Genius of Homeopathic Remedies

Genius of Homeopathic Remedies

  • S.M. Gunavante




Offering 128 cases linked to approximately 100 remedies, one learns to see what is essential to understanding these remedies.
611 pp hb


The Concept of the "Genius" of Remedies -- 1-6
The "Three-Legged Stool", The Minimum Syndrome of Maximum Value -- 7-30
How to Use the "Genius" -- 31-38
Valuable Pointers From Masters -- 39-60
Exercises with Case Studies -- 61-125
Genius of Remedies -- 127-604
Aconite -- 127-131
Aethusa -- 132-135
Aloe Soc. -- 136-135
Alumina -- 140-145
Anacardium -- 146-149
Antim. Crud. -- 150-153
Antim. Tart. -- 154-157
Apis Mel. -- 158-162
Arg. Nitricum -- 163-167
Arnica -- 168-172
Arsenicum Alb. -- 173-178
Arum Triphyllum -- 179-181
Aurum Met. -- 182-186
Baptisia -- 187-189
Baryta Carb. -- 190-194
Belladonna -- 195-199
Borax -- 200-204
Bryonia -- 205-209
Calc. Carb -- 210-214
Calc. Fluor. -- 215-217
Calc. Phos. -- 218-222
Calc. Sulph. -- 223-226
Carcinosin -- 227-229
Causticum -- 230-234
Chamomilla -- 235-239
Chelidonium -- 240-244
China -- 245-250
Cicuta -- 251-255
Cimicifuga -- 256-260
Cina -- 261-264
Cocculus -- 265-269
Coffea Cruda -- 270-273
Conium -- 274-279
Crotalus Hor. -- 280-284
Cuprum Ars. -- 285-286
Cuprum Met. -- 287-290
Cyclamen -- 291-293
Drosera -- 294-297
Ferrum Met. -- 298-303
Fluoric Acid -- 304-308
Gelsemium -- 309-313
Graphites -- 314-318
Helleborus -- 319-323
Hepar Sulph. -- 324-328
Hydrastis -- 329-333
Hyoscyamus -- 334-338
Ignatia -- 339-343
Iodum -- 344-347
Ipecacuanha -- 348-352
Kali Bichromicum -- 353-357
Kali Carb. -- 358-362
Kreosotum -- 363-368
Lac Caninum -- 369-372
Lachesis -- 373-378
Latrodectus Mac. -- 379-381
Ledum Pal. -- 382-385
Lilium Tigrinum -- 386-390
Lycopodium -- 391-395
Lyssin -- 396-399
Magnesia Carb. -- 400-403
Magnesia Mur. -- 404-407
Medorhinum -- 408-412
Mercurius Sol. -- 413-418
Mezereum -- 419-423
Naja Trip. -- 424-426
Nat. Carb. -- 427-430
Nat. Mur. -- 431-435
Nat. Sulph. -- 436-440
Nit. Acid -- 441-445
Nux Moschata -- 446-449
Nux Vomica -- 450-454
Opium -- 455-459
Palladium -- 460-462
Petroleum -- 463-467
Phos. Acid -- 468-472
Phosphorus -- 473-478
Phytolacca -- 479-483
Plantina -- 484-487
Plumbum Met. -- 488-492
Psorinum -- 493-496
Pulsatilla -- 497-502
Pyrogenium -- 503-507
Rhus Tox -- 508-515
Sabina -- 516-519
Sarsaparilla -- 520-524
Secale Cor. -- 525-528
Sepia -- 529-533
Silicea -- 534-538
Spigelia -- 539-543
Stannum -- 544-548
Staphysagria -- 549-553
Stramonium -- 554-559
Sulphur -- 560-565
Syphilinum -- 566-570
Tarentula Cub. -- 571-572
Tarentula Hisp. -- 573-577
Thuja -- 578-583
Tuberculinum -- 584-589
Verat. Alb. -- 590-595
Vipera -- 596-599
Zincum -- 600-604
Appendices A - Physical Generals -- 605-607
Appendices B - Peculiar Symptoms -- 608-609
Appendices C - List of Cases and Their Remedies -- 610-611


Reviewed by J.M. English

The author's stated objective is to provide a clear account of the symptoms of each of 100 homoeopathic medicines on which one could safely rely. These he calls 'red string' symptoms after Yingling, and he considers them the likely symptoms to be used in the 'minimum syndrome of maximal value' or 'three-legged stool' method of prescribing.

He specifically does not claim to provide exhaustive details about his chosen medicines. In his introductory remarks he quotes Pulford, E. A. Farrington, Yingling and Hahnemann's Organon aphorisms 145-6 on the purity of proving symptoms in distinction to those arising from the 'semi- latent predispositions' of provers.

