Dr. Murphy talks about diagnosing what homeopaths should actually be treating.
This podcast is an excerpt from the "Musculoskeletal Disorders" lecture by Dr. Robin Murphy, ND
Musculoskeletal Disorders (formerly Musculoskeletal Problems and Health Philosophy, (A & B)) include the five principles of health and health philosophy from a vitality perspective, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, back injuries, bone remedies, sacroiliac problems, slipped disks, TMJ, whiplash, sciatica, bursitis, ankylosing spondylitis, and tendonitis.
Dr. Murphy's full Musculoskeletal Disorders lecture is available for streaming access.
Expressions! You can find a remedy that's similar to how the body is expressing itself with signs or symptoms. Signs and symptoms is one way of finding a remedy. If there is no disease, there is no strong sensitivity, then you might have to lean on the symptoms more and out of the symptoms you want to find the symptoms that are inflated. See, when you write symptoms down on a piece of paper, you give them equal weight or you when repertorize them depending on the technique, you're giving them all equal weight. Grief is just another symptom, but it's not, it's the cause of all their problems. The head injury is just one symptom repertorized in a group, it's not, it's the cause of all the problems. Depression, headaches, they're on drugs, medication, epilepsy from the head injury. You have to have a head injury remedy. Forget the symptoms. And then out of that group of head injury remedies, which are the strongest symptoms that match and you get so you can do it in your head. Every art and skill is that way. You don't see people manipulating their bodies and they keep looking at anatomy charts and they keep doing this and that for 20 years. But you see people repertorizing for 20 - 30 years.
If we don't learn it, we never learn it. And it's hard to teach it if we don't know it. See? So, we get the knowledge in our head and we can leave home without, this is what I used to do, without a whole bag of books. And I say, okay, we’d sit in the clinic and we’d just said we're going to study these cases. And everybody would have four or five books out and all open materia medicas, repertories, and this and this and that. So now I want to look at a case and say, okay, give this because, you know, you diagnose what it is. You have to diagnose what you're treating and what you're doing, else you can't evaluate what the remedy did. All right, so let's go through this. Finish this. Next is ideology.
See, it's a lot different than the definition of law of similars. If you find a remedy that fits the cause, then you only need a couple of confirmatory symptoms. If you are going to use symptoms, only the strongest one. [It’s] irrelevant if they're peculiar, if they're general, or if they're common. Those are irrelevant concepts in homeopathy. Someone comes into you with chronic fatigue, classic example, chronic fatigue syndrome and what are we taught? We're taught never to use a common general symptom. That's the whole problem. They're tired. You look in there are a 1000 remedies. But we go to the old journals and we say, well, here's the remedies for neurasthenia, here's 30 remedies. And these remedies have worked for chronic fatigue for the last 200 years. Then we work with that group of remedies. Then as our experience grows, that group will grow and we have more knowledge in that group. But that group of 30 remedies is already at 90-95% cure of that disease. Otherwise you ignore the major symptom, the major state of health in the case, and then you get all these peripheral phenomena and you're treating their depression, their insomnia, their poor confidence and everything but all those are expressions of being tired. If you're tired, you're not as confident. Gelsemium, kali phos, phosphoric acid, these cure chronic fatigue syndrome. Very little need to look at all the symptoms in the case.