Homeopathy
Foundation
Course Content

Hahnemann and some background history of homeopathy; the law of similars; the science of homeopathic provings; the organisation of materia medica; homeopathic pharmacy; symbolic as well as medical interpretation of illness; the vital force and the vitalistic view of life; some exploration of the interactions of psyche and soma, plus: Hering's Law; recognising signs and symptoms; how to take the acute and the chronic case; knowing when to be receptive and when to be proactive and which questions to ask; perceiving what needs to be cured; symbolic as well as medical interpretations of illness; hierarchies of symptoms and evaluation of their relative importance; acute, chronic and iatrogenic diseases; susceptibility; the doctrine of polarity; homeopathic repertory; how to understand and find rubrics. Underpinning the study of materia medica is an exploration of remedy signatures.

Remedies Studied
Aconite, Arnica, Argentum Nit, Arnica, Arsenicum Alb, Aurum, Baryta Carb, Belladonna, Bryonia, Calendula, Calcarea Carb, Carbo Veg, Causticum, Chamomilla, Eupatorium, Ferrum Phos, Gelsemium, Ignatia, Ipecachuana, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Medorrhinum, Mercurius, Natrum Mur, Nux Vomica, Phosphoric Acid, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus Tox, Sepia, Silica, Staphisagria, Sulphur, Tuberculinum.

Cases Studied
Samantha – assignment case
Mercury – example case
Eva – example case
Amanda – assignment case
Bill – assignment case
Samantha – analysis case
Anastasia – assignment case
Mary – example case
Bill – analysis case
Amanda – analysis case
Malcolm – assignment case
Malcolm – analysis case
Anastasia – analysis case

Full detail of each unit is given below, with the aims, content and learning outcomes

 


 

Unit One : Introduction to Homeopathy

Aims
The unit aims to introduce you to the homeopathic concept of health and disease and the fundamental principles that underpin the practice of homeopathy as described by Samuel Hahnemann in his Organon of Medicine. From the first proving through to current day practice you will see how homeopathic principles have been developed. In addition you will also be introduced to the basic tools of homeopathic practitioners, the materia medica and repertory. The study of homeopathic materia medica will be explored, how it is presented in literature and in particular to the uses of five major homeopathic remedies.

Content
Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Philosophy
    2.1 Samuel Hahnemann & the First Proving
    2.2 The Nature of Man
    The Body & the Vital Force
    Health & Disease
    The Mind of Man
    (a) The Mental Plane
    (b) The Emotional Plane
    2.3 Development of the Fundamental Principles 
    2.4 Summary
3. Materia Medica
    3.1 Remedy Notes
    3.2 Remedies
    Aconite, Arnica, Belladonna, Rhus Tox and Sulphur
4. Self-Assessment Questions
5. Model Answers
6. Assignments
    6.1 Philosophy
    U1Q1/g: Homeopathy/Allopathy
    6.2 Materia Medica
    U1Q2/g: Rhus Tox & Arnica
    U1Q3/g: Sulphur Bank Manager
    U1Q4/g: Themes of Acon/Bell/Sulph
    6.3 Repertory
    U1Q5/g: Definitions & Antonyms
    6.4 Personal & Professional Development
    6.5 Sending your Assignments
7. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Discuss the historical evolution of homeopathic principles
  • Compare and contrast homeopathic concepts of health and disease with allopathic medicine
  • Outline the philosophical principles upon which the practice of homeopathy is based
  • Discuss the language used in homeopathic materia medica and access information about remedies from a range of homeopathic materia medica sources
  • Identify the pictures and usage of five major homeopathic remedies
  • Explain the language of Kent’s Repertory and clarify situations in which specific rubrics would be used

 


 

Unit Two : Provings, Pharmacy & Potentisation

Aims
This unit aims to introduce you to the process of proving remedies, the source of information about homeopathic medicines, and the vital work of Samuel Hahnemann in undertaking his first proving. You will also be shown the methods of homeopathic pharmacy, from the concept of potentisation to the actual process of manufacturing remedies, and see why this method is used. The study of homeopathic materia medica will be further explored, how it is presented in literature, and in particular to the uses of four more homeopathic remedies. In addition you will also be studying the repertory in further detail.

