Homeopathy Tips for 3/10/09 Two Rubric Prescribing

     When receiving a case we often are given a lot of seemingly valuable information. As the person tells their story we can end up with dozens of different symptoms that can be repertized. This can be an overwhelming amount of information, especially if repertizing by using books. With modern computer repertizing programs it is easy to enter all of these symptoms and get many suggestions for remedies.

      When we have a case that has so many rubrics it will often leave us more confused. If we have chosen rubrics that have hundreds of different remedies under them, having to sift through so many remedy choices can be a daunting task. Often we can narrow the list of possibilities  down to  six remedies or so if we have good knowledge of Materia Medica.

       But when we have so many rubrics leading to so many remedies we can miss the most vital part of the case. Most often Sulphur and the other leading polycrest remedies will be the most indicated. In the end this will not lead to good remedy choices or good remedies.

       The most important aspect of being the homeopath is knowing what is asking to be healed. Once we are clear on this then the selection of rubrics should be reflective of the core of the case. Often I will use only two rubrics that are undeniable to repertize the case. This acts as a filter for all of the many other ways the person suffers that can be translated into symptoms.

       I will share an example; I received a call yesterday from an long time client. She complained of chest pain and pain in her left arm above the elbow. The pains would come and go and last for 10-15 minutes. These are classic angina symptoms. Her story was of being too busy with work, travelling to and from her home and taking care of her mother. I got the picture of someone with no time to take care of herself and running herself into the ground. Her story was a little scattered and when I would ask a direct question she would often answer with another story of what is happening in her life.

      In the end I could have translated about ten parts of her story to different rubrics. But what was undeniable was that she was burnt out from work and taking care of others and her heart was talking to her.

       The rubrics I chose from the Complete 2005 repertory were;

  • Generalities; weakness, nursing the sick
  • Heart and Circulation, angina pectoris, stenocardia

        The remedies that covered the totality of the case were Cimicifuga, Oleander, Nux Vomica, Carbo Vegetablis and Zinc. Had I used all 10 rubrics from the case I would have had a much more confusing pallette of remedies to choose from. I then used Vega Rozenberg’s Heart box to see which remedies were useful in heart conditions. This eliminated all but Cimicifuga and Oleander. It was not hard for me to choose between the two. Cimicifuga carries the energy of a headless chicken running around. It is very useful for those who have been taking care of others and are burned out.

      Without using any other rubrics I was able to filter out all of the noise of her story and prescribe effectively. This requires knowing the essence of the remedies and the energy they carry. I have been lucky enough to have studied with Vega Rozenberg who in my opinion is one of the best homeopaths on the planet today. I find his essences invaluable and use them effectively on a daily basis in my work. He has given me permission to share his essences and methods with my students. This is part of the core teachings at Resonance School of Homeopathy.

       The best way to get practice in this method is by doing cases. Gather all of the symptoms from the story. Translate them all to rubrics. Then step back and consider what  the core of the case is in it’s most simplest terms: what is really asking to be healed? Then go to your long list of rubrics and choose two that best describe the case. One about the temperament of the person and one about a physical symptom. Both need to be undeniable. This means that anyone who observes this person would agree. Then see what remedies appear and choose wisely based on the essence of the remedy.

         By following this method your cases will be much easier to repertize and your prescriptions will be more accurate. It will lead to greater confidence and a much better percentage of healing responses from your clients. Homeopathy does not have to be confusing or difficult.  Like all truths it should be simple.

15 comments so far

  1. Robin Kay on

    Thank you for this example. I love simple but powerful.

  2. Suresh Harvu on


    That was great and valuable advice to all Homeopaths.

    Thank you so much.

  3. K. Rajagopala Kurup. on

    Dear robert,
    Inormally try to get the uncommon symptom if any? Then if not available, try the most serious 2 or 3 at least. You can suggest me if wrong!

  4. ginni on

    Love it!

  5. Pat on

    Very helpful and enlightening; explained in a way that makes sense to even a beginner.

