Visual Homeopathy Identifying the Most Common Homeopathic Constitutions Within Minutes A Video-Based Approach to Learning Homeopathy. Sharum Sharif, ND. Biography. Received ND degree from Bastyr University in 2003. Practice in Kent, Washington.
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Visual HomeopathyIdentifying the Most Common Homeopathic Constitutions Within MinutesA Video-Based Approach to Learning Homeopathy
Sharum Sharif, ND
I find that most NDs, unfortunately, do not use homeopathy in their practices, and if they do, they often end up prescribing mainly on physical keynotes and recommend the wrong remedies because they areNOT carefully taking the patient’s personality profile into consideration. As a result, they are often unable to help their patients, and in some cases, even hurt their patients with the wrong remedy. I am here to share with you:
1) How important it is to use homeopathy in your practice
2) How easy it can be to learn basic homeopathy
1) The remedies are the most effective tool we have in combating a myriad of serious ailments (including suicidal depression).
2) Due to the deep-acting nature of homeopathic remedies, if they are chosen properly, they are often the most curative medicines available for the treatment of disease.
3) The remedies are extremely inexpensive, and can easily be made available to everyone on the planet (especially in the case of a pandemic).
4) Homeopathy is planet friendly- we don’t have to worry about running out of natural resources like we do with herbs.
5) The remedies are extremely convenient. In the treatment of chronic illness, patients only need to take their remedies, on average, once a month, and they improve on all levels (physical, mental, and emotional), and continue to improve until they are healed.
Note: Dr. John Bastyr’s most favorite modality, in his own words, was homeopathy.
Under the page “Why Homeopathy?” on the www.VisualHomeopathy.com website, you will find two articles on this subject:
1) First article: “Advantages of Homeopathy”
2) Second article: “Advantages of combining naturopathic medicine and homeopathy”
Refer to the testimonials on www.DrSharif.com or www.VisualHomeopathy.com. Examples:
(Note: The patients’ remedies are listed only on the www.VisualHomeopathy.com site.)
In many cases, yes. And, in many cases, no.
In children, homeopathy is often sufficient in curing their various ailments. In adults, however, you will find that you have to use all the tools available to us as naturopaths in order to help your patients completely heal from the various chronic ailments they are suffering from.
(Refer to “7 Steps to Healing” article on my clinic website, www.DrSharif.com, for more information. Note: Constitutional homeopathy is only one of the sevens steps to healing even though it may be one of the most effective therapeutic tools available to us.)
“Visual Homeopathy” (VH) is a term I developed to describe a video-based approach to learning homeopathy rather quickly. Cases are taken by keen visual observation and carefully listening to the patient. In some cases, I might ask a few questions to confirm my assessment.
The VH technique is developed to encourage ND’s to incorporate basic homeopathy into their practices.
No. The word “visual” in “Visual Homeopathy” does NOT imply that you do not listen or talk to the patient. I initially came up with the word “visual” since I found visual observation of my patients to be the most helpful aspect of the case-taking process.
Note: The cases get more and more difficult as you progress from set 1 to set 15. You are initially not told what a person’s remedy is, and are supposed to find it yourself using the tools you are given in the class.
No. Although it would be helpful to have taken the beginning homeopathy classes at a naturopathic school.
A “constitutional” homeopathic remedy matches the person on the physicalAND mental/emotional levels, and thereby can significantly help a person on all three levels.
The patient’s personality traits and behavioral patterns are absolutely key in finding the “constitutional” remedy.
In my opinion, you will see 15-20 constitutional types very commonly in a primary care naturopathic practice. We cover these constitutions in the book as well as in the weekend seminars.
“Acute” prescribing is what is routinely utilized by most naturopaths. As helpful as this can be in many situations, it is not nearly as powerful as “constitutional” prescribing. The reason is that an acute remedy is only addressing a few of the patient’s symptoms, as opposed to a constitutional remedy which captures the patient in his/her entirety, covering physical as well as mental/emotional aspects of the patient.
Do you need a plant identification book to identify a red rose? Identifying Calc carb, Phosphorus, or other very common (polycrest) constitutional homeopathic types is just as simple as identifying a red rose!
