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  1. The Repertory of Mental Qualities, or QRep for short, is in important enhancement to every homeopath's resources.



    QRep is an ideal choice whether you are starting your homeopathic training or you are an experienced practitioner. Why do I say this?

    QRep makes Repertorisation Simpler!

    In many cases we see the same things over and over again.  If I were to say to you that someone is suffering from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) you would know exactly what I mean. And we see many such cases. But in the repertories (even the modern repertories) you will not find  a rubric that covers OCD. So you have to think really hard about which rubric or rubrics you are going to take to 'cover' OCD. It can get very frustrating hunting around in the repertory trying to find exactly what you need. In QRep there is a quality, OCD, that encapsulates all manifestations of the condition!

    Another example might be Low self esteem. You know exactly what this means when you talk to the patient but there is no rubric in any of the repertories that encompasses all aspects of the feelings of low self esteem. Lack of self confidence might be the closest repertory rubric you can find for low self esteem but it does not really encompass all that low self esteem encapsulates. Furthermore a quick scan of materia medica and remedy provings quickly reveals remedies not actually present in the Lack of Confidence rubric! 

    QRep solves this dilemma by providing a Low self esteem quality for easy use!


    A final example might be those people who are dragged down with a myriad of problems and issues arising out of the situation in which they are Carers for other people. Of course you can spend quite a long time looking and trying to find all the rubrics that arise from long term caring for others. However QRep solves this problem elegantly and saves you lots of time by providing a quality named Carers and Helpers!

    In addition to saving you lots of time QRep also allows you to work with all the new remedies!

    Many newly proven remedies are included in QRep

    As you probably know many of the newly proven remedies do not appear in even the most modern of repertories such as Complete, Synthesis and Murphy. The QRep allows you to work with these new remedies because their provings have been researched by Jeremy Sherr and his team and every remedy that has relevance to the qualities has been included!

    So when you repertorise with QRep you will see the newly proven remedies coming through into the analysis - ready for your consideration. No longer will the polycrests 'swamp' the analysis (due to their prevalance in the repertory rubrics) - now the new remedies are prominently displayed!

    So what exactly is QRep?

    QRep is a collection of 28 mental qualities that you will use every day!  All are displayed on one screen. The recommendation from the compiler, Jeremy Sherr, is that you simply take into your repertorisation all the qualities that apply to the case. So in just a few clicks from the same screen you will have established a sound base for repertorisation and saved yourself oodles of time!

    You can then either proceed to repertorise just using the qualities (and then review the remedies and make your decision from the list displayed) or you can add additional rubrics that you are totally confident in from other repertories (e.g. using solid Modalities and Physical Affinities are both reliable in practice).

    However you decide to use QRep you can be confident that each and every remedy contained in all of the qualities has been meticulously researched by Jeremy and his team before inclusion. Unlike some other repertories every entry is guranteed to have been checked and to be appropriate to the quality.

    QRep - Convenient, Simpler Repertorisation

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  2. What to do when the phone rings and there's no time to repertorise an acute? Turn to Akiva!

    Originally created for the non-professional I have found that as Akiva has grown, many homeopathic practitioners use the system on a regular basis. The number of Conditions it offers recommendations for has grown to over 70! The number of remedies used in the analysis is now over 100.

    The level of detail involved in each acute consultation allows you to truly individualise your acute prescription. Go beyond routine and automatic prescribing (e.g. Arsenicum for suspected food poisoning) and quickly enter your patients unique symptoms and reactions to find the exact remedy they need.

    Let me show you how it works.....this is the screen you see when Akiva first starts

    AkivaStart

    To get started quickly simply click on the Acute Consultation image. 
    Now you can see an alphabetical list of all the conditions that Akiva can help with:

     Conditions

    Before it does anything at all Akiva displays appropriate information related to the selected condition. This may be simple first-aid advice where appropriate or guidance in more serious situations. When you are ready to start the consultation click the Continue button.

     asthma 

    Akiva will then start the consultation asking you a series of carefully chosen questions that will help determine the most indicated remedies.

    asthmaquestion

    You are asked to answer Yes if you are sure the patient suffers from this. You can also choose to answer Don't Know or a definite No for each question Akiva asks.

    There are a variable number of questions asked as part of the consultation for each condition. You must answer each so that Akiva can build up a picture of the case and start finding the most indicated remedies. Homeopathic practitioners will appreciate the depth and quality of the questions asked!

