I know how confusing it can be to read a remedy description that you cannot relate to. Especially when you have been told that a remedy will be chosen for you that matches your symptoms on a physical, mental and emotional level. While this is the ultimate aim and is generally the case, sometimes a remedy will have key aspects that match the most uncomfortable symptoms (that we need to focus on and resolve first), or an unusual symptom that you have is a major indicator of a specific remedy. Sometimes, the remedy is chosen using understanding of remedy 'families' and a broader perspective of you, your symptoms and what is impacting on your life at this time.
To choose your remedy, along with using the information and techniques gained in four year's study of homeopathy, I usually will look at 4 to 5 books and often use specialised homeopathic software. There is no one place I can quickly refer to for a 'complete' picture of a remedy - unless I am using remedies for a specific, often acute, purpose (e.g. first aid, birthing) and in this instance the remedy will have been condensed into a paragraph of symptoms that may apply in this instance.
The quote, "backward mentally and physically... dwarfish..."(1) stood out to me when I googled the remedy my homeopath had given me the first time I saw her. "Is this how she sees me?!" I thought. But now I know that she chose that remedy as it is a specific for chronically swollen glands (and the shyness that may be seen in the remedy is an aspect of my mental/emotional picture).
Online remedy pictures frequently contain much conflicting information and are often written using very negative language. I'm sometimes concerned when I have given a client Calc carb for e.g. to address fears about starting a course, worrying if she will be embarrassed by her lack of knowledge and about how her family will cope while she studies - along with a myriad of other details and concerns identified at an initial consultation (a made up example). How will she feel if she reads this description? "... they may resemble a beached whale, unfit for terrestrial life – overweight, flabby, lacking muscle tone, awkward and clumsy, with weak joints, bones unable to bear their weight..." (2)
A full description of all of the possible presentations of Calc carb is very helpful to homeopaths, but not so helpful for a client seeking understanding about a remedy that they've been given. In fact, in an ideal world, it would probably be best not to look up your remedy - but I completely understand the impulse. When a client is interested and would like to know more about their remedy, I include a summary of the main points of why I've chosen it for them - and I'm always happy to answer any questions.
(1) ABC Homeopathy, http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Bar-c
(2) Included in the description for Calc carb by the British Homeopathic Association on their website