MATERIA MEDICA PURA. Presented by DR.N.SANKAR. MATERIA MEDICA PURA. The word “Pura” annexed to the title is significant & offers a challenge of purity to its counterpart of the traditional school
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Materia Medica of homoeopathy is the collection of the pathogenic effects of drugs and of the derangements they are capable of causing in the healthy body, by means of which is worked the principle – ‘ Let likes be treated by likes’.There are six volumes of Materia Medica Pura.1st Volume: 1811- Contain pathogenesis of 12 medicines, 6 of which are new, the pathogenesis of all of those which had already appeared being considerably increased.2nd Volume: 1816- Contain pathogenesis of 8 medicines together with those ascribed to the magnet.3rd Volume: 1817- With 8 medicines.4th Volume: 1818- With 12 medicines.5th Volume: 1819- With 11 medicines.6th Volume: 1821- With 10 medicines.
Hahnemann examined his disciples symptoms, corrected it to make it an exact sensation or pain observed with all its conditions and Concomitant....
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Dr.hughes referred to numerous quotations of hahnemann which is of over 4000 indicating hahnemann’s rare collection of circumstances of occurence of symptoms, dose by which it produces effects of drugs...
Dr.hughes also verified hahnemann’s cited symptoms to their originals...
The first English translation of ‘Materia Medica Pura’ was done by Dr.Hempel in 1846, but was imperfect. He omitted many medicines. He did not follow Hahnem
These are examined properly which shows the genuinity of symptoms.....
1) Translator’s preface.2) Author’s preface – From Vol. I of third Edition.3) Spirit of Homoeopathic Medical Doctrine - From Vol. II of third Edition.4) Preamble - From Vol. II of third Edition.5) Medicines.Aconite to Ipecac- 37 medicines.
If in other little circumstances which could hardly be expected to interfere with medicinal effect these symptoms are recorded but inclosed in brackets as a sign of doubt..
This is to show how much enmity the better healing art had to endure from the allopathic doctors up to 1817. There were several unfair criticisms on the 2nd part of Materia Medica Pura especially on the essay “ spirit of homeopathic medical doctrine.A case is taken according to the direction given in organon and administered pure, unmixed, the most appropriate according to the principle of homoeopathy. Then if a speedy permanent cure is not obtained, we will be able to give a public refutation of this doctrine. Then homoeopathy is as good as lost.The homoeopathic medical doctrine will stand out in more prominent relief appear to great advantage against the foil of this nonsense and will dispel the nocturnal darkness of antiquated stupidities for it teaches how to afford certain benefit in diseases.
3 The third source is by Chemistry – by Geofroy.To attain the knowledge of real pure action of remedies on the human frame by means of vegetable and animal chemistry. Animal chemistry can merely separate from animal substances such inanimate matters as show a different chemical action with chemical reagents. They act dynamically on the spiritual animal organism.Chemical constituents shown by vegetable chemistry to exist in plants also act in the same way.
Thus, chemistry can only give chemical information with respect to medicinal substances. But, cannot tell what spiritual dynamic changes they are capable of affecting in the health of the human being.
5. By accident.Eg. a) The inhabitants of deep valleys were found to suffer from goiters. After thousands of drugs and domestic nostrums had been tried in vain, the roasted sponge found to be the best thing for it.b) Venereal Diseases – After other drugs – Mercury was lip upon and proved itself specific.c) Intermittent fever – after other drugs with Cinclona Bark.These specific cannot be always because the diseases were not constant in their nature.
6. Testing experimentally their pure effects – which form the pure materia medica.
So, the honest physician should investigate the peculiar character of the disease before him in order to restore the patient with certainty. The simple natural way alone remains for us to ascertain with certainty the power of medicines to healthy individuals. Such a medicine will never fail to cure the disease.
5. Symptoms are numbered 5,10,15,20…6. Time of occurrence of some of the symptoms after taking the medicine is given at the end of the symptoms in brackets (Eg. Shooting in the frontal bone like a saw drawing (After six hours) Page No.185 of Materia Medica Pura Vol I)7. Symptoms got by Hahnemann, his disciples and other authorities are put together. Symptoms got by Hahnemann without any distinction; Symptoms got by Hahnemann’s disciples (Abbreviations – E.g. Staf); Old school authorities (Name in capitals)8. Two Grades ordinary and bold (frequently occurring symptom)9. Some symptoms are given in brackets. These are the doubtful symptoms, when circumstances like fright, chagrin etc that are supposed to interfere with the action of the medicine. The symptoms are placed in brackets for the purpose of informing the reader that they could not be considered genuine (a drawing tearing in the fore part of the urethra when not urinating) Page 175 of Materia Medica Pura Vol I . 10 Notes by Dr. Richard Hughes. At the bottom of the page designated by small figures like * , 1,2 etc