Homeopathic treatment is determined by looking at the whole patient as a unique individual rather than categorizing his or her illness based on symptoms that are similar to those of other patients. According to homeopathic thought, the body's symptoms of illness are an expression of the body trying to heal itself and should not be suppressed. This individual expression of symptoms is of utmost importance in determining homeopathic prescriptions, since the remedy must perfectly match the symptoms.The first step in homeopathic treatment is obtaining information about the disease, or taking the case. One has to be observant and objective. Words used by the patient are generally better indicators of the symptoms, so it is better not to interpret, but to note down the same words.