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Why do we need to repertorize the patient's rubrics ?

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Dear Friends,

In Homeopathic system of treatment, we have to select a proper indicated remedy covering majority of the symptoms in each individual case, so it is necessary or required to match the symptoms of the patient with a Homeopathic remedy. You can call this confirmation of the chosen/selected remedy with the present totality of symptoms in a case. This is called "Similimum".

It is not possible to give or prescribe a Homeopathic medicine with curative results, unless it is based on the objective and subjective symptoms recorded during a case taking or expressed by the person requiring homeopathic treatment. We should adhere to the procedure of case taking and recording according to the instructions given to us by our master Dr Hahnemann. A proper case taking not only gives a homeopath a real picture of external and internal illness, but also leads to a proper indicated homeopathic remedy.

Repertorisation also cut short studying of the whole Materia Medica for matching the symptoms of a patients with homeopathic medicines and thus saving time. As for example in a case of headache or pain in the head, the onset, location. sensation, modalities and concomitants directly leads to the selection of a remedy most suitable for the current illness or group of symptoms (first prescription). Sometimes we need to repertorise again for the remaining symptoms, which are not covered by the first leading remedy and thus the second indicated remedy (must be complimentary and not inimical) is presribed (second Prescription).

I always find repertories very helpful, even in acute cases, which immidiately leads me to a group of certain indicated remedies, leaving all confusions and saving time.

After 8 years of hard work and continuous assesments of many thousands of cases, I developed my own Homeopathic Card Repertory, consiting of 3000 main rubrics from Dr Kent's Repertory in easy alphabetical order with 400 most used homeopathic remedies. This second largest card repertory was released by then President of India at President House, New Delhi -India on 25th May 1985.

I would like to assist anyone in the need of any information on homepathic repertories or Homeopathic Computer softwares, as we have our own EDU Homeopathy software with more than 100 homeopathic books, 1000 essays and complete case taking, repertorisation and patients records and management etc.

With best wishes,
Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma
Principal, Hahnemann College of Homeopathy

Well!With ever growing number of proven remedies in Homeopathic Materia Medica, to select a similimum, according to the principles laid down by our master, one sure needs the help of a good Repertory. Am sure no one can remember all the symptoms of remedies to match with the symptoms of a patient.
Thanks Dr Shashi Mohan Sharma for providing good information. Repertories and Software are very helpful in reaching the single medicine. The best repertory, i believe, is the self made repertory and one can use it with full confidence as it is based its own practice/experience.

However, the software and repertories are only guiding tools and it is the homeopath who finally decides what to prescribe.

The most matching single remedy ( to be prescribed by a homeopath for patient) is just like a "Mount Everest Top". The rubrics are the tools and the symptoms are the mile stones.
Respected sir,

Repertrorization is the important process to arrive the right remedy. there are many reaons the one which is very important that i feel is, "new clinical provings are added to repertory (not to materia medica), new rubrics are added, and the gradation of the drugs are ever changing with each editions of modern repertories and software. If we are not using repertories we may miss these gold mine of clinical proving".(Clinical provings are very important to know the curative effect of drugs)

The final court, that previously told to every homoeopath - was Materia Medica, but the modern repertories are effectively replaced this - now THE FINAL COURT IS REPERTORY - hence new symptoms (clinical provings) and drugs are added to repertory only not to the Materia Medical.
Dear Mr Noor,
I am glad to read your comments. I wish yo all the best.
Dr Sharma
well said dr pavalan,but the clinically proved symptoms are not as much as reliable as symptoms explained in materia medica,
b/c clinically proved symptoms are derived after giving the medicine
which is selected according to the well proved symptoms, so clinical symptoms may
act as aid in selection of medicine.
but i agree what u said is correct
but as we know each and every case is new one, we have to accept every possible means

Repertorising is the skill of finding rubrics that accurately encapsulate the individual symptomology expressed by the patient, in the repertory.One can realise its vast extent by reading 138 printed pages on (remedy) Sulphur in the Encyclopaedia or 90 pages on (remedy) Lachesis in Herings Guiding Symptoms. It requires tremendous study, experience and insight to see some order in the maze of such a collection of symptoms.'

To help with this problem James Tyler Kent, and his student Dr Tyler, taught homeopathic Matera Medica by portraying remedies as 'remedy pictures', 'symptom picture' or 'drug pictures'. It was Kent who also provided us with the 'repertory'; a systematic listing of symptoms with the remedies. Although there are several different repertories, it is still Kent's that is best known and his repertory is laid out in a hierarchy that is maintained even today in the best known modern repertories. The main alternative to Kent's way of setting out a repertory is those set out alphabetically, Synthesis, Allen's, or Murphy's repertories for example. A good knowledge of Matera Medica is half the battle, the other half is won through careful casetaking and familiarity with the repertory. Whichever repertory is used, and whichever the method of repertorising, the same symptoms have the same remedies, it's just different ways of accessing the same information.
About two hundred years ago at the outset of homeopathic practice there were relatively few remedies and their attributes were known off by heart, but as their number has increased over the years into the thousands only those with the most Encylopaedic memories could efficiently retain that much information.
Prof Dr Debasish Kundu
Executive Editor, Holistic Medical Hylite International

Why do we need to Repertorize the patient's rubrics ?

I have a different perspective on it. My idea is that when medicines were proved, symptoms were produced. The prover grouped similar symptoms and try to find the name of disease that has that group of similar symptoms and where they don't find the name of disease, they wrote symptoms individually. (I may be wrong in my idea.... Although that idea has no link with my practice that I do in the same manner as others do :) )

Let's take an example of china. The produced symptoms during proving of china were recorded were some how similar to malaria (disease) symptom and Hahnemann very widely used china in the treatment of malaraia.

Why we need rubrics? The reason is we don’t know the name of disease of the patient because patient is giving you wide variety of symptoms are all symptoms which are not matched with any specific single disease. Therefore, we base our prescription on the basis of available rubrics. If these rubrics do matched with any disease (which is mostly not possible) then we have to base our prescription on disease.

May be you will call me fool but never mind….. :D


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