Homeopathic Materia Medica

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Homeopathic Materia Medica are encyclopedia of purported therapeutic properties of each homeopathic preparation, which are ascribed through provings. According to Samuel Hahnemann in his Organon of Medicine[1] § 143, homeopathic materia medica is "a collection of real, pure, reliable modes of action of simple medicinal substances, a volume of book of nature." They thus act as a homeopathic prescribing reference guide and source for compiling Homeopathic repertory.[2] Earlier materia medicas have details regarding the materials and methods which may be used to prepare homeopathic medicines.

Medical science has determined that homeopathic preparations are not effective for treating any condition.[3][4][5]

Samuel Hahnemann invented the practise of homeopathy while translating the botanical, Treatise of the materia medica by the Scottish physician William Cullen from English into German in 1790. Twenty pages in that work are devoted to Peruvian cinchona bark which is used to prepare the medicine quinine. This substance produces fever-like symptoms while being used to cure intermittent fever or ague and this led Hahnemann to conceive the principle of similars: that like may cure like. He went on to develop the materia medica along these homeopathic lines and others then continued this work to produce great volumes of potential ingredients.[6]


  1. ^ Boericke, Samuel Hahnemann ; translated by William (1992). Organon of medicine (6th ed., Hahnemann's own written revision. ed.). New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers. p. 211. ISBN 81-7021-085-2.
  2. ^ Boericke, William; Boericke, Oscar E. (1927). Homeopathic Materia Medica. OL 201727W.
  3. ^ Ernst, E. (2002). "A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy". British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 54 (6): 577–82. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2125.2002.01699.x. PMC 1874503. PMID 12492603.
  4. ^ Linde, K; Clausius, N; Ramirez, G; Melchart, D; Eitel, F; Hedges, L; Jonas, W (1997). "Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials". The Lancet. 350 (9081): 834–43. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(97)02293-9. PMID 9310601.
  5. ^ "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy – Science and Technology Committee". British House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. February 22, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Skinner, Sidney (2001). An introduction to homeopathic medicine in primary care. Jones & Bartlett. p. 371. ISBN 0834216760.