Along with Case Taking and Case Analysis, the study of Materia Medica, the properties of medicines, is one of the foundations of homeopathic practice. In this course, students will be introduced to the study of Materia Medica and the Repertory starting with major polychrest remedies. They will learn different methods of studying Materia Medica to best remember the essential and distinguishing features of each homeopathic remedy. Materia Medica studies will include single remedy studies as well as studies of the healing and disease-producing properties of different groups (families) of remedies according to systems designed by Jan Scholten, Rajan Sankaran and other authors. Materia medica lectures will draw on classical Materia Medica such as Hahnemann, Hering, Clarke, Kent, and Boericke, as well as modern sources such as Frans Vermeulen, George Vithoulkas, Farokh Master, Rajan Sankaran, Roger Morrison, Jan Scholten, Louis Klein, and David Little.
This course will also introduce students to the field of Therapeutics, where the major remedies indicated for different organs and bodily systems will be studied, compared and contrasted. Along with the study of the Materia Medica, students will be introduced to the structure of major repertories in use in homeopathic practice today. They will learn to use the repertory in creative ways in order to study Materia Medica and will be introduced to how the repertory is used in order to build a representation of the “picture” of a case based on different methods of analysis.