Materia Medica |
This Remedy Reference Guide page is called a Materia Medica.
Materia Medica is Latin for medical material. Materia Medicas
differ from Repertories by listing the Remedy's name and description.
Whereas, Repertories list illnesses first.
Materia Medicas also list the remedies under their Latin
names. These Homeopathic names may differ from common names
that are used when in herbal form. Following the name of the
remedy, in a Materia Medica, is a "Picture" or description.
This "Picture" consists of listing various characterstics
of an illness, or illnesses, and symptoms a person might exhibit
who Needs That Particular Remedy. Also listed may be clinical
uses for the remedy, keynote symptoms, and modalities.
Modalities are listing of what makes you feel better or feel
worse. For instance, Bryonia will list the modality of worse
with motion, whereas Rhus tox will list the modality of worse
with inactivity. This also relates to the modality of worse
in morning. Rhus tox people will feel worse in the morning
after a night of laying still and allowing joints to stiffen.
Learning the leading characteristics and keynotes of the basic
remedies listed here will help when looking for the correct
remedy to treat your family for first-aid and seasonal disorders.
For instance, when you see a family member with a fever, or
an illness showing red, e.g. red ears, you will think of the
keynote symptom of the remedy Belladonna.
There can be confusion in Materia Medicas, since the pattern
is to list descriptions that are from the remedy's Proving.
Homeopathic remedies go through this process of Provings to
determine the curative properties of each remedy. Homeopathy's
premise is Like Treating Like, Similar Treating Similar. So
what symptoms are Proved or shown when tested on people, are
the same symptoms that can be treated with that remedy.
So remembering Like Treating Like will prevent confusion when
reading Materia Medicas.
When researching for the correct Homeopathic Remedy, remember
to use both your Materia Medica and your Repertory
Cross reference to see if the remedy is indeed the best match.
Because homeopathy is safe and helps gently to guide the
body, sudden illness and injury should be treated at first
Remember that you don't need to match everything listed under
a remedy to benefit from the remedy. Especially for sudden
illness or first-aid, you only need to find the closest remedy
matching the particular symptom that is the most troublesome.
For instance, you have a cold. Remedy choices as indicated
in the Repertory
are- Nux Vom, Mer Vivus, Gelsemium, Bryonia. But your cold
has an especially watery discharge, even burning. Although
you don't have a sore throat or headache that Gelsemium is
also indicated for, Gelsemium is most likely the correct remedy.
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Information by Kathryn
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As always, consult your health care provider if symptoms persist