Resources

There are a lot of valuable resources on the internet about homeopathy, but it can be hard to know where to start.    The links below can help you begin to understand homeopathy and to learn about some of the more common remedies and the conditions for which they are used. If you’re interested in treating yourself or your family, it’s best to limit conditions to acute symptoms such as colds or the flu, and to circumstances requiring first aid. It is unwise to self-treat chronic health conditions.    If you are under the care of  a professional homeopath, don’t take any acute-care or first-aid remedies unless your homeopath approves.

The first to visit is an article I wrote that was recently featured in the local publication, L-A Magazine, Like Cures Like. The article gives a brief story of what homeopathy is, how it works, what conditions it treats, etc.

National Center for Homeopathy, the publisher of Homeopathy Today magazine.  If you join and pay dues, you receive the magazine full of informative articles every other month. Members receive a password to explore the magazine's archives and other features on the site.  

The Maine Association of Homeopaths website: Association members are listed here with contact information.  
 
A lot of classic homeopathic literature is available at no charge at  http://www.homeoint.org/english/index.htm /.

More books to read online:

http://www.homeopathyhome.com/reference/books_online.shtml 

A comprehensive site to look at by a homeopath and author, Andrew Lockie, MD.
 
Miranda Castro is author of an excellent all-around book that serves as a good introduction and the first book in many homeopathic libraries: 
 
It's not just for people – homeopathy for pets: http://www.theavh.org/  
 
How a homeopathic remedy is made:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EEOsiJF1X0  

Now, books. There are quite a few books to give ”the interested reader” or “the blossoming homeopath” a further introduction to the material.

The Complete Homeopathy Handbook: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints by Miranda Castro. Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund B. Panos.

Everybody's guide to homeopathic medicines by Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman.

For people who want to read a combination of a good story with the history, philosophy, workings and miracles of homeopathy set out, I recommend Impossible Cure by Amy Lansky, Ph.D. This is a well-written book by a computer scientist who became a homeopath after homeopathy cured her son's autism. It’s a serious book with depth.  Her website is http://www.impossiblecure.com/ 
 
For digging deeply into the philosophy, rationale and science of the discipline and reading translations of the original German as Dr. Samuel Hahnemann developed it over time, you would get a copy of The Organon of Medicine. There were six editions over time. This is heavy reading, but contains most of what one needs to know to practice homeopathy. We say that every good professional homeopath reads it twice a year for the first fifty years of practice, then cuts back to once a year.  

You can find the Organon online at http://www.homeoint.org/books/hahorgan/index.htm 
and you can find a simple outline of each section of the Organon at
http://julianwinston.com/archives/articles/winston_organon_outline.php

Other books that you might want to own and consult:  


1. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica and a Word Index by James Tyler Kent, MD. This book functions as an index to symptoms, listing them and the remedies that match each one. The level of detail is fascinating and shows how individualized to each patient homeopathy is.

2. Materia Medica With Repertory by William Boericke, MD. It's the volume containing the detailed descriptions of the symptoms cured by each remedy.

Kent’s and Boericke’s books are the next step beyond using the introductory books mentioned above. They are original sources and do not have any other writers summarizing and explaining them. Some find them difficult to read because they contain nineteenth century medical terminology. There are online dictionaries for medical terminology, including such Kent favorite words as catarrh, coryza and dropsy.

 

 

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