Homeopathy Tips for 3/30/10 Comparitive Mind Rubrics

When receiving the case it is often difficult to translate the persons suffering into the language of the repertory. Even more difficult is to understand the subtleties of the rubrics available to best define the symptom. We must be diligent in this process and becoming familiar with the mind section of the repertory is imperative.

Our clients mental and emotional suffering must be understood clearly. It is a good practice to really consider what the person is saying and ask open ended questions for further clarification.  Many times this is enough to establish the feeling of the person in our minds. But if it is not, then having  comparative rubrics to choose from really helps define the suffering. This should be learned by repeated study of the repertory and seeing many cases.

Here are a few mental rubrics that are very similar but have different meanings;

  • Absent minded; inattention of the mind without a fixation,
  • Absorbed; with a fixation on one thought or subject.
  • Abstraction of mind; when the mind has drifted to a new perceived subject or aspect of the subject.
  • Adulterous; having relations with someone outside of the marriage.
  • Lascivious; having lustful sexual thoughts or acts.
  • Nymphomania; increased desire for sex in a female.
  • Amorous; intense desire with a love balance.
  • Lewdness; vulgar, unchaste sexual thoughts with voluntary acts.
  • Avarice; the desire for more wealth and gain even with having plenty.
  • Selfishness; concern for oneself with disregards to others.
  • Fear of poverty; always worrying about the future welfare in regards to basic sustenance, ie. food and shelter.
  • Brooding; mental occupation with present worries.
  • Dwells; Mental occupation with thoughts of the past.
  • Absorbed; Intellectual focus on one subject.
  • Thoughts persistent; when one thought crowds and excludes others.
  • Monomania; obsession or exaggerated excitement about one subject.

Lets analyze the next group of rubrics from the Complete 2009 Repertory and see how they compare in remedies.

  • Mind; EUPHORIA, elation; A heightened sense of well being (115) : aego-p., agar., 2agath-a., agki-p., aids, alli-m., androc., ange-s., anh., aquilr-a., aran-ix., arge-p., asar., bani-c., bell-p., blatta, 2bos-s., 2c-di-o., cadm., catha-e., caust., chir-f., chlor., chloram., choc., cob-n., coca, coff., cortiso., crot-h., culx-p., cyg-c., cymbo-ci., cyna., cyni-c-g., 2cypr., dicha., diox., 2enal-c., ephe., ery-a., euph-pu., falco-p., ferr-m., fl-ac., galeoc-c., germ., gink., gins., haliae-lc., halo., herin., 2hippo-k., hydr-ac., hydro-c., hydrog., ignis, iodof., kali-p., kola., 3Kres., lac-lox-a., lach., lamp-c., lap-c-b., lap-mar-c., lar-ar., larr-t., lat-h., latex, 2lava-e., lsd, mand., mang-p., mant-r., 2melal-l., merc-i-f., 2musca-d., nelu., nept-m., nux-m., 4OP., ox-ac., 3Ozone, palo., perh., 2petr., phasc-c., plat., plut-n., 2psil-s., pyrus-c., rhus-t., ros-ca-a., ros-d., 2sals-t., senec., ser-ang., 2sia-c., sid-al., sinusin., spect., stan-e., 3Sul-ac., tax., teucr., thea., thyr., til-c., tung., uran., 2uran-n., uv-lux., valer., visc.
  • Mind; ECSTASY A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond thought, rapturous (87) : 4ACON., aether, 3Agar., agn., am-c., androc., ang., 3Anh., 3Ant-c., apis, arist-cl., arn., bani-c., 2bell., berb., bry., camph., cann-i., 4CANN-S., canth., 2carb-v., carbn-h., cast., catha-e., cham., chin., 3Cic., cinnb., coca, 3Cocc., 4COFF., 3Colch., croc., crot-h., cupr., cupr-am-s., cur., cyg-b., cyg-c., cyni-c-g., 3Cypr., 3Dros., ery-a., 3Falco-p., fl-ac., geoc-c., 3Hyos., 3Ign., iod., jatr., keroso., 3Kres., 4LACH., 2laur., 3Lsd, lyss., m-arct., maia-l., neon, 2nit-ac., nitro-o., nux-m., nux-v., olnd., 3Op., ph-ac., 4PHOS., phyt., pic-ac., plat., plb., puls., sabad., salx-f., 3Sec., sel., senec., sil., stann., staph., stram., sulph., sumb., thea., tung., valer., 3Verat.
  • Mind; EXHILARATION Enlivened, stimulated, happy without real cause (166) : absin., acon., aesc., aether, 3Agar., agar-se., 2agath-a., agav-t., agn., aids, 2alco., 3Alco-s., alf., allox., alum., am-c., ammc., anac., anag., androc., ang., 3Ant-c., arg., arg-n., arist-cl., arn., ars-h., arum-d., 2asar., asc-t., aspart., bapt., 4BELL., bor., 2bos-s., bov., bry., calc-f., camph., 4CANN-I., cann-s., canth., caps., carb-ac., carb-an., carb-v., carn-g., cast., caul., caust., cean., cham., chel., chin., chin-ar., chin-s., chir-f., cimic., 3Cinnb., clem., cob., 3Coca, cocc., cod-n., 4COFF., colch., coll., cortico., cortiso., cot., 3Croc., crot-h., cub., culx-p., 3Cupr., cupr-ar., cycl., cyg-b., cyni-c-g., cypr., cypra-e., ephe., erio., eucal., eug., falco-p., 3Fl-ac., flag-l., 3Form., 3Gels., geoc-c., 3Graph., 2haliae-lc., hist., hydr., hydrog., hyos., ign., iod., iodof., 3Kali-br., kali-n., lac-ac., 4LACH., lap-c-b., 2lat-h., laur., lil-t., lsd, lyss., m-aust., maland., mand., 2med., meny., meteo., mez., myric., nat-c., nat-m., nitro-o., nux-v., 4OP., 3Ox-ac., ozone, pall., petr., ph-ac., phel., phos., phys., 3Pip-m., plat., plut-n., rhus-t., ros-d., sabad., sang., schran-u., scut., sec., seneg., 2sep., spig., 2spong., 3Stram., sul-ac., sulfa., sulph., sumb., tanac., taosc., 4TARENT., 3Teucr., thea., thlaspi, thuj., tung., 2turq., ulm-c., valer., verat., verb., visc., zinc., 4ZIZ.
  • Mind; BUOYANCY Lightness of being, vivacity or hilarity (31) : arum-d., carbn-o., chin-s., cimic., coca, 3Coff., crot-h., diosp-k., elat., eucal., 3Fl-ac., hydr., kali-br., lac-mat., lamp-c., mit., nabal., neon, 2nic-r., 3Nux-v., ph-ac., phos., phys., pip-m., pyrog., sals-t., sarr., scut., sec., stram., uran.

