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There have been two great revelations in my life: The first was bepop, the second was homeopathy. - Dizzy Gillespie

"Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other form of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical," said Mahatma Gandhi. If it once was true for some population somewhere, is it still generally valid? How to find out? Comparative research is said to be good, but not all research is good research and fit for the case. This world must be a very young place.

"If you want to know . . ."

If you do not want to painstakingly try out remedies on yourself and your nearest of kin and then apply statistics to the results or notes, others have tried to. Some have written books with conclusions and ideas in them. Many handed-over theories are from times before Albert Einstein and Quantum Mechanics. Allowing for such facts, more fit concepts to understand homeopathy by have been detected, and hurra for that.

Below are references to a selection of almost 135 books on homeopathy and twenty-six more, mostly on natural therapies. They are added for perspective, if that should be wanted. Many more books are written on homeopathy too. All the old books are not of much interest today, so many dozens of them are not included here - Forgotten Books has some of them. However, if you should want to know data on most of the books on homeopathy that were published before the year 2000, here is a book for it:

The homeopathic historian Julian Winston's The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature (2001) introduces 915 books and journals on homeopathy published before the year 2000. His book is an abbreviated bibliography and covers the span from 1810 to 2000. Most of its entries contain more detailed descriptions of the contents, and often quotes from contemporary reviews. Many of the entries also have a personal commentary by Julian Winston (1941–2005). In his personal commentaries he places selected books into their historical contexts or comments on their comparative value. His book also contains a chronological index of all the books in his work and also an alphabetic index. Writes Dana Ullman: "If you want to know what homeopathic books or journals have been published in English and if you want to know something about them, this is the book to get."

Julian Winston's undated, online e-library is also around as an PDF file, Library of Julian Winston (Tawa, Wellington, NZ). It contains many entries. In most of them, if not all of them, there is the kind of data about works and journals that librarians try to get and bring order into.

Selected books, with snippets

Homoeopathy, the great gift of God! - Dr Samuel Hahnemann

If Hahnemann speaks the truth, it was not he who was the originator of homeopathy, no matter what homeopaths and others have said during a couple of centuries.

The book selections and the comments on a few of them on this page were made independently of Winston's work. Further, the books in the first part can be surveyed at Google Books, and some of the old classics in the next part too, besides those who can be viewed online in full.

If you want to buy a book you have read into, try a search on a good search engine and see what the publishers say about it, and see if there are readers' comments on it on, for example. That could help somewhat, even it may not be true that "the most popular are always best." It might work well to balance the publishers' promo texts with responses from experts or critics. Some excellent comments may be found in the jumbled mass of Amazon comments, and other comments if there are any. For old books there may be none.

"Row, row, row your boat" (from a song)

We may row or sail our boat and get on, preferably without dead weight sinking it.

Granted that there are hundreds of thousands of homeopaths in the English-speaking world, and all of them have had to read and learn from textbooks and maybe a selection of classics, there are many old books around too. It may be wise to focus on the allegedly best of them, or is it? A picture comes to mind:

You row or sail your boat along, and after long time there is much water lapping and splashing inside the boat beneath your feet. What to do? I leave it to you.

Similarly with old and new books on homeopathy. "What to do? I leave it to you." If the the lapping, splashing water beneath the boat's floorboards is dear to you, or you don't mind, you may keep it. If not, the sailing or rowing gets easier and the boat is easier to handle if you get rid of the dead weight - for example outdated views and practices bordering on mumbo-jumbo.

In the light of Dr Karin Lenger's research into homopathic remedies, one can finally make this stand: "The boat needs to get rid of the splashing water, and that is what dippers are for, and pumps too." That is the mature view and not silly. Theories that do not hold water should not be credulously believed in. So which parts of inherited homeopathy may be baled out?

Karin Lenger's research into homeopathic remedies has brought forth main findings. (1) It seems reasonable and fit to try to reduce the current potency scales from three to just one. (2) Better drop "diluting water with water" when there is only water and nothing else to shake up in the process of making homeopathic remedies. Why dilute water with water up to nearly a hundred thousand times? It may be one of those unnecessary things, for Dr Lenger finds it is the number of shaking steps (rounds), either by hand or by machine, and not exactly the amount of dilutions at each step (round), that is the deciding factor for the energy level of the remedies she looked into. (3) As for the practice, firm belief in the one-single remedy for a diseased person (classical homeopaty) may be out of place: Hahnemann's principle of using only one remedy for total healing is doubtful, for Hahnemann's "law of similarity" can be reduced to the similar resonance frequency between the potency and the energy terms of the pathological pathway, according to the principle of resonance, she finds.

So the slogan "Learn less homeopathy" should be fit enough for polished and sleek practice. But if you want to row or sail your boat of homopathic practice with much dead weight water splashing beneath the floorboards, that is for you to decide. Again: "What to do? I leave it to you".

And now, why list a good many books on homeopathy if they are like dead weight now? There are perhaps hidden gems in some of the old dead weight books with obsolete theories in them, and so on. Julian Winston points out that there are hidden gems in some of the often overlooked old books. Where he got that from is not for him to explain today.