Content
Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Philosophy
    2.1 The Provings of Medicines
    2.2 Pharmacy
    Sources of Drugs
    Hahnemann's Early Preparations
    2.3 Potentisation
    Soluble Products
    Insoluble Products
    Ranges of Potencies
    The Effect
    2.4 Summary
3. Materia Medica
    Bryonia, Calcarea Carbonica, Chamomilla and Pulsatilla
4. Self-Assessment Questions
5. Model Answers
6. Assignments
    6.1 Philosophy
    U2Q1/g: Pharmacy & Potentisation
    6.2 Materia Medica
    U2Q2/g: Themes of Puls/Cham/Bry/Rhus Tox
    U2Q3/g: Calc Carb Key Themes
    U2Q4/g: Characterisation of Either Puls/Cham/Bry/Rhus Tox
    6.3 Repertory
    U2Q5/g: Definitions & Antonyms
    U2Q6/g: Extract Calc Carb Mind Rubrics
    6.4 Personal & Professional Development
    Personal Journal
    Unit Self Reflection Top Sheet
    6.5 Sending your Assignments
7. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and process of homeopathic provings
  • Discuss the pharmacy and manufacture of homeopathic remedies
  • Define the concept and the purpose of potentisation
  • Identify key themes and symptoms of four homeopathic remedies
  • Describe the symptoms of a remedy in relation to its themes from Kent’s Repertory
  • Explain the language of Kent’s Repertory and clarify situations in which specific rubrics would be used

 


 

Unit Three : Language of Disease

Aims
This unit aims to introduce you to the concept of symptom classification in homeopathy, and the language of signs and symptoms in disease. You will be shown how to observe the language of symptoms and how they can be used to find a remedy that has the potential to improve the health of a patient. You will also learn the structure and organisation of the repertory, and study how to translate patient narrative into the language of the repertory. Through the grading of symptoms and the grading of remedies you will explore the building blocks of repertorisation. In addition you will continue your study of materia medica, paying attention to the polarities within remedies, and the study of six more prominent homeopathic remedies.

Content

Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Philosophy
    2.1 The Language of Disease
    2.2 Signs
    2.3 Symptoms
    Symptoms - An Aid to Recovery
    Observation of Signs & Symptoms
    2.4 The Totality of Symptoms
    2.5 Classification of Symptoms
    Characteristic Symptoms
    Common Symptoms
    General Symptoms
    Particular Symptoms
    Pathogenetic Symptoms
    Spurious Symptoms
    Concomitant Symptoms
    Discriminative Symptoms
    Eliminative Symptoms
    2.6 Modalities
    2.7 Indisposition & Maintaining Causes
    Indisposition
    Exciting Causes
    Maintaining Factors or Causes
    2.8 Fundamental Causes - Miasms
    2.9 Iatrogenic Symptoms
    2.10 The Role of Medical Diagnosis
    2.11 Summary
3. Repertorisation
    3.1 Kent's Repertory
    3.2 Knowing Your Repertory
    3.3 Conversion of Symptoms into Repertory Language
    3.4 Selection of Rubrics
    3.5 Repertorising
    Quantifying the Value of Remedies in a Rubric
    The Mechanics of Repertorisation
    3.6 Further Study
4. Materia Medica
    Eupatorium Perfoliatum, Ferrum Phosphoricum, Gelsemium,           
    Lycopodium, Nux Vomica, and Sepia
5. Self-Assessment Questions
6. Model Answers
7. Assignments
    7.1 Philosophy
    U3Q1/g: Homeostasis, Action & Reaction
    7.2 Materia Medica
    U3Q2/g: Lycopodium Polarities
    U3Q3/g: Sepia Polarities
    U3Q4/g: Nux Vom Polarities
    7.3 Repertory
    U3Q5/g: Extract Sepia Mind Rubrics
    U3Q6/g: Patient Statements into Rubrics
    7.4 Personal and Professional Development
    Events Feedback Sheet
    7.5 Sending your Assignments
8. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Identify ‘individualising’ symptoms which characterise the patient
  • Compare and contrast the different kinds of symptoms in a patient
  • Describe the mechanisms of homeostasis and action and reaction in relation to homeopathic healing
  • Describe maintaining factors and causes in relation to homeopathic healing
  • Identify the key themes and polarities of six major homeopathic remedies
  • Translate the language used by the patient into the language of the repertory
  • Outline the grading of symptoms and remedies and explain their significance
  • Perform a simple repertorisation

 


 

Unit Four : Direction of Cure

Aims
This unit aims to explain how disease manifests symptoms at different levels within the body, and how healing can be observed through Constantine Hering’s concept of ‘Direction of Cure’. The direction of cure will be examined from a historical perspective through the development of Constantine Hering’s theory, as well as current day understanding and usage. You will also study the materia medica in greater depth, with the study of four more prominent remedies, and be introduced to the significance of ‘delusions’ in homeopathic case taking and analysis. In addition you will be asked to apply your knowledge by looking at an acute case.

