Role Of Psychotherapy In Homeopathy
Dr Ardhendu Sekhar Chatterjee
Psychotherapy, the term related with psychology. Psychology means = The profession( i. e. clinical practice) ,
scholarly discipline( academic p.) , and science( research p. ) , concerned with the behavior of humans and animals,
and related mental and physiological process.[ psycho -, psych-, psyche-, --G. psyche , sole mind ; + G. logos , study,]
( Stedman’s medical dictionary 26 th. edn. , page--1458]
Psychotherapy means- Treatment of emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders based primarily
upon verbal or nonverbal communication and interventions with the patient, in contrast to treatment utilizing
dynamic chemical and physiological measures . [ psycho = G. therapeia , treatment] . Psychotherapy , the term also
related with counseling, that means a professional relationship and activity in which one person endeavors to
help another to understand and to solve his or her adjustment problems ; the giving of advice, opinion, and
instruction to direct the judgment or conduct of other. Physiological process always includes with diet , sleep,
other mental faculty as hobby ( music , drawing play, company, processing of past as well as introducing a
new, etc) social , professional , even spiritual communications etc.
Hahnemann, On second September 1793, treated a patient named Herr Klockenbring.
Curative result of this patient being published in local journal in 1796 with foundations
of a new era of medical establishment of mental illness.
Before Hahnemann the insane patients were treating likes wild animals, as chained in dungeon-like cells etc..
According to Hahnemann/ Homeopathy proper advice, justified analysis, mental support etc always helps a
patient destitute of human honor to the process of progressive propagation . It should be remembered
that Hippocrates had cure his friend’s mania by Hellebore, later in Homeopathy this medicine is proved
as one of the most useful weapon to combat/neutralize the mental patients too. We always considers
mental changes during any corporal problems and gives foremost importance ,specially while it became
uncommon and strong ( The Organon Ap. –153 , 213). Hahnemann not liked to emphasis the mental cases as
a separate type because to give their firm social support , avoidance of torture.
Here we would like to discuss some minimum points about:
Psychiatric Disorders according to modern medicine ,
Hahnemmanian classification of psychiatric disorders, and application of psychotherapy.
Common psychiatric disorders often come to us with physical symptoms,
Case taking , treatment, managements of above considerations.
Psychiatric Disorder According to Modern Medicine
According to Modern Medicine, Psychiatric Disorders means functional impairments that may
result from disturbance of one or more of the following inter-relations as :-
Biologic function i.e. secondary to identifiable physical illness or biochemical disturbance of brain,
nutritional deficiencies or toxic cause.
Psychodynamic mal-adaptation, that different form of psychotherapy I.e. supportive, interpretive,
cognitive, persuasive, educative either or combination of these according to situation.
Learned behavior / personality disorders—failure to learn to incorporate the style , type,
pattern of habit in response to society, hysterical mood etc.
Social and Environmental conditions:-encounter of social, environmental i.e. change of family unit,
work pattern, occupation of parents and schooling and work pattern of young effects the underlying social fabric.
Hahnemannian Classification of Mental Diseases
Type One = At the begging patient had both physical and mental symptoms, by some treatments,
physical symptoms reduced and the mental symptoms are persisting as Mental Diseases
(insanity, melancholia, furious mania , doleful, querulous lamentation, senseless chatting,
disgusting and abominable conduct etc. .
a)Selection of antipsoric according to present mental and previous corporal symptoms
and apply it without knowledge of patient .
b) Total avoidance of any contradiction, eager expiations, rude corrections and invectives,
any revenge/hard technique/corporal punishments and torture
*Careful regulation of mode of life,
** calm intrepidity and cool, firm resolution,
***mute display of commiseration in looks and gesture,
**** silence ,or conversation with in -attention where the patient chatting more,
*****remove/avoid any destructing material etc.
c)All kinds of external disturbing influences on their on their senses and disposition should be
removed as possible. We have to follow the process written below:-
d) Any counseling may causes more aggravation of mental problems, a melancholic would become
more dejected, querulous, inconsolable and reserved, spiteful would be more exasperated, a fool
would be more foolish. (The Organon- Ap-215—220,228)
e) In violent case, isolation of patient in a separate hospital/asylum
may be an essential process for proper observation.