Practice and theory

With homeopathy, practice and theory do not go full well hand in hand, and homeopathy consists, broadly, of practice and theory.

1. Evidence has emerged that homeopathy works in standardised practice. There are studies to confirm it, but not too well so far. Step by step down this page the focus is enlarged: In the last sections before the second part there are theory books and more extensive remedy collections.

There are many other books on homeopathy written; some in German (most works by the Swiss Dr Adolf Voegeli) and others in English, for example. Some are not in avaliable in English at Google Books. Below you get only English works and translations into English.

There are many other homeopathy books on Google Books than the chosen ones, but most of those omitted are old and of too little interest to be read but by few persons. A few of the books from the mid-1800s show the broad scope of homeopathy was full of curiosities then, as it is today.

2. Homeopathic theories contain a mishmash of strange claims, and not a few are rooted in obsolete theories for the times before quantum theory or modern physics. But there are exceptions. For one thing, Dr Karin Lenger has documented lately that homeopathic potencies do carry a charge, that each remedy has its own magnetic resonance, or perhaps "oscillatory wave" explains it just as well. And since the human organism is one that "ticks" in step with its biomagnetic life-field, adjusted, magnetic resonanances may interact electromagnetically with living organisms and adjust parts of their fields, effecting changes. The changes may effect changes for better or worse, at least theoretically. In other words, Dr Lenger's confirm part of the homeopathic practice, and some parts of handed-over theory too, but not all of it.

As for several "laws" to encounter in homeopathic theory, they are for most part speculative, and thus part of the overaching philosophy of homeopathy. And when it comes to the process of wonder that leads to those soaring outlooks:

There is no statement so absurd that no philosopher will make it. (Cicero)

My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. (Louisa May Alcott)

If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically. (Jean Paul Sartre)

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck. (Immanuel Kant)

What we see is not all of reality in itself, but reality exposed to our method of questioning and modes of perception. (Cf. Werner Heisenberg, Nobel prizeman in physics)


Into Practical Homeopathy

A. Family Care and Other Topics

Those remedies that do not contain harmful substances, may be fit for self-help, family care and further, as long as they work as intended -

Homeopathy that works as intended is fit for family care; it is not too difficult for it. But the practice of homeopathy should be put into "responsible frames" all the same, whatever they might be. Mind the site's medical disclaimer. There are other sides to complementary practice too - acupuncture, herbal treatment, and much else.

After some fit study you may want to try to care more or better for yourself, your family and still others - also by homeopathic remedies. If so, "Safety first" is a good slogan. Some of the following works will tell you how to go about with homeopathic medicine. Dr Andrew Lockie's Encyclopedia of Homeopathy (2006) could be a good introduction.

The books that follow, are listed alpabetically by author. Some are for sale by Amazon and other stores, and some are for free in PDF format on several sites: see what ◦PDF Drive, ◦Google Books and the ◦Internet Archive have to offer, for example.

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Aspinwall, Mary. A Basic Guide to Homoeopathy. London: Helios Homoeopathy, 1997.

Bornhöft, Gudrun, and Peter F. Matthiessen, eds. Homeopathy in Healthcare – Effectiveness, Appropriateness, Safety, Costs: An HTA Report on Homeopathy as Part of the Swiss Complementary Medicine Evaluation Programme. Tr. Margot M. Saar. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2011.

Buegel, Dale. Homeopathic Remedies. Honesdale, PA: Himalayan Institute Press, 1999.

Callinan, Paul. Family Homeopathy: A Practical Handbook for Home Treatment. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, 1995.

Carlston, Michael. Classical Homeopathy. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Chappell, Peter. Emotional Healing with Homeopathy: Treating the Effects of Trauma. 2nd ill. ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2003.

Chernin, Dennis. The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses.Homeopathy Series / Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2006.

Dannheisser, Ilana and Penny Edwards. Homeopathy: An Illustrated Guide. Shaftesbury: Element Books, 1998.

Dean, Carolyn. Homeopathic Remedies for 100 Children's Common Ailments. New York: Good Health Guide / McGraw-Hill Professional, 1999.

Dooley, Timothy R. Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine. An Essential Guide for the Homeopathic Patient. San Diego, CA: Timing Publications, 1995.

Dubounet, Desire', ed. Basic Complex Homeopathy. Geneva: The International Journal of the Medical Science of Homeopathy, Vol 2, 1 Jan., 1998.

Dutta, A. C. Homoeopathic Treatment Systematized and Simplified. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2001.

Ellis, John. Family Homoeopathy. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 1998.

Epps, John. Domestic Homoeopathy: Or, Rules for the Domestic Treatment of the Maladies of Infants, Children, and Adults, and for the Conduct and the Treatment During Pregnancy, Confinement, and Suckling. 3rd ed. Boston: Otis Clapp, 1848.

Ernst, Edzard. Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts. Including a Comprehensive A-Z Lexicon. Cham, CH: Springer International Publishing, 2016.

