Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Homeopathic Materia Medica

A homeopathic materia medica is a compliation of reports of homeopathic provings based upon observed effects of the homeopathic remedies on volunteers. The term is also used for the entire body of homeopathic remedies. Along with a homeopathic repertory, a materia medica is one of the basic reference tools used by homeopaths when choosing remedies for patients.

The first was Materia Medica Pura by Samuel Hahnemann, published in six volumes during the 1820s (vol. VI in 1827). Revised editions of volumes I and II were published in 1830 and 1833, respectively. It contains details of the symptoms observed when volunteers took each of 67 homeopathic remedies.

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