Such a list he claims to have collected, giving as his sources Bhanja's Master Key, Allen's Keynotes, Nash's Leaders, Phatak's Materia Medica, Tyler's Drug Pictures, Banerjee's Realistic Materia Medica, S. K. Dubey's Textbook of Materia Medica, A. Lippe's Keynotes & Red Line Symptoms-and 'etc.'

The 475-page materia medica section follows, structured thus: The first 40 pages comprise a resume of conventional classical homoeopathic philosophy, with particular reference to history taking, the relative value of symptoms, and the concepts relevant to prescribing quoted above.

This is followed by 2 illustrative cases, and 65 pages of short quiz cases intended to teach the prescribing method, the answers being given at the end of the book.

Keywords. Mostly 1-2 lines of the most outstanding features.
Synopsis. Guiding symptoms so important that 2 or 3 of them call the medicine to mind. These mostly fill a page.
Objective symptoms. These add to, or sometimes repeat the features in the Synopsis. They comprise clinical signs, extra mentals and others symptoms. Causation. (Ailments from ... )
Modalities. Mostly generals but some local modalities are included.
Food in all its repertory aspects, appetite, thirst.
Male / Female
Child. This is an innovation.
Peculiar, uncommon characteristic symptoms, both general and particular.

The book is completed by 2 short appendices listing 'physical generals' (modalities) and 'peculiar symptoms'.

Does our author have a worthwhile aim? Does he succeed in carrying it out? Is this a textbook which deserves general use? These are the questions a reviewer must ask.

The introductory theory section contains no surprises; it is well-larded by quotations from 19th-century masters, showing that the author is very well read. This makes it repetitive, and I think there are better expositions of the same material available.

The bulk of the book is its materia medica, and perhaps it should be judged on that. The layout is certainly promising, and the section on children is useful for homoeopathic medicines likely to be prescribed for them.

Some of this could have been omitted, where the symptoms are clearly not of 'red string' importance. There is merit in having lists of symptoms without too much verbiage. The trouble is that the same information is relevant under different headings and tends to be repeated.

For example, Baptisia contains 4 separate references to drowsiness and to the delusion of feeling scattered about the bed. The 'painless sore throat' symptom, which I would have expected in the synopsis as an identifying symptom, is in the 'Objective' paragraph; the local, or peculiar, paragraph contains no reference to the throat.

Under the 'Food and Drinks' heading are the words: 'Appetite, thirst, cravings, etc.' Presumably there are no 'red string' symptoms here. Why not say so? Negative information is sometimes helpful for the student.

Anyone choosing 100 medicines is bound to leave out some which others would have included, and vice-versa. I expect I would have chosen 90 of these, which is good enough.

The 'Cases' paragraph in the materia medica text does not so much give cases as quotations from other authors. Under Baptisia the author tells us he found all these symptoms in Hering's Condensed Materia Medica, and invites the student to search for them in Kent's Repertory! In general I did not find this paragraph useful.

The 'Peculiar' chapter is badly organized. Kent's Repertory chapters provide the pattern, but the author too often jumps from one to another and back again. Having said that, there is a lot of useful information in the book, which might suit some students.

The quiz cases deserve comment. There is certainly interest in seeing how many one can identify unaided, and for the beginner in working some of them out.

I felt that rather than teach the 'three-legged stool' approach, too many relied heavily on a single keynote symptom, sometimes a modality (e.g. pain in limbs < hanging down, with varicose veins cases 6 and 59). These cases illustrate another problem: they are difficult to repertorize, with symptoms such as bursting pain/sensation in the leg not in the repertory.

Only by using Vithoulkas's method does Vipera come to the fore, although it is easily identified from the book's materia medica section.

This is not always the case. Kreosotum (for example) was described in case 1; it is found from its pathology, but the mentals described are not at all characteristic of it. Repertorization would suggest alternatives, as the pathology, though characteristic, is not specific. I think the teaching value of these cases would have been improved by discussion of some of these points-but there is none.

In summary, this is an interesting book, based on 19th-century thinking and derivative rather than original. The author is clearly very dedicated, enthusiastic and keen to teach. He is more like a Nash than a Gibson-Miller, and the material is muddled. It is certainly not a leading contender for the aspirant's library, but could be of interest to some as additional reading.

The book is presented on thin paper, making it relatively small and cheap for its 600 odd pages. For the most part it is written in good English, although there are errors which should not have passed the publisher's eye.


British Homoeopathic Journal
January 1997
Reprinted with permission from the Faculty of Homeopaths