Everest, Thomas Roupell, and Amos Gerald Hull. A Popular View of Homoeopathy. New York: William Radde, 1842.

Farrington, Harvey. Homoeopathy and Homoeopathic Prescribing. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2001.

Grandgeorge, Didier. Homeopathic Remedies for the Stages of Life: Infancy, Childhood, and Beyond Infancy, Childhood, and Beyond. Ill ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002.

Grossinger, Richard. Homeopathy: The Great Riddle. Rev. ill. 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1998. ⍽▢⍽ This is not my first choice. Others may like it, though.

Hansen, Oscar. Textbook of Materia Medica and Therepeutics of Rare Homeopathic Remedies. Reprint ed. Pomeroy, WA: Health Research Books, 1993.

Hershoff, Asa. Homeopathic Remedies. Ill ed. New York: Avery /Penguin, 2000.

Humphreys, Frederick. Humphreys' Homeopathic Mentor. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009.

Kayne, Steven B. Homeopathic Pharmacy: Theory and Practice. 2nd ill ed. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2006.

Kayne, Steven B., and Lee Kayne. Homeopathic Prescribing: Pocket Companion. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.

Lockie, Andrew and Nicola Geddes. Complete Guide to Homeopathy: The Principles and Practice of Treatment. 2nd ed. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2000.

Lockie, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Homeopathy. 2nd ed. updated by Dr. David Owen and Dr. Patricia Ridsdale. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2006.

McCabe, Vinton. Household Homeopathy: A Safe and Effective Approach to Wellness for the Whole Family. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2004.

McPhee, Stephen J., Lawrence M. Tierney, and Maxine A. Papadakis. Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment Ill. annot. 46th ed. New York: Lange Current Series / New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2007.

Mindell, Earl, and Virginia Hopkins. Dr. Earl Mindell's What You Should Know About Homeopathic Remedies. Dr. Earl Mindell Series / New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 1995.

Morgan, Lyle W. Homeopathy and Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Homeopathic Treatment from Infancy Through Adolescence. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions / Bear and Company, 1992.

Puddephatt, Noel. Homeopathic Correspondence Course: Advanced Level. Pomeroy, WA: Health Research Books, 1996.

Puddephatt, Noel. Puddephatt's Primers. N. Devon, England: Health Science Press, 1976.

Ram, Chandgi. Homeopathic Care of Mother and Child. New Delhi: New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2000.

Reichenberg-Ullman, Judyth, and Robert W. Ullman. Rage-Free Kids: Homeopathic Medicine for Defiant, Aggressive and Violent Children. Edmonds, WA: Picnic Point Press, 2005.

Rosenstein, I. G. Theory and Practice of Homoeopathy: First Part, Containing a Theory of Homoeopathy, with Dietetic Rules, Etc. Louisville: Henkle and Logan, printers, 1840.

Rowe, Todd. Homeopathic Methodology: Repertory, Case Taking, and Case Analysis : An Introductory Homeopathic Workbook. Ill ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1998.

Ruddock, Edward H. Homoeopathic Vade Mecum. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2001.

Ruddock, Edward Harris. The Stepping-Stone to Homoeopathy and Health. 12th ed, large print. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.

Schmukler, Alan V. Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook. Woodbury, MN: Homeopathy Series / Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006.

Shalts, Edward, and Stephanie Gunning. Easy Homeopathy: The 7 Essential Remedies You Need for Common Illnesses and First Aid. Ill ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006.

Shalts, Edward. The American Institute of Homeopathy Handbook for Parents: A Guide to Healthy Treatment for Everything from Colds and Allergies to ADHD, Obesity, and Depression. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Singh, Dr. Y. Homoeopathic Cure for Common Diseases. New Delhi: Orient Paperbacks, 2005.

Skinner, Sidney. An Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine in Primary Care. Edition illustrated. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2001.

Sollars, David. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeopathy. Ill. ed. New York: Alpha Books /Penguin, 2001. ⍽▢⍽ Sollars explains the background of homeopathy, how remedies are made, and the what a homeopath does when you visit one, so that he or she gets an understanding of what troubles you - body, mind, soul, relations, and further. There is a chapter on childhood diseases, women's problems, Candida, the skin, fatigue, veterinary homeopathy. It may work for beginners, but does not go deeply into matters. The questions: "Is it working?" "Can I treat myself with homeopathy?" are there too. The book shows the value of "We cannot please all:" Some like and others don't.

Stephenson, James Hawley. A Doctor's Guide to Helping Yourself with Homeopathic Remedies. 6th impression. Wellingbourough: Thorson's, 1983.

Tiwari, Shashi Kant. Homeopathy and Child Care: Principles, Therapeutics, Children's Type Repertory. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2001.

Ullman, Dana. The Consumer's Guide to Homeopathy. New York: Tarcher / Putnam, 1995.

Ullman, Dana. Discovering Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century. 2nd rev ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1991.

Ullman, Dana. Essential Homeopathy: What It Is and What It Can Do for You. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2002.

