This is something that we look at in some depth during our seminars. But for a general overview, I will give a brief example.
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A patient complains of a problem either on the skin, or related to the joints of the upper limbs, or the lower limbs, or even both. Given that the T.P.B. has 125 remedies only for consideration, we note that lower limbs has 122 remedies in the symptom and upper limbs has 123.
For prescribing purposes, this is less than helpful. It is NOT A PRESCRIBING SYMPTOM. The practitioners at the I.H.M. using the P&W T.P.B.are often asked why they dont use locations like this in repertorisations, the example above… The answer is that we do, but not for analysis of a case primarily.
We know that each of the symptoms above cover nearly EVERY remedy in the T.P.B. so logic dictates that we should be looking at more individual symptoms that are represented by fewer remedies in a picture of a disease.
So if a patient has thickening of the skin, we can be fairly sure that this one symptom when allied to the joints, will be covered in all rubrics.
And it only has 17 remedies in it. IMMEDIATELY if you are sure of the symptom, it has narrowed your search down to fewer remedies. So you can leave out the location of joint problem altogether. (You can check at the end of repertorising until you gain confidence in this method.)
Add this rubric to others of a defined and definite nature… within 2 or three rubrics you are looking at 1-3 remedies to consider for prescribing.