Homeopathy treats any living thing, from the plant world as well as the animal kingdom. If it is alive, it has a vital force and homeopathy can be useful. One very little known resource for the treatment of animals is a companion book to The Essential Synthesis by Dr. Fredrik Schroyens.
Dr. Schroyens spent many years working on The Essential Synthesis by revising and reorganizing Kent’s repertory to be easier to navigate and up to date. He organized the main chapters by their body part but at the top of each page put the next level entry of both the beginning word and ending word for each page. Similar to how a dictionary is organized. This makes finding the proper rubric much easier as the pages are flipped.
He then organized each body part chapter into seven levels. These levels are organized in the logical way we think about symptoms. It is an easy repertory to use but as with all printed versions the latest edition is still incomplete as new rubrics and remedies are constantly being added.
Dr. Schroyens, along with co-author Peter Vint, have subsequently written another book, Textbook of Repertory Language for the Essential Synthesis. In this book, which is a companion book to the The Essential Synthesis, they have included a repertory of rubrics that have been referenced and entered by veterinarians only. This repertory will reference all rubrics that are relevant in The Essential Synthesis and will also list remedies that are additions to The Essential Synthesis with veterinary origins.
There is also a list of veterinary concepts leading to the related symptom. This list has proven most helpful for veterinarians as well as lay homeopaths who treat animals. This list takes the symptom of the animal in a language that is common to the animal description and translates it into the human language of the repertory. In other words, a reference to the human condition rubric from the animal symptom. Although this section is not overly large, there are very useful concepts that would otherwise require using our imagination to translate.
Another very useful section is Localization by Name. What this means is that for every chapter the related localized symptom is referenced. In the alphabetical list you can search for a localization and find in which chapter symptoms of this localization can be found. Sometimes the reference is in more than one chapter, which will help you to not overlook the symptom you need.
In addition to all of the new ways to organize a repertory there is an index of words for The Essential Synthesis and in what section and page they can be found. This feature is very useful when you have a known word you are wanting to find but unsure in which section it could be. This really helps narrow the focus to the most accurate rubric.
And lastly, as if this weren’t enough for one book, a great list of remedy names and abbreviations. Unlike other lists, this list includes in alphabetical order all remedies in their full latin name and all abbreviations independent of the name of the remedy. So you can search an abbreviation and find the name or the name and find the abbreviation. All in one list.
So for any of you who are treating your animals the Textbook of Repertory Language for the Essential Synthesis is a must have. Remember that it is a companion book to The Essential Synthesis and should be used in conjunction with it. Because the information in this repertory is not titled with anything to do with veterinary homeopathy it often is overlooked and not catalogued for veterinary medicine. There is a goldmine of information that is organized in a new and easily navigated format. If you are treating many animals these repertories are a must have.