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"Modalities" in homeopathy

All those seeking guidance, it is important to know something about 'modalities' in homeopathy. Pl. read on.....

Modalities are listing of what makes you feel better or feel worse. For instance, Bryonia will list the modality of worse with motion, whereas Rhus tox will list the modality of worse with inactivity. This also relates to the modality of worse in morning. Rhus tox people will feel worse in the morning after a night of laying still and allowing joints to stiffen. Learning the leading characteristics and keynotes of the basic remedies listed here will help when looking for the correct remedy to treat your family for first-aid and seasonal disorders. For instance, when you see a family member with a fever, or an illness showing red, e.g. red ears, you will think of the keynote symptom of the remedy Belladonna.

There can be confusion in Materia Medicas, since the pattern is to list descriptions that are from the remedy's Proving. Homeopathic remedies go through this process of Provings to determine the curative properties of each remedy. Homeopathy's premise is Like Treating Like, Similar Treating Similar. So what symptoms are Proved or shown when tested on people, are the same symptoms that can be treated with that remedy.
So remembering Like Treating Like will prevent confusion when reading Materia Medicas.

When researching for the correct Homeopathic Remedy, remember to use both your Materia Medica and your Repertory Cross reference to see if the remedy is indeed the best match.

Because homeopathy is safe and helps gently to guide the body, sudden illness and injury should be treated at first indication.
Remember that you don't need to match everything listed under a remedy to benefit from the remedy. Especially for sudden illness or first-aid, you only need to find the closest remedy matching the particular symptom that is the most troublesome.

Source: www.elixirs.com

Modalities - Fun and Frustrating

What makes homeopathy unique and powerful? The analytic art of defining symptoms when selecting the remedy to match the ailment and patient. Defining the where, when and most of all what effects symptoms, is critical. Sounds weird? Consider your last flu. Were you bundled up tight (better for warmth) or throwing off the covers? When 'proving' a substance to see what a remedy is capable of treating (like cures like), doctors noticed a strong trend in most remedies for hot or cold (better with or worse for), fresh air or aversion to it, motion or staying still, eating or fasting, etc. In applying the remedies, these 'modalities' were usually the pointers toward success.

For general elixers, homeopathic combinations like “Headache #33” group single remedies for their ability to treat a variety of related ailments in hopes that one of the 'single remedy' ingredients will address each user's particular needs. When you are ready to break into the exciting world of homeopathic 'singles,' i.e., finding the one remedy that has the greatest healing potential for your case, you have to say more than, 'it hurts.' File through your symptoms. Classify them. Find out where it is (locality), what it feels like (sensation), when it happens (times), what triggers it (causation), and sometimes most importantly, what makes it feel worse and what makes it better (modalities).

Knowing your modalities can shorten your reading list by half or more. For instance, if joint pain is better with motion, rule out remedies like Bryonia which is always worse with motion, and give an extra strong mark to Rhus tox which got its nickname “the rusty gate remedy” by its ability to relieve stiff joints that feel better with gentle motion. They also let you clue in quickly to likely solutions. A “Hepar sulph anything” wants to be bundled up. A “Ledum wound” is cold to the touch and feels better with cold applied. An “Apis sting” is burning hot and also craves cold. As you get to know a few of the main 'polycrest' remedies, these individual traits make more sense. For instance, remedies that help with low overall vitality tend to be chilly and need warmth, high vitality are hot and need cooling.

Getting familiar with the nuances of a remedy may start out frustrating, but becomes fun, fascinating and very useful. The insight they lend you will will soon impress your friends, too. Next time your outgoing friend complains about her nervous pressing headache, tell her she needs to eat something (Phosphorus). A Pulsatilla’s headache? Open the window (craves fresh air). A hot tempered pal with a throbbing headache? Offer some Belladonna.

One more thing, if you pick up an advanced materia medica and see greater than, less than symbols everywhere, those are the modalities. Less than “” better for.

  PANKAJ VARMA on 2009-09-11
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
So...when you describe your illness...give a detailed account of modalities.

Some examples:

1. Worse in rainy season

2. Feel chilly in summer too

3. Headache worse sunrise to sunset

4. Cold sweat on forehead...even in an air-conditioned room

5. Likes sympathy

6. Aversion to sympathy ..will fly into a rage if sympathy is offered

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Some more examples of information that can help to analyse a case more effectively:

1. Seeking open air

2. Sitting cross legged..feel comfortable

3. Sleeping with hand over forehead

4. Discomfort in sleeping on left side

5. Pulsations in different parts of the body

6. Throbbing headache ..right side of the head

7. Lower eyelids swollen with heat in eyes ...relief by washing with cold water

8.Eyelids swollen...with relief on application of heat

9. Itching of skin relieved by application of hot water or hot air

10. Acrid discharge from eyes

11. Bland discharge from eyes

12. Eyes sticky in the morning

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Salam pankaj,
Thank you for highlighting the importance of modalities. Please continue.
sajjadakram635 last decade
Thank you Sajjad Bhai.

Hope you are in good health and good cheers.

Yes..I will continue to guide Forum members to the best of my ability.

Aap to jante ho ...Punjab ka pani piya hai ...haryali to aye ge !!

Fertile land produces rich health giving grain.

Best regards,

Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Punjab is the land of five rivers !!
PANKAJ VARMA last decade

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