Homeopathy 2003; 92(02): 77-83
DOI: 10.1016/s1475-4916-03-00005-5
Original Paper
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2003

Homeopathic remedies as metaphors in family therapy. A narrative-based approach to homeopathy

M Konitzer
1  Department of General Practice, Medical School of Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, Hannover, Germany
A Renée
2  Technical Language Center, University of Hannover, Welfengarten 1, Hannover, Germany
T Doering
1  Department of General Practice, Medical School of Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, Hannover, Germany
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Publication History

Received05 August 2002
revised29 October 2002

accepted11 November 2002

Publication Date:
27 December 2017 (online)


Objective: To examine a metaphorical, narrative model to explain the outcome of an homeopathic encounter involving the patient, practitioner and the homeopathic medicine.

Material and Methods: The transcript of a videotaped doctor–patient interaction from a European doctor–patient communication study (EUROCOM) was analysed using qualitative methods.

Results: Analysis demonstrates a narrative relationship between the protagonists in the therapeutic interaction, with the homeopathic medicine performing a metaphorical role.

Discussion: The results justify further investigation of the narrative and metaphorical properties of the therapeutic encounter in homeopathy.

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