Anamnesis. Types and Temperaments Part 1.

Types and Temperaments. Part 1

Anamnesis: The medical history, as recalled by the person (client) or people who know them.

For me, the most fascinating part of being a homoeopath was that I could ask people a lot of questions! Many more, perhaps, than any G.P or Consultant might ask: the whole life story, the most intimate personal physical routines, the exact details of what they eat and drink, the family health history in great detail, the childhood history of illness, memories, dreams, aspirations, beliefs, sexual history -  you name it.. the homeopath asks about it.

Moreover, the homeopath is required to hear without judgment, to listen with complete attention, watching body and facial stance and paying particular regard to the exact language that is used. So, the homeopathic consultation is the most thorough and revealing of all the natural medicines. It builds up over the weeks and months of consultations, treatment by prescription of various homeopathic remedies in potency, and careful analysis of responses to those remedies. Layer by layer the anamnesis is examined, evaluated and peeled away in the process of improving health in all aspects. It can be an incredible document for the person themselves, as well as an invaluable tool for understanding all of the complex factors that cause the mind and the body to produce physical symptoms for particular reasons.

In those first few months of practice back in the mid-eighties, I believed everything my clients told me but gradually realized that people adjust the truth about their lives, either consciously or unconsciously, for many reasons. The clues to their main issue or problem could be deduced from words used and this could then be elucidated and taken further. It is one of homeopathy’s best-kept secrets that the dynamic medicines are capable of minor adjustments so precise as so unlock long fixed ideas and opinions. I liken it to a good dose of grease on the base of the lighthouse, and the consciousness beam can move freely from rational to creative, ideas and opinions and knowledge*.

However, many clients do come for the relief of physical problems and therefore it became an evolving skill to discern the information regarding these symptoms that could be relied upon as true. A person is unlikely to lie about whether they get an itchy mouth during hay fever season than they are about their fantasy life, so I found that practical physical symptoms that seemed unimportant, even humorous at times, to the patient, could actually be most relied upon for the purposes of medicine selection.

Consequently, over the years and through many thousands of in-depth case studies, I saw various patterns and types emerging that are clear and enormously helpful in understanding how people as individuals make decisions and operate in the world, and what kinds of clear physical symptoms they have in everyday life. When I say symptoms, I mean habits, likes and dislikes, positions during sleep etc, not necessarily a recognized illness as such.

If you have found this even mildly interesting – you might enjoy Part 2, The Four Temperaments. This will be available in The Online Homeopath shortly.

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