Excerpts from the book: If the physician clearly perceives what is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what is curative in medicines, that is to say, in each individual medicine (knowledge of medicinal powers), and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue – to adapt it, as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper period for repeating the dose:-if, finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration may be permanent : then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally, and he is a true practitioner of the healing art…Aphorism 3, Organon of Medicine.
Synthesis for Radar
It was Dr Kent, who published a repertory with a structure and a hierarchical logic that would stand the test of time. However, the repertory must evolve through clinical experience, proving, diligent practice, with cautious improvements and additions.For decades, no repertory succeeded in taking up this challenge of careful progress. In 1987, the Synthesis project began. Under the supervision of Dr Frederik Schroyens, this collaboration of homeopaths from around the world has succeeded in significantly expanding and improving upon Kent’s great Repertory, without a compromise in quality. Combined with the powerful homeopathic software program known as RADAR, it has equipped today’s practitioners with the powerful database tools necessary for finding the correct remedy for their patients. Synthesis is not only the latest in a long list of repertories; but it also consolidates one of the most ingenious homeopathic projects of this century. Synthesis is a sound repertorial database from which to make additions. The objective was to do it without compromising the accuracy of the information and the efficacy of the results. Synthesis is the basis for RADAR for more than 25 years now. Teachers, practitioners, students all over the world are using Synthesis for RADAR in their daily work because they are:
- Highly reliable
- Every source is just one mouse click away
- Jump to cross-references and synonyms
- Filter the information we don’t want to see and use
- Integrated timeline – stick to the classical authors with just a mouse click
- Easy to integrate our own additions
- Keep up-to-date using the live update, if required
The Ultimate Repertory
However good a book might be, it can never meet the objectives of being easily indexed, highly cross-referenced, and quickly updateable. By utilising the power of the computer it becomes possible to meet these objectives. Yet, great skill and knowledge must be incorporated into the software program for the user to achieve quick and accurate results. To function on a higher level, the program must begin to think like the person, with the ability to easily cross-reference data with a distinct level of intelligence. Although Synthesis as a book is outstanding, the real power and heart of Synthesis rests in its ability to be tailored to the needs and discretion of the individual Homeopath. It is in the computerised version of Synthesis that this work meets this objective, and then exceeds it. To unleash the total power of Synthesis, a highly flexible database has been coupled with a very powerful, yet efficient search engine. To further tailor it to the needs of the individual, flexibility has been designed into the program to enable it to be edited by the user. RADAR is an easy to use and powerful tool at the same time – special modules add functionality for a variety of homeopathic techniques.
- Browse the repertory in different ways – find rubrics and “hidden” information we never would have found in the book
- Find symptoms using exceptional search-tools – from simple to very distinguished
- Analyse our repertorisation in a second – change our “point of view” by just two mouse clicks
- Retrieve remedy-information from the repertory –e.g., find all nux-v. rubrics containing “headache” in less than 10 seconds
- Save time in every day practice
Concepts and Families of Remedies In Radar Opus:
A concept is an idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the characteristic or essential features of the class. In RADAR OPUS also, the concepts have been added to generalise the idea related to a particular theme. Here the Concepts are used to find the most accurate symptoms in the repertory. It is an aid to find and use less known repertory symptoms related to well known concepts. The available concepts in RADAR OPUS are:
- Veterinary Concepts by M Bar
- Concepts and Core Delusions by Luc de Schepper
- Mind Concepts by Dragos
- Homoeopathic Psychiatry by Liz Lalor
- Latent Psora by Lara
- First Aid Manual by Mateu Ratera
- Desktop companion by Roger Morrison
- Acute Disease by Frederick Schroyens
- Radar Concepts by Frederick Schroyens
- Themes by Servais
- Semiological Guide by Fonseca Valadares
- Index by Zulian
It is the most useful tool to translate the language of the patient into the repertorial rubrics. A patient may not provide the most accurate words to describe how he or she is feeling, which makes the diagnosis very difficult for a homeopath. Now, we can find the rubric that truly matches our patient’s condition or be directed toward rubrics we never knew existed. With Concepts, finding any symptom in the repertory is as easy as a few simple mouse clicks. The Concepts Module for RADAR OPUS stretches through the entire Synthesis Repertory, considerably simplifying the search for symptoms by using the words and expressions of the patient as a point of departure. In addition, we can build up our own Concepts, or add to already existing ones.
