite of Rhus Generals & Modalities). Likewise in a proving, first thing to alter is the general state of the patient and mind and modalities, only finally the peculiar symptoms appear. Some remedies could not be proved all the way to the peculiar symptoms. So it is safer to depend on General symptoms, Modalities & Mind symptoms. Now in a case where the striking/peculiar symptoms is seen AND the Generals & Modalities match, then go ahead and use the peculiar sx to guide you to the remedy. But even before you make a decision, use Dr Robert's advice to see "What needs to be healed" – because that quest will show the CORE DISTRURBANCE or Essence of the remedy. Once you know the CORE, then make sure the Generals & modalities match. Just my experience. Other practioner methods also will work. If you read Preface or Introduction to Kent, Boennighausen, Boger, Tyler, Nash etc, they all give importance to Mind, Generals, Modalities and the Peculiars (if any present) were only used as a confirmation if the M-G-M agreed. Thanks, Philip

  13. Philip Joseph on

    Dear Readers: In my previous statement, I meant to say
    Take Rhus tox for instance – almost all Medicas list the General amelioration from motion and aggravation from rest but not all of them list the peculiar symptom of “sweating from warm drinks”. So if I saw a patient with “sweating from warm drinks, but better by rest and aggravation from motion” seen in a high grade (grade 3), I would be wary of my choice of Rhus.

    For some reason I accidentally deleted the above lines while posting my previous post.

  14. celes on

    Dear Dr. Robert,

    Your article about case taking is interesting. Could you give us some examples or ideas how the case taking is done individually?

    We would apprecaite if you could write an article about how at times we are attacked by unknown reptiles like snakes, rats etc. How do we go to take a remedy in such cases. Please drop a line.



    • Robert Field on

      Hi Celes,

      Please look to the list of previous newsletters at the right. On 4/21/09 There is a newsletter about Bites and Stings that you may find useful.

      Robert Field

      • Celes on

        Dear Dr. Robert,

        Thanks for your reply to my query. I will go through the same and any difficulty I have, I will appreciate your reply.



  15. Debbie on

    I find it useful to ask the patient what they’re asking to be treated at the start of the consultation; then, after taking the case I ask them what they would like to be treated. Very often these are different. Hearing their case, and being heard, has enabled the person to self-prioritize.

    This is very useful for the practitioner when a choice of remedies presents, and also because it gives an order that reduces the chance of a strong reaction to a particular remedy.

  16. Dr. Meena Khandare Supnekar on

    Yes!!! It is true we have to get involved totally in the case and then we can get what is the gist of the case that needs to be understood. Without the central core of the case it is very difficult to treat the case even if it is very simple

  17. Dr.Rajendra Fegade on

    this is nice article.

  18. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Dear reader im pasting here a form of questionaries please read it and substract the question that are not important.I personally would like to request Dr.Joseph to please help with your expert decision.Questionaries(1. Mental State of the patient
    2. Physical Ailments
    3. The likely cause for above problems
    4. The modalities like whether the patient feels well or worse in hot weather, cold weather etc., he is relieved by / worsenened by hot applications, cold applications etc.
    Patients can use this questionnaire for submitting their cases. The effectiveness of remedy selection is directly proportional to the details provided by the patient while replying these questions.
    Patient ID: Sex: Age:
    Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.
    1. Describe your main suffering?
    2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?
    3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?
    4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?
    5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?
    6. Which time of the day you are worst?
    7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?
    8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?
    9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?
    10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.
    – How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?
    – Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
    – Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?
    – Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
    weeping, talking to one self etc?
    – How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?
    11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?
    12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?
    13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?
    14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?
    15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?
    16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?
    17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?
    18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?
    19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?
    20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?
    21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?
    22. What major diseases are running in your family?
    23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance
    If you are not having normal menstrual cycles, please answer the following questions:
    – Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last?
    – Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods?
    – Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?
    – Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?
    – Do you notice any clots in the flow?

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Dr. Malaker,

      I personally do not use such a list and never give my client a list to fill out. I find that many times the person will come into the office and have a central main complaint. After they have spoken of this I ask them what more they can tell me. It is usually then that all of the things that they became inspired to tell me will lead to the core energy of the case. Often they will say they had no idea they would speak about these things and wonder if they are relevant.It is their story, testimony and the words they use to describe these that most often will tell me more about the remedy and themselves than just asking about their main complaint. I rarely ask questions similar to your list. They will often times pull the homeopath away from the pure testimony and now introduce many other ideas about the case that will only confuse it. Thanks for sharing your list with us all.

