The Practical Repertory is part of the Jain Pack of books which are exclusively available for use with the Vision system. Here is an explanation of the need for a new Practical Repertory from Pravin Jain:
Over the years there have been many advances in the various repertories, most adding many more medicines and more rubrics. However from the perspecitive of practical results, long lasting cures have not, in my opinion, been satisfactory. Cures in 'psoric' cases were certainly demonstrated, but in syphilitic cases, for example, the practical results were not satisfactory. In recent years we have all seen a general decline of homeopathy and homeopathic results. So I felt there was a need to reinvent the approach.
I have found that the more remedies that were added to the repertories the lesser the cure. In my opinion unnecessary additions of unverified remedies in rubrics have only created more confusion.
I decided to analyse almost 10,000 cases between 2012 and 2018 from the HomoeoCare group of clinics across India and found:
33% were pediatric cases and only 5% were acute cases. 17% were Menstrual complaints, 14% were Hormonal complaints, 11% were Joint complaints, 13% were 'Lifestyle' disorders and 8% were Pathological cases.
I then studed all of the Vision repertorisation charts used in these cases and found that only 500 different, unique rubrics were used in all of these cases. Yes, only 500 unique rubrics were used in 10,000 cases! This means we were using less than 1% of the existing rubrics available to us in other repertories.
Approach to prescribing
In my personal experience, prescriptions based primarily on 'particulars' are far less effective. Even if there was an initial result any improvements were not long lasting. When I based my prescriptions on the Mentals and Generals this gave a much better result. Certainly a miasmatic understanding of the pathology also gives a better result. I have found that in pathological cases a good result can be achieved if the pathology is part of the totality repertorised.
These are my personal experiences as I have tried several different methods in my clinics and analysed the efficacy of each.
Basis for a new repertory
I have avoided Particular rubrics in all chapters except for those actually pertaining to a body part (where you must have them of course) – and instead I have used more 'general' rubrics. I have used only verified and sourced remedies. (Repertories used as the source basis were: Boger Boennninghausen (BBCR), Knerr, Boericke and Phatak.
I utilised a better chapter structure - as an easier to use structure helps the homeopath take less time to select the remedies.
This new repertory is based more on the Boenninghausen concept of a Grand Generalisation. As an example consider these rubrics: