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Watch the 4 videos below
to discover the essential features of
the latest version Homeorep 2.1
Prescribing on a single but complete symptom ?
Many teachers of Homeopathy, be it those attracted by Kent’s approach or strict followers of Hahnemann, insist on the idea that a case must be thoroughly taken. In practice this cannot always be achieved. For many possible reasons, the symptoms are too few. With the use of Boenninghausen’s repertory, a selection of possibly indicated remedies is given even if one single symptom is available. We do not want to talk here of symptoms that are keynotes and point strongly to a remedy, but of the almost innumerable ones that are observed in daily practice and will not be found anywhere in the homeopathic literature.
The Boenninghausen’s Method is Hahnemann’s inductive method carried on to its ultimate.
The rubrics of the Therapeutic Pocket Book are not symptoms but elements of symptoms: localisations, sensations and complaints, modalities. Boenninghausen must had collected a host of proving and clinical symptoms which he cut into pieces almost in a mathematical way to build his repertory, The result is a masterpiece. An archetypal image of the Materia Medica. The genius of each remedy, which one could bear in mind only during a short time after reading its symptoms line after line, has been crystallized.
This repertory encompasses through the combinations of its rubrics not only the symptoms with which it was built but also an almost countless number of virtual symptoms whose reliability depends on the grades of the remedies in the rubrics used to build the symptom. The higher the grades the higher the probability this symptom composed by combination pertains actually to the remedy. If one of the elements of your symptom has a grade 1 or 2, it is necessary to check in which combinations this element of symptom appears in the Materia Medica. If this element is a localisation (for example), one expects it to be combined with very few different sensations and modalities. But if all elements of your symptom have a grade 3 or 4 in the repertory, it may be assumed with some confidence that the recombined symptom pertains actually to the remedy. In these cases checking the Materia Medica is not so mandatory but remains as always strongly recommended.
Let’s take the following symptom (from a cured case) :
When rising from bed in the morning, pain of the back “as if broken all over”, mainly in the thoracic part.
You have this symptom and nothing else: can the Therapeutic Pocket Book give a first hint ?
We shall next repertorise with a more detailed picture:
- When rising from bed in the morning, pain of the back “as if broken all over”, mainly in the thoracic part.
- Bad sleep the whole night. A sense of hearing all the sounds around her during sleep.
- Starts after falling asleep because she dreams that she is falling and tries to catch up.
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The remedy which cured the case is Belladonna (a single dose dry 30c). As in this example case, with one well chosen complete symptom (3 rubrics) the combinatorial logic of Boenninghausen’s repertory brings many a time the searched remedy within the remedies ahead. The repertorisation in this video uses actually 5 rubrics. With the help of the 2 additional rubrics, Belladonna takes the first place.
A clinical case from Clemens von Boenninghausen
In the preface of the original Therapeutic Pocketbook 1846, Clemens von Boenninghausen gives the example of a case from his own experience cured by VALERIANA.
The translation above, taken from a 2003 reprint of T.F. Allen’s edition, contains several inaccuracies. For example “zuckendes Reissen” is translated by “jerking, tearing” instead of “lightening-like tearing”. Translating “zuckend” by “jerking”, which assumes a spasmodic character, is an error commonly found in english translations.
The description of the case by Clemens von Boenninghausen is very detailed and gives an idea of the great precision with which he identified localisations, sensations and modalities in his daily homeopathic practice with his patients.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN HOMEOREP 2.0
1. Creating a combined rubric: merging rubrics (video as an example)
2. Creating a combined rubric: crossing rubrics
Watch video in §1 above to illustrate the passage from step 1 to 3.