Homoeopathic Material Medica

Materia media" are Latin words that mean "materials of medicine," that is, the various medicines used in homeopathy from the plant, mineral, animal, or chemical kingdoms. Homeopathic medicines are listed in Latin so that homeopaths (and patients) can be precise with the exact source of the medicinal substance.


There are hundreds of homeopathic materia medica, and there are different styles in which they are written and organized. Since materia medicas are full of detailed information about a medicine, it is necessary to study each medicine in a systematic way so that you can retain as much information about it as possible. Each person develops his or her own systematic way to study the materia medica. One common method is to summarize the key mental and physical general symptoms along with the characteristic physical symptoms on an index card or a sheet of paper. In general, students of homeopathy learn the medicine more effectively when they try to memorize key features of the medicine and when they get a deep feeling about it. Some people make up mnemonic devices. Others may meditate on a medicine's characteristics. Some people even make drawings of the person who would typically need this medicine. And some people dramatize this medicine in a short play. It's good to encourage study group members to discuss a medicine without the use of their notes, and ultimately to check with notes only when someone questions the accuracy of a symptom or at the end of the discussion.

 

One systematic way to learn about a medicine in a study group is to discuss its most characteristic symptoms first. Afterwards, there should be discussion of the psychological symptoms, then noteworthy physical general symptoms, then noteworthy physical symptoms, and finally, the less characteristic symptoms. When discussing the physical symptoms, it is helpful to talk about them in the order of head to toe.


Storage and Dispensing of Remedies

• Keep the Remedy out of the Sunlight and away from all Strong Odors. Perfumes, chemical fumes, nail polish, hair spray, tiger balm, aromatic toothpaste, menthol/mint, essential oils and burning agents such as incense, will cancel the remedy in the bottle. The average medicine cabinet is not the ideal storage area for remedies. Do not open the remedy bottle if you can smell any strong odors.
• Magnetic/electrical fields, (T.V., X-ray, magnets) could alter the remedy in the bottle.
• Be careful not to touch the inner rim of the bottle or lid with your fingers to prevent contamination of the bottle, and to prevent your fingers from absorbing the remedy.
• Do not put pellets back into the remedy bottle if they should fall out onto the floor or your clothing. If you think a remedy bottle has been cancelled, have it replaced. The empty bottles should not be used for storage as remedy essence still remains. You may sterilize the bottles and lids for 30 minutes in a pressure cooker, but it is better to recycle and invest in new bottles.


Disrupting the action of the remedy when it is taken internally

From observation, the remedies have worked even after X-rays, allopathic drug use, drinking coffee, and using mint products. However, it is best to allow the remedies a clear field in which to work uninterrupted. It is more important to avoid cancellations with "one dose high" of a remedy. The "lower potency repeated" is less susceptible to cancellations.
• Do not eat or drink anything 15-30 minutes before or after taking a homeopathic remedy.
Drinking water before the remedy is acceptable.
• Caffeine and caffeine products may alter the effect of the remedy. As it is a strong drug we suggest to discontinue their use. Coffee has many other strong alkaloids and chemicals that may alter the remedy action. Many brands use formaldehyde to de-caffeinate. An alternative would be grain based coffee or a variety of herbal teas. (Note that Lipton tea contains tannic acid and caffeine). If coffee is used, take the remedy 1/2 hour after drinking the coffee. Always give a remedy even if someone is a coffee drinker or on drugs.
• Avoid camphor and camphor products, lip balms, cough lozenges, tiger balm or deep heat linaments, mint products, and essential oils. Any aromatic fumes (paint, ammonia, hair permanents, nail polish and remover, moth balls, etc.) should not be inhaled.
• Electric blankets (including heating pads) have been found to be detrimental to your health. It is best to avoid them altogether.
• Prescription drugs, recreational drugs or alcohol intoxification can alter the action of the remedy and you may need to adjust the dose, by repeating the remedy more often.
• Mental/emotional shocks and dental work may require acute remedies, then resume chronic treatment.

Acute Prescribing Guidelines

• Repeat a remedy that has worked for your problem in the past.
• 30c or 200c's are good potencies for firat aid (burns, shock, injuries) and acute diseases, (fevers, flus, colds). Lm potencies are also good, if repeated as needed, 3 to 4 times a day is average.
• Don't leave a remedy that is working. You may need to increase the succussions, frequency of the doses, or go to a higher potency of the same remedy.
• As the person gets better, give the remedy less often. For chronic or Lm use, see further instructions.
• Remedies may be taken dry, though we find better results when a remedy is put in liquid and schussed between each dose.

Chronic Prescribing Guidelines

• Repeat a remedy that has worked for your problem in the past.
• 6c or Lm/1 are good potencies to begin with in cases of chronic diseases. The potencies are put in water can be repeated, 3 to 4 times a day is the average. Adjust the potencies and dose, as needed.
• Don't leave a remedy that is working. You may need to increase the succussions, frequency of the doses, or go to a higher potency of the same remedy.
• Try to give the remedy for as long as possible, weeks or months. Don't change te potency or frequency unless necessary, when of the nature of the case changes then you are justified to change the number of succussions, frequency, drops, potency,
• If a remedy no longer works, then prescribe a new remedy, based on the present case.
• Remedies may be taken dry, though we find better results when a remedy is put in liquid and succussed between each dose.

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