Role of homeopathic repertory in paediatrics

Dr Mohaseena

Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that deals with the care of children and adolescents. The term came from Greek word pedo pais (a child) and iatros (healer).

It deals with the problems of individuals from the birth (neonates) to less than 18 years.

In India the children under age of 15 years comprises 35.3% of total population.

Common health problems seen in pediatrics age groups are:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections: Common cold & cough, allergic rhinitis, nasal obstruction, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis.
  • Infection and infestation: Fever, common viral infections, warm’s infestions.
  • Diseases of gastrointestinal system & liver: Infantile diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, enteritis, acute liver hepatitis.
  • Hematological disorders: Anemia, iron deficiency anemia, megaloblastic anemia, hemolytic anemia.
  • Disorder of cardiovascular system: Rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, infective endocarditis, systemic hypertension, pulmonary arterial hypertension, rhythm disorders
  • Disorders of kidney & urinary tract: Hematuria, proteinuria, acute glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, urinary tract infections, vesicoureteric reflux
  • Diseases of central nervous system: Seizures & epilepsy, congenital malformations (microcephaly, neural tube defects, agenesis of corpus callosum, Arnold-chiari malformation, dandy-walker malformation), infections & acute encephalitis syndrome
  • Skin disorders: Disorders of skin appendages, dermatitis, bullous disorders, disorders of pigmentation.
  • Social problems: Child abuse, poisoning (accidental, or intensional), dependency.

Case taking approach to children:

Physician should be soft spoken, and approach child with smiling face, should try to build the rapport with the child before questioning or examining

Ask the parents first about the child’s behavior, eating habits, and observe the child behavior in clinic but without making the child anxious, should see the sociability of child’s, and the activity

The clinic should have adequate ventilation, should be well lighted, quiet & decorated with toys & pictures

Important rubrics from the homoeopathic medical repertory, Robin Murphy.
In this repertory the rubrics useful in pediatrics age related is been given under the chapter CHILDREN, the main rubrics is as following

  • CHILDREN, general
  • ABDOMEN, general
  • ABUSED, general, ailments from being
  • ABUSIVE, children, who insult parents
  • ACETONEMIA, in child
  • ADENOIDS, problems with
  • ANGRY, children
  • ANOREXIA, nervosa
  • ANXIOUS, children
  • ASPHYXIA, infants
  • ASTHMA, children
  • AUTISTIC, children
  • BASHFUL, children
  • BATHING, dislike of
  • BOYS, generals
  • BRONCHITIS, infants
  • CAPRIOUS, children
  • CARRIES, desire to be
  • CATTARH, infants
  • COLIC, infants
  • CONCENTRATION, difficult
  • CONSTIPATION, children
  • CONVULSIONS, children
  • COUGH, troublesome, dry, or loose, infants
  • COWARDICE, children
  • CRUELTY, children cannot bear to see cruelty at the movies
  • CURSING, swearing, children
  • CYANOSIS, infant
  • DELICATE, puny, sickly
  • DENTITION, difficulty, teething
  • DEPRESSED, children
  • DESTRUCTIVE, behavior
  • DEVELOPMENT, delayed or arrested
  • DIAPER, rash, buttocks
  • DIARRHEA, children
  • DIRTY, children
  • DOMINATION, by others, ailments from
  • DOWN’S, syndrome
  • DULLNESS, mental, children
  • ECZEMA, children
  • EDEMA, newborn, in
  • EMACIATION, children
  • ERUPTIONS, crusts on head, infants
  • ERYSIPELAS, infants
  • FACE, infants, like and old man
  • FEARFUL, children
  • FEMININE, boys
  • FEVER, constant, infant
  • FLESH, soft, infants
  • FOOD, artificial, ailments from
  • FRIGHT, ailments from, in highly exitable children, nervous
  • GIRLS, generals
  • GLOOMY, disposition, children
  • GROWING, pains
  • GROWTH, disorders
  • GROWTH, too fast
  • HAIR, cutting, ailments after
  • HAIR, growth of on child’s face
  • HEAD, infants, cannot hold up
  • HEART, anguish, infants
  • HELD, on to, desire to be
  • HERNIA, infants
  • HERPES, children
  • HICCOUGHS, children
  • HIDE, desire to
  • HIGH, spirited, children
  • HOMOESICKNESS, ailments, from
  • HYDROCELE, boys, of
  • HYDROCEPHALUS, children
  • HYPERACTIVE, children
  • ICTERUS, newborn
  • IMPRESSIONABLE, children
  • INCOORDINATION, children
  • INFANTS, general
  • INSOMIA, children
  • INTELLECTUAL, children
  • INTUSSUSCEPTION, intestines
  • IRRITABLE, children
  • JAUNDICE, newborn infants, in
  • JEALOUSY, ailments from
  • JUMPING, chairs, on, tables and stove
  • KICKING, child
  • KNEES, knocked, together
  • LEARNING, disabilities
  • LICE, general
  • LIPS, picking, of
  • LIVER, enlarged, in
  • LIVELY, children
  • MARASMUS, children
  • MASTURBATION, children
  • MASCULINE, girls, habits of
  • MECONIUM, retention, with vomiting of all food, obstinate constipation
  • MOANING, children
  • MOUTH, infant, palate wrinkled, infant cries when nursing
  • MUSCULAR, weakness
  • MUTINISM, childhood, of
  • NAVEL, blood and moisture oozing from
  • NIGHTMARES, children
  • NOSEBLEEDS, children
  • NOSE, coryza, infants
  • NURSING, breastfed children, ailments in
  • OBESITY, children
  • OBSTINATE, children
  • OLD, looking, children
  • OSTEOGENESIS, imperfect, bones
  • PARALYSIS, infants, of
  • PEEVISH, children
  • PLAY, general
  • PLAYFUL, children
  • PNEUMONIA, infants
  • PRECOCITY, mental
  • PROCRASTINATES, children
  • PUBERTY, ailments from
  • PUNISHMENTS, ailments after
  • QUETED, child cannot be
  • REJECTED, feelings
  • RELIGIOUS, affections, children
  • RESPONSIBILITY, in children
  • RESTLESS, children
  • RETARDED, mentally
  • RICKETS, rachitis
  • RUDE, children
  • SCREAMING, children
  • SCROFULOUS, children
  • SEBACEOUS, cysts
  • SEBORRHEA, head
  • SENSITIVE, children
  • SHAMELESS, behavior, in children
  • SLEEP, infants
  • SLOWNESS, mental, children
  • SNAPPISH, children
  • SNORING, children
  • SORENESS, infants
  • SOUR, smelling, infants
  • SPINAL, befida
  • STARLTLED, easily, infants
  • STRIKING, hitting, behavior
  • SWALLOWS, everything
  • THROAT, dysphagia of fluids, can swallow only solids
  • THRUSH, children
  • THIN, sickly, children
  • TIMID, in school, children
  • TOUCH, Agg
  • TRISMUS, infants
  • URINATION, painful, child cries
  • URINE, retention, in
  • VACCINATION, ailments, from
  • VOMITING, infants, blood, of
  • WALK, general, late learning to walk
  • WASHING, aversion to bathing
  • WEAK, children
  • WORMS, children