Type Two = Insanity or mania caused by fright, vexation, the abuse of spirituous liquors etc. appears suddenly.
Treatment = common symptomatic treatment according to the similliarity of acute symptoms as
by Aconite, Belladonna, Stramonium, Hyoscyamus, Mercurious etc. followed by prolonged anti-psoric treatment.
But if the treatment is not continued , it may be relapsed with more violence and incurability.
( The Organon Ap.- 221—223)
Type Three =Mental diseases resulted from faults of education, bad practices, corrupt morels,
neglect of the mind, superstition or ignorance etc.
a)Selection of remedy that can cure the state of in coordination, employ
reason grafted mind, resolution of grief etc.
b) Separation / isolation of the patient from causative environments.
c) Sensible friendly exhortation, consolatory arguments, serious representation.
(The Organon Ap. – 224) ( see management no. - 21)
Type Four = , Emotional constitution, i.e., mental problems developed by its own inverse way ,
such as continued anxiety, worry, vexation, wrongs and the frequent occurrence of great fear and fright.
This state of health (mental) can causes destruction of corporal heath, even to a extreme degree.
Treatment= a) Medicinal treatment = Anti-psoric .
(a) Counseling as display of confidence, friendly exhortations, sensible advice , well-disguised deception.
(b) Appropriate diet.
Type Five =Hahnemann had seen a group of psychiatric patients, came with an opposite mental character
during treatment of corporeal/physical problems. After being cure , their basic character as ingratitude,
cruelty, malice, obstinate, violent. Disgracefulness returns violently. Treatment --according to the type One
(see management no 23 ).
Apart from direct Hahnemannian classification , another type of psychiatric patients we do observed during
treatment, that is patient came with some corporal problems, during the case taking we sees the some
psycho-genic underlying cause present behind it, but the patient not felt this, likes a female patient
of 30 came with asthma , started for five years , her father died while she was 03 years, husband
died before 10 years leaving two children . This is pure Hahnemannian observation we do carrying whole
years in our chamber, that present in Materia Medicas.
Some patients are coming for treatment where another person of the family as father/mother/husband like any
have psychiatric disorder. This are also very difficult to cure . ( see management no. -24 )
Common Psychiatric disorders , patient often come to us / Homeopathy:-
Psychological disorder of children : a) autism,
b) irritability, rage , bite, beating,
breaking, hyperkinetic syndrome
c) abnormal shyness, d) phobic disorder etc .
Psychological disorders of adolescents : --continuation with above -----
a) adjustment disorder, as quarrel, hiding tendency, love effect of own or opposite sex;
b) depression - as weeping disposition, sadness even suicidal thinking,
c) memory disorders etc. forgetfulness , phobic disorder drug induced effect etc.
Disorders of adult : - continuation with above -- -a)-Generalized anxiety disorder in related with
present, future diseases,
b) frustration specially during pregnancy.,
c) economic loss, lockout of working place ,
d) sexual un satisfaction of maid / virgin etc.
Psychological problems of Old/Senility/Geriatrics : --continuation with above, ----- with or with out
organic diseases ( as post CVA, adjustment of pacemaker, etc) as depression, loneliness, tendency to
suicide, fear of death, Alzheimer’s disease ,schizophrenia etc. –
Case Taking -,- Managements and Homeo Treatment of Psychiatric Patients
( with respect of all above methods)
Every case taking should be done according to general consideration of our formula, that is
* family history, * pregnancy history of mother, type of delivery, birth weight, ,
*H/O inoculation and its effect, * mile stone of developments, * past history,
*H/O present complaints, * present complaints, * generalities as thirst,
appetite including desire / avert ion /intolerance of food, stool, urine, sweat,
sleep and dream, heat/cold reaction, mental symptoms about memory/mistake,, irritability/angry/rage,
working habit= slow/hurried, adjustment with nature/phobia, society-
joy/sadness/grief, love/ disappointment etc.
In psychiatric cases we have to pressed more on * pregnancy--birth history,
* childhood developments, adolescent adjustment, * level of education, * adult
copying pattern, * sexual history, * current life function i.e. with vocational,
social. Educational and advocational area.
