Psychology is a science of the nature and functions of the human soul and mind. Psychologists seek to discover how the human mind works through experiments and studies. Through determining the workings of the mind, they can help understand the workings of the body in relation to it.

Psychology can play a vital role in determining the homeopathic treatment of a patient. Analytical Psychology and Homeopathy both take into consideration the defense mechanisms of the organs and the mental symptoms. Both acknowledge the importance of defense mechanisms in maintaining a certain energy, and in blocking energy in the body and the mind. The release of unhealthy defense mechanisms by a slow ‘working through’ enhances the patient’s mental and physical energy, re-establishing the vital force by regulating the homeostatic of being and mind. As Dr. Trevor Cook says:

‘Research indicates that feelings and experiences change us even at a cellular level. Mind and body constantly interact and influences one another. Physicians therefore must be conversant with biological, psychological and sociological factors, since holistic medicine accepts that all these systems influence one another.’

Humanistic psychology

Humanistic psychology looks at the human spirit and studies the values, intentions and meaning as elements of a conscious existence. Behavioural and social sciences influence a persons mind and spirit. It is helpful to have an understanding of these influences when practising holistic medicine. Humanistic psychology will help with holistic medicine, as healing the mind is as important as healing the body.

Studies have shown that humanistic psychology acknowledges the mind is strongly influenced by determining forces in society and in the unconscious, and that some of these are negative and destructive. Humanistic psychology nevertheless emphasizes the independent dignity and worth of human beings and their conscious capacity to develop personal competence and self respect. This value orientation has led to the development of therapies to facilitate personal and interpersonal skills and to enhance the quality of life.

Color psychology

Color psychology looks at colors and their subliminal meanings. It is said that you can find out a lot about a person based on the colors they wear or like and the colors they will pick in certain situations. Therefore, color psychology an alternative medicine in the sense that through several tests involving color it will be possible to determine someone’s instinctual feelings on a topic as well as providing a character analysis.

Homeopaths use color psychology to determine a patient’s reaction to situations and therefore their character. A vital part of homeopathic treatment is to discover the nature of the patient so the correct natural remedies can be chosen. Homeopath Dr Brian Kaplan uses the art of homeopathic conversation and makes connections with color psychology to determine the appropriate homeopathic remedies for the patient.