A research article on What is Homoeopathic symptom, in daily practice and research? State that the same homoeopathic repertory is used all over the world for more than a century, despite of the huge difference in the climatological, cultural and other variations and historical development and that the cultural difference doesn’t hinder the use of rubrics concerning the emotions, and food desires; and we don’t have different rubrics for different countries or culture.

A research article on Antibiotic resistance: Homoeopathic perspective, that the various deadly bacterial diseases such as Tuberculosis (TB), which were treated and well managed by antibiotics in past are now becoming drugs resistance. The Germ will lead to illness primarily when the person’s immune and defense system is not strong enough to combat them. The Biologist call it “host resistance” and physicians refers it to “susceptibility”. Homoeopathy has been treating infectious diseases successfully since pre-antibiotics era. Various studies support’s that homoeopathic treatment is equivalent in effectiveness to antibiotics for certain human infectious diseases.

A randomized placebo-controlled pilot trial was conducted see the effectiveness of Homoeopathic management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at Central Research Institute, Kottayam, Kerala, India. The sample size was 54 (homoeopathy = 27, placebo = 27), these patients were analyzed under modified intension to treat (ITT). All the patients under the homoeopathic group showed better outcome in baseline adjusted General Linear Model (GLM), repeated measures ANCOVA for oppositional, cognition problems, hyperactivity and ADHD Index and also the mean baseline adjusted treatment difference between groups at 12 months from baseline for all individual outcome measure favored Homoeopathic group, thus concluding that the individualized Homoeopathic medicines have therapeutic effects on ADHD children.


  1. Paul K Vinod, Bagga Arind. Ghai Essential Pediatrics. Ninth edition.
  2. Murphy Robin. Homoeopathic Medical Repertory. Third Revised Adition. 
  3. Rutten L, Muraleedharan KC, Shinde VH, Manchanda RK. What is a homoeopathic symptom, in daily practice and research?.
  4. Manchanda RK. Antibiotic resistance: homoeopathic perspective. Indian Journal of Research in Homoeopathy. 2015 Oct 1;9(4):219.
  5. Oberai P, Gopinadhan S, Varanasi R, Mishra A, Singh V, Nayak C. Homoeopathic management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised placebo-controlled pilot trial.

Dr Mohaseena
PG Scholar
Under The Guidance Of Dr Vijayalakshmi M Angadi  
Govt HMC &H Bangalore