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Materia Medica & Repertory Database
What is the Online Materia Medica and Repertory Database?
The online Materia Medica and Repertory Database contains the text of Clarke's Materia Medica, Boericke's Materia Medica, and Kent's Lectures on Materia Medica. If you are familiar with one or more of these books then the process of using the online version should be pretty self explanatory and usually becomes easier with practice.
If you are unfamiliar with the material medica, please review the information below to learn more about it and how to use this database.
What is a Materia Medica?
A materia medica is a book that lists the substances used in homeopathy along with detailed indications for their application. The information in a materia medica is compiled from provings and clinical observations.
What is a Repertory?
A repertory is reference book that contains extensive lists of symptoms and the remedies that have been found helpful for those symptoms. A repertory is used to determine which remedies may be helpful for the symptoms presented and observed in a particular case.
How to use this Database
If you would like to view the text written about a particular remedy from all three books, enter the name of the remedy into the “Remedy” search box. This will yield a list of all the text about that particular remedy contained in the database.
Search by Key Symptoms
If you have already collected your key symptoms for a case, enter them into the “Text” box (without comma or any other punctuation between them) and set the criteria to “Contains all words”. This will yield a list of remedies that contain all of these symptoms in the text of the books.
Please keep in mind that the Online Materia Medica and Repertory database is not a tool that should be used by a beginner student to choose a remedy. Repertorizing skills are needed and familiarity with the language used in these books are be necessary to use it correctly. For example, the symptoms that you type in the text box must match exactly what is printed in the book(s). Repertorizing a case is considered an advanced student ability. If you are not familiar with repertorizing a case, you can learn how by attending classes, study group sessions, or studying books with instructions about how to repertorize.
This database was generously donated by:
Kent Homeopathic Associates