Looking at these four rubrics we can see that they are all very similar. They describe a person who is not so grounded and is living in a semi-altered state of being. I have see many cases where in spite of the physical sufferings one of these rubrics described the core essence of the case. A remedy that would help this state of being would help all other symptoms as well.

When we add all of the remedies that are combined to form all of the rubrics we have 273 different remedies covered by the four rubrics. But when we cross all of the rubrics and look for those remedies that are included in all of them we have only 4 remedies;  coffea cruda,  flouric acid, coca and crotalus horridus. Doing this would be very exclusive.

At the next level of remedies that cover three of the four rubrics we have 17 more remedies; op., lach., agar., cypr., phos., falco-p., LSD, nux v., sec., stram., androc., cyni-c-g., phos ac., plat., thea, tung., valer.

Choosing the correct rubric would require us to interpret the symptom and choose the best rubric. When the person has the quality as the most striking part of the case, it is very important to understand the symptom and choose the very best rubric. It would be easy to choose the wrong rubric that was similar but just different enough that the remedy for the case never appeared in the repertization. The possibility of the rubric containing a very small remedy, that is not well known but could be perfect for the case, exists as well. When it is unclear that the one rubric is the best rubric to describe the case and is so similar to another rubric I will often include both rubrics or combine them. This way I am sure not to loose the possibility of a remedy being in one rubric and not the other.

These examples illustrate how precise the language of the repertory is. Understand exactly how the person is feeling. Do this without asking many questions as more directed questions will lead the person away from the pure expression of the symptom. This is the real art in case receiving. Look for patterns and repetitions of words and stories that the person tells. Look for the ways they become animated when telling the stories. Watch the body language. All of these will be ways to really understand the symptom and then guide you to choosing the correct rubric. Mastering this art will bring the level of your successful prescriptions to very high percentages.

18 comments so far

  1. l.santosh on

    thank you — please send more information about rubrics of mind

  2. Pradeep Ghosh on

    Thank you – please send more rubrics of mind particularly regarding vacillating mood ie, mood disorder

  3. eugenie hallaj schoucair on

    Thank you.please can you discuss clinical cases and their remedies

  4. Kumar, Malaysia on

    Dear Robert Ji,

    Thank you for the wonderful presentation about the rubrics of mind. It may prefect if you include some case presentation. Tq

    Kumar, Malaysia.
    Pusat Perubatan Hpathy Bahau.

