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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

Shilpa, this is the best information I have received in regards to studying the Materia Medica. I was still getting lost in books of keynotes and feeling that some of the remedies just run together. Thank you for this way of focus!!!!!

Hello Shilpa.

This information is really really helpful because nobody usually tells you how to study the materia medica, which is one of the pillars in order to precribe properly. So thank you very much for all your work and enthusiasm!

Best regards.

Thanks Pedro. I am glad this helped you.

Hi Shilpa,
So studying Sulphur, I would learn the generals to Alumina, Silica, Phosphorus, Clorine, and Argon?
As far as plant families, where can I find out which plant remedies belong to what species? What animal remedies belong to what species? I am sorry these are very basic questions, I am sure.
Thank you.

Not basic at all Sonia.
Materia Medicae such as Herings Guiding Symptoms and Allen's Encyclopedia do give you the botanical and zoological families of each remedy.
If you have HomeoQuest Premium then the classification of every remedy is inbuilt in the program so you can extract the themes of each group in the Remedy comparison feature.

Thank you Shilpa. Great advice. I am working towards being able to get the premium version. I love your blogs.
Thank you again.

Incredibly helpful
I Love your work

it's precious

Thank you Shilpa. You are brilliant. I love your organizational structure and approach. As a new student putting together my own course of study I feel so fortunate to have found you early on. Your Stages approach is terrific. The info in this blog is so sensible and focused.

Thanks Dana,
I am glad this was helpful. Keep learning and growing your MM tool kit :-)

Thnks shipa for providing these kind of helpful video where people r willing to share their knowledge and mst importantly without charging.

Love this idea Dr Shilpa, by engaging in the classification it allows the Rxs to come alive.

Glad this helped Tina...

Superb Dr.Shilpa u have explained so we'll n with e.g.thanks a lot..Materia Medica through repertory what is that method..pls do explain