Creating Waves of Awareness
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
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