    When all questions have been answered Akiva will ask if you wish to add another condition to the analysis. This is because the patient may very well be suffering with several conditions, for example  Cough with Hoarseness. When you have answered questions for all Conditions then Akiva will analyse all the responses and display the top 5 most indicated remedies:

     results

    If one remedy is prominent then Akiva will highlight it with the words Strongly Indicated (as you can see above). You can also choose to view an Analysis Chart so that you can examine responses to each question to go deeper into the case (if you wish). This is how the Chart is displayed:

    chart

    To see information about any remedy click the button with the remedy's name on it and you will see helpful information and confirmatory data. I suggest you check all of the remedies displayed as they each have relevance to the case. Use your knowledge and experience to make the final choice. 

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    Akiva has proven to be very useful to even the most experienced practitioner. You can rely on Akiva to help you work an acute case quickly and thoroughly.

    To purchase Akiva click here: http://www.shop.miccant.com/ourshop/cat_713847-Akiva.html

  3. I often get asked 'do I really need to add materia medica to my Vision system?' The basic Vision system comes with repertories only so that we can offer you the very best price we can when you first make your investment in Vision - knowing that you can add additional materia medica at any time in the future.

    There are 5 main reasons why you should consider adding materia medica:

    • You can quickly look up any remedy in all the materia medicas
    • It is far cheaper to purchase in electronic form than in printed books
    • You can search all the books for specific words and expressions
    • You can create a rubric out of your materia medica searches to enhance existing repertory rubrics
    • If you're on the move you have all your books on your laptop - no additional weight carrying books with you!

    Let me explain each of the above in a little more detail..........

    You can quickly look up any remedy in all the materia medicas

    Suppose you have just repertorised a case and are considering which of several remedies to choose? If you have materia medica in your Vision software simply right click any remedy you want more information about. Then click Materia Medicas and Vision will quickly open up every materia medica that has information about that remedy. Do this for each remedy you are considering and you will soon build up a picture of each and quickly make your decision!

    In Vision this takes just a few seconds - far quicker than it would take for you to simply open your favourite printed book.

    Here is an example of a repertorisation chart.

    repchart

    Simply right click any remedy, in this example Causticum, and click Materia Medicas to see this:
    mmcaust

    Another useful way to access materia medica is when you are browsing or searching the repertory. Simply click on any remedy you see and its details will be displayed in the right side panel. Then click the MM Browse link in the right side panel and ISIS will open up every materia medica for that remedy.

    Underneath the MM Browse link there is also MM Search. If you click on a rubric and then click on a remedy this allows you to search through all the materia medica looking for where your selected rubric appears in the materia medica of that remedy. So, as an example, while browsing the repertory, if you wanted to read up about the remedy Arsenicum in relation to Avarice click them both and then click MM Search and Vision will run a search of all your materia medica for the word Avarice and synonyms in all of the materia medica!


    It is better value to purchase in electronic form than in printed books

    This is pretty self-evident. Just check and compare the prices!

    Another benefit is that when you have the books in your ISIS system there is no need to carry around heavy printed book equivalents! And if you use Vision on a laptop then just take that wherever you go and all your books will be at your fingertips!

    You can search all the books for specific words and expressions

    Sometimes you need to search for very specific terms and/or expressions. Most homeopathic books are for reference purposes so to be able to search them makes perfect sense. Having a library of materia medica in your Vision is far more useful than any other solution. You cannot search printed books you can only read them!  In Vision you can search for words in all of your materia medicas in just a few seconds. 

    Consider an example: you have a patient who clearly has large, black circles under the eyes. You want to read up about all the remedies that have this symptom. Just type BLACK CIRCLES EYES into your materia medica search and in just a few seconds you have a list of all books and remedies displayed with all the information!

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    You can even create a rubric out of your searches to enhance or supersede existing repertory rubrics

    It is important to understand that sometimes the materia medicas contain more information than even the most comprehensive repertory.

    Vision lets you do something wonderful after you have run a search of materia medica! You can click the Combine button on the toolbar and Vision will create a new rubric containing all of the remedies found in the materia medica! ISIS places this new rubric on the clipboard ready for you to work into a repertorisation ensuring that your analysis is the most complete it can possibly be.

    Here is the rubric Fear Dogs taken from Complete Repertory:

    completefeardogs

    Note in the above how the Complete contains 41 remedies. Now here is a brand new rubric created by Vision after you search materia medcia for the same thing!

    mmfeardogs

    As you can see there are 79 remedies that have a reference to a fear from dogs in the materia medicas. Maybe your patient needs Aethusa or Zinc both of which are not present in the repertory?

    This feature will be incredibly useful every now and again when you want to perform a very detailed analysis.

    I hope these 4 main points have explained the advantage of having materia medica in your Vision system. There are various sizes of materia medica packages available to suit your budget.

    Please browse our online shop to review the contents of each library: 
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