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DifficultiesinRepertorizingWhyWeNeedaNewPerspective
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Everyclassicalhomeopathmustusearepertory.Theremediesthatcompriseourmateria
medicacontainsomanysymptomsthatitisnotpossibletorememberallthesymptomsof
alltheremedies.Infact,oneofthemanysignsthathomeopathyisflourishingoncemoreis
bynotinghowmanynewremediesarebeingproveneveryyear.

Whilethisispotentiallyveryusefulforus,asweexpandourmateriamedicafrom100to
1,000toeventually10,000remedies,itdoesstrainadifficultythatalreadyexistsinthe
repertory.Asweknow,someremedieshaveonly40symptomslistedintherepertory,while
othershave15,000symptoms.Assuchthereisamathematicalbiasbuiltintotherepertory
thatthe"larger"remediesarelistedmoretimesthanthe"smaller"remedies.Thismeans
thatstatisticallyyouaremorelikelytoendupwiththe"morelisted"remedies,andlesslikelytoendupwiththe
"lesslisted"remedies.

This,infact,isamajorcontributortoaviciouscyclethatexistsinourpractice,wherethe"moreused"remedy
getstobewrittenaboutevermoreandthereforegrowsinnumberofrubrics,andthe"lessused"remedyseems
tolagfurtherandfurtherbehind.Somehow,thisstatisticalbiashastobeacknowledgedanddealtwithefficiently
forrepertorizationtobeallthatitcouldbe.Isthereawaythatwecanusetherepertorythatmakesthe"small
remedies"and"largeremedies"morefairlyrepresentedintherepertorization?Therepertoryhasanatural
leaningtoshowthelargeremediesastherightremediesifyoutakeintoaccounteachandeverysymptomasthe
totality.

Traditionally,wehavesolvedthisissuebytakingaportionofthetotalityofapatient.Inother
words,whichsymptomsshallweconsiderthattrulyrepresentthewholediseasestateofthe
patient?Thisthenleadsustothefirsttwoproblemsintheanalysisrepertorization,what
symptomsshouldweuseandhowdoweaccountforthedisparityinnumberofrubricsthatremediesarelistedin.

Anotherdifficultyhastodowithwhattherepertoryactuallyis.Itisareferencetoolthatlistsallthesymptoms
curedorproducedandlistseveryremedythathastreatedthatparticularcategory/rubric.Forexample,arubric
mightlist:Head:pain,abovelefteye,3pmlastingto6pm,withoneremedylistedundertherubric.Rubricscanbe
veryspecificlikethisone,orverygeneral.AgeneralrubricwouldbeHeadpain,andthatgeneralrubricwould
containhundredsandhundredsofremedies.

Thisleadsustothenextdifficultywiththerepertoryandrepertorizing.Themorespecifictherubricthebetterfora
homeopath,asittrulyindicatesaclosermatchwiththepatient'scomplaint.However,specificrubricsarelikelyto
betoospecificandthereforeincomplete,andthereforemisleading.Justbecausethereisonlyoneremedylisted
theredoesnotmeanthatonlythatoneremedywillbeabletogetridofthatsymptom.Sotheissueoftheperfect
rubricisincomplete.

Anotherproblemofrepertorizationbecomesclearverysoon.Itseemsimpossibletomatchall
thesymptomsofapatienttoaremedy.Itseemsthattherearetoomanysymptoms,andthat
nooneremedyrunsthroughallofthem.

Theissueherethenisthatthereisnooneremedythatrunsthroughalltherubrics.Homeopathicphilosophysays
youmustmatchthesymptomofthedrugwiththesymptomofthepatient.However,theseproblemsaswellasa
fewotherproblemswiththetheorymaketherepertorizationdifficult.

Anotherdifficultyisthatwearetaughtthattherearemanytheoriesonhowtoselecttheappropriatesymptomsfor
repertorization,buttherearenocleardesignationsofwhentousewhichtheory,sooneisleftwithconfusionasto
whichsymptomtochooseatanyonetime.Thisproblemleadsustorepertorizeinseveralmethodsandeach
timecomeupwithadifferentanswerwhichisright?
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Anotherproblemisthatofthepatient'swords.Thepatient'swordsmightbedifficulttomatchtotheoriginal
provinglanguageorthelanguagethatisintherepertory.Forinstance,apatientmaysay,"whenIhavea
headache,I'minafunk,"or,"WhenIhavediarrhea,Iblowoffwork."Whatdoesthismean?Howdoesa
homeopathrelatethesewordstotheprovinglanguagethatmayhavebeenwritten200yearsago?

