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10 Best Homoeopathic Materia Medica Books Forever

10 Best Homoeopathic Materia Medica forever. These books actually backbone of Homoeopathy Treatment.

1.Homeopathic Materia Medica – William Boericke

Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke (1849 – 1929).

The book contains the well-known verified characteristic symptoms of all our medicines besides other less important symptoms aiding the selection of the curative remedy.

Boericke has tried to give a succinct resume of the symptomatology of every medicine used in Homoeopathy, including also clinical suggestions of many drugs so far not yet based on provings, thus offering the opportunity to experiment with these and by future provings discover their distinctive use and so enlarging our armamentarium. Originally Published in 1901.


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2. Keynotes and Characteristics – H C Allen

Keynotes and Characteristics by Henry Clay Allen.

Originally published: 1899.

Allens Keynotes is one of the most popular and widely read materia medica.

The reason for its popularity being its preciseness and comprehensiveness. Dr. Allen has presented the keynote symptoms of 188 of the more commonly used remedies on a style that is very easy to read and comprehend.

He has used italics and bold print to emphasise the weighting of the symptoms and has included a section on the bowel nosodes and a section on imponderables and nosodes.

A classic of Homeopathic literature.

Keynotes and Characteristics by Henry Clay Allen

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3. Lectures on Homeopathic Materia Medica – James Tyler Kent

The work was initially transcribed by Kent’s students from the lectures he presented at his Post-graduate School of Homeopathics in Philadelphia.

Kent offers detailed and insightful descriptions of 217 medicines in this work.

The first edition of James Tyler Kent’s Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica was published in 1905.

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4. Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica by C. Hering

Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica –

This series of ten volumes is a comprehensive record of confirmed symptoms gathered from fifty years of practice.

Hering did not complete the work himself – he died while proof-reading Cainca, in volume three – and some inaccuracies have been remarked on by Kent himself.

It is, nevertheless, a priceless contribution to homeopathic practice.

Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica by C. Hering

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5. Materia Medica Pura – Samuel Hahnemann

Materia Medica Pura was written by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

There are six volumes of Materia Medica Pura. There are 61 medicines contained in these volumes.

There were 37 provers. It was translated in English by Charles Hempel and R.E. Dudgeon separately.

1st Volume Materia Medica Pura: 1811- Contain pathogenesis of 12 medicines, 6 of which are new, the pathogenesis of all of those which had already appeared being considerably increased.
2nd Volume Materia Medica Pura: 1816- Contain pathogenesis of 8 medicines together with those ascribed to the magnet.
3rd Volume Materia Medica Pura: 1817- With 8 medicines.
4th Volume Materia Medica Pura: 1818- With 12 medicines.
5th Volume Materia Medica Pura: 1819- With 11 medicines.
6th Volume Materia Medica Pura: 1821- With 10 medicines.

Medicines contains in different volumes

Volume I – Bell, Dulc, Cina, Cann.S, Cocc, Nux, Op, Moschus, Oleand, Merc, Acon, Arn.
Volume II – Caust, Ars, Ferr, Ign, Puls, Rheum, Rhus, Bry, Magnes, North and south pole.
Volume III- Cham, Cinch, Hell, Asar, Ipec, Scilla, Stram, Ver-Alb.
Volume IV – Hyos, Dig, Aur, Guiac, Camph, Led, Ruta, Sars, Con, Chel, Sulph, Arg.
Volume V – Euphr, Meny, Cycl, Samb, Calc, Acetica, Mur-acid, Thuja,Tarax, Phos Acid, Spig, Staph.
Volume VI – Angustura, Mang, Caps, Verb, Coloc, Spog, Dros, Bism, Cic, Stannum.

Materia Medica Pura by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann

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6. Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke

John Henry Clarke consulted Allen, Hering, Hughes, Jahr, and Lippe, among others, in the writing of his 3 volume Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica.

Published between 1900-1902, Clarke’s Dictionary gives useful information on almost 1000 homeopathic remedies.

Each remedy is described as to source, description, clinical application, characteristics, relations, and the symptoms themselves.

Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke

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7. Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen

In 1874, Timothy Field Allen published his 10-volume magnum opus, The Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica. This is a record of most of the homeopathic drug provings and toxicology up to this point.

With contributions from Richard Hughes, Constantine Hering, Carroll Dunham, and Adolphus Lippe, each symptom is given with the name of the prover, the dosage that produced that symptom, and the reference for that symptom.

Here you will find the original text of a symptom, undistorted by the lens of the repertory.

It is an amazing experience to find the words of a 21st century patient expressed by a prover over 125 years ago.

Though Allen attempted to make corrections to this voluminous work, some feel that many mistakes of translation made it into the final copy.

Even so, this materia medica remains today a mainstay of homeopathic practice.

Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica by TF Allen

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8. Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics by E.B. Nash

Leaders in Homeopathic Therapeutics by E.B. Nash (1838-1917).

Originally published: 1898.

Nash covers over 200 remedies which have been enriched with various comparisons, cases and potency advises given at various places.

He has presented the drugs in a wonderful but simplistic way where he starts with the doctrine of signature or the sphere of action of the drug.

Covers the characteristics of the drug without going into unnecessary details.

He has also given many examples of cases with the prescription and also comparisons at various places which are useful for practical application.

The author gives various references from other classical books which makes the reading interesting.

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9. Keynotes and Red Line Symptoms by Adolph von Lippe

Keynotes and Red Line Symptoms by Adolph von Lippe (1812-1888).

The book gives the red line, the chains of more symptoms leading to correct diagnoses, in a particular characteristic combination.

The characteristic symptoms of the most important remedies. An accurate and reliable compilation of the most common remedies.

Around 300 remedies are covered.

Originally published: 1866.

Keynotes and Red Line Symptoms by Adolph von Lippe

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10. A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica by C.M. BOGER

This book is in real sense a key to homeopathic materia medica.

Something which is useful for bedside as well as for quick revision.

The book is divided into three parts:

1) A 90 page repertory

2) A 230 page Materia Medica which is laid out in physiological spheres of activities with modalities and relationships

3) 100 page section of 4 appendices.It has a fascinating layout and concept.

Each of the 323 remedies is presented in concise and clear words.

In Boger’s layout you can easily see which remedy affects which specific part of the body. Here, at a glance, this all is available.

This book intends to make the general expression or genius of each remedy, thereby helping the prescriber correct the manner of his practice.

The repertory is too instructive in its own way and many hints can be gleaned from its unusual layout.

It also includes the ‘supplemental reference table.

The repertory section is divided into four categories:
a) The periods of aggravation (times)
b) Conditions of aggravation and amelioration
c) Generalities (sensations and general conditions)
d) Regional repertory (parts of the body affected)

A Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica by C.M. BOGER

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