      Warmest regards,
      Robert Field

      • Dr.H.C.Malaker on

        Thank you sir,for your valuable reply,yes i was thinking so.The main complain and its aggravation,cause of improvement,organ affected i mean location of troubles,nature of the patient,liking and disliking,life style etc etc are the first way to select a remedy.Warm regards,malaker

  19. Philip Joseph on

    Dear Sirs: All your questions are valuable but omit those that suggest a mental state to the patient (such as ‘mild’ etc). Instead as per Dr Robert’s advice, allow the patient to tell the story and allow patiently the flow of the narration to reveal the patient’s situation or core to you. Very often this may be enough to give you a remedy picture. After that entire narration suffixed by “what else’ or “tell me more” then gently move towards the questions to confirm your choices but being very general in your questions. Every prationer develops the best method based on own experience. I do not have as much experience as you or Dr Robert. I wish you well and know success is already within your grasp based on your openness to ask questions and hopefully Dr Robert will continue to point all of us in the correct direction …as after all his practical experience and cures success rate far supersedes all the theory that I can offer….Thanks, Philip

  20. Dayna on

    What a great article and how important to be reminded to just relax and ‘let it go’ during the consultation. I so personally needed this reminder/confirmation and have experienced that total complete stillness and ‘magic’ feeling when I have let things go and the remedy presents itself. It is a confirmation that you are practicing the true Art of Homeopathy. The remedy does truly come to you if you let it go and just be – I sometimes feel during this state as a practitioner, a safe feeling that I am on the right track – almost as if Hahnemann is watching over my shoulder… It takes practice but when you are in the moment and prescribing as you should do you just know it and yes something magical happens (without sounding too flowery!)Thanks again for speaking about this Robert.
    Regards, a Classical Homeopath from New Zealand.

  21. Philip Joseph on

    To Dr H.C Malekar: Earlier on March 10, I had provided some feedback to your article. In addition to that, I want to appreciate your questionnaire. There is certainly in my humble opinion, a definite place for it in the context of posing those questions after you have let the patient speak as much as spontaneously as possible about his complaint, life, family etc. All your questions are relevant and useful and essential. I myself have used your format, but usually after I have allowed the patient to have his say. Many respected doctors have used your format – Dr Clarke of England (author of famous “The Prescriber” uses same method in his introduction) and Dr S Gunavante (a doyen of Indian Homeopathy) also advocates a similar questionnaire. Dr Robert emphasizes more on learning the “Core or what needs to be healed”. Dr Sankaran uses sensation method. All roads lead to Rome. Sometimes for the same complaint, I try to see if Sensation method, Questionnaire method or Core method works across several visits, just to learn the truth. I am still trying, so I dont have an answer on which method works in most cases. Dr Robert in his videos has an uncanny knack of arriving at the similimmum. I think in the end, all methods will work, provided you have lots of experience in each approach. “In Homeopathic quest, I have miles to go before I sleep; For patients incurable, sometimes I in silence, weep; To Hahnemann, many broken promises I try to keep”. (With apologies to Robert Frost). Best wishes & Healing…..Philip

    • Dr.H.C.Malaker on

      Thanks Dr.Joseph for your quick feedback as there are so many questionaries are being followed by the different homeopathic doctors around the world.But i think if im wrong then may kindly be excused,all those questionaries are not essential.If we follow the drug picture from a good materia media there we can easily get the way to select a remedy without a thread bare discussion with a patient.Presently Radar or other homeopathic softwares have made eassy to select a correct remedy after taking some question from patient.Now-days classical treatment has lost its popularity in some cases,many self declared classical homeopath are using 1 to 12 medicines in a day and they are expanding their popularity day by day and patient are going to them to get quick relief from their troubles.Sensation method doesnt give proper result as one sensation never remain stable,in morning a patient says im feeling pain in neck,in noon that patient again say now im feeling pain in my waist no pain at all in my neck.Still im in dark what method or questionaries can give us a way to select a proper remedy.I want a easier way where a single remedy is sufficient to treat a case quickly.In our materia medica there are several medicines and every medicine has its own curative power once i had a badly treated patient come to me,his complain was passing blood with cough after intercourse i thought that it was due to his over exertion i applied one dose of phosphorus knowing that he always enjoyed with her partner at night and phosphorus has all aggravation at night.The patient was cured within 2days and since last 6 years he is enjoying trouble free life.I would request you and others to please share a good short effective case taking questionaries here.Warm regards,malaker

