Individuals frequently refer to their dreams as wishes. Dreams frequently contain repressed fantasy and compensatory mechanisms for what the conscious person is unable to express. In some cases, a dream is the only guide to an individual’s inner turmoil. The interpretation of dreams to determine their underlying meanings is known as dream analysis. Dreams enable one to evaluate deeply hidden information that can aid in the discovery of the similimum in complex and suppressed cases.
A dream is a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
Humans dream for about two hours per night, with each dream lasting 5 to 20 minutes.
Among the possible explanations for dreams are:
- representing unconscious desires and wishes.
- interpreting random brain and body signals during sleep.
- consolidating and processing information gathered throughout the day.
- working as a form of psychotherapy.
For the solution of behavioural problems, Sigmund Freud proposed an unusual method known as psychoanalytic method. The psychoanalytic method involves the procedure of analysing unconscious behaviour, with dream analysis being one of the techniques.
Dream analysis: Dream analysis is a therapeutic technique that is best known for its application in psychoanalysis. According to Sigmund Freud, a dream is essentially a disguised fulfilment of desires that have been repressed during waking life. In dreams, repressed desires or experiences are symbolically released. Analysing these dreams can reveal the unconscious mind and thus get to the bottom of the abnormalities.
Dreams contain content that is both manifest and latent. Manifest content includes details from the dream as remembered by the dreamer. Latent content is the dream’s repressed, symbolic meaning. During dream analysis, the person in therapy shares the manifest content of the dream with the therapist. Following the extraction of specific symbols from manifest content, the therapist utilises free association to facilitate the exploration of repressed material.1
The homoeopathic system is a holistic medical system that is based on the individualization of the patient, taking into account both the mind and the body in the selection of similimum based on the Law of similia.
Kent has prioritised general symptoms because they always rule out disagreeing particulars.
Dreams are so closely related to mental state that a patient may say, “I dreamed last night;” this is a general state. Because the patient is predicating something about himself, it is general. According to Kent, “all sleep symptoms are important because they are closely related to the mind.” The mind merely dreamed, but the mind is man, and thus we see how important sleep and dreams become in the case of anamnesis.2
Dreams, according to Dr. M. L. Dhawale, are a highly charged emotional material. As a result, if we interpret dreams correctly, they should come after emotions in the classification of symptoms.
The study of dreams often reveals a hidden key to the remedy, because while sleeping, man is off guard, and his subconscious self can assert itself, and under such circumstances, the veil is often lifted a little, allowing us to comprehend the deep and hidden mysteries of the disordered life known as disease. Such dreams must be consistent and persistent in order to be valuable, and great care must be taken to eliminate the influence of all external influences.
To use dreams in analysis and evaluation, we must first investigate the patient’s life. Dreams of everyday events have little or no value because such dreams are common from childhood to old age.
Doctors have observed cases where a mental disease began with a dream and a delusion that began in a dream that has persisted.3
In footnote 10 under the aphorism 17 of 6th edition of Organon of Medicine, Hahnemann stated that “a warning dream, a superstitious fancy, or a solemn prediction that death would occur at a certain day, or at a certain hour, has not infrequently produced all the signs of beginning and increasing disease, of approaching death, and death itself at the hour announced, which could not happen without simultaneous production of the inward change.” 4
Hahnemann in Theory of Chronic Diseases, states that the fundamental causes of all the disease are chronic miasms. Psora, sycosis and syphilis are the three chronic miasms.
The miasmatic consideration is crucial for effective Homoeopathic remedy and potency selection in a given case. The similimum should be similar to the patient’s miasmatic state. The construction of the totality is the construction of the patient’s miasmatic state.
