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prescribing for weak vital force

I've been reading Homeopathy: Medicine that Works, by Robert Wood, which details the author's own case history, taken by Bill Gray, and various other cases. In several places, observations about vital force are offered. I wonder if you could help me understand a few points.

What are the main hallmarks of a weak vital force? Would these be nearly certain indicators of weak vital force?
a) presence of numerous and, especially, persistent ailments
b) general frailty
c) mental ailments (i.e. disease has already located at highest/deepest level)
d) fragile response to stress

Is it correct that prescribing for patients having weak vital force must be more cautious? Does the caution take the form of starting with weaker potencies?

Is there an inverse relationship between strength of vital force and layers to a case, i.e., great strength = fewer layers; little strength = numerous layers?
  ckcu8 on 2014-05-27
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It is not easy to exactly measure the vital force and match that to potency. It takes a lot of experience with real face-to-face patients to do that. It is extremely difficult to do that properly through a written medium like this forum. I have found that over the years I have become more sensitive to the level of a person's vital force by observing the changes brought about through the remedies, so now I can sort of 'see' it as it goes up and down.

However there are some general guidelines. Firstly just to answer your suggestions for recognizing a low vital force :

a) I actually think numerous ailments is usually a sign of an active vital force, but it really depends on the nature of those ailments and the intensity of them. A low vital force often cannot muster much of a defence, and our symptoms are just that - a defence. Frequently clients with low vitality can only manifest a few ailments, although they are quite serious in nature.

b) general frailty would be one way of perceiving the physical signs of low vitality. Other words for this would be weak, depleted, exhausted.

c) If the vital force can keep the disease in the mental sphere, this is often a sign that it is still strong. Once this line of defence fails the disease will bleed into the emotions, the general state, and finally into the organs. Once it reaches the organs the vital force will struggle to keep the patient alive, but a disease in the mental sphere may allow the patient to survive indefinitely.

d) I am not sure what you mean by a fragile response to stress

The other ways I might recognize low vitality are:

1. very few modalities attached to the symptom, perhaps none at all, except whatever is common for the ailment or organ. When you have a lot of modalities you are often dealing with a strong vital force.

2. protracted illness, with organ involvement

3. a long history of suppression with powerful pharmaceutical drugs.

4. poor response to remedies, requires multiple doses to get any reaction at all.

5. overreaction to high potencies with a tendency to go into a serious, if not life-threatening, decline.

6. serious illness with organ involvement, and very few mentals, or mentals that have no modalities at all (general depression, sadness, anxiety etc)

It is true you must be cautious - extra cautious in fact. Give too high a potency and the patient may die. I have treated a number of patients in the final stages of AIDS, and you must start so low with them, and stay low for a long, long time, or you will kill them. I often start with 6c or even LM 0/1. You should also make sure the remedy is very dilute to avoid too much aggravation, and you may need to make the dosing less frequent.

I don't believe in layers, so I don't think the idea has any relevance to vital strength. Layers is a construct practitioners create to understand cases, they do not exist in reality. In fact this concept often causes practitioners to make mistakes ie. thinking they can predict the remedies a patient will need in the future, or thinking that it is ok to divide the case into pieces and treat each one separately. 'Layers' as a theory conflicts with the basic premise of homoeopathy.
Evocationer 8 years ago

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