Homeopathic remedies are chosen according to a detailed list of symptoms sometimes called a “symptom picture.” These lists are developed through provings
Some of these symptom pictures are extremely detailed, and may include, besides physical symptoms, details of psychology and lifestyle. According to homeopathic theory, the better the overall “fit” between a person and a remedy’s symptom picture, the better the remedy should work.
For example, the homeopathic remedy Sulfur is said to be useful for people who have red lips, stooped posture, and a tendency toward untidiness in personal affairs. A small selection of other traditional characteristics of this remedy include mid-morning hunger, and a tendency for increased discomfort of whatever physical symptoms they may be experiencing after exposure to cold air or motion, and between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
To be scientifically rigorous, the provings that lead to these symptom pictures should be
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Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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