AIM: To assess the significance of dreams based on miasms.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Reverse repertorization of dreams of 14 polycrest remedies (Merc, phos, naja, lach, verat, plat, ars, nux vom, petr, nat mur, aur, calc, sulph, syph) using Complete Repertory by Roger van Zandvoort (CARA software) and classifying them into three miasms- Psora, sycosis and syphilis.5
|DREAMS as if in a
DREAMS amorous leucorrhoea with
DREAMS amorous pollutions with
DREAMS amorous pollutions with every second or third night
DREAMS animals of
DREAMS animals of anxious
DREAMS animals of cats
DREAMS animals of dogs
DREAMS animals of lice
DREAMS animals of vermin
DREAMS anxious midnight after
DREAMS anxious anxiety amelioration on waking
DREAMS anxious menses during
DREAMS anxious sleep falling asleep on
DREAMS anxious sleep siesta during
DREAMS anxious weeping during sleep with
DREAMS business of day of
DREAMS busy being
DREAMS cares full of
DREAMS child children about
DREAMS emotional causes from
DREAMS events previous day of
DREAMS excelling in mental work
DREAMS exertion from
DREAMS frightful waking him
DREAMS heard read talked or thought about
DREAMS invention full of
DREAMS mental exertion from
DREAMS pain about
DREAMS people of
DREAMS rousing the patient
DREAMS thirsty being
|DREAMS accidents of
DREAMS amorous erections with
DREAMS animals of biting him
DREAMS animals of cats pursuing him
DREAMS animals of dogs pursued by
DREAMS animals of pursued by
DREAMS animals of wild
DREAMS animals of worms creeping
DREAMS awake while
DREAMS body, body parts abdomen constricted as if
DREAMS business of
DREAMS business of absorbing
DREAMS business of accomplish cannot
DREAMS business of difficulties in
DREAMS calling out help for
DREAMS child children about beaten had been
DREAMS coition of
DREAMS continued waking after
Dreams continued going to sleep the former dream is
DREAMS crimes committed that he had
DREAMS difficulties of
DREAMS falling high places from
DREAMS ghost spectres
DREAMS lewd, lascivious voluptuous
DREAMS long object of same
DREAMS lying in bed with another person
DREAMS misfortune of
DREAMS nightmare people of crowd
DREAMS proving remedy
DREAMS quarrels strife
DREAMS remembered long while for a
DREAMS rousing the patient frequently
DREAMS stabbed fear dread of being
DREAMS sick people
DREAMS storm thunderstorm
DREAMS theft accused of being
DREAMS things fixed upon the same things dreams
DREAMS true seem on waking
DREAMS urinating of
DREAMS urinating sits on a chamber wets the bed
DREAMS vengeance of taking
DREAMS vivid images life like
DREAMS water danger from
DREAMS water sailing
DREAMS water sailing dangerous sailing in a small boat
|DREAMS accidents of fatal
DREAMS animals of pursued by wild
DREAMS animals of snake
DREAMS animals of pursued by
DREAMS another person lying with him
DEAMS beaten being
DREAMS body, body parts teeth falling out
DREAMS body, body parts teeth filling is falling out
DREAMS body, body parts teeth pulled out being
DREAMS casualties of
DREAMS confused place where he had been and people
DREAMS clairvoyant drunkenness during
DREAMS cutting seeing a person cut up
DREAMS dead bodies smell of
DREAMS dead people of
DREAMS death of
DREAMS death of relatives
DREAMS death of that he is to die
DREAMS fire blow on head after
DREAMS future events prophetic
DREAMS misfortune of impending
DREAMS meditation with
DREAMS murdered of being
DREAMS piercing bodies of her children together
DREAMS periodical second night every
DREAMS poisoned of being
DREAMS pursued of being
DREAMS rape that he has committed
DREAMS remorse of
DREAMS remorse of past mistakes for
DREAMS reproaches himself
DREAMS stab others will
DREAMS swallowing pins
DREAMS unfortunate events
According to the above study, dreams were produced in provers during drug proving. Dreams provide insight into one’s mental state because they reflect unconscious drives and aspirations. The deranged vital principle disrupts the patient’s will and causes him to have troublesome dreams that are actually mental states. The perverted deranged vital principle is caused by the action of miasms on the organism, and it can only be removed by a power similar to it, which is the medicinal force, and this will be true healing.
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- Kent J.T. Lectures on homoeopathic philosophy. 18th impression. Noida: B. Jain Publishers (P) Ltd; 2018.
- Patel RP. The art of case taking and practical repertorization in Homoeopathy. 6th ed. 1998.
- Hahnemann S. Organon of medicine. 6th ed. New Delhi: B Jain Publishers; 2012.
- Complete Repertory by Roger van Zandvoort (CARA software).
PG Scholar,Department of Organon of Medicine with Homeopathic Philosophy,
Government Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Bengaluru.