The business of a Homoeopath is entirely different from that of an allopath. The old school physician is always a hasty man ; he comes in haste, examines his patient in haste and goes away in haste. He has no time to hear what the patient has got to say. He deals with objective symptoms or pathological ones. He often takes a single symptom and seeks to combat or if possible to suppress it by medicine. Dr. Hahnemann says ” A single one of the symptoms present is no more the disease itself than a single foot is the man himself.” Hahnemann advises his followers to examine a case of disease with utmost care and patience.
He wants that the whole group of symptoms should be taken down in writing. The Homoeopathic physician is to write down accurately all that the patient and his friends tell him in the very expression used by them. He is to examine his patient calmly and for doing this important part of his work he is to allow sufficient time to his patient. There cannot be any haste about his work.
Haste kills the possibility of a cure. The consideration of the totality of symptoms is of immense value and it is a distinguishing peculiarity of Homoeopathy. His very method of approach to the disease is different. The symptoms or signs are the representation of the disease. The symptoms are, in other words, the very voice of the disease. Homoeopaths recognize the disease through symptoms. This is why a Homoeopath sets so much value to an examination of symptoms. The symptoms lead us to the very remedy which the patient requires for his cure.
The spiritual being or the vial force produces the disease and hence it is not possible for a physician to discover the alteration that occurs in the “invisible interior” without paying due attention to the symptoms. How can naked eyes of physicians reach the “Hidden and unknown interior” of man. Allopaths despise the symptoms which the Homoeopaths worship. They follow this difficult path because they find it the only possible means of knowing what is to be cured. It is a supreme path and an unchallengeable truth.
In the organon we notice the following quotation. “The physician whose researches are directed towards the hidden relations in the interior of the organism, may daily err, but the Homoeopaths who grasps with requisite carefulness the whole group of symptoms, possesses a sure guide, and if he succeed in removing the whole group of symptoms he has likewise most assuredly destroyed the internal hidden cause of disease.” By the symptoms the disease makes itself known to us and symptoms or the totality of the symptoms are our sole guide to the remedy which the disease requires.
Removal of symptoms is the removal of the disease or cure of the disease. It is wrong to suppose that “Homoeopathy can remove thee symptoms, but the disease remains.” Homoeopaths are never misguided when they follow symptoms with extreme carefulness. It is a very difficult job but it ultimately pays the laborious worker. It leads to health and not to ruin.
Symptoms may be divided into two main classes, subjective and objective symptoms. “An objective symptom is one which may be recognized by an observer who has the use of all his senses, e.g., color, a murmur, an odor, a taste, heat, coldness, smoothness, roughness etc.”
Royal. The objective (symptoms) are those which apply directly to your senses. They are such as you may seen, hear touch, taste or smell.” Farrington. “A subjective symptom is one which is perceived or imagined only by the patient himself. e.g., a pain, an illusion or delusion in regard to sight, hearing or sensation.” Royal. “The subjective symptoms are those which the prover himself experiences and which he has to express to you in certain language.” Farrington.