Ullman, Dana. The One-Minute (or So) Healer: 500 Simple Ways to Heal Yourself Naturally. Ill. ed. reprint. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2004.

Ullman, Dana, and Peter Fisher. The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. Homeopathy Series / Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007.

Ullman, Robert. Homeopathic Self Care. New Delhi: Pustak Mahal, 1998.

Ullman, Robert W., and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine. Edmonds, WA: Picnic Point Press, 1994.

Vannier, Landeacute;on. Homoeopathy: Human Medicine. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2002.

Voegeli, Adolf. Homoeopathic Prescribing. Wellingborough: Health Science Press, 1976.

Weil, Andrew. Health and Healing: The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine. Rev ed. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004.

Weiner, Irving B., ed. Handbook of Psychology, Volume 6. Ill ed. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, 2003.

Winston, Julian. The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature (Paperback ed. Tawa, Wellington, NZ: Great Auk Publications, 2001.

Wright, Elizabeth. A Brief Study Course in Homoeopathy. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2004.

Yasgur, Jay. Homeopathic Dictionary. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2003.

Zand, Janet, Allan N. Spreen, and James B. LaValle. Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. Ill ed. New York: Avery /Penguin, 1999.

Zand, Janet, Robert Rountree, and Rachel Walton. Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Infants and Children. Ill 2nd ed. New York: Avery /Penguin, 2003.

B. Emergencies

Homeopathy has been used for first-aid for some centuries, but not at the expense of medical diagnosis and help when needed. Books on emergency care and first-aid here.

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Kruzel, Thomas. The Homeopathic Emergency Guide: A Quick Reference Handbook to Effective Homeopathic Care. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1993.

Kruzel, Thomas. The Homoeopathic Emergency Guide. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2005.

Morgan, Lyle W. Homeopathic Medicine: First-Aid and Emergency Care. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions / Bear and Company, 1990.

Wauters, Ambika. Homeopathic Medicine Chest. New York: The Crossing Press / Crown, 2000.

C. Pets and other Animals

Pets and other farm animals can respond to homeopathic medicine too, and without any placebo effect, in case. You can learn many details of "how to do it" from doctors of medicine below.

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Hamilton, Donald. Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals. Ill ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1999.

Madrewar, B. P. Homeopathic Therapeutics of Veterinary and Repertory. 2nd ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2007.

Wolff, H. G. Homeopathy for Your Cat: Remedies for Common Feline Ailments. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2008.

D. Special Challenges and Topics

Some of the books in this section are concerned with homeopathic remedies for many sorts of human conditions. They may refer to emotional healing, partnerships, relationships, life stages and mental troubles, for example. Either the remedies work or they don't. That is to be carefully documented before thick belief sets it and forms walls. You may soon find that homeopaths claim to help or cure many particular cases, such as special problems of pregnancy, including pre-eclampsia, but refer mostly to "good cases" - that is, anecdotal evidence, and single cases may be dismissed as good enough evidence. And there are many reasons why. [The reasons]

It is a fine idea to support people with things and thoughts that will help them, and one idea is to seek help for minor troubles before they get aggraveted, and then are classified as mental disorders and other specific maladies. It is generally safer to leave medium and serious cases to official experts, minding the difference between real competence and formal competence too. The ideal expert excels in real competence and have enough formal support too, as medical doctors may have.

There are delicate sides to partnerships, relationships, dealing with stress and life stages and sometimes highly individual sides to it too, for we are not all alike, and attempts at treatments should accord to that. Below are books about partnerships and homeopathy, as well as homeopathy in the light of Jungian psychology.

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Allen, Timothy Field The Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica New York: Boericke and Tafel, 1878. ⍽▢⍽ The professor holds up four ways of getting insight into the effects of homeopathic remedies:

  1. Experiments on healthy individuals for the purpose of noting the affects of the drug [which a potentised remedy evolves from].
  2. Effects observed after poisonous doses (accidentally or maliciously administered).
  3. Symptoms (cautiously admitted) observed in the sick after the administration of the drug.
  4. Symptoms never observed as affects of drug-action [ie chemical action], but repeatedly verified clinically.
"The work is now offered to the profession with the hope that, by its accuracy and completeness, it will advance the healing art". - T. F. Allen in his introduction.

Bailey, Philip M. Homeopathic Psychology: Personality Profiles of the Major Constitutional Remedies. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1995.

Cicchetti, Jane. Dreams, Symbols, and Homeopathy: Archetypal Dimensions of Healing. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2003. ⍽▢⍽ A Jungian analyst takes a long look at archetypes, dream analysis, alchemical symbolism and homeopathy.

Gallavardin, Jean-Pierre. The Homoeopathic Treatment of Alcoholism. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.

Geraghty, Barbara. Homeopathy for Midwives. Ill ed. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Health Sciences, 1997.

Grandgeorge, Didier, and Juliana Barnard The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines: Essential Insights to 300 Remedies. Tr. Juliana Barnard. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1997.

Hunt, De Forest. Homeopathic Treatment of Diphtheria. Large print ed. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.