Using the Visual Homeopathy technique, you can easily identify most of your patients’ constitutional remedies within minutes.
In most cases, the answer is no. Using the Visual Homeopathy techniques, you do not have to spend hours trying to find a person’s constitutional homeopathic remedy by “repertorizing” a case. In fact, I rarely repertorize my patients, and find the correct remedy in nearly every case. Repertorization is useful if you do not know a patient’s remedy with a high level of certainty using the VH techniques, or if they are not a top polycrest.
1. A familiarity with the ESSENCE of each of the top remedies, and their main few traits.
2. Astute observation skills to discern the ESSENCE of the patient.
With just a little training and practice, you can easily become very proficient in this approach to constitutional prescribing.
2) Match the patient to one of these remedies.
Interpreting human behavior is the emphasis of my weekend seminars. Finding the correct remedy is not as much about learning the numerous details regarding each homeopathic remedy as it is about learning how to identify various human traits.
The most important word of caution in constitutional homeopathy is that you must not be fooled by the patients’ superficial words and gestures:
Not everyone who is angry is Nuxvomica, and
not everyone who smiles is Phosphorus!
The fact that no two individuals of the same constitution are identical is another major difficulty in finding the correct constitutional homeopathic remedy for a person.
Since I am looking at the remedies from a kinesthetic/energetic viewpoint, I have included certain information about the main polycrests in my book that is definitely not found in other homeopathy books. Examples:
2) Polycrest Algorithm: Classification of the top polycrests into three categories.
3) Intensity Graph: Categorization of the top polycrests based on their “intensity”.
Refer to the one-page word document in your handouts.
This table contains the main traits of the most common polycrests.
Note that many remedies can have the traits listed in each box; the ones listed are the most likely to have that trait.
For example, under “very sensitive and gentle”, I have listed Nat mur and Pulsatilla. This does not mean that other remedies cannot be sensitive and gentle; however, these two remedies are definitely on the sensitive and gentle side.
You should be able to sense many of the traits listed in the Polycrest Table yourself, and not have to ask the person whether they possess them. Patients are not going to volunteer a lot of this information. Additionally, most of us cannot see all of our own personality traits (especially the “bad” ones)!If you see the word “ASK” next to a word in this table, it means that you may simply be able to ask the patient whether they possess that particular trait or not.
For example, often patients use the words
“defensive” to mean “aggressive”. Or,
“anxious” to mean “irritable”.
For example, Nat murs are mild, and what I’d call “soft”. However, they are NOT “warm/sweet”. Pulsatilla and Phosphorus individuals tend to be all the above.
This algorithm classifies the top polycrests into three categories:
The key in using the Polycrest Algorithm is in being able to correctly put your patient into one of these three categories.Ask yourself during the interview, what state is the patient in for the MAJORITY of the time?
Example: Anyone can be angry, but is every constitution angry much of the time? No, but Nuxvomica has a constant undertone of anger to their personality, and is therefore listed under the “angry/irritable” category.
For each of the main remedies, I have noted an animal that best captures the essence of that remedy. The animal analogy is written in parenthesis.
Not all of the statements about a particular remedy have to be present in every person who needs that remedy. For example, not all Sulphurs have to be lazy. Not all Pulsatillas are thirstless.
In the “Seminar Notes” available at www.VisualHomeopathy.com, I have written about how similar top polycrest remedies compare and contrast. If you are stuck between two very similar remedies, you will find the comparison and contrast section useful.For example, if you are trying to decide whether your patient is Pulsatilla or Phosphorus, both of which are in the “soft and sweet” category, then you should refer to this section.
The physical symptoms listed under each remedy in my notes are what I consider to be the MOST important ones because you will most likely actually encounter these in your patient population.
Nat mur is often dry. They are often constipated and/or have dry skin.
Phosphorus has weak lungs, and females tend to have heavy menstrual bleeding.
Pulsatilla is typically thirstless despite of having a dry mouth!
