Homeopathy Tips for 5/10/11 Treat the Client Not the Disease

I get questions often about what remedy is for some particular disease. It is a common way that people familiar with allopathic medicine view homeopathy. After all, the allopathic world treats disease so we must treat disease also in homeopathy, right?  Wrong. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

I titled this article Treat the Client Not the Disease for a purpose. Firstly, the person who comes for homeopathy is a client. I prefer this name over patient. A patient is someone who is used to waiting. They have submitted themselves and are willing to be at the effect of someone or something. I do not want to focus on the person that I treat as a patient.

I want a client, someone who is contracting with me to help them. They are willing to take responsibility for themselves and their health. They are looking for me to guide them. I do not want to encourage their disease. I want to empower them and create a relationship with them. I want them to be a client and not patient. Patient works so well in the allopathic model. So does disease.

Disease is a name of a condition that is unique for a particular set of symptoms. In the allopathic model, once a diagnosis is made, there are a certain number of drugs and therapies that can be offered. Even more frightening, is that if an allopathic doctor does not treat with the standard recommended drugs or therapies they can be subject to disciplinary action. They could even lose their license. This does not leave very much room for the “practice” of allopathic  medicine.

I prefer not to practice. I consider myself a professional homeopath and practice is something that I did long before treating clients. My clients do not want me practicing on them. They want me to be a knowledgeable homeopath who knows what to do next and has their well being at heart. This is also why they are my client and not my patient.

Hahnemann tells us what we need to do to understand disease in our clients (even though the translation says patients) in Aphorism #6 of the Organon, “The unprejudiced observer well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent disease in its whole extent, that is , together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of disease.”

It is the changes that we can observe and what the client tells us about how they feel that paint the portrait of disease. But do we treat the disease or the individual? How often I receive a question about a particular disease and am asked what the remedy is for it. I could no more suggest a remedy for a disease as I could psychically determine what the person feels like.  Homeopathy requires that we know the person. We need to understand what health and disease are and how they look. When we can perceive the deviations from health and how they are uniquely presented by the client, then we can really help them.

There is one singular vital force in our clients. This is responsible for all life expressions, including the symptoms of disease as well as their healing energy. When we treat with homeopathy we strive to find the one unique remedy that is similar to their expression of dis-ease. We need not know a disease by its given allopathic name. It can be helpful to have this information in selecting the remedy though. By having a disease name we can considering organ affiliations of the remedy, and sensations that the remedy can produce.

Once the remedy is given, being it is only energy, what is there to act on the material body? There is nothing about a remedy that acts upon the material body. The remedy is like an offering or invitation for the spirit like vital force to respond to. The response is the healing and this is unique to the individual. All expression of healing need to eventually become expressed in to the physical. It is this expression of the vital force that affects the material body. The remedy does not treat the disease. It treats the person.

So be aware of the changes in health. They are the descriptions of dis-ease for the individual. Even if we have a diagnosis, it is very limiting to try to use it in the treatment of the individual. When some repertories list diseases and there are 50 to 100 remedies to choose from, how will we know which one is best for our client? No two people will experience a disease in exactly the same way. We must always receive the case, be an unprejudiced observer, and find good rubrics that describe the energy of the dis-ease in the individual. From there we can really help our client. Treat the client and not the disease.

19 comments so far

  1. ASGHAR ALI on

    Homoeopathy is distinct from all other known pathies in this respect. When the driving force is set right it takes care of all obstructions to restore health of the client.

  2. Anil khanna on

    If we can cure the vital force the malady is cured by itself.That is why the classical homeopathy is the correct way of curing the patients. And the principle of classical theory is treat the patient in disease and not the disease in the patient.

  3. Dr.H.H.islam on

    The Physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to cure as it is termed.

    Here,hahnemann guide us to restore the SICK and not the SICKNES,so the question of disease treatment does not arise in homoeopathy though most of homoeopath do the same obcourse the knowledge of disease is essential.

  4. Dr.Kh.Mahbubur Rahman on

    Respected Dr.Robert,

    Thank you very much for the above nice piece of
    article.It will be very much helpful for the
    members of this forum.
    Everybody has his freedom to choose anything or to
    give up anything.The world is also progressive,so anybody , according to his rational judgement ,can pick
    up or choose any word for meaning the same thing.All
    of our foot printers of Homeopathy including
    Dr.Hahnemann used the word ‘patient’ instead of client.
    Whatever may be the word,the meaning is the same,as
    such personally it has no impact on me.In the British
    colonial countries the word ‘client’ is used to mean
    those people who come to the lawyers or legal advisers
    seeking help in legal matters.So,it appears to me the
    word client is misleading.The word ‘patient’means a person
    who is sick mentally or physically,so it appaers more
    accurate.But a client may not be sick.
    The developed countries almost always set foot-prints
    for the developing countries and we are to follow them,
    because development of science and technologies are
    coming from those countries.So, what do you say about
    the word client is meaningful no doubt.
    Thank you once again.
    With respect,

    Kh. Mahbubur Rahman
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    • Yvonne on

      In my opinion, I think client is nicer than patient. It makes the getting well already better psychologically. In fact patient also can mean to have patience, which in the case of the patient, he/she cant wait to feel better.