Jütte, Robert. The LM potencies in Homoeopathy: From Their Beginnings to the Present Day. Stuttgart: Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung, nd [2008?].

Kippax, John Robert. A Hand-Book of Diseases of the Skin and Their Homeopathic Treatment. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009.

Knishinsky, Ran. The Prozac Alternative: Natural Relief from Depression with St. John's Wort, Kava, Ginkgo, 5-HTP, Homeopathy, and other Alternative Therapies. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions / Bear and Company, 1998.

Lalor, Liz, and Philip Bailey. A Homeopathic Guide to Partnership and Compatibility: Understanding Your Type and Finding Love. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2004.

Mischoulon, David, and Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, eds. Natural Medications for Psychiatric Disorders: Considering the Alternatives. Ill 2nd ed. Hagerstown MD: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

Morgan, Lyle W. Homeopathic Treatment of Sports Injuries. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions / Bear and Company, 1988.

Morgan, William, and A. E. Small. The Homoeopathic Treatment of Indigestion, Constipation, and Haemorrhoids. Philadelpia, PA: Rademacher and Sheek, 1854.

Moskowitz, Richard. Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Ill ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1992.

Rehman, Abdur, ed. Encyclopedia of Remedy Relationships in Homeopathy. 2nd ed. New York: Complementary Medicine Series / Thieme, 2003.

Reichenberg-Ullman, Judyth L. Whole Woman Homeopathy: A Safe, Effective, Natural Alternative to Drugs, Hormones and Surgery. Ill ed. Edmonds, WA: Picnic Point Press, 2005.

Roberts, Herbert Alfred. The Principles and Art of Cure by Homoeopathy. 3rd ed. Noida, Uttar Pradesh, IN: B. Jain Publishers, 2002. (1936) ⍽▢⍽ "We believe that homoeopathy has no standing if it cannot be definitely proven that it stands firmly upon the basis of fundamental natural laws." . . . "It has been our aim ... to set forth the principles underlying the practice of Hahnemannian homoeopahy (so) that they could be grasped . . ."

Ullman, Robert. Prozac-Free: Homeopathic Alternatives to Conventional Drug Therapies. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002.

Whitmont, Edward C. Psyche and Substance: Essays on Homeopathy in the Light of Jungian Psychology. 3rd rev ed. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1991.

E. Quite Old School

This section contains books that describes homeopathic remedies in good hope and good faith that has evolved from practice. So-called classics in homeopathy are among them. Many of these classics are from the 19th century. Today homeopathy is gaining again again world-wide, in part due to "satisified customers who spread the word". Homeopathy is the fastest growing medicine (at 20% a year) in the world. In 2011 there were about 450 million people who resorted to homeopathy, writes Dr Nancy Malik [◦Worldwide Status and Growth of Homeopathy].

Reprints of several of the books below may be had from Indian publishers. There are other publishers in other countries too, and some of books are online in PDF format in part for free. Check for example what ◦PDF Drive and the ◦Internet Archive have to offer.

The following is a selection.

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Bidwell, Glen Irving. How to Use the Repertory: With a Practical Analysis of Forty Homeopathic Remedies. Philadelphia, PA: Boericke and Tafel, 1915. ⍽▢⍽ Bidwell uses Kent's Repertory as his basis. He presents gist from Samuel Hahnemann's Organon (below) first, as he considers that knowledge essential for the art and practice leading into individualised attention and so on.

Boericke, William. A Compend of the Principles of Homeopathy as Taught by Hahnemann and Verified by a Century of Clinical Application. Philadelphia PA: Boericke and Runyon, 1896.

Boericke, William, and Oscar E. Boericke. Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica: Comprising the Characteristic and Guiding Symptoms of All Remedies (Clinical and Pathogenic). Philadelphia, PA: Boericke and Runyon, 1927 ⍽▢⍽ There are many later editions. "All Remedies" in the title means "all the remedies he knew of". Many more remedies have been added since. For example, one of the publishers of the book today, Narayana Verlag tells in its 2012 edition of it:

William Boericke described the concept behind his materia medica in these terms:
a compact materia medica
with the maximum number of reliable facts
in the minimum space.

The same principle was followed by his brother Oscar, who produced the accompanying Repertory. . . . Within the materia medica, about 1200 remedies were mentioned, 600 described in more detail. . . . Boericke stressed the importance of well-verified symptoms from provings and offered succinct resumés of familiar remedies. [H]e advocated an inclusive approach to homeopathy and also featured new medicines and symptoms derived from published clinical experience . . . he embraced a homeopathy that is "expansive, progressive, science-fostered, sciencefostering" . . . [helped by] editing wisdom and open-minded vision. Substantial revisions and additions have been made for the current edition . . . we have added over sixty new remedies . . . The Publishers (Narayana Verlag, Kandern, Germany, 2012)

Boger, Cyrus Maxwell. Boenninghausens Characteristics and Repertory. Parkersburg W.V: C. M. Boger, 2005. ⍽▢⍽ Clemens Maria Franz, Baron von Boenninghausen was one of the most noteworthy of the early practitioners of Homoeopathy. Dr. Boger translated, compiled and added to it.

