the most of our focus and effort was directed to Project Remedies for the last two weeks and now it reached a tentative start phase. What does it mean? We have provided the templates for the first 500 homeopathic remedies, so those of you willing to participate can now start editing and completing the missing information. The "tentative" part means we don't want you to add any new remedies YET, as we will be adding new remedy templates in the coming weeks. When we run out of remedy templates, we will switch to normal mode when you will be encouraged to add new remedies.
There are some surprising PRACTICAL results from our investigation of the first batch of remedy templates – some remedies are not at all what the name would suggest, some are made from substances which cannot be properly identified, are no longer available etc. Certain remedies are routinely prepared from the substances that are DIFFERENT from those used in the proving. In many such cases, we have issued a warning that the remedy may not work even in cases, when it is properly selected – as there is a serious probability it is prepared from a DIFFERENT substance with different medicinal effects.
So, if you thought (as we did), it is enough to find the remedy, think again. To name just a few problematic cases, take a look at Aloe socotrina, Tarentula cubensis, Murex purpurea or Carcinosinum. Before using any of these remedies, you should request information from your homeopathic remedy manufacturer to ascertain the origin and mode of preparation of the remedial substance.
Project Remedies reaches a tentative start phase.
Most of the difficult work was done for ALL plant and animal remedies, as we were able to supply taxonomical classification and scientific names. Some remedy entries are completed, but most of them are missing common names and, most importantly, substance identification data which must be obtained from the materia medica. The source substance identification has a direct impact on Distinctness attribute and, consequently, on the practical application of the remedy – meaning, whether or not we can expect the same medicinal effect as described in our books. Please, also note, we have added one more value – UNIQUE – to the Distinctness attribute, marking the remedies made of one-of-a-kind substances, such as Tarentula cubensis, made of the ROTTEN specimen of an unknown species of tarantula spider from Cuba.
We have also added two new optional attributes – "Erroneous names" and "Similar remedies".
If you wish to participate, make sure to read the Record Template section thoroughly, look at the examples and also check a new section named "Where to find remedy information".
Having a look at Missing substance identification remedy list and Missing common name remedy list won't hurt either.
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Question for André Saine
Q: Some homeopathic teachers believe there must always be aggravation after simillimum and if there is just amelioration without aggravation, they believe the remedy was not really simillimum, just simile or perhaps a palliative. I do not find this to be the case. What is your experience / opinion on this?
A: For an initial aggravation (IA) to occur after taking a homeopathic remedy (HR) depends of many factors... Read the answer »
In case you've forgotten, you can submit your own questions here.
Recommended article – Case of deafness cured by Mezereum
Ever wondered how some indications enter our materia medica? I know most of you didn't, but you really should have! For example, in Mezereum, there is a "Deafness after suppression of head eruptions" type of keynote in many of our materia medicae, yet how many know, how it came to be included in these books? I am not going to tease you, it originates in this case report by illustrious Caroll Dunham.
There are two major points which make this article a worthwhile reading:
1. The obvious one – it teaches us how to proceed in a case where we have no signs or symptoms to prescribe on – the value of anamnesis.
2. The less obvious one – it SHOULD teach us, that "Deafness after suppression of head eruptions" is a useless indication. Don't understand why? Read the article or ask André Saine to explain!
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