It is true that the TPB only contains 125 remedies for evaluation. However, in practice, it is also true that most practitioners do not know the value or scope of most remedial actions. It is amazing to find out the curative power of remedies that we have a pre- conceived opinion of as to its field of action, and see it restore sickness to health outside of our comfort zone.
Let me give an example of a recent case with few symptoms. I tried a few remedies in the first 2 days of the presented fever, and nothing really worked. In the end I sat down and looked for what could be observed visually.
The patient had a sticky greasy perspiration. Mainly on the left side of his body.
I repertorised these 3 Sx . I saw Bryonia clearly was top in the numerical values and as such I was preparing a dose of LM potency to give…
However, given that numerical values are only an indication of the frequent presence of a symptom in a remedy and not an INTENSITY value, I went back and looked at the patient again and noticed yet another symptom. The perspiration was not clear, it had a brown dirty colour to it on the skin. Discoloured perspiration is not in BRYONIA.
I gave CHINA LM 0/1. Within 4 hours the patient was recovering.
What do we learn from this case? I believe that accuracy in symptom gathering is the requirement of the day. Once gathered, it must be assessed SOLELY on the basis of the symptoms and repertorised ACCURATELY and without prejudice to what we THINK the remedy is. Where a physical SX exists it cannot be ignored if it is a result of the infection.
We must then READ THE PROVINGS TO BE SURE.