Clarke, John Henry. A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica.. Vol 2. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 1997.

Clarke, John Henry. Clinical Repertory to the Dictionary of Materia Medica. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2003.

Clarke, John Henry. Homoeopathy Explained. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009.

Clarke, John Henry. The Prescriber: A Dictionary of the New Therapeutics. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009.

Close, Stuart. The Genius of Homoeopathy: Lectures and Essays on Homoeopathic Philosophy. 2nd ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2002.

Dewey, W. A. Practical Homoeopathic Therapeutics. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2002.

Dockx, R., and G. Kokelenberg, eds. comps. Kent's Comparative Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2004.

Dudgeon, Robert Ellis. Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Homoeopathy. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2003.

Ernesty, Frederick O. Homoeopathic Pharmacology. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.

Hahnemann, Samuel. The Chronic Diseases: Their Specific Nature and Homeopathic Treatment. Charleston, SC: BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008.

Hahnemann, Samuel. Organon of Medicine. New translation by Jost Kunzli, Alain Naude and Peter Pendleton of the 6th Edition of the Original Work. Los Angeles, CA: J. P. Tarcher, 1982. ⍽▢⍽ ⍽▢⍽ The one who started homeopathy wrote in 1810: "The results of my convictions are set forth in this book." He revised them in a sixth edition from ca 1842, a work that did not come much to light for a long time. The fifth and sixth editions are brought together in this historical document.

Hubbard, Elizabeth Wright. Homeopathy as Art and Science: Selected Writings. Beaconsfield, Bucks, UK: Beaconsfield Publishers, 1990.

Jayasuriya, Anton. Clinical Homoeopathy: A To Z Homoeopathy. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2002.

Kent, James Tyler Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2003.

Kent, James Tyler. Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy. Volume 1 of Fundamental Doctrines In Healing. 2nd ed, reprint. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1979.

Kent, James Tyler. Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Reprint ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 1991.

Kent, James Tyler. The Art and Science of Homeopathic Medicine. Unabridged, clothbound Deluxe Dover ed. N. Chelmsford, MA: Courier Dover Publications, 2003.

Kent, James Tyler. What the Doctor Needs to Know in order to Make a Successful Prescription New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2009 (1900) ⍽▢⍽ "Homoeopathy does not treat fever or any other disease in the abstract, but applies medicine to the individual personality in that condition which produces or causes fever. (...) Certain symptoms are always present in any given disease; these point alone to the name of the disease. . . . In every given disease there is another class of symptoms peculiar to the individual and differing in some way from those of other cases of the same disease; these symptoms show the individual characteristics of the patient and point unerringly to the curative homoeopathic remedy." (James T. Kent in the introduction)

Madan, Dr. S. C. Homeopathy Cures Where Allopathy Fails. New Delhi: Pustak Mahal, 2001.

Owen, David, Bob Leckridge, and Peter Fisher, eds. Principles and Practice of Homeopathy: The Therapeutic and Healing Process. Ill ed. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007.

Pulford A. Homoeopathic Materia Medica of Graphical Drug Pictures. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2002.

Subramanian, Raju and Raaji Subramanian. Textbook of Homeopathic Philosophy, Part II: Close, Robert, Dunham: Vital Force, Case Taking, Case Analysis, Dose, Idiosyncracy, Suppression, Miasms. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2004.

Subramanian, Raju. Homoeopath Philosophy. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2003.

Talcott, Selden Haines. Mental Diseases and Their Modern Treatment. New York: Boericke and Runyon, 1901. ⍽▢⍽ Dr. Talcott selected sixty-six homeopathic remedies for mental symptoms. When the physical ailments of a Materia Medica are left out, you have a list of mental symptoms. Dr. Talcotts selected remedies are described in many sources.

Tyler, Margaret Lucy. Homoeopathic Drug Pictures. 2nd ed. New Delhi: B. Jain Publishers, 2002.

Woodhouse, Charles. Homoeopathic Home and Self Treatment of Disease. For the Use of Families and Travellers. Rutland, VT: Charles Woodhouse, 1868. ⍽▢⍽ Homeopathic self-treatment goes back to Samuel Hahnemann himself.

F. Pressing On

Words like "science" and "scientific" may signal "done with special care." There is more than one way of formalised and rigid findings. For example, statistics show how many get homeopathic treatment the world over, and how many homeopaths there are in many countries. Other forms of research seek to find out whether homeopathic cures work at all, other fields of research special remedies work against specific troubles or diseases, like the flu. Such research is typically done by comparing large groups (22 cases in each group may be minimum) in different ways. Statistics is used for that too, with the intent on ruling out possible influences of for example faith, coincidences (placebo effects). Findings are next interpreted, preferably without a lot of bias and faulty slogans. It is a long road, because homeopathic practice uses many remedies - or one remedy with some thousand different names if the word "remedy" is taken to mean something physical only. There is no good reason for that, however: [Magnetic photon research]

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Bellavite, Paolo, and Andrea Signorini. Homeopathy: A Frontier in Medical Science. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1995.

