The basic task of the patient is to report to the prescriber every deviation from natural function not only on the physical level, but also on mental and emotional levels irrespective of the disease. The symptoms which are of importance to the homeopath are, for example, specific anxieties, fears, depression, lack of self-confidence, irritability, nervousness, impatience, laziness, memory troubles, inability to concentrate, tolerance to heat, cold, sun, weather changes, closed rooms, clothing, sexual desire, satisfaction, quality of sleep, position of sleep, dreams, particular food cravings, aversions etc.
Even small observations, which seem insignificant from an allopathic standpoint, may well be crucial from the homeopathic perspective-particularly if it is something, which has meaning to the patient. For example, suppose a patient has been found by allopathic doctors to be suffering from peptic ulcer. He is used to spending the entire consultation discussing details about his bowel habits. A homeopath is also interested in this information but only to a certain extent, of course, but much more time will be spent on other aspects of the patient’s life. To the homeopath the most useful information might be that the patient is often anxious particularly about the future, is easily started by sudden noises, can fall asleep only while lying on the right side, and has a strong craving for salt. Such pieces of information are irrelevant in the allopathic context, but they lead directly to the curative medicine in the homeopathic setting.