we continue with our list of deficiencies as commenced in the previous issue of our newsletter.
4. All the existing repertories are incomplete. As incredible as it may sound, even after so many years, there is still not ONE repertory which would cover ALL the symptoms present in Hahnemann's Materia Medica Pura and Chronic Diseases, not to say in other old reliable materia medicae i.e. Allen, Hering, Clarke etc. (to the best of our knowledge)
Our modern repertories include many small remedies from modern provings, yet fail to include the data from our homeopathic roots. How is that possible?
If the remedy you are considering is not present in a particular rubric, do not automatically ASSUME it is so – if possible, make sure by searching the materia medica.
5. Remedy grading systems vary considerably from one repertory to another. Most if not all repertories utilize some kind of a grading system for remedies. The purpose of a grading system is to differentiate the relative prominence and / or reliability and / or characteristics of a particular remedy in a particular rubric. It is important to keep in mind that pre-Kentian repertories (Bönninghausen's, Lee's, Bell's etc.) were all relatively small works, well within the grasp of a single author and the grading systems, although seemingly following the same grading rules as are utilized in our modern repertories, were still subject to AUTHOR's CONSIDERATION. For example, even if a particular remedy was frequently observed to have cured a particular symptom, it WAS NOT upgraded to the highest grade if the author did not consider it a PROMINENT characteristic of that particular remedy, but rather an accessory symptom which was only cured because OTHER CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS of the remedy matched the case.
With the amount of data present in modern repertories and the time needed to process them, the grading process is far more guided by the defined statistical rules rather than the subtle considerations and accounting for various factors which should influence the grading of a remedy in a particular rubric. In a perfect repertory, the grading of a remedy should reflect how CHARACTERISTIC / RELIABLE the symptom or sign is for that remedy. We believe, the remedy should remain in low grade, even after a THOUSAND clinical confirmations, if the symptom WAS NOT A GUIDING SYMPTOM for the selection of that particular remedy in that particular case. Unfortunately, in practice, when considering the clinical cases and their additions to the repertory, it would require a re-analysis of each and every case to be able to reasonably conclude which symptoms of the case were guiding and which were just accessory. Given the commercial possibilities, the massive investment of time and effort would most likely not pay off.
6. Over-reliance on the repertorization leads to failure. If you ever tried to repertorize the same case with several different repertories, you must have noticed some astounding differences. The differences are caused by various degrees of completeness of a particular rubric of a particular repertory and the grades assigned to the remedies in that rubric (see previous point). This would not be such a big problem, IF the repertories would not be misused as a primary remedy finding tool, rather than an approximate guide for studying the remedies in the materia medica – as they are bound to remain, until the inherent problems of the repertories are addressed in a satisfactory manner.
Hering's Law: Law, Rule or Dogma?
Instead of the usual question and answer by André Saine, we are offering you one of his older articles concerning the investigation of origins and validity of so-called Hering's Law.
Read the article here. »
Recommended article – ISOPATHY
To address another deviation from the golden standard of Hahnemannian homeopathy, we'd like to direct your attention to the article from Ad. Lippe, addressing the origins of practice of isopathy.
Read the article here. »
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