Contents

Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Philosophy
    2.1 The Direction of Cure
    Constantine Hering
    The Development of Hering's Law
    The Centrifugal Direction of Growth and Cure
    2.2 From the Centre to the Circumference
    2.3 From Above Downwards
    2.4 From Vital to Less Vital Organs
    Hierarchy of the Physical Level
    Hierarchy of the Mental Level
    Hierarchy of the Emotional Level
    2.5 In the Reverse Order of Appearance
    2.6 Summary
3. Materia Medica
    Mercurius, Natrum Muriaticum, Phosphoric Acid and Phosphorus
4. Cases
    Samantha – assignment case
    Mercury – example case
    Eva – example case
5. Self-Assessment Questions
6. Assignments
    6.1 Philosophy
    U4Q1/g: Importance of Different Symptoms
    6.2 Materia Medica
    U4Q2/g: Nat Mur Central State
    U4Q3/g: Phos Delusions, Dreams & Central State
    U4Q4/g: Merc Life Stages & Polarities
    6.3 Repertory
    U4Q5/g: Extract Merc Generalities Rubrics
    U4Q6/g: Patient Statements into Rubrics
    U4Q7/g: Rubric Differentiation
    6.4 Cases
    U4Q8/g: Samantha
    6.5 Personal & Professional Development
    Assignment Self-Evaluation Top Sheet
    6.6 Sending your Assignments
7. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Explain the individual stages of the Direction of Cure
  • Describe the relative importance of different kinds of symptoms in a case
  • Illustrate the central state and usage of three homeopathic remedies
  • Identify the importance of the totality of symptoms in order to form a remedy picture
  • Analyse an acute case and apply that knowledge in order to find an appropriate remedy

 


 

Unit Five : Taking the Case

Aims
This unit aims to introduce you to the importance of a carefully taken or ‘received’ case. From the differences between the homeopathic and allopathic consultation, the role of the ‘unprejudiced’ observer through to recording the patient’s notes correctly, you will learn the process of homeopathic case taking. In addition, you will have the opportunity to deepen your study of the language of Kent’s repertory and how to differentiate between remedies that appear within the same rubric. You will continue your study of materia medica with three more key remedies. You will also continue your study of case material and the process of accurately matching a remedy to a patient.

Content

Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Taking the Case
    2.1 The Purpose of Case Taking
    2.2 Allopathic & Homeopathic Consultations
    An Allopathic Consultation
    A Homeopathic Consultation
    Achieving the Homeopath's Aims
    2.3 Case Taking - General
    Acute or Chronic Case?
    Observe
    Note Objective Symptoms
    Listen and Write
    Grading of Symptoms
    2.4 The Case Taking Process
    The Start
    The Art of Case Taking
    Review & Co-ordinate
    Questions
    Some Important Don'ts
    Discovering Mental & Emotional Symptoms
    An Outline of Areas to be Covered
3. Materia Medica
    Arsenicum, Aurum and Ignatia
4. Cases
    Amanda – assignment case
    Bill – assignment case
    Samantha – analysis case
5. Self-Assessment Questions
6. Model Answers
7. Assignments
    7.1 Philosophy
    U5Q1/g: Case Taking Process & Prejudice
    7.2 Materia Medica
    U5Q2/g: Gels, Phos Ac Greif
    U5Q3/g: Ars Alb Character
    U5Q4/g: Aurum/Ars/Puls Doubtful of Souls Welfare
    U5Q5/g: Aurum Visual Expression
    7.3 Repertory
    U5Q6/g: Patient Statements into Rubrics
    7.4 Cases
    U5Q7/g: Amanda Symptom Hierarchy
    U5Q8/g: Bill (14 yr old) Symptom Hierarchy
    7.5 Personal & Professional Development
    Students Joining at Unit 7B
    7.6 Sending your Assignments
8. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Critically review the difficulties that arise in the case-receiving process
  • Discuss the do’s and don’ts of case-taking
  • Identify individualising factors which characterise the patient
  • Identify modalities of homeopathic remedies
  • Compare and differentiate between the mental, emotional and physical states of different homeopathic remedies

 


 

Unit Six : Evaluation of Symptoms

Aims
This unit aims to introduce you to the importance of evaluating a patient’s symptoms and how they relate to the totality of the case. You will study strange, rare and peculiar symptoms and be shown how to separate the common from the characteristic symptoms. In particular you will cover Kent’s approach to this part of the case analysis process; Boenninghausen’s view on striking and singular symptoms; and how to list symptoms in keeping with a particular hierarchy. In addition, you will study a further six homeopathic remedies, and continue on with your analysis of patient cases.