      On the second hand, its nice to share and have an open mind to having a good vital force around the world. Lets join hands and be happy.

  5. Mah-jabeen on

    Thank Robert, this is intersting Dr Hanaman say same thing wich is base of homeopathy.

  6. Yvonne on

    Now just imagine if the whole world would have a good vital force!!!!!

  7. A.Jeevan Jaya on

    The article is very interesting.There is no diseases in Homeopathy and one has to choose a remedey based on symptoms.In this context.I feel use of patient to sickperson may not be approprite and use of client appears to be sensible especially for Homeopathic tratment unlike other system of tratments.

  8. KSN Murthy on


  9. Dr. A.M Howlader,Dhaka,bangladesh on

    The controversy over patient and client matters little if the person concerned is properly diagnosed and real remedy provided.Dr.Robert raised the real vision that a homoeopath should follow in course of treating the person coming to him with problems.In homoeopathy never it is seen that a doctor asked about the name of the problem,he only wants to know the characteristics which follow the person or the client that visit the doctor’s chamber for remedy.So, thank you Dr.Robert for guiding us towards the real course of homoeopathy.

  10. srinivasarao on


    Thanks for giving valuable information


  11. Prakash on

    I firmly believe that it is the patient who must be
    treated the disease will vanish on its own

  12. Dr.Kh.Mahbubur Rahman on

    Dear Dr.Yvonne,

    Thanks for your comment.The word ‘patient’ does
    never mean or confuse with word ‘patience’.I think
    meaning of this two words need not be clarified.It
    is best known to you.Further, you have mentioned
    the word ‘open mind’.If you do not agree over a
    matter with a person,it does mean you are prejudiced.
    Further,almost every Homeopath particularly new and
    practicing in the Asian countries first of all ask
    a new patient what is the disease he or she is
    suffering from & what pathological reports he or she
    has brought with him or her.Then the doctor tries to
    find a remedy for that disease.This is the fact.And
    most of them give two or three remedies simultaneously
    including one or two Biochemic remedies.So,he throws
    all of his arrows at a time so that he can be successful
    in his practice.Is this Homeopathy? Is this the single
    remedy treatment of Dr.Hahnemann?
    Sorry,to say so many things out of the tract.
    Thank you very much.

    Kh Mahbubur Rahman

  13. Donna D'Antuono on

    I sat down last night to begin reading the book, The Ancestor Syndrome. In a footnote of the first Chapter I read: “Client” is a term introduced by Carl Rogers, who preferred it to “subject” or “patient” to designate a person seeking counseling or therapy in a relationship with no strings attached – a difficult relationship to achieve – with no transference,attachment,gratitude or need between the client and the therapist,nor social contacts outside sessions.
    Thought I would share the serendipity of that term coming up after reading the Newsletter. 🙂

  14. Abby Beale on

    Nice way of putting it! Thanks for all your wonderful newsletters. I save them to read in chunks and always get inspired.

  15. John Benneth on

    Excellent article, Robert. It comes at a point where such advice is needed in the UK, for the Advertising Standards Authority of the UK is ordering homeopaths there to modify websites that make claims to treat specific diseases.
    Here is something to add to it from Kent in his essay on Belladonna:
    “We do not prescribe on a symptom. No homoeopathic physician ever thinks of giving a medicine simply for the purpose of bringing the pulse down, or bringing the fever down.
    “He prescribes for the patient. It is true that the temperature does come down, if we get the right remedy; but to prescribe a remedy to bring the pulse down is going at it wrong end to.
    “One who thinks homoeopathically never prescribes to remove a symptom; but guided by the symptoms he selects the remedy, no matter what follows.
    “It is true the symptoms subside. Others might say he prescribed to remove the symptoms, because they subside.
    “Learn to keep the ideal of Homeopathy in mind, and think rationally; in order to do that you will have to rid yourselves of a tremendous amount of inheritance.
    “We have inherited the way to think wrong end to.”


  16. Robert Lal on

    Thank u for this reminder !

  17. Prabir kumar chowdhury on

    Many many thanks for your valuable information . It will be help us to future.

  18. Prabir kumar chowdhury on

    You have told me after completing the course you will be sending me a certificate.bt i have not received it yet now.
    kindly inform me abt it.

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