Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo da Vinci
It is my belief that there is enormous scope for new ideas - simple, but effective - in the world of homoeopathy.
Over the past few years, we have put up several small programs on this website - PhaseRep, Distinctions, Quiz etc. We have also made an App called HQR, available on the Google Play Store. Our latest offering is Beagle, which is a tree-form materia medica.
All these are very diverse, yet simple, ideas. None of them is perfect, but we hope they are thought-provoking - and above all, useful in practice. Nothing in these programs is weird or bizarre - indeed, they are all common-sense ideas. What could be simpler than a program like Distinctions, which gives you opposite symptoms of two drugs to be compared - Calc is (usually) chilly, Sulph is (usually) hot. To my knowledge, such a program showing opposite rubrics was not available a few years back, when we created it and put it up on this website.
These ideas are simply using today's technology to present well-substantiated data more effectively.
There is tremendous scope for improving each of these programs. For example:
I have a big list of improvements to be made to each of these programs - they are on a to-do list. Knowing this, why am I presenting these programs? Because I feel this is the way to go forward.
Without knowing even a few keynotes of drugs like oleander, squilla, taraxacum or guaiacum - all drugs proved by Hahnemann, and presented in the Materia Medica Pura - there is a much greater interest in newly proved substances, even unusual ones like dog-shit, menstrual blood, vacuum etc. If there is a choice between novelty versus reliability, surely the latter should win? Especially when it comes to treating patients!
I believe that if you can prescribe drugs like Nat-m, Bell, Nux-v and Sulph successfully every time, you would be doing a very good job indeed. Very often, a homoeopath who would have otherwise correctly prescribed sulphur in a case, ends up prescribing something totally unrelated (dissimilar) to the case, because of some theory, or a wish to prescribe a newly proved, exciting drug.
What is needed in homoeopathy is more simple ideas, more work on existing solid information - presenting it in new ways, enabling us to study or grasp a drug picture clearly. For example, I found there was no quiz program available for homoeopaths to study and revise. E.B.Nash had made a book "Regional Leaders", meant to be used as a self-quiz. With today's technology, nothing is easier than to create a computer-based quiz. Yet, with so many expensive commercial homoeopathic software programs, a simple quiz to study keynotes was not available. In the meantime, we run after "new" theories and "new" provings.
I hope these programs work as a balancing force. They help us use our most reliable repertories and materia medicas simply and effectively. These programs are presented only as ideas - new ways to think and present data - not as perfect products. We hope others with more resources available to them can improve on these ideas - to create a better Quiz, or a better Distinctions program etc., for the cause of homoeopathy or commercially.