Complete Homeopathy Handbook

Complete Homeopathy Handbook

  • Miranda Castro


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A-to-Z listings for external and internal remedies, with explanations for correctly diagnosing the symptoms of any particular injury or illness.

The book also includes ten case studies and specific dos and don'ts to follow when treating more than seventy conditions.

253 pp pb


The Complete Homeopathy Handbook, by Miranda Castro, was published in 1990.

This book presents safe and effective ways to treat fevers, childhood ailments, and a wide variety of other complaints. It contains an explanation of homeopathy, a materia medica, a short repertory, and a therapeutics section.

Castro includes A-to-Z listings for external and internal remedies, with explanations for assessing the symptoms of any particular injury or illness. The book also includes ten case studies and specific dos and don'ts to follow when treating certain conditions.

Castro says, "I am concerned that people who are using homeopathic medicine should know its potential and use it with respect..."

From the Book

Homeopathy is an approach to medicine based on the principle that any substance that can cause illness can also be a cure.

Centuries old, its practice has always enjoyed wide popularity among individuals looking for safe and effective ways to treat illness as well as to improve their health.

The Complete Homeopathy Handbook is the definitive guide for using homeopathic remedies at home. It includes A-to-Z listings for external and internal remedies, with explanations for correctly diagnosing the symptoms of any particular injury or illness.

The book also includes ten case studies and specific dos and don'ts to follow when treating more than seventy conditions.


Acknowledgements -- ix
Introduction -- xi
How to Use This Book -- xiii

Part 1: History, Principles and Prescribing -- 1-30
1. The History of Homeopathy -- 3-10
2. Principles and Concepts -- 11-16
3. Myths and Misapprehensions -- 17-19
4. Taking the Case -- 20-23
5. Prescribing -- 24-30

Part 2: The Materia Medicas and Repertories -- 31-200
External Materia Medica and Repertory -- 31-37
Internal Materia Medica -- 38-164
Internal Repertory -- 165-200

Part 3: Prescribing Guidelines and Follow-Through -- 201-246
Stress as a Cause of Disease -- 201-202
Diseases You Can Treat Using This Book -- 203-226
Case-Taking Questionnaire and Symptom Checklists -- 227-229
Repertorising Chart -- 230
Sample Cases -- 231-246

Part 4: The Appendices -- 247-252

Glossary -- 247-248
First-Aid Kits -- 249
Organisations -- 250-252
Index -- 253-256

Miranda Castro

Miranda Castro is a British homeopath who was born on the 7th of June, 1951.

She has used homeopathy in her home her whole life, and has been practicing classical homeopathy professionally since 1982. She is a Fellow of the Society of Homeopaths (UK), past President of the North American Society of Homeopaths, and she has been speaking and teaching both sides of the Atlantic since 1988.

She is author the best-selling:
The Complete Homeopathy Handbook,
the much-loved Homeopathy for Mother and Baby
(Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby's First Years in the US)
and A Homeopathic Guide to Stress.

Miranda believes passionately that homeopathy is 'medicine for the people' and her writing reflects that: her books have made classical homeopathy spectacularly accessible to the lay person — giving people the tools to accurately and safely select healing remedies for themselves and their families.

Her infectious enthusiasm and her ability to communicate difficult topics in a friendly, engaging and accessible manner come through in all her articles, lectures, tapes and DVDs.

She has a background in acupuncture and humanistic psychotherapy and a special interest in ethics, practice development and patient management issues as well as the health and well-being of the whole homeopath.

She moved to the US in 1994 and has been living in Gainesville Florida since 2006 where she is practicing, writing, teaching, developing healing creams and software programs?and planting an edible, sub-tropical garden!

Mailing: 4474 NW 1st Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone: 352-505-8545
Web 1:
Web 2:


Reviewed by Denis MacEoin
Dr Denis MacEoin is an academic and author, and vice- chairman of Friends of Homoeopathy.

The writing of popular guides to homoeopathic practice has a long and respectable history since the appearance of Hering's The Homoeopathist or Domestic Physician in 1835 or, nearer home, the Homoeopathic Domestic Physician by Pulte, Epps and Epps (London, 1857).

In this century, the increased professionalization of medicine and the ready availability of treatment has led to widespread abandonment of self-help measures in industrialized countries.

In recent years, however, more and more lay people have seen the value of self-reliance in times of acute illness, and in consequence a new generation of guides to homoeopathic home treatment has come onto the market. The man or woman in the street now faces the unenviable task of choosing which of many books available will be the one for the bathroom shelf.

Miranda Castro's book fits the job as well as any I have seen, and better than most. Her repertory and materia medica are comprehensive and usable ... much better than those in Panos & Heimlich's, Homeopathic Medicine at Home with the repertory filling an obvious gap in Cummings & Ullman's Everybody's Guide or Hammond's How to use Homoeopathy effectively.

I was struck by the helpfulness of two sections near the end: 'Diseases You Can Treat Using This Book' and 'Sample Cases'. The former makes it clear that this is a work of limited application, directing the patient to a professional homoeopath for all serious poor chronic conditions.

Unfortunately, I fear that beginners will be drawn to Andrew Lockie's rather bigger book The Family Guide to Homeopathy (already very fairly reviewed in this journal), which has a bit on just about everything from schizophrenia to cancer.

I know that Lockie does not expect his readers to treat such conditions (though he does include routine prescriptions for a whole range of chronic complaints); but he gives a rather false impression of just how much the non-practitioner can or should do.

Castro gets this right, and any paperback edition of her book should emphasize this point in order to help potential readers decide. More is not always better.

If I have a general criticism, it is the use of drawings of plants (plus the odd squid or beetle) in the text and on the jacket. This may be the publisher's doing, but it should have been resisted.

Apart from the age-old problem of confusing homoeopathy with herbalism, this also encourages people to think of remedies as somehow 'natural' and to see their value in that.

It is my feeling (as a non-practitioner) that the ability to think homoeopathically (and thus to treat homoeopathically) begins to come once it is understood that what is in the bottle is not a natural, material substance to be used allopathically, but a highly artificial, potentized force which has therapeutic potential only when it fits as complete a symptom pattern as possible.

On the principle that a picture is worth a thousand words, no amount of explanation could undo the image conjured up by the very material offerings of Mother Nature that pop up every few pages.

Minor niggles:
On pp 22-23 it is stated that Sulphur might come up for all symptoms of Flu, 'but isn't listed under Flu in the repertory'...a beginner would find this confusing.
On p.32, 'Handcream' has become a symptom.
On p.207, I think it would have been helpful to note the dangers of using Symphytum for broken bones where a pin is involved.

I would like to have seen something on dental treatment, particularly tooth extraction, including a warning about the dangers of dry sockets following wisdom tooth extraction where treated with high potencies of Arnica (I did it and it was nightmarish).

The Homoeopath Vol.10 No.3 1990
Reprinted with permission from the Society of Homeopaths


"Safe and effective ways to treat… a wide range of everyday complaints."

Says the author, "I am concerned that people who are using homeopathic medicine should iknow their potential and use them with respect, especially since they are now sold over-the-counter in most chemists and health food shops, with very few guidelines."

The book contains an explanation of homeopathy, a materia medica and repertory, and a therapeutics section titled, "Diseases you can treat using this book."

Julian Winston writes:
Probably one of the best of the new "self help" books; well written, easy to understand and very clear guildelines about the limits of what is "self-treatable."

The Heritage of Homoeopathic Literature
copyright 2001 by Julian Winston
Reprinted with the permission of the author