  5. archana on

    thank you for sending mail.it is very helpful in selection of remedy.

  6. Pat on

    On some level it would seem logical to look at the remedies that were common to all four rubrics, but if I understand what you are saying, this would be too limiting. There might be a remedy that is perfect, but excluded because of considering all four rubrics rather than refining and looking for one that is more precise in describing the core essence of the case?

  7. Lucinda on

    I am constantly amazed by the similarities of some of the mind rubrics. For example: brooding, dwelling ( on past disagreeable events), fixating, thoughts;persistent and monomania. The differences are subtle but are very definately there. For example: some dogs about tennis balls…you know the kind of dog who will stare at a seat cushion until you finally wonder what’s going on and look and lo and behold there’s a tennis ball?…that’s monomania. Ball, ball, ball, ball. That rubric seems to be the strongest in terms of exclusivity of one thought. It seems that if the thought were of the same intensity as the dog with the tennis ball, but the thoughts were about sex, the rubric would not be lasivious unless a sexually obsessive “theme” ran through the rest of the case. True?

  8. Dr R K Gupta on

    Dear Dr Robert
    Thanks for the useful information you have mailed me about mind rubric. Will you please let me know the name of repertory you have quoted, because I am watching a lot of new names of remedies in it.
    Thanks once again
    Dr R K Gupta, B.H.M.S.

    • Robert Field on

      As I mentioned in the article it is from the Complete 2009 Repertory.

  9. A.K.Jhunjhunwala on

    I would be happy to know moew about AUTISM in full detail alongwith the suggested Homeopathy remedies as there are quite a number of cases these days and they need to be addressed as soon as possible. If you have any case histories where treatment has benefitted the case to become normal again it would help me to diagnose cases.


  10. Preetika Goel on

    Thank you Robert,for such a good article.

  11. Dr.H.C.Malaker on

    Thanks Dr.Robert Field for introducing latest repertory it will surely help to reach to a correct remedy.More questionaries really make the case complex.I would like to request you to please explain more how we the prationer can select a correct remedy of a disease in a short way.Regards,malaker

  12. Philip Joseph on

    Dear Dr Robert: Thanks for an article of such deep meaning for practioners. I just want to add that sometimes I take the same rubric but I combine the remedies found for the same rubric listed in different repertories. I have found that using Robin Murphy’s repertory, Phatak’s repertory and Repertory of Psychic medicines by Gallavardin often yields rare remedies that are found only when I combine the remedies for the same rubric but from different repertory sources. To this I may add H.A. Robert’s ‘Sensations as if’ reprtory also gives additional remedies and strange rubrics not usually found in common repertories. Of course all this is time consuming but I hope that practise makes the search perfect. For example Gallavardin’s repertory has some very rare rurics – Order (men wanting, in order) in their financial, commercial & industrial affairs – Staph, Nux, Verat and Order (men wanting) in administration of their domestic affairs – Calc C, Natr M, Carbo V. Yet again – Order (men wanting in) in their literary works – Lyco, Puls. So this “lack of order” was rubricized by Gallawardin to an extreme degree. The Complete 2009 is a great repertory and is one of the best complete repertories but there a few other repertoreis that are truly strange like Gallawardins – one wonders how the author gained such an insight into rubrics, did he see hundreds of patients to confirm a rubric and so on……Thanks, Philip

  13. C.Fernandes on

    Dear Dr. Robert

    Your article reg. rubrics is interesting but Sir, can you tell me if there was any article you had in the past regarding ear problems, which I would appreciate if you could publish an article about it.



  14. Dr. Javaid Iqbal Qureshi on

    Thanks Dr.Sahib for introducing latest repertory which will prove to reach to a correct remedy. So many queries really make the case complex.I would like to seek your advice on the subject and how we prationers can select a correct remedy of a disease in a shortest way.Regards,

    Dr.Javaid Iqbal Qureshi

    • Robert Field on

      Hello Dr.

      I have written the next newsletter with your question in mind. Please read the newsletter Homeopathy Tips for 4/06/10 Quick Accurate Prescribing.I hope you enjoy it.

      Warmest regards,
      Robert Field

  15. naseer on

    dear robert

    wonderful rubric of mind repertorization. learn more

  16. Manan on

    If posible will you please mail me the all meaning o the mind rubrics …?

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