    Thank you!

  6. Anthony on

    Hi Dr Robert. Thanks for sharing. Many cases can become very confusing, picking the core issue,can be difficult at times.Kind Regards.

  7. rooksie on


  8. dr.yogesh on

    thanking u for giving importatnt information .

  9. abdul on

    thanks for your giving importatnt information

  10. MONINA on

    Hi Robert, very useful comments about repertorizing, it is always very difficult for me when a lot of symptoms are given, so this is a great advice.

  11. Peter Bezemek on

    When you put these rubrics into Mercurius homeopathic software, you’ll get plain obvious Cimicifuga even without touching Materia Medica. I have not used two, but three rubrics from Complete Repertory 2009 (based on your description).

    Extremities, pain, upper arms, left
    Generalities, weakness, nursing the sick, from
    Heart & circulation, angina pectoris, stenocardia

    The repertorization result with default program settings looks like http://www.homeopathy.net/case/rfield1.htm

    Should use better repertories 😛
    Anyway, great choice of rubrics (especially if the remedy worked 🙂

    Best regards,
    Peter Bezemek

    Hi Peter,
    The remedy did work. I based the prescription not on repertization but on essence of the remedy. The repertization mearly points a direction of possibilities. I use MacRepertory Complete 2005 Repertory. This repertory I have found is very good and can be used with many methods of analysis. I use the total number of rubrics to analyze most of my cases. This is because it doesn’t put too much emphisis on the weighting of rubrics. Many times a small remedy without great weighting will move forward and present a wonderful possibility. MacRepertory has never failed me. If anything I have failed it in that it is a tool that offers more than I take advantage of. In the end all computer programs are as good as the operator. Like the old saying” Garbage in…garbage out” It’s not about the program . Its about seeing the case, knowing what is asking to be healed and proper use of materia medica and knowlege of the remedies. Thanks for your comment.

    Robert Field

  12. Peter Bezemek on

    Btw. lot of rubrics in the repertorization is not so much of a problem, if you use a better method of evaluating them. The classic evaluation is statistically speaking absurd and it’s only value lies in the fact that it is simple and can be done by hand.

    But today there are much better methods that can effectively compensate for different kinds of statistical bias, but you need to use a computer, because they are very complicated. One of them is called Compensated Repertory Model and is utilized in the previous example ( http://www.homeopathy.net/case/rfield1.htm )
    If you evaluated the results in the usual way, Oleander would never come up in TOP 5, with its two poor grade 1 rubrics. With usual evaluation Oleander would be beyond 70. place!

  13. Dr M.Supriya on

    that is fine.i too would like to share acase of such type.
    A lady pt aged about 50yrs came mainly for treatment of warts on face.She is handicap.she lost her leg in train accident while helping other person.she is becoming obese from that time app:increased,sleep:increased,burning pain in stomach,numbness of finger-tips.considering rubrics sympathy towards others and warts on face i gave causticum1M a dose warts started receding and new wart growth stoped in 10days Later she stopped medicaton as her main complaint went off.I didnt use any repertory but with materiamedica knowledge i gave it.
    how much case we have taken is not important but what is needed in a case is important.so even one rubric is enough to solve case

    Hello Dr. Supriya,
    Thank you so much for your example. You are right. Even one rubric is enough to prescribe when the essence of the case is known. Good job. Please share more in future newsletters.
    Warmest regards,
    Robert Field

  14. Subba Rao on

    Hello here I am subba rao thank you very much for this examples. Please see I am also suffer CHRONIC ENTO AMEBEOSIS FOR LAST 10 YEARS. BUT NO CURE WITH ENGLISH MEDICINES. PLEASE ADVICE IN HOMEOPTHY MEDICINES.

    Hello P.V.Subba Rao,
    You need to see a homeopath. Homeopathic mediciene is not based on disease name, but on symptoms. Find a homeopath in your area and work with them to get your body to start to heal.

    Good luck, Robert Field

    • dr keerti on

      great and valuable advice

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