  22. byron d lobo on

    kindly post me the current newsletter and homeopathy tips with reference to small and large joint pains (osteoarthritis/RA..??) and non specific dermatitis with intense skin irritation. Thanks, much obliged.

  23. Anthony on

    Hi Dr Robert & Friends. What a great conversation on this important subject. The only way i know is to listen to their life story & you will hear the Remedy. The other issue is knowing the Materia Medica. There are no short cuts only dedicated persistance. Kind Regards Anthony.

    Hi Anthony,
    I couldn’t agree more!!

  24. K,Gopalan. on

    I appreciate your questionnaire Also i think we may add : How is your urination freqency urgency pain etc;qty odor color during sleep salivation snoring F amily history of TB cancer epilepsy diabetus leprosy paternal and maternal side.Addiction to cigarette tobacco drinking narcotics OCCUPATION MENTAL PHYSICAL DOMESTIC WORK.Tension in office or in house.Any major injuries accidents.What hospitalisations and surgeries have you had.What exercises do you do and how much daily.Which vaccinations and Immunisations you have received and any adverse effects by them. At what times you are taking food snacks tiffin coffee daily.Does it cover the daily needed requirements of vitamins minerals calcium proteins .etc;Marital status children

  25. Dr.Kh.Mahbubur Rahman on

    Respected Dr.Robert Field,

    Although Iam very very late,still it is better to be late than never,at least
    I got a chance to express my ignorance.
    Actually I understand everything very slow comparing the speed of thinking
    of other respectable Homeopaths.
    The question is: What’s asking to be healed? The reply of the diseased is
    his disease.What would be the reply of the Homeopaths? Is it the disease,
    the body of the diseased,the mind,the underlying miasms or the vital force?
    What is to be healed? Obviously the vital force which is the central core of
    disturbance.How it can be reached? It can be reached if a remedy comprising the totality of the symptoms expressed by the vital force can be
    The difficulty is to collect the approprate symptoms from the diseased
    particularly from the person suffering from chronic disease where he is
    so much adapted or habituated that he does not feel many of his complaints
    or symptoms worth mentioning and many of his past diseases he fogets to mention.It becomes more difficult if it is one sided disease.However, a
    proper case taking reduces much of the efforts to be taken for completion
    of the rest of the task.
    The next problem is to match a remedy with the symptoms of the sick.
    It requires a good knowledge of Materia Medica & Repertory.If it is done
    properly the rest is the magic.
    Every Homeopath has his own way of taking a case.I follow the under-
    mentioned system.First of all,I ask the diseased,what’s is his\her main
    problem,i.e.what for he\she has come to consult me.I hear their stories
    very patiently and do not disturb them till they stop.Then I put my questionsunder the following order:
    1.Whether sensitive to cold,hot or rainy or damp weather.
    2.Mental symptoms,intelligence,memory & delusion or illusion if any
    3.whether has burningness or heat on head,palm and sole
    4.Desire and aversion of food
    5.Thirst & appetite
    6.Likings or disliking for baths
    7.Sleep and dreams
    8.Particular symptoms of present suffering organ with modalities.
    Peculiar and strange symptoms are found while questioning on
    the above points
    9.Stool and Urinary symptoms.
    10.Others if related.

    Mahbubur Rahman
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  26. Dr.Kh.Mahbubur Rahman on


    Before conclusion,I would like to mention that after hearing the diseased
    persons story of sufferings,the first thing I want to know is the anamnesis
    of the patient and history of the diseases of his\her parents.Then I proceed
    to know the information in respect of the above queries.Another point I
    have forgetten to mention is that invariably I ask about any skin disease
    the patient has suffered in the past or suffering at the present time.
    Although late,still I would like to thank Dr.Robert Field for writting
    this valuable article for this forum.
    Thanks a lot.

    Mahbubur Rahman

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