20 April 2012

Analysis with Boenninghausen. Part 1

Posted by Jody under: Aches & Pains .

In starting out with some reflections on the use of Boenninghausen’s Repertory, I am actually coming in at a rather late stage of the process of analyzing a case – the choice of a repertorial method, the selection of rubrics and the “running” of a repertorial analysis depend on careful case-taking and organization and assessment of the case. But sometimes it helps to see “where we’re going” to in order to understand what we need to do first – so with that spirit in mind, I thought it would be advantageous to jump in at the repertorizing stage and proceed in both directions.

I use several repertories in my work – most often I refer to Roger van Zandvoort’s Complete Repertory (on computer in MacRepertory), but I also am quite fond of Kunzli’s ‘Kent’s Repertorium Generale’ (paper), Kent (paper & computer), the Boger-Boenninghausen repertory (which I use on computer), Roberts’ Sensations ‘As If’, Ward’s Unabridged Dictionary of Sensations ‘As If’, Boericke’s Repertory, and occasionally Knerr’s Repertory of Hering’s Guiding Symptoms. Although sometimes I hunt these interchangeably to find “just the right rubric,” more often I find myself choosing one or the other to optimize a particular strategy in analyzing a case.

I am currently infatuated with Boenninghausen’s repertory, not at all for universal use, but because it offers an approach that feels complementary to the Kentian method in which I was trained, which may be more applicable to a subset of the cases I see. These are those cases that center on the characteristic symptoms of physical pathology or “local” disease. This approach also lends itself well to working with acute illness, and may be a very nice way to approach homeopathic home-care of minor acute illnesses in a classical fashion.

The structure of Boenninghausen’s Repertory has its logic in a particular approach to case analysis.

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