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Understanding the Rubrics:

Conflict between higher consciousness & worldly existence: Hydrogen

First we will study the dictionary meanings of few words of this rubric.
Conflict means - 1 [Obs.] to fight; battle; contend
2 to be antagonistic, incompatible, or contradictory; be in opposition; clash! Ideas that conflict"
1 a fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
2 sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash
3 emotional disturbance resulting from a clash of opposing impulses or from an inability to reconcile impulses with realistic or moral considerations
4 [Rare] collision of moving bodies

SYN.—conflict refers to a sharp disagreement or collision as in interests or ideas and emphasizes the process rather than the end [the conflict over slavery]; fight, a rather general word for any contest, struggle, or quarrel, stresses physical or hand-to-hand combat; struggle implies great effort or violent exertion, physical or otherwise [the struggle for existence]; contention most frequently applies to heated verbal strife, or dispute [religious contention broke out]; contest refers to a struggle, either friendly or hostile, for supremacy in some matter [athletic contests, a contest of wits]

Consciousness means – 1 the state of being conscious; awareness of one's own feelings, what is happening around one, etc.
2 the totality of one's thoughts, feelings, and impressions; conscious mind

Existence means – 1 the act of existing; state or fact of being
2 continuance of being; life; living
3 occurrence; specific manifestation
4 a manner of existing, being, or living! Derelicts have a poor existence"
5 a being; entity; thing that exists

Worldly – 1 of or limited to this world; temporal or secular
2 devoted to or concerned with the affairs, pleasures, etc. of this world:
3 worldly-wise; sophisticated

So, now if you will understand the meaning of the whole rubric, it shows: There is a conflict in the persons mind regarding his physical & metaphysical existence or in a simple language the material & dynamic aspect of the human being. He is in a confused state regarding his physical existence on this earth & at the same time the spiritual – dynamic aspect of him in this universe.

Let me explain a case:
This is a case of Eczema which I was not able to understand seven years back. The Patient’s version was:
Doctor, I am in a confused state. Number of times, I feel whether I am a part of this universe or not. My thoughts never get coped with the people of this world. Sometimes, I feel who I am? I am embarrassed because of these thoughts. Every human being is part of the Spirit & I thank he should be.
He goes on discussing number of things continuously like a Loquacious person.
I made a mistake of prescribing him Sulphur because at that time I was not knowing this Rubric because rest of the rubrics are common in both remedies i.e. Hydrogen & Sulphur. Ultimately, I never cot a perfect similimum & I have to reconsider this case for 2-3 times to get cured.

1. Conflict between higher consciousness & worldly existence
2. Egotism
3. Theorizing
4. Embarrassment
5. Philosophy, Ability for
6. Loquacity

Result of Repertorisation:

1. Hydrogen 6/6
2. Sulphur 8/5
3. Lachesis 9/4

So, if I would have prescribed this perfect similimum Hydrogen as a first prescription, I might not have to reconsider the case.
This is the importance of perfect similimum & perceiving the right rubric.
Thank You!

Dr Prasad Rasal,

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It is good to learn the commonalities between Hydrogen, Sulphur and Lachesis and that all of these are 'loquacious'. Something to remember.

I like to hear the person's own words and feelings. It appears this is an issue of that concerns confusion of identity.
ECZEMA CASE: Doctor, I am in a confused state. Number of times, I feel whether I am a part of this universe or not. My thoughts never get coped with the people of this world. Sometimes, I feel who I am? I am embarrassed because of these thoughts. Every human being is part of the Spirit & I thank he should be.

The issue for sulphur is not whether they are part of this universe, is it?
Does the sulphur personality "Know who they are"?
I can see how you might consider sulphur as philosophizing and talks about spirit.

Please tell the result on the eczema?
Dear Debby,
this person went on talking a lot about the Philosophical terminologies like : As a human being, one should do that & number of. Total case was of 90min. So it was very difficult to write each & every sentence. I used to consider the rubric when the similar sentences or attitude expresses in a case repeatedly. That's why Philosophy, Ability for...
Eczema was partially better under the effect of Sulphur but I have to do retake 3 times as per Hahnemannian method of prescribing in Organon i.e. when partially similar remedy is used. Ultimately, it was cured with sequentially 3 polychrests.
Can you further elaborate on this reply? What polychrests were used and how did you determine which and when to use them?

Are you saying that when this person repeated certain phrases you considered that as an expression; and also as emphasis about his view of life. Does this expression, "one must do or one should this or that.." indicate a certain mindset? How can we translate this into a rubric, please?

