From 1987 to 1991, in co-operation with the University of Namur in Belgium, Prof. George Vithoulkas worked on creating and programming a very highly sophisticated computer system, the V.E.S. (Vithoulkas Expert System) that helps in the analysis of the homeopathic cases.
The Vithoulkas Expert System imitates the line of thought of Prof. Vithoulkas. It performs a complex analysis of the symptoms. More than 200 variables and some mathematical algorithms are used in this analysis. The set of symptoms is searched for several patterns before it is interpreted according to instructions by Prof. Vithoulkas.
What is an Expert System?
An Expert System is a set of rules that reproduces the thinking of an expert in a given field. It not only recalls data with 100% accuracy, but it also processes and evaluates that data according to the methods of the expert.
The Vithoulkas Expert System (V.E.S.) was created in collaboration with the world-renowned master homeopath, Prof. George Vithoulkas. V.E.S. duplicates his unique thought process in symptom analysis and remedy selection.
V.E.S. uses all the principles and understanding that Prof. Vithoulkas uses himself, and it does so every second the System is computing. But even more – the computer never gets tired of starting over and over again, and always maintains the same, total precision.
Going Beyond Human Reasoning
Since the day of its release, V.E.S. has been used by hundreds of homeopaths in their day-to-day practice – and from the beginning, it has received highly enthusiastic, and even astonished reactions. V.E.S. regularly finds real and unexpected cures, even in the most desperate cases.
In the year of its release, V.E.S. gave the correct answer in all cases at the August Course in Alonissos. It astonished everybody by indicating Kreosotum, which cured the acute toothache of one of the people present.
V.E.S. correctly analyzed some extremely difficult cases – illnesses which had already been given several homeopathic remedies and allopathic medicines with no cure. There were times when the program produced suggestions that Prof. Vithoulkas had not thought of, and those suggestions proved correct.
No one present at these courses could remain indifferent in the face of such overwhelming evidence. The word was out — there is something powerfully different about this homeopathic program.
Over a period of two years, the team analyzed numerous cases using George Vithoulkas’ years of experience with thousands of cured patients. Prof. Vithoulkas describes the process:
“The team of homeopaths and software programmers started by taking a case of mine and asking why I prescribed remedy X and not Z, or T or M. I explained that certain points featured in the case more strongly than other points did.”
“They wrote down what I said and then translated my thinking into mathematical formulas. This went on until we had created thousands of rules and sub-rules. Then we worked further to refine each rule until, it was as precise as it could possibly be.”
Prof. George Vithoulkas
As a general rule, V.E.S. considers mind symptoms to be more important than local ones. But there are cases in which it may ignore such symptoms in favour of some prominent local keynotes. Many different principles and possibilities are used to decide when this particular decision is applied.
You don’t have to pre-select particular symptoms before using the Expert System. The V.E.S. takes care of this itself by using ALL the symptoms and selecting the most appropriate rubrics.
Every time you add a new symptom, V.E.S. re-evaluates the whole case and gives you a full, completely new analysis.
“It has always been my purpose to contribute as much as possible to the art and science of homeopathy. In my lectures, books and now in this repertory program I have placed my greatest efforts into providing the most useful, reliable and worthwhile knowledge.”
“In this way, homeopathy will grow in a healthy way. Humanity will benefit and the next generation will have great teachers to expand on what has come before.”
Prof. George Vithoulkas