Blog - Shilpa Bhouraskar

Secret to Successful Repertorization when casetaking isn't ideal.

The role of repertories

Repertories are one of the most effective tools at Stage 2 and 3, especially when a remedy is not clearly evident just based on the materia medica knowledge.
However repertories simply point us to a group of indicated remedies. The final selection generally happens through the materia medica.
One of the best books I learned the technique of repertorization was through Dr Dhawale's - Principles and Practice of Homoeopathy.

The technique of successful repertorization.

Over the last 16 years having used various repertories successfully in thousands of different types of cases from rural Indian farmers to urban Australian families, I have realised that successful repertorization is dependant on three factors.

1) The suitability of the repertory for your case.
2) The quality of rubrics you choose for repertorization.
3) The way you use the materia medica for final remedy differentiation.

When conditions are not ideal

Obviously the more peculiars and concomitants you get the better is the chance of you finding the most accurate remedy.
We have some wonderful literature on good casetaking, philosophy of repertorization, creating a totality and choosing good rurbics.
But there is not a lot of information on how to select the right books to suit a case you have got.
While it may not impact when a case is well taken but it becomes more important especially when a casetaking isn't ideal or when peculiars are lacking.

That's what this blog video is all about.
How do you create success in such cases and still get the best of our books and resources.

I have shared a real case from my acute clinic to explain this process.
I was the clinical supervisor at this clinic and trained students to work in quick acute
prescriptions. This case was taken by a student who was training to become a homoeopathic practitioner.

So here is my question for you -

How do you use your repertories and materia medica when a case isn't ideal.
I would love to know your experiences below.

P.S Recently I have started a free online workshop on Mastering the Boger Boenninghausen Repertory.
If you want to learn from many such real clinical cases you can join me on this free workshop here CLICK HERE


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Hi Shilpa, did this client take the Zinc 200 every half hour for 2 days? How many doses did she have before having some change on the 200?

Also I can only find in Boenninghausen Agg amel

Thanks Sally.
The detailed instructions were to take the remedy every half an hour until there is a reaction.
If there is a positive reaction then she could stop further doses.
If there is no reaction even after 6-7 doses then the remedy needs to be changed.

sorry pressed the wrong key. Agg amel reveling (night ) amel and there is no Zinc so this thru me a bit and I wouldn't have picked it at all. I would have gone with Sulph or Puls first. Great Learning here. thankyou

Hi Shilpa. I was taught using Kent. The doctor I studied with said that in small cases if there were no strange rare and peculiar symptoms, find out if the person tends to be hot or cold. This will eliminate half the remedies in the material medica. Then find out if they are sad, angry, or fearful. If so, this will eliminate about 2/3 of the remedies left. Also, if so, find out what triggers the emotions. You should also ask about appetite and thirst, sleep and dreams, and stools and urine. By then, you should have a manageable list of remedies to look up.

Interesting insight. Thanks for sharing Shirley.

How do you get the bar graph view of the repertorization?

The graph is not a view of the traditional repertorization. It is Quest Analysis - ie repertorization from both the repertories and Materia Medica, a feature in the HomeoQuest Premium Version.

It gives me a single step case analysis so a great time saver. Plus it gives me the flexibility to analyse themes, phrases in direct lay language from provings etc without restricting to rubric language.

Thank you Shilpa for these lessons! I'm getting so much out of them as a second year student. Coincidentally, before you offered the Boenninghausen/Boger course, I had just bought the Synoptic Key and Phatak's Repertory because Dr. Rajan Sankaran recommends them so highly for the same reasons you mention: to quickly ascertain the genius of a remedy and as an aide to repertorization using unpeculiar symptoms.

Hi Shilpa,
I am most familiar with Kent and the Synthesis for reportorization. I will take the same approach using Morrison, Allen, Prisma and Concordant as confirmatories. The send clients off with 2 remedies but instead of having them take the remedy every half an hour, I usually recommend every 2 - 3 hours. That said I am truly enjoying learning how you use Boger and Boenninghausen. Thank you for all you do and share.

have everybody the link of synthesis repertory.