Homeopathy Tips for 8/10/10 Selecting Rubrics

Any repertization to a case will be only as good as the rubrics that have been selected. And to know which rubrics to select we must have received a good case with vital symptoms and sensations. Only then will we know what is asking to be healed. But once this has been accomplished then we have the task of selecting good rubrics to helps us find the very best remedy. Here are a few guidelines in selecting rubrics.

When we have a lot of symptoms it is best to narrow down our rubric selection to just a few of the essential symptoms to repertize. Select those that are true to the case and are best expressive of the energy of the case. The fewer the symptoms the easier it is to find the best remedy.

Ask yourself,  “if I could only choose one symptom, what would it be?” What would the very best rubric that best defines the case be? From this it is easier to find a balance in the rubric selections.

All rubrics should be undeniable. This means that there is no supposition or guessing about the rubric or symptom. Hahnemann warned us about transcendental speculation. We need to find symptoms that are easily observable and can not be argued with. Only then could we be accurate in our rubric selection. I find that this is the single biggest errors of beginning homeopaths. They most often want to imply or project their own feeling into the case. The commonest example is when a person reports many losses and without any comments about grief the new homeopath wants to include the rubric “Grief” into the repertization. This is pure conjecture on the homeopath’s part.

Finding the right rubric means to find the rubric that has the remedy in it. Too often if we choose a rubric that has too few or too many remedies in it will lead us astray. Find rubrics that have between 10 or 15 and 100 remedies in them. These are friendly rubrics that are not too small and will include a larger selection of remedies without overwhelming the repertization clipboard.

Choose reliable rubrics. Many new Repertories have new rubrics that have not been around for too long. Find those rubrics that have been tried and true. The newer rubrics may be too young to include many remedy additions that older rubrics have already included.

When you have similar rubrics that help explain the case do not include them separately. Combine them so you have one rubric that includes both of the rubrics. It will make your repertization cleaner and more accurate.

Choose strange, rare and peculiar symptoms and put them in a separate clipboard. This will allow you to compare and eliminate some parts of your repertization and see it from a different perspective. Do different repertizations so you can combine rubrics in different ways. Relying on one repertization will severely limit your view for potential remedies.

When you have finished selecting the rubrics you must select a remedy that fits the case. Read about every remedy you are unfamiliar with. This will make you a much better prescriber and homeopath. Eventually all of that information will start to stick and your knowledge of remedies will increase dramatically. It is the best way to study. You will have a case and a real person to hook your study to. Doing this many times for different cases increased your understanding of the remedies far better than “dry” studies without a case or person.

Remedy selection is as important of step in finding the remedy as any other. But you first must have a very good understanding of the case or you will not know what is asking to be healed. The rubrics need to reflect the case accurately. Choosing the correct rubrics is the only way to find the right remedy. Studying the remedies before making a final choice will enhance your successes. Following these simple steps will make you a much better homeopath.

14 comments so far

  1. anuradhakrishnamoorthy on

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  2. Peter Bezemek on

    These are quite good advices, except the fact it is not really possible to choose rubrics that are “reliable” or “tried and true”. The repertories do not have any marks attached as to which rubric it old or new, reliable or less reliable. As to the reliability, not the rubric should be considered but the grade of the remedy in a particular rubric (which is, in fact, supposed to reflect the reliability and NOT the intensity, as many tend to think, of that remedy in a rubric – that is if you trust the authors judgment).

    The only real way to judge the reliability of a particular remedy in a particular rubric is to check with MM, which, paradoxically, destroys the whole purpose of having a repertory 😉

    Therefore, it is advisable to use repertories less and MM more as the latter is the primary source of information for prescription and the former just a quick-fix tool not to be relied on too heavily.

    Or you can repertorize by using your custom rubrics created from the search of MM as is possible in not too many softwares.

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Peter,

      There are many different repertories. Those that are part of computer programs sometimes list the source of the repertory and the author who made the addition to the rubric. This is available in Kent Homeoopathic software MacRepertory and in ReferenceWorks.
      In ReferenceWorks you can search Materia Medica for particular words or phrases and create a rubric that can be exported to their MacRepertory program. It is very useful. I agree that Rubrics in the repertory are inferior to Materia Medica, but the repertory if used correctly can really help in pointing to possible remedies to investigate. Like I said above, reading every remedy that comes up in the repertization will increase knowlege and lead to better remedy selections.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Robert Field

      • Peter Bezemek on

        Hi Robert,

        of course, rubrics in modern repertories such as Complete Repertory 2010 or Synthesis give their sources and this is also available in Mercurius homeopathic software, of which I am co-author as you may remember. But this still does not say much anything the reliability of the rubrics as rubric is the creation of the author of the repertory as he understands a particular entry in materia medica. If he understands correctly, the rubric is reliable, that is the first degree of reliability; the second is the reliability of the source, that is the materia medica from which the entry originates. In Mercurius homeopathic software, for example, you can switch off the remedies that originate from authors (titles) you consider untrustworthy and these remedies then do not appear in the rubric (there are many entries that originate in several sources, so in order for remedy to disappear from the rubric entirely, all the sources must be switched off).

