Boenninghausen's Unconventional Homoeopathy
When I moved from Bombay and started working in Nasik a place around 200 kms from the coast I regularly travelled every week to tiny rural places on the outskirts of Nasik. I worked with a charity group to help villages where primary health care was miles away. The headman gave us a room in the village school where we set up our temporary clinic.
I still vividly remember my first trip. As we drove in, we could see a group of 50 to 60 patients all anxiously waiting for their turn. We were requested to finish within a couple of hours so we could cover as many villages as possible in a day.
I was used to taking these elaborate cases in Bombay and had the luxury of an hour or so with each client so I knew I had my task cut out.
But I never imagined that I would be so completely out of my comfort zone. To start with my chronic case taking experience was proving to be completely useless. Most of the patients had acute issues and I had just a couple of minutes with each patient to pick the best symptoms and make the decision.
The other problem was that although the patients gave some really good keynotes, I could not confidently come to one specific remedy that matched the case in most of the cases.
Add to the fact that some patients could not describe the symptoms in detail or in the exact language that I was used to hearing. And my therapeutic knowledge was never great so I was heavily relying on repertories. But I was struggling to find the exact translations of the language in the repertories.
I was already three years in practice then and had produced some really good results using classical homoeopathy in my Bombay clinic. But most of my cases had chronic complaints. Even in some acutes I had all the time to make a good totality and make changes within a few hours. I used single remedies in minimal doses. I had the luxury of waiting patiently for the action of the remedy to stop before I made any changes.
But here there was no way I could adopt that ideal approach especially when I was pressed for time when confronted with acute states such as pneumonia, typhoid and malaria.
For the first couple of visits I tried to prescribe constitutional remedies that matched the acute states. Hoping that the remedy will take care of the acutes phase. Not surprisingly it simply did not work. Then I tried some so called acute combinations that were known for certain conditions in frequent repetitions. But that was not as effective. I was seriously struggling. All I wanted was to give them good homoeopathic results so they did not have to travel miles to find the nearest doctor.
Finally I found a middle ground approach.
I started using an unconventional approach for remedy selection and repetition but the best part was that it gave me the results to make it all worthwhile.
I wanted to really make a difference in their lives through homeopathy. And more importantly I wanted to make sure that good basic homoeopathy indeed had a role to play in these grassroot level of practices. They couldn't have cared less how I did it. They were just happy when they could avoid expensive medicines and get back on their feet. All they wanted was to get back to their livelihood.
At much as I was aware I could not possibly follow text book homoeopathy that was drilled through my very classical training. I wanted a system that I could follow with this type of practice.
I wondered why wasn't this aspect of homeopathy ever published, discussed, systematised and taught regularly in schools.
Where were the guidelines for this approach?
And then one day I was reading Boenninghausen's lesser writings.
I was researching some cured cases by Boenninghausen and I found exactly what I was looking for.
I was amused to see that almost every case had been given two remedies at the same time. It was hard to find cases where just one remedy was prescribed!
Almost every case had remedies that were alternated every few hours. Case after case I saw this strange but very interesting process throughout the followups.
Although it was a relief to find that he was possibly following the same approach that I had found to be working in my rural practice, I was more interested in finding what exactly was this homoeopathy. But there was no explanation of the system behind it.
So I tried solving those archived cases myself and possibly find the system behind it. This was the start of an interesting learning. That led to a deeper insight for me into the homoeopathic spectrum. More importantly it helped me create a new template I could use in my rural practice. Without which I could not have helped thousands of patients in that one single year.
I have explained the different types of homoeopathy in detail in my book - When your favourite Approach Does Not Work? You can download it for free on the left side of this blog page.
But in this blog video I want to explain my take on the system behind this “unclassical” homoeopathy through one such Boenninghausen's case.
It could possibly could help you explore the potential of homoeopathy from a completely different angle...
Let me know what you think about Boenninghausen's case.
I would love to hear your take on his approach....