Likewise Concepts, RADAR OPUS also has Families of Remedies, which is as follows:
- Miasms, Dominance and the seven colour groups by Grant Bentley
- Boyd Families
- Boenninghausen Concordances
- Dorcsi families
- Bowel nosodes by Paterson
- Five elements by Rosenthal
- State of matter families by Rosenthal
- Sankaran families
- Sankaran miasms
- Nosodes families by Frederick Schroyens
- Related remedies by Frederick Schroyens
- Hahnemann disease classification by Stoteler
- Kingdoms families by Taylor
- Miasms families by Taylor
- Periodic table by Taylor
- Element theory by Taylor
- Teste families
- Analogic group, Fungi by Frans Vermulen.
The Boenninghausen Method in RADAR
The Boenninghausen Analysis Module is a momentous development, eagerly awaited by homeopaths around the globe. Master practitioners like Close, Boger and Roberts used Boenninghausen’s method – and now anyone can apply this same method to any repertory data they have in their RADAR package. The genius of Boenninghausen’s approach offers us an expanded analysis that can be a valuable alternative to a Kentian approach – especially in cases that present only limited mental symptoms. With this module, easy-to-use wizards will step us through a Boenninghausen case analysis, using the specific repertories we choose.
Synthesis 9.1 integrates all the information from the following repertories. With the Boenninghausen Analysis Module we now have an analysis application that takes maximum advantage of all the Boenninghausen’s repertory data:
- Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book
- Boger-Boenninghausen Repertory
- Boger’s Synoptic Key
- Boger’s General Analysis
- Boenninghausen’s Systematisch-Alphabetisches Repertorium
The Boenninghausen method is equally useful in both acute and chronic cases. He described symptoms by location, sensation, modalities and concomitant symptoms – the classic four dimensions of Hering’s symptom-totality. This also facilitated a way to overcome the limitations of Materia Medica. Sensations, modalities and concomitants associated with the local symptom in a proving or verified in the clinic, could be generalized to the symptom totality. The strength of this approach becomes especially obvious in those challenging cases which are difficult to solve using other methods-those cases where there is a paucity of mental symptoms, when mental symptoms have no value or when incomplete symptoms predominate.
With the Boenninghausen Analysis Module we can:
- Search rubrics by text or number
- Search in one or all Repertories
- Analyse in all repertories
- List symptoms per remedy
- Use automatic calculation of the leading remedy
- Restrict degrees
- Identify frequency of remedies
- Compare remedies
- Indicate the intensity of interrogation
References / Encyclopaedia Homeopathica
Imagine stepping into a huge Homeopathic library, and being able to find any symptom, or get an answer to any question we have in seconds. With the birth of Encyclopedia Homeopathica (EH), the promise of homeopathic materia medica software programs has been realised. With dazzling speed, EH searches through hundreds of thousands of pages of Materia Medica, Therapeutics, Journals, Homeopathic Philosophy and cured cases. It’s easy, powerful search engine lets us work with an entire Homeopathic Library. EH reduces the time we need to search in books to a minimum and increases our success to the maximum.
Note: This article will be continued in the next issue.
About the Authors
Dr Alpana Jha is an enthusiastic homeopath and a public health professional. She completed her BHMS degree from Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru State Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Kanpur, India and Masters in Public Health from Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad, India.
Dr Ashish Kumar Jha completed his MD in Homeopathic Pharmacy from B R Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, India under the guidance of Dr Prem Chand Pd. Gupta – a renowned homeopathic practitioner from Kalyan, West Bengal. He is currently the ‘Head’ in Indian subcontinent for the educational training and development of Radar Opus – Archibel, Belgium. He is also pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.