I first pick a remedy that matches a person’s personality traits and behavioral patterns. THEN, I will use the physical keynotes as “confirmatory” symptoms.
Example: Once I see a reserved and polite person who matches the constitution Nat mur, then I ask them about dryness in their body: “Do you tend towards constipation? Do you have dry skin?” And, Nat murs often do have dryness in their body.
Black or dark brown hair
Blond, light brown or red hair
Phosphorus or Pulsatilla
In using the previous illustration, you need to know if the patient’s hair color is natural, or is it dyed? I have never met a Carcinosin patient who does not have dark hair! However, Pulsatilla and Phosphorus individuals can come with any hair color. Realizing the above point can be useful in helping you identify a person’s constitutional remedy if they are in the “soft and sweet” category.
(Animal: A puppy)
This graph is a major overgeneralization, and does not represent all possible states of each remedy. It shows, in a simplified way, the general essence of each of the most common remedies based on their intensity. The spikes in the graph represent anger or emotional outbursts. Pointy spikes represent more intense (and tense), abrupt outbursts. Rounder spikes are softer and gentler outbursts.
(Note: Not all the top remedies can be illustrated on this graph.)
If your patient’s mental/emotional picture does not match any of the main polycrests, then you are likely dealing with a non-polycrest constitution. It is far more difficult to find a remedy for your patient if they have a constitution that is not a poly-crest.
Higher potencies seem to last much longer. A 12C or 30C may last hours/days; however, the 200C/1M may last weeks.
During acute conditions such as the flu, patients often require their remedy more often than when they are being treated for their chronic illnesses.
-For acute illnesses, dosing may be as often as once every 1-2 days.
-For chronic illnesses, dosing is often needed once every several weeks, on average once a month.
Reading homeopathy books by itself is definitely not sufficient in finding the correct constitutional remedy for your patients. The VH tools discussed here are meant to help you, but are not a replacement for actual patient observation (either in person or on video). Basically, you need to closely observe at least several people of the same constitution to develop a feeling for that particular constitutional type.
There are numerous actual patient videos on the Visual Homeopathy website (on various pages). Creation of this website has taken much time and financial resources. Please feel free to take advantage of this extensive learning tool.
The Visual Homeopathy book covers:
-The three main ideas in VH, including the algorithm, the table, and the intensity graph.
-MateriaMedica of the most common polycrests, with comparison and contrast among these remedies
-Practical information on dosing and re-dosing
-Key questions to ask patients
-Definition of what I mean by certain words in Visual Homeopathy (such as intensity, sweet, etc.)
-What each constitution can expect from their remedy
-Mechanism of action of homeopathy
-Other ideas on homeopathic theory and practice
What is the Genus Epidemicus?
It is a remedy which is found to be curative in the majority of cases of the same disease (i.e. epidemics or pandemics). Hahnemann taught that the genus epidemicus remedy should be chosen by the uncommon characteristic symptoms of all the patients, not the common symptoms of the epidemic disease.
Check out Dr. Paul Herscu’s website on the flu:
Herscu Laboratory has developed a number of tools that may be useful in the tracking and clinical treatment of the current flu pandemic. One of the tools is a questionnaire that tells you if the patient is a good candidate for the genus epidemicus remedy.
I will be placing more videos on the VH site every once in a while as I gather new ones. Therefore, keep checking this site periodically if you are interested in watching more videos.
On the www.VisualHomeopathy.com site, you will find a growing list of famous individuals and their suspected constitutional remedy.
You can purchase a copy of the Visual Homeopathy book here today, or through the Bastyr Bookstore or my clinic.
I am currently looking into making the remainder of my patient videos (over 500) available on the internet for a fee so that you can view them at your own convenience. If you are interested, please email me so that we can contact you when this service is available.
Note: For some common constitutions (such as Phosphorus or Pulsatilla), I have over 40-50 actual patient videos. For some other less common constitutions, I might have only a few.
In my opinion, homeopathy is the most effective tool we have in combating pandemics and a myriad of serious ailments such as autism and depression. Therefore, it brings me great joy to help make homeopathy easier to learn for students as well as practitioners of homeopathy.