Lets imagine if you are sitting at a public place and around you there are lot of people moving around. Start observing each one of them and you will find that everyone is presenting or behaving in a different manner. It is not only the looks or appearance which make them different but also the way they walk, talk, and if someone says anything to them then how they react or express their emotions; there can be major or minor difference in identical twins also and that make them an individual, which is the basis of homeopathy.

Nowadays, “Psychological causations are prominent and so mental adaptation will almost always precede physical adaptation.” Usually mere observation can help to understand the mental state, even without the patient saying anything. Such observation is useful to elicit physical symptoms too, but its use is more limited.

To begin with first lets talk about the physical symptoms, and understand its relationship with mental symptoms with the help of some examples:

  • In a diseased person the presentation or the symptomatology of the ailment becomes somewhat similar to the personality or attitude of a person. For example:   An aggressive or a short tempered person, suffers with an acute fever and the fever may appear suddenly with high temperature. Now here, the sudden onset is a mark of fast reaction to external stimuli where as high fever to the aggressiveness of the person.So, sometimes to understand the physical characteristics, mental state of the person can be of help.
  • Homeopathic remedy such as in China (Cinchona officinalis), the characteristic feature is lack of fluids causing weakness. The whole physical state of China is an adaptation to the situation which has arisen from lack of fluids. Physical symptoms can be desire to rest, decreased appetite, increased thirst. Where as,  China’s mental state can be indolence (laziness), with feeling of persecution, imaginative and planning. Now here, the weakness in the body with inability or unwillingness to move is connected with the indolence in the mind. If we study homeopathic remedy, we find a strong connection between the physical and mental states.
  • Another example can be of pain experienced during an illness. Lot of people must have experienced varies degree of pain but someone suffering with tonsillitis and not complaining of any pain can be difficult to accept. But if we look into the mental symptoms, then there can be “indifference to sufferings and does not complain” and all the doubts are solved.

But sometimes, it becomes too difficult to capture the picture of mind like a person who is too intellect or denies to portray his inner self. In these cases, physical symptoms have to be relied upon and later the person comes out himself with his inner feelings.

It usually depends upon the homeopathic physician, when to consider the mental state or the physical state of a diseased person. Both are like doors of the same room or one can say sides of a coin. It entirely depends upon the physician which side to look and the wise man is the one who chooses to look at both the sides.