Bellavite, Paolo, and Andrea Signorini. The Emerging Science of Homeopathy: Complexity, Biodynamics, and Nanopharmacology. 2nd ed. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2002 (limited view at Google Books)

European Committee for Homeopathy. Homeopathic Thesaurus: Keyterms to Be Used in Homeopathy. 3rd multilingual ed. Karlsruhe: Homint, 2007.

Guna Editore. Homeopathy: The Scientific Proofs of Efficacy. Milan: Guna srl, 2002.

MacFarlane, Anne. Homeopathy Science and Evidence Based Medicine. Lancaster, UK: MSc Thesis in homeopathy at the University of Central Lancaster, 2010.

Malik, Nancy. Worldwide Status and Growth of Homeopathy – Science-based Homeopathy., 2011.

Turner, Andrew James. Evidence Based Medicine, 'Placebos' and the Homeopathy Controversy: Thesis submitted to the University of Nottingham for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Nottingham: University of Nottingham, July 2012.

Vithoulkas, George. Homeopathy: Medicine for the New Millennium. 26th ed. Alonissos: IACH (The International Academy of Classical Homeopathy), 2000.

Winston, Julian. Library of Julian Winston. Tawa, Wellington, NZ, nd.


Along Complementary Lines

When theories get handy, they may give rise to decent and jolly good practice too: "There is nothing so practical as a good theory," is a saying by the psychologist Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) [Smith and Mackie, 2000:11].

Clinical uses of homeopathy are practical uses, and often in the hands of medical doctors who have added homeopathy to their curriculum. Such specialisation is more common than not worldwide. Yet Dr Robert Carroll's book contains useful information against speculative homeopathy that is cloaked as "philosophy". "Man's got to know his limitations," as Clint Eastwood says as Dirty Harry.

A wider look into broader healing avenues and natural remedies, including herbs, is very often fit. Ayurveda is an ancient health avenue to try, among others. Western herbal lore is another approach with long and in part unsverified claims - and up to very ancient, traditional uses as its roots. However, some traditional herb uses are questionable or even worse, while other herbs are not proved much. Many remedies may still work - some work well and others may not work perfectly, or as intended. There is a danger there. Consider how a single herb contains dozens of chemical substances (compounts), and all of them may may not have been explored at all, or satisfactorily.

For reasons such as these and many others, take a good look at Gale's Encyclopedia, for example, to avoid doing something stupid.

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Bowden, Jonny. The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011. ⍽▢⍽ Dr Bowden sorts through home remedies and cures, attempting to show which work and why, and on what basis he selected these cures. He explores more than 75 common conditions, including depression and stress.

Carroll, Robert Todd. The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions. Ill ed. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, 2003.

Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. 3rd ed. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2016. ⍽▢⍽ The author estimates that about 10,000 plants are used medicinally and regularly (p. 55).The book provides detailed information on 550 key herbs that have been researched and are often used. Detailed instructions for home treatments are included.

Davies, Jill Rosemary. The Complete Home Guide to Herbs, Natural Healing, and Nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 2004. ⍽▢⍽ Jill Rosemary Davies holds a doctorate in herbal medicine and has often worked with various EU legislatures to ensure the safety and effectiveness of herbal medicines.

Ducie, Sonia. The Self-Help Reflexology Handbook: Easy Routines for Hands and Feet to Enhance Health and Vitality. London: Vermilion Press, 1997. ⍽▢⍽ The book explains how to use reflexology techniques at home, without a practitioner, to enhance your health and well-being. Included are 22 common health problems and techniques to try out.

Farley, Michael, and Ty Bollinger. A Guide to Understanding Herbal Medicines and Surviving the Coming Pharmaceutical Monopoly. Kalispell, MT: Infinity 510 Squared Partners, 2011. ⍽▢⍽ The authors tell of which parts of herbs to use, and of several of the known active components. "Many herbs have well over 500 chemical constituents in them." — "If you don't know anything about medicinal herbs, no worries. That's the purpose of this book." (From the publisher's blurb). Eh!

Fiedler, Chrystle. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies. New York: Alpha Books, 2009. ⍽▢⍽ By "natural remedies" the author includes nutrients, practices, and therapies. There are brief entries on different vitamins, minerals, herbs, herbal supplements, and flower essences, and complementary therapies. Several dozens of diseases are treated. One of them is migraine. Over 30 million people in the United States know the pain of a migraine. The book is a comprehensive survey, and there is not space enough for going so much in depth.

Anderson, John W., and Larry Trivieri, eds. Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. 2nd ill ed. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 2002. ⍽▢⍽ Over 400 physicians tell of alternative therapies and health conditions.

Hicks, Angela. The Acupuncture Handbook: How Acupuncture Works and How it Can Help You. London: Piatkus, 2005. ⍽▢⍽ Acupuncture is one of the most popular and widely accepted complementary therapies available to the general public. In this book that is written for the layperson, Hicks tells what ailments acupuncture treats most successfully. (There is a newer edition from 2011).