Apart from common formula of physical examination i.e. – anemia, jaundice, edema, clubbing etc
and systemic inspection, palpation ,auscultation, percussion of general case taking,
in psychiatric cases dress, use of make-up, special psychological assessment includes
with gesture, depression, anger, elation, fear, resentment, mood, speech
(coherence /spontaneity/articulation/hesitancy in answering etc.) that is type
of emotional response has to be followed.
All the emotional patient must have the opportunity for exploration and classification for gaining
insight in to the nature of his/her difficulties.
As a friend we must inform the patient that there is nothing wrong with him.
Never told that the difficulties are psychological and incurable thus her internal tension
hopelessness( AUR. M. ), despair will be increased.
The patient has to be encouraged to talk , if he forgot/break the link of his discussion without
any time limitation. Absent minded ( during talking - Carb Ac.; on and off- -Acid Fl.
, Nux. M., Ac. Ph. )
Initially, the discussion should be start according to patients interest, any of her longings /
desires / hobbies / parents, / occupation / families, then gradually on aspect of higher problems as
main theme. Nothing hurriedness has to be done.
Doctor should not talk much or give advice quickly with interest and expectation.
A psychiatric patient always feels better for having talked to someone about her problems,
thus the patient will be interested to talk more accurately about her nature of problems and
at this stage often accept suggestions and interpretations. ( Loquacity - Hyos, Lach. etc)
Improvements of relationship with a spouse( Hyos)/parents( Thuja)/employers ( Lach.) should be
encourage by their interview also. More talking , doing of favorable subject of the family
in general may helps to personality changes of patients ( also of real cause )as wall as
relief of symptoms.
Recent events of patient’s personal experiences should be try to explore ( by Staphy. etc)
If there is any somatic diseases like thyroid, Tb. , uterine tumor etc.( that patients actually carried),
patient should be informed modestly as are recognized as genuine and need exploration .If the patient has Tb.
we have to start the treatment with ARS A/Iod first, then after a good relief, constitutional
anti-miasmatic/block removal-Tuberculinum etc can prescribe like this we may start our treatment by
Puls , Bryo where the patient has symptoms of Silicea or Kali C. ..
Patient may feel problems to meet his employers etc. , whom he considers as exploited but not recognized,
to relief the distress , treatment ( Nux) with encouragement help to self discovery.
An anxious fearful, restless patient may not able to concentrate sufficiently to clarify her/his problems
during the first interview, after a relieving therapy next and next interview will helps us to solve
According to my experience de-sensitizing process not doing any help , rather homeo. treatment with
anti-phobic medicine always helps patient .
According to some experiments , in the treatment of all form of neurotic problems, as minor persisting phobia,
washing mania ( Syphil, Ars ), double checking habit ( Thuja ), proneness to worry ( Caust ) treating,
and came the patient now/than came with recent developing agoraphobia ( Sepia, Stram, Acon , etc ), that should
be neutralized by a new/ than similar medicine.
Behavior therapy as a form of psychological reconditioning or desensitization often shows effective alternating
with contingencies and must also with medicinal therapy such as fear to dog ( Bell. Bufo, Caust. , Hyos Stram. ,
Tub. ), riding wheel ( Sani. , Borax, Gels. etc.) etc. help us too.
By these above discussions and proper application , many patient can be helped to constitute the way of life,
which for her/him/family in particular and for the society in general will be propagated ,without any doubt.
Appropriate diet ( constitution related , as well as Thyroid adjusted diet , low salt, too less spices, control
of addiction etc. and regimen likes avoids of high light , noise, excitable pictures etc
We already discussed to some extend about the treatment of psychiatric patients as written in The Organon,
above, and mentioned some name of medicine as written in Organon, also with relation of some particular symptoms.
Though Hahnemann mentioned the Psychiatric cases as Psoric Diseases, now Hahnemannian conception of miasm is
something changed, more elaborated, thus in Hahnemannian Type Three parameter ,I have discussed as Sycotic
phenomenon played strong role behind it. I often observed THUJA 200, only dose often helps to regenerate/processed-up
the dis -rhythm mentality also with other advices.
