Group analysis is using information and knowledge of a specific group of remedies especially belonging to a specific kingdom or subkingdom to help in medicine prescription.
Over the last decade the process of using group analysis has been refined and fine tuned with the development of Stage 4 homoeopathy. So it is mostly identified with this stage of homoeopathy.
However have you considered that it is still a great tool using Kentian and Boenninghausen analysis? Let me start by stating that I have been through enough failures in my early practice to realise that group analysis is by no means a short cut to finding your prescription. Having said that I find it an extremely useful tool to improve the accurary of a prescription or secondary prescription derived when using these fundamental approaches. The key is to know exactly when and how to adapt it to your baseline approaches.
(For more information on stages in homoeopathy and approaches related to that please read my free ebook The Quest for Simillimum.)
Group Analysis and Generalisation.
A Question that is frequently asked about group analysis is that while homoeopathy is about individualisation, why do you need the group information?
Yes I agree that the understanding of a homoeopathic remedy at Stage 3 is all about individualisation. The whole process is all about finding what exactly is different, individualistic about that remedy than any other remedy.
But if you think beyond that, the group analysis actually provides the other polarity. It is all about the process of generalisation ie what exactly is similar in this remedy to other remedies in the same group or subgroup. Here you find the common symptoms of all the remedies belonging to a certain group.
The process of individualisation and generalisation can be similarly applied to our patients and their case studies.
So together this entire process provides a good balance to a case analysis and remedy understanding.
It brings together a unique perspective and provides an added confirmation to my final diagnosis.
To give you an example, in my last blog on Synthetic Prescription, I shared a case where I had arrived at the remedy Arsenic Album using an individualising Kentian Approach. This remedy worked well however it did not complete the process.
Hence I used a specific form of group analysis where I could zoom out and look at that case objectively. And then again zoom in to find and prescribe a less wellknown salt of Arsenicum. This completed the process for that condition.
Boenninghausen Approach and Group Analysis.
So this takes us to the next part. Can you use Group Analysis along with a Boenninghausen's approach? Should group analysis be restricted to cases focussed on the mind or the mineral remedies?
Interestingly over the years I have used this tool in many of my Boenninghausen cases.
There were innumerable cases in my practice as a homoeopathic GP in India where I never got the mental state. There was either no time or the patient was simply focussed on the presenting physical issue. So for me it was all about the key physicals and using a basic generalisation concept using a Boenninghausen approach.
And in most of these cases I found that group analysis was a great tool to improve the accuracy of the prescription.
Looking back I realise how a Boenninghausen approach is ideally suited to group analysis because the core of this approach is actually generalisation and then individualisation. It simply provided an ideal platform to use a group analysis.
I want to share one such case today. The case was in no way an ideal homoeopathic case I would have hoped for. I could not go further than Stage 2 and had limited options to consider for my analysis.
I could have looked at specific therapeutics for this patient. However I decided to use the Boenninghausen's generalisation approach.
Watch further to see what happens next.
Hope this offers you a lot of food for thought. We have all types of patients in our clinics. Not one approach suits everyone. This is another creative way of using the best of homoeopathy for them. It is not about shortcuts but all about going deeply into traditional and contemporary tools and using the best of each.
Would love your inputs on this too.