The process of selecting a homeopathic remedy

Selecting a Homeopathic Remedy

The process of selecting a Homeopathic Remedy starts with the collection of the relevant information about our patient.

There are five key pieces of information we need:

Concomitant symptoms

These symptoms are those that partner the main issue. For example, a stomach problem might be accompanied by a headache.


Where the symptom is located is really important and we also need to know whether the problem is one sided, or alternating sides or variable in location.


This is the trigger that prompted your health to change. There are as many triggers as people! Examples include lifestyle changes, emotional reactions or an accident.


These symptoms can really help us to define one remedy choice from another and they are those things that make you feel better or worse.


How you feel is very important;  what is the pain like? what is the feeling you experience? The more descriptive you can be the better.

Once we have collected all of this information, we have many different forms of analysis at our disposal.

One option is to repertorise your symptoms into rubrics. We use repertories full of symptoms which are subdivided into different parts of the body.

If we were dealing with a headache, we would look up

Head, pain and ideally, we would have further information to specify the rubric further

We need rubrics from all of the categories mentioned above so we can create a complete picture of you. This helps us to find the right remedy for you at that time.

We do use computer programmes to do this because each symptom can have a hundred or more remedies in it. However, I would say the majority of Homeopaths still turn to their extensive book collections on a daily basis. We also use the extensive notes we take during our CPD  training which continues throughout our career as a Homeopath.

But this is only half the story; Selecting a Homeopathic Remedy now goes into analysis mode.

Selecting a Homeopathic Remedy Part 2

Options we consider

Does the patient need organ support?

If you have a liver issue, we may prescribe a supporting liver remedy for example. At different times, organs and glands may need a little extra support

We consider the family history

Our genetic markers may be presenting an active miasm that needs to be balanced. Miasms are the expression of our genetic history, and lead us to have a stronger predisposition to certain ailments depending on the miasmatic influence.

For example, the tuberculosis miasm can express itself through the generations as asthma, eczema, allergies, hay fever and rhinitis.

Expertise and Intuition

Experienced Homeopaths use their knowledge and intuition and sometimes just know what a patient needs. This is based on years of experience and a deep understanding of Homeopathy and the patient

What Effect has medication had?

Medication can have a chemically altering impact on the body particularly if there has been long term use of a drug. We need to try and define what is you and what has been caused by the medication.

Do we need to do a Detox?

Sometimes a Detox programme is appropriate after long term use of medication, or if a patient has been particularly sensitive to medication or other substances so this is another option we may consider.

Are there Themes?

Life Themes often appear in case taking,  this is when you observe the patient has a particular theme that runs through their lives. Typical themes include disappointment, loss, betrayal, rejection but there are many more and they can be positive too!

Remedies are grouped in different ways, core groups will be Mineral, Animal and Plant. These groups are then subdivided into different types of animal and plant which allow us to identify more easily the themes that a patient may be displaying.

Do we need a variant of Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is using like cures like. Isopathy is treating the patient with the cause of their issue. An example would be using the dog fur of the dog a person is allergic to.

Tautopathy is using the drug the patient has been given but in homeopathic doses

Does the patient need a sequence of remedies?

Polypharmacy is when several remedies are prescribed in sequence because they are complementary to each other and support the patients’ needs

Are there layers to be treated?

Sometimes we might have to treat a patient in layers; so, we consider the basic constitution of a person. Then we look at the acquired symptoms that have developed throughout a person’s life – these can be created through life circumstances, and situations or illness. This is the functional layer. There is also a lesion layer where a specific part of the body has been affected. Finally, there can be an active miasm layer too

Homeopathy continues to evolve and even as I write this there will be new forms of analysis being formed ready to emerge. I hope this brief guide gives you a deeper understanding of the depth and detail that is considered by your Homeopath to find the remedy that is right for you