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Bönninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook & Polar symptoms

The Bönninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook & Polar symptom module is an incredibly effective Analysis tool which will increase the accuracy of your prescribing when the case before you has prominent and well-defined physical symptoms


The Bönninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook & Polar symptom module reveals contraindications based on the all-important modalities

The Bönninghausen approach has rightly seen a resurgence amongst homeopaths around the globe. Master practitioners like Close, Boger and Roberts used Bönninghausen's method which offers you an expanded analysis that can be a valuable alternative to a Kentian approach - especially in cases that present only limited mental symptoms.

Use FIVE Bönninghausen repertories at the same time!

Synthesis Treasure Edition integrates all the information from the following repertories:

  • Bönninghausen's Therapeutic Pocket Book
  • Boger-Bönninghausen Repertory
  • Boger's Synoptic Key
  • Boger's General Analysis
  • Bönninghausen's Systematisch-Alphabetisches Repertorium


With the Bönninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook & Polar symptoms, you can:

  • See contraindications of your patient's modalities based on the Polar symptoms (those that are opposite to what the patient experiences).

    • For example, the patient's condition is strongly aggravated on standing and Phosphorus is a leading contender based on the symptom totality.
      • Using the Bönninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook & Polar symptoms, you can check the Polar symptoms to see that Phosphorus is listed in Bold type for the opposite modality - amelioration while standing.
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      • Therefore, the opposite modality outranks the one which is so marked in the patient despite Phosphorus ranking highly in all of the non-polar symptoms.
      • If this were a very important factor in the case, then you may question the validity of Phosphorus as the leading remedy. 
  • Polar symptoms are indicated wherever you see a Yin-Yang icon in the Therapeutic Pocketbook Polarity

    • If the degree of the Polar symptoms in the remedy outrank the actual symptoms of the patient, this contraindicates the remedy.
      • This is incredibly useful, as it brings great clarity to the differential process when looking at equally indicated remedies based on the symptom totality.
  • Search rubrics by keyword and chapter

    • Dive straight into the Repertory by searching for the precise symptom you want.
  • Repertorise using the ingenious Concordances chapter

    • See related remedies based on sphere of action, modalities. See also which remedies antidote the action.
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  • Search in one or all Bönninghausen Repertories

    • Therapeutic Pocketbook (TPB), Boger-Bönninghausen (BBCR), Boger General Analysis & Synoptic Key
  • Analyze in all Repertories

    • Mix and match symptoms from any of the above Bönninghausen repertories
  • List symptoms per remedy

    • Using Reverse Repertorisation, you can easily extract repertorial symptoms.
    • The Therapeutic Pocketbook is especially useful for seeing the sphere of action and strong modalities of each remedy.
  • Restrict degrees

    • E.G. take only the Underlined remedies from any symptom
  • Compare remedies side-by-side

    • See which rubrics are common or exclusive to any number of remedies


  • How does this differ to Heiner Frei Polarity Analysis?
    • The main difference is in the way the contraindications are displayed in the Analysis module.
      • With the Polar symptom module, it is less easy to see contraindications at-a-glance, so it takes more of a trained eye to see where the polar symptoms outrank the patient's symptoms.
      • With Polarity Analysis, there is an additional Analysis option which sorts the Analysis by the Polarity Difference - this is a highly effective way of bringing forward the leading remedies whilst considering the contraindications.

The Bönninghausen method is equally useful in both acute and chronic cases

He described symptoms by location, sensation, modalities and concomitant symptoms - the classic four dimensions of Hering's symptom-totality. This also facilitated a way to overcome the limitations of Materia Medica. Sensations, modalities and concomitants associated with the local symptom in a proving or verified in the clinic, could be generalized to the symptom totality.

For example - in Colocynthis - the proving itself revealed the modality of amelioration by hard external pressure - but only for the colic-like intestinal pains.Bönninghausen extended this modality to a general amelioration by external pressure, thereby allowing consideration of this remedy for pains which occur in other locations and are ameliorated by external pressure. The Materia Medica was not changed, but potential errors of exclusion were minimized.

The strength of this approach becomes especially obvious in those challenging cases which are difficult to solve using other methods: where there is a paucity of mental symptoms, when mental symptoms have no value or when incomplete symptoms predominate.

For an in-depth look at Bönninghausen's approach to analysis, you can listen to this recording of Will Tayor's teleconference call on the topic.

More About Bönninghausen's Repertories

1) The Therapeutic Pocketbook, Bönninghausen's own repertory. You can learn about the depth of care and scholarship that has gone into this all-new translation by reading The Therapeutic Pocket Book by Gregory Pais and Peter Vint.

2, 3, 4) Boger collated the work of Bönninghausen and his own work into the Boger-Bönninghausen Repertory. Boger also published two more repertories: the Synoptic Key and the General Analysis.

5) In addition, the two German language volumes of Bönninghausen's Systematisch-Alphabetisches Repertorium have been integrated into Synthesis 9.1  in English.

Each volume contains hundreds of pages; one offers anti-psoric, anti-syphilitic and anti-sycotic remedies and the other non-anti-psoric remedies. Furthermore, the handwritten additions that Bönninghausen made to these two volumes have also been added to Synthesis 9.1.

Click on the Gallery images for a guided tour of the Bönninghausen Therapeutic Pocketbook!