During the discussion some name of medicine appeared has Syphilitic character likes Stram. ,
Merc. Tub. Bov/Bacil etc. In my opinion just after the relief with apparent selected / acute medicine,
related anti-miasmatic of previous acted medicine has to be applied.
Type Three, Four , Five and Six mental disorders could be treated by use of alternative symptomatic and
anti-miasmatic treatment. Suppose the patient has anxiety/ phobic/ obstinacy etc. we started our treatment with
Arg. N./Bell/Nux V .etc. After the relief we have to prescribe constitutional/more deep acting , here Carcin /
Hep. S., Calc S. / Sep., Carcin etc, or with anti miasmatic as anti syphilitic-Kali I. Syphil. etc,
or sycotic—Thuja. , Nit Ac. etc. at suitable time following Herring’s Law of Cure.
Where real psychiatric cause present in another one but the related patient come for treatment, also
very difficult one. If the patient is a baby under breast, we may solve the problems by select the
medicine according to conjoint symptoms of mother and baby, that not failed in my life ( 29 years of practice ).
But in other types , It is not possible for a doctor to tell the fact actual , in such cases, I,
generally advised the patient to tell the fact thoroughly, then brought the patient for any other treatment,
if the patient come , I considered the medicine with the symptoms as patient telling and heard from his/her
partner. This process also effective too.
Though the present Era wanting more research about the relation of Psychiatric diseases with physical problems .
According to this little fellow , apart from socio-economic causes, thyroid dysfunction always plays deep relation
with mental alteration, so particular anti-hyper-/hypo--thyroid related food/diets/ practice of morning bathing , yoga,
addiction control measure shown better results too.
It should be noted firmly that nothing huge progressive counseling method discover in post Hahnemmanian era.
Everything is writing now all are written in THE ORGANON .
Some Practical Discussion
At present , in our locality, homeopathic asylum is not available ; in violent cases, nothing counseling is being possible,
our hands not extending far, personally when a case of danger came I always takes help of other therapy ,
during the state of relieve, or with or during the treatment of other therapy , some patient gets some more
relieve by our counseling and treatment .
Where family/past/present effect of Tb. Thyroid disease ,fault of education or any genetic anomaly
( Down Syndrome , short toe , left forth etc) is present , this patients are very difficult to cure,
because when many members of the family has the more or less same disease effect, one simple
positive effect may be proved as negative one by another , it is my practical experience.
In managements no 21, 23, 24 , some typical experiences I noted, readers are requested to verify this.
Hahnemann’s type three---fault of education means as I have had seen, patient born in a family where
father is a pick-pocketer, theft like this . So what the next generation will learn from the parents?
Here isolation with judicial mother’s pregnancy - psychology related alternating with anti-miasmatic
(here sycotic or psoric miasmta plays role more greater than anti-psoric ) treatment necessary .
Un-accounted psychological disorders as stated in extra than Hahnemann’s classification in Sixth and seventh types ,
are more or less curable type. I had have cured so many cases of Asthma etc with Ignatia, Kali Brom, Nat Mur.,
Acid Phos. , mainly where grief ( even maternal of babies) was the main factor.
History of gestation always plays role during selection of medicine . I had cured /improved many psychiatric- babies
by Acid Nitric, when the mother had history of craving of ashes, earth or uncooked rice during the pregnancy,
Thyroidinum when the mother had hyperemesisgravida , HBP, skin disorders etc.
I had an typical experiences of treatment of a case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, patient’s wrist was completely deformed,
by our treatment he was wonderfully relived within some months. Just after relieve one day he expresses his anger …
how long he had to pay mony to me? I politely told him not to come if no necessity developed.
After two years again he came with symptoms of night mare, could not slept for six or more months, even
in hospital and by injections ( ?). Within this period , I came to know though the patient previously claimed him
as a poor tea sailor , he had a night profession that was robbery . On analyze the every thing I considered that
this night- mare is nothing but the fear of police/arrest, Lachesis 200, 1m brought his sleep well , and just after
relieve he again expressed his anger …how long…… . It must be write now , that though the patient was relieved
well, but I did not came to know whether the profession of robbery being changed by Lachesis, or the patient being
surrendered to police station expressing his crimes, or throws some money to a pilgrim … .THANKS.
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