Blog - Shilpa Bhouraskar

How to study and master the Materia Medica.

After almost two decades in homoeopathy, I get a lot of questions from students and practitioners.
One of the common question is - How do you study the Materia Medica?

How do you know our remedies so well that you can pick them from the final analysis no matter how a patient presents.
Do you memorise the information?
What’s the insider stuff of mastering remedies?

This video is all about that and much much more....

Yes, I would really love to know what you think about this. Please post your thoughts below.


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Very good thank you. In what book does Hanneman speaks about that? So that I can buy it myself please. It is important to know this things.

Thanks Dim.
Hahnemann speaks about the botanical relationship under Ignatia in Materia Medica Pura.
Other Masters of the past such as Hering in his "Guiding Symptoms" and Clarke in his "Clinical dictionary" refer to them extensively throughout their Materia Medica under different remedies.

Thank you Shilpa,

Of course you get multiple thumbs up.

This video points out what I have to work on. Will be using the information.
Thanks again

This is incredibly helpful! Thank you!

This was very good and helpful info. Shilpa
I think the only thing I wasn't clear about said to pick our 10 favorite remedies and do what you suggested in this video and those 10 will help to learn a 100 new remedies....wasn't sure how that was possible. Also I'm guessing you'd just start with polycrests?

Thanks for your question Suzan. Let me explain.
Eg if you pick Lachesis, then when you study the Stage 3 generals using group analysis, you are simultaneously learning the generals of the entire Ophidia family including Naja, Crotallus H, Crotallus C, Cenchris, etc. because they share common generals.
All you then need to study are the differentiating symptoms of each snake.
So this way you study 10 snakes all at once when you pick Lachesis.
This is much less work than studying 10 unrelated remedies because the innate group connection helps you remember each snake much more easily and also make the whole process much more fun.

And you repeat this process for every polycrest you choose to study.
This is why I said that when you study 10 polycrests, you are in fact studying 100 remedies. Hope that helps

thak you, it is very helpful, lucia

I've never studied remedies in groups. Fascinating!

Most definitely a thumbs up, Shilpa!! I have never thought of applying the stages framework systematically to the Materia Medica. But of course - it's one of those things that becomes perfectly obvious once you take the step - and very helpful indeed.Thank you!

Thank you so much, Shilpa. This is very helpful. I love the concept of studying in groups--so obvious once it's pointed out!

Thank you Shilpa, this video was very enthusiastic and helpful by talking about polycrests u have done a better job. And it was Fascinating by applying the 4 stages framework systematically to the Materia Medica.
Paul Rosiah