        I agree that repertories can be useful, but they ALL are VERY imperfect works and they really have to be used correctly, as you rightly say. The problem is, 99% or more (in my experience as the co-author of a homeopathic software) perceive the repertories as something it is not. Homeopaths are not aware of all the drawbacks of all the repertories, because they never really gave any thought how such a repertory comes to be. There are great many TECHNICAL reasons (and homeopaths, as you will surely agree, rarely consider the technicalities – to their great disadvantage, I may add) why repertory needs to be used with a great caution and homeopaths in general know pretty much nothing about them, yet they use them merrily.

        Many rubrics are overrepresented (too many remedies, although technically correct) and other are underrepresented (remedies are in MM but not in the rubric). That is no wonder if you consider the number of rubrics (over 180 000 in CR 2010) and remedies (over 2 000 000 remedy additions in CR 2010) in modern repertories.

        But even with perfect repertory rubrics (of which we can only dream), materia medica provides the necessary context and specifics not present in the generalized (and therefore imprecise, to a degree) rubric of the repertory. So, while we use repertories cautiously (as a tool which highlights certain remedies in a particular case) we should always rely solely on materia medica. The very real problem of relying on MM is the problem of searching them for information. For examples, if you want to look for “milk aggravates”, it usually won’t find entries such as “milk makes him worse” or “milk does not agree with him” (except Mercurius homeopathic software with its superior synonyms support and searching engine). So, materia medica is the key and although seemingly inaccessible, it can be effectively utilized by the use of advanced algorithms, which again, is a very technical thing, which most homeopaths tends to shun.

  3. Tarakeshwar Rao.K on

    Dear Sir,
    The article is very much useful to the new entrants like me and thank u for the right guidance. It would be much better if you can define about the ‘Rubrics’ and meaning of rubrics.

    Secondly I would like you to take up one of my case study of my daughter only and suggest. If you permit I will proceed further.

    Thanks with regards,

  4. Robert Field on

    Hello Tarakeshwar,

    You may place the information about your daughter here. I will look at it and let the participants of the forum help you with her case also. Please everyone, ask questions about this girl and see if we can have a case to work with. This is not quite the same as a live interview so we must be diligent in our efforts. It is possible though that we may come to a remedy that is helpful for her. Please participate if you feel so inclined. This is not really the purpose of this forum but if a child is helped then more good has come from it.

    Robert Field

  5. Dr. Poonam Batra on

    Hello Robert,
    Both repertory and MM are equally important, because sometimes we remember the red line symptom of a remedy and mostly succeed in curing the patient but when some modality is attached to the rubric which patient mentions but from our memory of MM we can not recall the correct remedy eg., recently i had a case of vertigo aggravated on turning over in bed, which reminds us immediately of Conium, but the modality was that the patient must sit up in bed to feel better. Lac Defloratum covered both and patient became completely free from vertigo, Conium had been given earlier without relief.

    • Peter Bezemek on

      Congratulations, very good job!
      Lac Defloratum indeed has “Vertigo on moving head from pillow, aggr. lying down and especially turning while lying, amel. sitting up; head feels heavy, with marked tendency to fall to right side.” (Lilienthal, S.: Homeopathic Therapeutics)

  6. Robert Field on

    Hi Peter,

    I can not agree with you more that the repertory is very incomplete. Materia Medica and more importantly provings provide the original information that can be trusted far more than the repertory. One comment about selecting remedies that have proven to be useful from the rubrics; older authors and those that have a history of repeatedly being observed do provide a better and more reliable source of remedies. We have many new contributors to the repertory these days. Some are very reliable that have come from properly conducted provings. Unfortunately others have come from such sources as dreams and other collective data that I feel is a bit unreliable. We have in some ways too much information so as to dilute the quality of the repertory and in other ways the modern repertory additions add much value but have not proven their reliability over time. Again this is all subjective to the homeopath using them.The homeopath must not rely on the repertory solely. It is a valuable too but like all tools is only as useful as the person utilizing it.

    Thanks for your very insightful comments.
    Robert Field

  7. varghese on

    Hi doctor,
    It is really worth reading your lecture on selecting rubrics which compels one to read it again and again.
    Thank you

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