Portraits of Homoeopathic Medicines- Psychophysical Analyses of Selected Constitutional Types- Volume 2
Catherine R. Coulter
The archetypal approach, wherein the physician prescribing constitutionally must address features that lie beneath the surface of the physical and mental symptoms and direct himself to a patient's unconscious impulses, drives, and deepest life challenges, ...Read More
archetypal approach, wherein the physician prescribing constitutionally must
address features that lie beneath the surface of the physical and mental
symptoms and direct himself to a patient's unconscious impulses, drives, and
deepest life challenges, is one way of arriving at this larger understanding.
Only by sensing the whole world of a given remedy—both its destructive aspects
(in illness) and its creative ones (in health), both its weaknesses or imbalances
(which are necessarily emphasized in the "provings") and its actual
or potential strengths (as observed in clinical practice)—can the physician
avoid the pitfall of reducing homoeopathic personality types to limited and,
therefore, misleading generalizations.
portraits will attempt, through an analysis of archetypal characteristics and
situations, to dispel the reductionist pictures that adhere to certain
remedies; also to demonstrate (as, for example, in Aurum Metallicum) how the
"world" of a remedy can be conjured up by establishing meaningful correspondences
between the medicines' properties and the knowable universe.
Investigating the spiritual dimensions of the
remedies in the materia medica is but an extension of the conviction, long held
by physicians adhering to the law of similars, that the spirit of medicinal
substances and the spirit that animates man, nature, and God are of the same
essence ("For what is outside man is also inside, and what is not outside
is not inside. The homoeopathic physician thus finds himself caught up in a
dual process. Infinity of substances, each one of which contains locked within
itself unique medicinal powers just waiting to be recognized through
"provings" and understood through clinical cures.
comparative approach, by its very nature, does not permit the same depth of
analysis as an individual archetypal portrait. Furthermore, the comparative
materia medica approach provides an excellent format for the homoeopath to
organize his straggling (because ever increasing) personal observations and
elucidate his clinical experience.
exist a number of polychrests which, while undeniably protean in action,
possess less colorful personalities than their more eminent brethren. In fact,
even after having performed noble service, they exhibit the tendency to slide,
eel like, back into typological obscurity. Causticum is such a one, and
Graphites is another. To assume that these remedies do not possess
individuality is, however, to err. Their full pictures may have remained
obscure, but one has merely to observe a sufficient number of favorable returns
in constitutional prescribing and extrapolate from these the reiterated
behavioural and emotional patterns for a remedy’s archetypal, “eternal”
verities to emerge.
book fulfills the same motive of reflecting the personalities of the medicines
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Catherine R. Coulter
Catherine Coulter was born on January 21st 1934 in London, England. She died Feb 24 2014 at the age of 80.Ms. Coulter practiced classical homeopathy half time since 1961, full time since 1974. She taught since 1975, mainly in the United States using the preceptorship method, working only in conjunction with licensed practitioners. She was affiliated with the National Center of Homoeopathy and the Summer School Course for Physicians. (Lecturer on Materia Medica 1977 - 1988)Ms. Coulter penned... Read More