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Homeopathic Modalities

Modalities are listings of what makes you feel better or feel worse. For instance, Bryonia will list the modality of worse with motion, whereas Rhus tox will list the modality of worse with inactivity. This also relates to the modality of worse in morning. Rhus tox people will feel worse in the morning after a night of laying still and allowing joints to stiffen. Learning the leading characteristics and keynotes of the basic remedies listed here will help when looking for the correct remedy to treat your family for first-aid and seasonal disorders. For instance, when you see a family member with a fever, or an illness showing red, e.g. red ears, you will think of the keynote symptom of the remedy Belladonna. From

Remedy Modalities in Homeopathy

are one of the most important aspects for choosing a remedy.
They are essential criterion that enables us to decide between remedies.
Modalities are the modifying and qualifying factors of a remedy,
i.e. what makes someone's symptoms:Better or ameliorated from (using the symbol " > " or abbreviation 'amel')
Worse or aggravated from (using the symbol " < " or abbreviation 'agg.')
May apply to weather, movement, activity, time etc.
- sides and nature and frequency of symptoms;
- colour and consistency of discharges,
- the patient's sensations, mood, condition;
- plus desires and aversions, to foods, thirst, etc
Modalities are used whether for an acute or a chronic case.
From the moment you learn the first remedy, you learn its modalities. A good knowledge of remedies will help in deciding which questions to ask and what signs to look for if the patient doesn't provide enough modalities automatically.
When you read the materia medica pay special attention to the the modalities as they are often what differentiates between the remedies that are close contenders for prescription

Homeopathic Definition

- a condition that makes a person or their symptom better or worse. For example, better in a hot bath, abdominal pain better bending over, worse rainy weather, etc. Modalities are one of the parts of a complete symptom.

Modalities - Fun and Frustrating

What makes homeopathy unique and powerful?  The analytic art of defining symptoms when selecting the remedy to match the ailment and patient.  Defining the where, when and most of all what effects symptoms, is critical.  Sounds weird? Consider your last flu. Were you bundled up tight (better for warmth) or throwing off the covers?  When "proving" a substance to see what a remedy is capable of treating (like cures like), doctors noticed a  strong trend in most remedies for hot or cold (better with or worse for), fresh air or aversion to it, motion or staying still, eating or fasting, etc. In applying the remedies, these "modalities" were usually the pointers toward success.

For general elixers, homeopathic combinations like Headache #33 group single remedies for their ability to treat a variety of related ailments in hopes that one of the "single remedy" ingredients will address each user's particular needs.   When you are ready to break into the exciting world of homeopathic "singles," i.e., finding the one remedy that has the greatest healing potential for your case, you have to say more than, "it hurts."  File through your symptoms.  Classify them.  Find out where it is (locality), what it feels like (sensation), when it happens (times), what triggers it (causation), and sometimes most importantly, what makes it feel worse and what makes it better (modalities).

Knowing your modalities can shorten your reading list by half or more.  For instance, if joint pain is better with motion, rule out remedies like Bryonia which is always worse with motion, and give an extra strong mark to Rhus tox which got its nickname the rusty gate remedy by its ability to relieve stiff joints that feel better with gentle motion. They also let you clue in quickly to likely solutions. A Hepar sulph anything wants to be bundled up. A Ledum wound is cold to the touch and feels better with cold applied. An Apis sting is burning hot and also craves cold. As you get to know a few of the main "polycrest" remedies, these individual traits make more sense. For instance, remedies that help with low overall vitality tend to be chilly and need warmth, high vitality are hot and need cooling. 

Getting familiar with the nuances of a remedy may start out frustrating, but becomes fun, fascinating and very useful. The insight they lend you will will soon impress your friends, too.  Next time your outgoing friend complains about her nervous pressing headache, tell her she needs to eat something (Phosphorus). A Pulsatillas headache? Open the window (craves fresh air).  A hot tempered pal with a throbbing headache? Offer some Belladonna.

One more thing, if you pick up an advanced materia medica and see greater than, less than symbols everywhere, those are the modalities.  Less than < equals worse for and greater than > better for. On the keynotes listings in our catalogues we always spell them out.  You can order a free one anytime. Good luck!


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