Homeopathy4health

11 March 2008

Storing, updating and referencing the homeopathic data 21st century style. James Tyler Kent to Frederik Schroyens

As I say on About Homeopathy4health, James Tyler Kent (1849-1916) spent 20 years carefully cataloguing all the symptoms both produced by remedies in provings and cured by remedies in clinical use in his considerable experience.  This catalogue became his ‘Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica’ (shown in the picture in the header above) which became the most valuable homeopathic reference book of his time until the late 20th century.

Modern homeopaths have continued to update this data and add in new remedies as and when they are proved and newer up to date repertories have been produced.  I now use Frederik Schroyen’s ‘Synthesis’ which has considerably more pages than my ‘Kent’ and the print is also considerably smaller to squeeze in as much as possible on a page.  Helpfully, Schroyens has reorganised and updated Kent’s 18th century language and added in many cross-references so that symptoms can be found using more modern descriptions.

With the increasing use of personal computers, several homeopathic computer packages have been developed from the new repertories, which are automatically updated by internet link when new provings and clinical data is available.  I was impressed to find recently that some remedies had been crossed out against a symptom on my RADAR database because a double-check had been carried out and the data found to be incorrect.  It was helpful and reassuring to see that the correction was visible and hadn’t just disappeared.

Here is a symptom from RADAR:

STOMACH – COLDNESS

abrot.bro1,k,tl1 absin.a1,k acon.k agar.a1,k alum.a1,b4.de,bg2,k alum-p.k2 Am-br.a1,k am-c.a1,bg2,k Ambr.h1,k amph.a1 arg-n.a1,k ARS.a1,b4.de,b4a.de,bg2,k,ptk1 ars-s-f.k2,vh arund.a1,k bar-c.a1,b4.de,bg2,k bar-s.k2 Bell.a1,k berb.a1,bg2,k bol-la.k bov.a1,b4.de,b4a.de,bg2,bro1,k cadm-s.k cain.k Calc.bro1,k calc-sil.bro1,k2 CAMPH.a1,bg2,bro1,k,ptk1 cann-i.a1 cann-s.h1,k CAPS.a1,b7.de,b7a.de,bg2,k,ptk1,tl1 Carb-an.bg2,k Carb-v.k,mtf33,tl1 carbn-s.k Castm.k cham.a1,k chel.a1,bg2,k CHIN.a1,bg2,bro1,k,ptk1 chinin-ar.k chinin-s.vh Cist.a1,bg2,k,mrr1,ptk1 clem.a1,k,ptk1 coc-c.a1,k cocc.tl1 Colch.a1,bg2,bro1,hr1,k,tl1 coloc.a1,k con.a1,b4.de,b4a.de,bg2,k crot-c.a1,k crot-h.k,tl1 elapsbg2,br1,bro1,k,mrr1 germ-met.srj5 graph.a1,b4.de,k grat.a1,k helon.a1,k HEP.xyz61 Hipp.a1,bro1,k ign.a1,b7.de,b7a.de,bg2,k kali-ar.k Kali-bi.a1,k,tl1 kali-c.a1,bro1,k kali-i.a1,k kali-n.a1,b4.de,b4a.de,bg2,k kali-p.k kali-s.k kali-sil.k2 Kreos.bro1,k Lach.a1,b7a.de,bg2,k Lact.a1,k laur.bg2,k lepi.a1 lyc.ptk1 lyss.k mag-c.a1,b4.de,k mag-m.h2 mag-s.a1,k meny.bro1,ptk1 Nat-m.a1,b4.de,bg2,k nit-ac.a1,b4.de,bg2,k nux-m.bg2 ol-an.a1,bro1,k,ptk1 op.a1,k ox-ac.bro1 Petr.bg2,k ph-ac.a1,bg2,k Phos.a1,b4.de,bg2,k phyt.a1,k podo.fd3.de pyrusbro1 rhus-t.bg2,k sabad.a1,b7.de,b7a.de,bg2,bro1,k sec.a1,k sep.a1,k Sil.k spig.a1,k spong.a1,bg2,k Sul-ac.a1,b4.de,bg2,bro1,k sulph.a1,b4.de,bg2,k tab.a1,bro1,k Tarax.k tub.jl2 verat.bro1,k verin.a1 vesp.a1,k zinc.b4.de,bg2

There are 101 remedies which have the symptom sensation ‘coldness in the stomach’.  The remedies in RED have the symptom to a strong degree, those in BLUE have it in a moderate degree, and it may sometimes be found remedies in small type.  The pink references refer to the codes of authors who have reported the symptom.  For example, ‘k’ stands for Kent and ‘ptk’ for Phatak.

Before the use of homeopathic software, symptoms had to be cross-referenced by hand to find the remedies which were most common to all the symptoms.  This could take several minutes or hours.  Now the computer does it instantly and produces charts like this simple one I produced from RADAR:

Sum of symptoms    Sum of symptoms    Intensity is not considered

 1

1234

1 

MIND – ANXIETY – night – children; in

 29 

2

1234

1 

GENERALS – FAINTNESS – headache; during

 23 

3

1234

1 

GENERALS – FOOD and DRINKS – milk – aversion

 128 

4

1234

1 

THROAT – PAIN – raw; as if

 185 

5

1234

1 

STOMACH – COLDNESS

 101 

6

1234

1 

EXTREMITIES – COLDNESS – Feet – night – bed agg.; in

 26 

   

calc.

carb-v.

ars.

sil.

sulph.

zinc.

bell.

chel.

kali-c.

lyc.

 

6

6

5

5

5

5

4

4

4

4

1

2

1

3

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

1

2

2

1

3

2

2

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

4

2

2

1

1

2

2

3

1

1

3

5

2

2

3

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

6

3

1

1

1

1

1

(I know the headings are out of sync but you get the idea, the most likely remedies are across the top and the presence and strength of the symptom is shown below). 

Once a short-list of remedies is determined, it is a matter of checking against the descriptions of remedies in materia medica books such as the factual, detailed and straightforward ‘Phatak’s Materia Medica’ (left brain oriented) and the simultaneously mythical, referential and scientific Frans Vermeulen’s Prisma (right and left brain oriented) to ensure the most appropriate one is given according to the patient’s symptoms, personality and characteristics.  These and many other books are now electronically accessible by other homeopathic software packages allowing homeopaths to cross-reference many more books than they can keep on their already heaving bookshelves.

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