The National Center for Homeopathy (www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org) is launching a terrific series of regular, high quality, interactive training webinars, led by accomplished instructors, (available to National Center members – and they are FREE) on how to use homeopathy to treat yourself and your family.
The series is called “Homeopathy at Home”. “Homeopathy at Home” will introduce newcomers to homeopathy, as well as providing practical steps for more experienced home prescribers. The five different webinars in 2011 will be thorough and cover the basics of selecting remedies for family members with various conditions including flu, ear infections, sore throats, coughs, stomach ailments, first aid and more. What’s more – you will be able to listen to each event live and interactively or, if it is more convenient, at a later time from the archives.
The first webinar, “Homeopathy at Home: Colds and Coughs”, is scheduled for March 13th at 7:00 PM Eastern time and will be led by Ann Jerome, PhD, CCH. Ann Jerome is a wonderful instructor as well as NCH Dean of Education and Director of the live and online homeopathy school, the Academy of Classical Homeopathy.
If you want to participate in this great learning opportunity, and gain access to other great member benefits, please go online to http://www.homeopathic.org/member-benefits.
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Drawing on 48 years of homeopathic experience, Catherine R. Coulter revisits the basics
by Catherine R Coulter, MA
The following is an excerpt from Catherine R. Coulter’s latest book, Homœopathic Education—The Unfolding of Experience.
Homœopathic Education—The Unfolding of Experience “investigates the body of knowledge a homœopath spends his life amassing and examines his manner of acquiring it. As in all forms of growth, during the process of becoming a full-fledged practitioner, there are certain clearly delineated stages to be passed through, each presenting challenges to be confronted, pitfalls to be avoided, and disappointments to overcome. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. The intent of this work is to indicate and describe the rites of passage that ultimately bring the aspirant to his goal: to practice, with confidence, integrity, and skill, the science and art of classical homœopathy” (from the “Introductory Remarks”).
The following adaptation is from Chapter 1, “Initiation into the Method”:
The beginning student might feel overwhelmed by the vast literature attached to homœopathy. All too often he is convinced (by instructors or himself) that he has to master an entire bookcase of material before he ventures to use the remedies; that he should not even start prescribing until he has done extensive reading. This is a mistake. At this point, in the earliest stage of study and practice, apart from a good home manual such as D.M. Gibson’s First Aid Homœopathy in Accidents and Ailments, the neophyte need familiarize himself with only three works: Boericke’s Materia Medica with Repertory, Kent’s Repertory, and Boger’s Synoptic Key. And “familiarize” does not require memorization; it means understanding how the material is organized and how the sections and categories are structured, so that eventually he can easily find his way around when looking up symptoms.
The essential literature
1) The Materia Medica with Repertory, compiled by William Boericke, is generally acknowledged as the leading homœopathic textbook on practical therapeutics. It is remarkably informative and complete (for its size)—a truly inspired book. A thorough acquaintance with its various sections and learning how to cross-reference between the “Materia Medica,” the “Repertory,” and the “Therapeutic Index” is almost a complete homœopathic education in itself. Many a homœopath has done fine work with the assistance of this book alone.
2) James Tyler Kent’s A Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica amplifies and wonderfully enriches the repertory in Boericke’s smaller masterpiece. The manifold rubrics, subrubrics, and sub-subrubrics are brimful with valuable guiding symptoms. In order to make the most suitable choice for cure, the student needs only to grasp the basic format of the work (i.e., the sequence in which the different rubrics are arranged and under which the symptoms, with their appropriate remedies, are listed), then determine which remedies appear most frequently and strongly. This ingenious repertorizing system was devised to minimize the need for laboring away and burdening one’s memory with information which is right at your fingertips, beautifully organized and readily available. In time and with experience, as one begins to associate given remedies with certain symptoms, the information will be impressed on the mind in a natural and ineradicable way.
3) The third textbook indispensable for every aspiring homœopath is Cyrus Boger’s Synoptic Key of the Materia Medica. This gem of a book differs from Boericke’s volume in its organization, categorization, and presentation of material. By virtue of being based largely on Boenninghausen’s work instead of, like Boericke, primarily on Constantine Hering’s Guiding Symptoms and the Kent Repertory, it complements Boericke by offering somewhat divergent rubrics and occasionally even suggesting distinct remedies for a given symptom or condition. Of inestimable value in this volume are the “Time,” “Amelioration and Aggravation,” and “Generalities” sections. The remedies listed there often go straight to the heart of a difficult or complicated case.
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