Dr Rita Chakraborty
Since the homoeopathic Materia Medica has over 4000 remedies, most of them with hundreds and some with thousands of symptoms, it is clearly impossible for the practitioners to remember all the symptoms and prescribe only on the basis of this knowledge and his memory.
Therefore, the prescriber who does not want to fail will take the aid of the repertory which is a most useful and comprehensive aid.
The intelligent use of the repertory can considerably lighten the work of the prescriber and also make prescribing more precise.
Now, as in a disease, from which no manifest exciting or maintaining cause (causa occasionalis) has to be removed, we can perceive nothing but the morbid symptoms, it must (regard being had to the possibility of a miasm, and attention paid to the accessory circumstance s, See Aph 5) be the symptoms alone by which the disease demands and points to the remedy suited to relieve it and, moreover, the totality of these its symptoms, of this outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease, that is, of the affection of the vital force, must be the principal, or the sole means, whereby the disease can make known what remedy it requires……..the only thing that can determine the choice of most appropriate remedy …..And thus in a word, the totality of the symptoms must be principal.
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