“CONCOMITANT SYMPTOMS IN MALARIAL FEVER – A REPERTORIAL APPROACH”
BRIEF RESUME OF THE INTENDED WORK
6.1. NEED FOR THE STUDY
The Concomitant symptom is to the totality what the condition of aggravation or amelioration is to the single symptom.
The father of Homoeopathy Dr. Samuel Hahnemann taught that “not the disease but the diseased individual” and recognized the individual symptoms in every case of illness. He put forward the concept of individualization in the treatment of the sick. Individualization is the keynote of homoeopathic prescribing and healing the sickness of whole man to health is our mission. In Section 153 of Organon of Medicine Dr. Samuel Hahnemann tells us the clue to artistic prescribing. There he writes “In search for a homeopathic specific remedy … the more striking, singular uncommon and peculiar signs and symptoms ….chiefly and most solely to be kept in view.”
Knowledge of the true nature and constitution of a symptom is necessary in the examination of a patient, in the study of the material medica and in the selection and management of the indicated remedy.
In general, a symptom is any evidence of disease, or change from a state of health. Hahnemann defines symptoms broadly as, "any manifestation of a deviation from a former state of health, perceptible by the patient, the individuals around him, or the physician."
Boenninghausen was a close follower of Hahnemann and was gifted with a keen analytical mind. He accepted the following fundamental as pronounced by Hahnemann:
Nothing can be known of a disease except through symptoms.
It is the patient who is sick not his parts.
Symptoms are the only unfailing guide to the selection of the remedy.
Homoeopathic selection of medicine should be based on totality of the case.
To Boenninghausen totality is the true diagnosis of the disease and at the same time diagnosis of the remedy. He proceeded on the hypothesis that this totality was not only the sum total of symptoms, but was itself one grand symptom — the symptom of the patient. He asserted that a symptom would be considered as complete when it is studied in relation to the following factors: Location, Sensation, Modality and Concomitant.
Dr. Boenninghausen considered the concomitant symptom a very important aspect of the totality. He asserted that concomitant symptom helps to select the correct similimum.
Homeopathy is a tremendous weapon against fever and its causes. Treatment of fever by homoeopathy have always been looked at as the most pure and efficient form of a patient convalescing for the better. Homoeopathic medicine and its impression upon an individual can never have its harms of side effects of supplementary illnesses. Unlike the factory processed medicines utilized for other modes of treatment. Homoeopathy for fever instills a long term judgment moving in a slow pace. And peculiar symptoms prove beneficial in selecting the best similimum in fever cases. Fever with thirst is a common accompaniment but fever with thirst for small quantity of water at frequent interval is extraordinary. Hence it becomes concomitant. Another example is fever with coldness of body.