Feels obligated or guilty or that one is not doing his duty?
Understanding the Rubrics

Dear Dr Debby, as per your reply I am trying to explain how I use to consider the Rubrics from Patient’s version.
Whenever a patient comes to us, he is in a diseased state. So, naturally whatever he utters & his expressions, tone of discussion during that state is his state of disposition & mind. I use to concentrate on the same & try to convert it in to the Rubrics because Dr Samuel Hahnemann defined the Law of Similars as:
A drug capable of producing in a healthy individual a diseased state exactly similar to that observed in a diseased individual acts as a curative agent if the disease is in a curable state.

He has specifically used the word Diseased State & not the symptoms or disease.

Why the State of disposition & mind?
Because our master Dr Samuel Hahnemann explained it in the 6th edition of Organon of Medicine, in
§ 211: This holds good to such an extent, that the state of the disposition of the patient often chiefly determines the selection of the homoeopathic remedy, as being a decidedly characteristic symptom which can least of all remain concealed from the accurately observing physician.

So, what is a state?
State is nothing but the Individuality expressed thro’ symptoms, words, language, tone, emotions & body language etc.
For e.g. Person’s version (Sentence): How are you?
“How are you?” can be asked with different tones & expressions like Sympathetic, Curious, Dominating, Vindictive etc. So, “how are you” words are not important but the man behind these words is important. So, state expresses with the help of the words which we have to find it out thro’ unprejudiced observation, sound senses, keen observation & fidelity in tracing the picture of the disease. This captured diseased state of the individual we have to repertories to get the Perfect Similimum.

Now we will turn towards the rubric:
Philosophy, Ability for: At first we will understand the meaning of the words.

Philosophy means:
1 [Archaic] love of, or the search for, wisdom or knowledge
2 theory or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe: included in philosophy are ethics, aesthetics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc.
3 the general principles or laws of a field of knowledge, activity, etc.! The philosophy of economics"
4 a) a particular system of principles for the conduct of life b) a treatise covering such a system
5 a study of human morals, character, and behavior
6 mental balance or composure thought of as resulting from the study of philosophy

Ability means:
1 a being able; power to do (something physical or mental)
2 skill, expertness, or talent

So, the complete meaning of the rubric is: These people have the ability to explain each & everything with the help of certain social principles. For every discussion they used to take the help of those principles.
Common versions of those people’s discussion are:
1. Doctor, don’t you feel that his/ her behavior is not like social norms? Actually, one should behave like normal social norms. He/she should consider how to behave in the society.
2. Doctor, my brother doesn’t understand how to behave with the parents. His behavior is absolutely wrong. He must respect the parents.
3. Every doctor should do ethical medical practice. They should not cheat their patients. But now a day, we never get such type of peoples.
4. I use to follow all human ethics. Generally, I never trouble anyone without reason. Even anyone troubles me I use to consider that this might be a tendency of that individual. Ultimately, every human being is having a different nature.
So, people go on discussing in such a way that we can easily understand their philosophical ability.

I generally never come to conclusion of the rubric with a single version. If we get similar version 2 or more time in a case, we get confirmation about the state of the individual & then we must consider that rubric.

Thank You!
This explanation was very helpful.
As is clear from this and many discussions, what someone hears from the client can be interpretted in various ways and lead to a wide variety of remedy possibilities.. Has anyone ever recommened a team approach, like the case studies you see on TV like House where they discuss the various symptoms a patient has? In the difficult case we have that may be called schizophrenia.. the underlying feeling are one of resentment, being cheated, left out, left behind, not respected, with unfullfilled dreams and perhaps a victum of sexual abuse. Lots of issues but the primary issue is feeling cheated and betrayed. Your thoughts?
It is wonderful to confer, discuss, get advise and agree on a protocol approach.
Dear Joseph Conti,
Many thanks for a very nice & thoughtful responce to my writing. I am totally agree with your concept of feeling of the person in spite of different cause. Because INDIVIDUALITY get expressed thro' individual's feelings naturally. Even though CAUSE might be same, DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS respond in a DIFFERENT WAY to such a situation. So, we have to take in to consideration how a person reacts & presents himself while finding out a SIMILIMUM.
The same thing I have explained while explaining the Rubric that "Please, don't interprit directly but infact perceive how that individual is expressing & repertorise. If one statrs interpreting others, he comes out with his OWN REMEDY."

Gud evening and wish u Peace.

I just wanted a small clarification regarding the use of sulphur, where concurrent water intake after the dose result on to any adverse effects, if so then what may be the probable cause.


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