Content

Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Evaluation of Symptoms
    2.1 Homeopathy - the Art & the Science
    2.2 The Totality of Symptoms
    2.3 The Procedure
    The Hierarchy of the Totality of Symptoms
    First Steps
    The Intensity of a Symptom
    A Symptom's Degree of Peculiarity
    Location in the Hierarchy of the Organism
    2.4 The Kentian Approach to the Evaluation of Symptoms
    Early Techniques
    2.5 Keynotes
    2.6 Examples
    2.7 Summary
3. Materia Medica
    Argentum Nitricum, Baryta Carbonica, Carbo Vegetabilis,
    Lachesis, Staphisagria and Tuberculinum
4. Cases
    Anastasia – assignment case
    Mary – example case
    Bill – analysis case
    Amanda - analysis case
5. Self-Assessment Questions
    5.1 Mary
6. Assignments
    6.1 Philosophy
    U6Q1/g: Investigate SRP Symptoms
    6.2 Materia Medica
    U6Q2/g: Lachesis Character
    U6Q3/g: Arg Nit/Carbo veg/Lyc Wind & Bloatedness
    U6Q4/g: Baryta Carb Character
    U6Q5/g: Tub & Tuberculosis
    U6Q6/g: Staph & Suppression
    6.3 Repertory
    U6Q7/g: Extract Lachesis Generalities Rubrics
    U6Q8/g: Patient Statements into Rubrics
    6.4 Cases
    U6Q9/g: Anastasia (Bill's mum) Symptom Hierarchy
    6.5 Personal & Professional Development
    6.6 Sending your Assignments
7. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Describe the meanings of different types of patient symptoms
  • Explain the position of symptoms in the symptom hierarchy
  • Outline Kent’s and Boenninghausen’s advice on evaluating symptoms
  • Illustrate the key symptoms of certain homeopathic remedies
  • Select rubrics pertaining to a remedy
  • Analyse case findings, identify the characteristic signs and symptoms and construct a hierarchy of symptoms

 


 

Unit Seven : Susceptibility

Aims
This unit aims to familiarise you with the concept of susceptibility and the role it plays in relation to health and disease. You will study ideas about an organism’s susceptibility ranging from constitutional weakness, through to family, racial, and medicinal susceptibility. You will also be informed about the difference between acute, chronic and iatrogenic disease; how to analyse and reflect upon a case example in greater depth; and take an in-depth look at three more homeopathic remedies.

Content

Recordings
1. Introduction
2. Philosophy
    2.1 Susceptibility
    The Susceptibility of Plants and Animals
    The Susceptibility of the Human Organism
    The Morbific Agent
    Childhood Contagious Diseases
    Susceptibility to Maintaining Causes
    Constitutional Weakness
    Family Susceptibility
    Racial Susceptibility
    Conclusion
    Susceptibility to Medicines
    2.2 Acute, Chronic & Iatrogenic Disease
    Acute Diseases
    Classification of Acute Aetiology
    Classification of Acute Disease
    Chronic Disease
    Iatrogenic Diseases
    2.3 Summary
3. Materia Medica
    Causticum, Ipecacuanha and Silica
4. Cases
    Malcolm – assignment case
    Malcolm – analysis case
    Anastasia – analysis case
5. Self-Assessment Questions
    5.1 Acute Cases
6. Assignments
    6.1 Philosophy
    U7Q1/g: Suppression & Homeopathic Suppression
    6.2 Materia Medica
    U7Q2/g: Med Polarities
    U7Q3/g: Ipecac Mental & Physical Connections
    U7Q4/g: Caust & Constituent Element
    6.3 Repertory
    U7Q5/g: Patient Statements into Rubrics
    6.4 Cases
    U7Q6/g: Malcolm with Focus & Example on Analysis
    6.5 Personal & Professional Development
    6.6 Sending your Assignments
7. Figures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this unit you will be able to:

  • Outline the factors involved in suppression, and how homeopathic treatment might expose this in a patient
  • Relate the concept of suppression to direction of cure and homeopathic aggravations
  • Differentiate between how homeopathy can be used to address acute and chronic conditions
  • Discuss the factors to which an organism may be susceptible
  • Identify the key themes and symptoms of three homeopathic remedies
  • Analyse, repertorise and differentiate between remedies for a case and reflect upon the process
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Homeopathy Yr 1 Foundation Course Units 1-7 (Correspondence)

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