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Prescribing Complexes The Highest Ideal of Cure Post 6

by Daniel on August 2nd, 2011

Ullman goes on to point out that several controlled trials have shown the efficacy of homeopathic complexes for a number of conditions. Here he is on safer ground, and it is certainly true that there have been a number of positive trials of complexes. Only limited conclusions can be drawn from controlled trials, however, as I have argued elsewhere (Tomlinson, 1995, pages 8-11). Trials ask very limited questions, about the effect of a particular treatment on a restricted number of clinical parameters, and hence can only give limited answers. They cannot tell us whether the patient benefited overall from a given treatment, and this is the most important question of all.

Ullman goes on again to give examples of the successful use of combinations of Arnica montana, Hypericum perforatum, Symphytum officianale and Ruta graveolens in treatment of injuries. He maintains that the use of such multiple prescriptions, and even complexes, in the treatment of injuries can be more successful than using only one medicine. This seems quite reasonable. It is not hard to imagine that a severe knee injury, say, from a bashing, might need both Arnica, to help repair of the soft tissues, and Symphytum to help bone repair, and that these might be given together.

Ullman makes a plea for tolerance in the homeopathic community and asks us to refrain from hostile attacks on anyone who deviates from homeopathic orthodoxy. Here I agree with him completely. I think we can only lose from defensive thinking and rejection of dissident opinions.

On the other hand we are also bound to keep evaluating rigorously everyone’s contributions to the continuing homeopathic debate (including mine, of course), and trying to reach a clearer picture of what is best practice.

I would agree that there is a place for off-the-shelf complexes for members of the public to self-treat common conditions. Many people may become familiar with homeopathy in the first instance through such products, and go on to consult homeopaths and receive first-class classical treatment. I am happy to accept, too, that dual prescriptions and maybe even complexes might have a role to play in cases of injuries, where the influence of an external violent influence has been paramount.

However, I believe that the great majority of patients who come to practitioners for treatment are laboring under chronic problems which have their origins at a fundamental level. Only holistic assessment of the case and treatment with a fundamental medicine will lead to optimal results in these cases.

While symptomatic relief may be better than nothing, we should always aspire to do better. We should always aspire to achieve that highest level of cure which the founder of our science set out to achieve two centuries ago.

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