Anotherproblemisthattheremedyyouarelookingformaynotbelistedintheappropriate
rubric,becausetheremedyhasnotbeenprovenwellenough.Therearenumerousmistakes
intherepertory,mistakesintranslationandtypographicalmistakes,whichfurthercomplicate
thedatabasethatweuse.Whilethismoduledoesnotaddressthisproblemdirectly,Archibeldoes.ThereasonI
choseArchibeltorunthismodulehastodowiththeworkthattheyhaveundergoneforthelastfewyearsin
correctingthedatabase,therebyeliminatingmistakes.

Lastly,itoftenrequiresseveralyearsofcarefulstudyandpracticetounderstandhowtoelicitenoughofthe
necessaryinformationtoprescribeupon.

Tosummarize,theproblemsare:

1.it'sdifficulttoelicittheinformation,
2.it'shardtoknowifyouhaveenoughinformation,
3.theremediesareprovenincompletely,
4.thereareerrorsintherepertory,
5.rubricsareincomplete,
6.theexistinglanguagedifficulties,
7.themultitudeofmethodstorepertorizationthatleadtodifferentanswers
8.theleaningtowardsthelargerremedies.

CyclesandSegmentsANewWayofLookingatThings

TheHerscuMethodallowsforalogicalintegratedstudyandpracticeofhomeopathy.Whatispresentedhereisa
briefoutlineoftheuseoftheRepertoryandRepertorizationportionofthemethod.Foracompleteunderstanding
ofthisworkreadStramonium,WithanIntroductiontoCyclesandSegments,orPhilosophyofHealing,An
IntegratedApproachtoHomeopathy.Since,forHahnemannianhomeopaths,diseaseisasingleentity,theremust
beamethodofdescribingit,ofseeingitasonedisease,amethodthatwouldgetridofallthedifficulties
mentionedabove.Idevelopedonesuchmethodofunderstandinghomeopathythroughthestudyofthecycles(or
pattern)eachremedypresents,andthesegments(orsubpatterns)thatrunthroughthecycle.

Inbrief,IbelievethepatientpatterniswhatHahnemannmeantwhenhespokeaboutatotalityofsymptoms.By
totalityhedidnotsimplymeanthetotalnumberofsymptoms,butratherthetotalpatternofthedisease.Ifwecan
lookatadiseaseinthisway,wewillbebetterabletoidentifyandisolatethemainelementsorbasicideas,whichI
callfundamentalsegments,withineachoftheremedies.Thiswillallowustorecreatethechainofeventsshowing
thepatternthatfitseverythingknownaboutthepatient.Ibelievethateverysymptomapersonexpressesisan
exampleofoneofthefundamentalsegmentsoperatinginthatperson'scycleofdisease.Inotherwords,a
symptomdoesnotstandalone.Ithasarelationshiptoothersymptoms,whichisoneofthefundamental
segmentsofthepatientorremedy,andwillshowupoverandoveragaininmanyplacesandmanywaysthrough
varioussymptoms.Someofthesesymptomswillbefoundinrubrics,somewillnot.Thatdoesnotmatter.Itisthe
segment,theidea,thatmatters.

Thecycleitselfisaflowofeventsthatiscomposedofanumberoffundamentalsegments.In
mostpatientsandremediestherewillbefoundfourtosixfundamentalsegments.Eachof
thesecanbebrokendownintosmallersegments,givingevenmoreflavortotheremedy.Each
oneofthesesegmentscouldbedescribedbyawordorphrase,suchasyearningforcomfortorviolent
overreactions.IntheHerscuModuleLogo,youseethateachsegmentislinkedbyanarrowtothenextsegment,
representingitsdirecteffectleadingtotheonethatfollows.Itinsomewaypushesthepersontothenext
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segment.Eachsegmentflowsintothenextuntilyoucomefullcycleagain.Thecycleisthedisease.Youcanjump
inatanypoint,startwithanysegment.Thepatternisacontinuousflow.

Everyitemthatappearsinapatientwillinsomewayfitintooneofthoseideaclusters,orsegments,thatmakeup
thetotalpatternoftheremedy.ThisiswhyIcallthesebasicideasafundamentalsegment.Fundamentalbecause
itisintrinsicandessential,segmentbecauseitisapartofthewholecycle.

Dr.PaulHerscuistheauthorofTheHomeopathicTreatmentofChildrenPediatricConstitutionalTypesand
Stramonium.FormoreinformationaboutcyclesandsegmentspleaseseeStramoniumbyDr.PaulHerscu.