A student said to me recently that she feels overwhelmed by the Repertory and can't find her way through it. I am sure we all felt that way at first, but eventually, it becomes your great friend.
WHAT IS A HOMEOPATHIC REPERTORY AND HOW IS IT LAID OUT?
A repertory is an index of symptoms. It lists the remedies that produce, to some degree, those symptoms in a healthy person when given in homeopathic doses. This information is taken from provings, from symptoms that have been verified by clinical observations and from details of poisonings.
Many repertories are in use, based on different approaches to studying the case.
"The repertory is just a tool in the process of case management and is not a means in itself to successful prescription” Misha Norland.
Kees Dams’ article from LINKS, The Functions of the Repertory 1998. Vol 11
“The aim of the repertory is to narrow down the number of possible curative remedies via a process of generalization, comparison and differentiation.
The first and most important function is generalization; this allows the repertory to be a systematic index to MM.”
- The mental generals: including feelings such as jealousy, sadness, anger and symptoms associated with the functioning of the mind organs, forgetfulness, delusions.
- Physical generals: symptoms that affect the whole body such as our response to weather, how are affected by heat and cold, what situations make our symptoms worse or better, restlessness, the position we sleep in, fever. Chill perspiration etc.
- The particulars: symptoms which affect one part of the body such as the left ear, or the knee or a headache.
So, the basic sections are
- The mind
- The generals
- The particulars
THE STRUCTURE OF THE REPERTORY
These are the basic sections of the Repertory, whether in the form of a physical book or an online software program. A few sections have some notes about contents I always found helpful.
- MIND: includes perversions of the will, understanding, memory, sensitivity to light, noise etc but not smell.
- VERTIGO: dizziness, sinking, falling to right or left, levitation.
- HEAD: hair, objective and subjective sensations of. Pain in the head.
- EYES: the eyeball itself.
- VISION: NB know the terms of diagnosis such as diplopia, myopia, hypermetropia, strabismus)
- EARS NB: know the internal structure of the ear
- HEARING NB: Noises and pain ( see pain layout below)
- NOSE: some sinuses, sense of smell (odors)
- FACE: the appearance of the face plus pain
- MOUTH: salivary glands, some sinuses, lips. The mouth starts the digestive system route through each area until RECTUM
- THROAT: tonsils, uvula, esophagus
- EXTERNAL THROAT: cervical glands, thyroid, goiter, torticollis (Posterior neck and nape are found under BACK)
- STOMACH: esophagus, nausea, eructations. Includes some generals and desires and aversions. The aggravations and ameliorations are in the GENERALS section. Other repertories put the two sections together in Generals.
- ABDOMEN: liver, most menstrual pains, appendicitis, ovarian pain. (NB know the structure of the abdomen physiology.)
- RECTUM: diarrhea, constipation and urging
- STOOL: the character of the stool itself
- URINARY ORGANS: Begins the renal system
- BLADDER: urging, retention, and urination
- PROSTATE GLAND:
- URETHRA: includes objective and subjective symptoms
- URINE includes the character of the urine
- GENITALIA MALE: symptoms associated with impotence, pain
- GENITALIA FEMALE: Some generalities associated with menses. For female mental states associated with the menses see under MIND and for modalities relating to menses see GENERALITIES
- LARYNX: Back to the Respiratory system
- RESPIRATION: NB you must know the anatomical layout of the lungs lobes.
- COUGH: NB learn what the sounds actually mean, eg. rasping, wheezing.
- EXPECTORATION: types, descriptions, eg. frothy, green
- CHEST lungs, heart, mammae, milk, axillary glands, aorta
- BACK: NB you must know the terms that describe areas of the back anatomically.
- EXTREMITIES: Covers arms, legs, hands and feet. Pain largest section
THE LAST SECTIONS PERTAIN TO THE WHOLE BODY
- SLEEP: dreams and position. Modalities in GENS
- FEVER: the succession of stages
- PERSPIRATION: For modalities from perspiration as a whole see GENS. For sweat of any particular part see the anatomical section)
- SKIN: as a whole, types of eruptions etc
- GENERALITIES: pathological or diagnostic rubrics, e.g. measles; pathological states which are symptoms rather than diseases, such as convulsions, cyanosis, dropsy, paralysis; Periodicity, many symptoms of the nervous system
There are no individual sections for the CIRCULATORY, GLANDULAR OR NERVOUS SYSTEMS. The parts of these are found scattered throughout the book under the relevant anatomical headings.
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