Hoffmann, David: The Complete Illustrated Herbal: A Safe and Practial Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. Bath: Mustard/Parragon, 1999. ⍽▢⍽ A neat and useful guide to gathering herbs and preparing remedies and much else. Hoffmann has also published Complete Illustrated Guide to the Holistic Herbal (2002) and The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: An A-to-Z Guide of Herbs to Cure Your Everyday Ailments (London: HarperCollins 2013).

Jackson, Mark. The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. -- Professor Jackson is an influential historian. He wants us to understand the history of stress. He proposes that 'stress' involves distressing events, is culturally produced. Stress troubles anxious men and women. Attention has been paid to stress not only as a major cause of disease, but also a 'disease of civilization'. The international arms race, grief following war-deaths, and the subsequent struggles of survivors to readjust all can lead to anxiety-related disorders. As conditons of life have become more stressful for lots of people, the new and twisted tune is "Stress is a part of life," and so are drug companies and pharmacies that sell anti-stress drugs and antidepressants. Stress can be deadly, and that is true for city life too. In the long run you die from it - in the long run . . .

Jonas, Wayne B., and Jeffrey S. Levin. Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 1999. -- The book is about different complementary and alternative systems, also known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The book presents both the common features and differences between allopathic ["drug"-focused] medicine and CAM. Each chapter is written by a leader in the reviewed field. The book is in quite simple language, and contains research references.

Keet, Louise. The Reflexology Bible: The Definitive Guide to Pressure Point Healing. London: Godsfield, 2008. ⍽▢⍽ The small format troubles some readers. The instructions are good enough.

Landgren, Kajsa. Ear Acupuncture. A Practical Guide. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone / Elsevier Health Sciences, 2008. ⍽▢⍽ It integrates the Chinese and Western approaches, principles and practice of ear acupuncture.

Longe, Jacqueline L., project ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. 2nd ed. Vols 1-4. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005. ⍽▢⍽ It helps to get informed. Here is a large medical reference work with over 800 articles designed to inform and educate about a wide variety of complementary therapies and herbal remedies, and treatments for prevalent conditions and diseases.

McIntyre, Anne. The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Ideal Companion for Study and Practice. London: Gaia, 2010.

Mindell, Earl, L., and Virginia Hopkins. Prescription Alternatives: Hundreds of Safe, Natural, Prescription-Free Remedies to Restore and Maintain Your Health. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Murray, Michael T., and Jospeh Pizzorno. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. 3rd ed. New York: Atria Books, 2012.

Novis, Constance, ed. Healing Foods: Eat Your Way to a Healthier Life. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2013. ⍽▢⍽ There are many interesting facts here. You might improve your health by eating chocolate, for example (p. 139). But there is a knack to it and some snags too. Ideally a fit sort of chocolate is organic and thereby free from 30 pesticides . . . That sort of chocolate could improve our immunity, make us live longer and recover quicker from intense exercise. Chocolate without sugar (other sweeteners are OK) help the most, and there is more to know about it too.

Oleson, Terry. Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2014.

Parker, James N., and Philip M. Parker, eds. Stress Management: A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References. San Diego, CA: ICON Health Publications, 2004.

Pitcairn, Susan Hubble. Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. 3rd ill rev ed. New York: Rodale, 2005.

Puotinen, C. J. The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care. 2nd rev ill ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2000.

Ros, Frank. The Lost Secrets of Ayurvedic Acupuncture: An Ayurvedic Guide to Acupuncture. Based upon the Suchi Veda Science of Acupuncture. The Traditional Indian System. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 1994.

Rossi, Ana Maria, Pamela L. Perrewé, and James A. Meurs, eds. Coping and Prevention. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2012. -- Corporate environments and demands easily trigger stress-related symptoms and poor health in workers. Too much experienced stress can lead to serious psychological and physical health problems. Good coping and control may both help against building towards stress damages. Besides, organisational cultures may work for good or bad or in between. In all cases, it is better to prevent than to treat, especially if it is in vain when diseases have come too far. Both research findings and views can help prevent damages.

Salecl, Renata. On Anxiety. London: Routledge, 2004. In this age, anxiety is something it is best to get rid of or lessen substantially if possible. Sedative drugs do not make one safe from terrorist attacks, for example. Anxieties are wont to come along with a "big Other", wars, many failures, love and parenthood also. Is a cure or alleviation to be had? It would depend on the possible causes of anxiety in any case. And is it good to get fearless? "When an American army commander was asked how he deals with the anxieties his soldiers face before a battle, his response was: 'I am really cautious when I see a soldier who has no anxiety: When I see that special glimpse in the eyes of a soldier which shows that he has no fear of killing, I become horrified.' Society without anxiety would similarly be a dangerous place to live in." (p 88).

Sharma, Hari. Awakening Nature's Healing Intelligence: Expanding Ayurveda through the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1999.

Stein, Diane. The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats. Ill ed. New York: The Crossing Press / Crown, 1994.


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