Phenomenological Approach

Phenomenological Approach to Homeopathic Case-Taking and Clean Language Method

Phenomenology, epistemology and psychology have immensely evolved during last century and can give great support to homeopathy as we try to gain a deeper understanding of how diseases express themselves through physical and mental and emotional symptoms, linguistic patterns that describe our experience and perceptual world. Modern approaches in homeopathy stress the importance of studying the experience of the patient as well as collecting the totality of symptoms and finding characteristic symptoms to prescribe medicine successfully. The way we understand other person’s experience is through the language. Our language expresses who we are and allows listeners to see in our perceptual world. Our perceptual world is highly dependent upon the senses that a particular organism possesses, although it is also affected by the internal working of a human’s organism at any given time. Adapting tools offered by psychology, phenomenology and epistemology into homeopathic case-taking helps to capture the totality of human experience to avoid limitations of mechanical collection of symptoms. Broadening our tools will allow to record precise language patterns corresponding to individual remedies and enrich our homeopathic Materia Medica, and will lead to more successful prescribing.

Exploring the experience of participants is known as a phenomenological approach. The experience is coded in language as well as in body expressions – physical symptoms, gestures, posture, movements, etc. It is important to have tools to facilitate a person’s description of his/her experience from their point of view. We have adapted the Clean Language technique developed by David Grove as a communication methodology to explore the exact experience of patients. It allows the patient to stay with a sensory description of the experience to convey their own meaning, free of emotional or other distracting interpretations, such as the bias and prejudice of others. The developed method rooted in epistemology and phenomenology allows to respect “ecology” of the patient while staying with and exploring the patient’s perception of reality, and understanding how it is coded in language, body expressions, and disease patterns. Method was adapted to homeopathic case-taking logic and principles, approbated and effectiveness of the prescriptions was evaluated. Based on that evaluation the algorithm of the questionnaire was constructed, which now can be learned and implemented successfully by other homeopaths. 

Implementing Clean Language technique enhances successful prescription of homeopathic remedies. Understanding the exact experience of the patient which leads to narrowing down the number of remedies to prescribe and better results of the treatment. Clean Language shows its effectiveness during acute prescribing as well as for chronic pathology, especially when symptoms are general and it is hard to find characteristic symptoms using general homeopathic protocols. 

The implementation of Clean Language shows that developments in related disciplines can enrich instrumental repertory homeopaths can use to collect information to prescribe the most similar remedy to elevate the symptoms of the disease.

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