Condensed Materia Medica

Condensed Materia Medica

  • Constantine Hering, MD

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Overview

Forerunner of Guiding Symptoms, this book was prepared with the help of Hering's students Farrington and Korndoefer.
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968 pp hb

Details

Condensed Materia Medica, by Constantine Hering, was published in 1877.

Here are close to 209 remedies, somewhat of a preview of what Hering created with his Guiding Symptoms. The symptoms of each remedy are divided into 48 sections with cross-references and characteristic symptoms.

Contents

Abies canadensis -- 1
Abies nigra -- 1
Abrotanum -- 2-3
Absinthium -- 4-5
Aceticum acidum -- 6-8
Aconitum -- 9-18
Actaea racemosa (or Cimicifuga) -- 19-23
Aesculus hippocastanum -- 24-26
Aesthusa cynapium -- 27-29
Agaricus muscarius (or Amanita) -- 30-36
Agnus castus -- 37-39
Ailanthus glandulosa -- 40-44
Aloe soccotrina -- 45-49
Alumina (or Argilla) -- 50-56
Ambra -- 57-62
Ammonium carbonicum -- 63-69
Ammonium muriaticum -- 70-75
Anacardium orientale -- 76-81
Antimonium crudum -- 82-88
Antimonium tartaricum -- 89-94
Apis mellifica -- 95-104
Apocynum cannabinum -- 105-106
Aralia racemosa -- 107
Argentum metallicum -- 107-112
Argentum nitricum -- 113-122
Arnica montana (Radix) -- 123-131
Arsenicum album -- 132-143
Arum triphyllum -- 144-147
Asafoetida -- 148-152
Asarum europaeum -- 153-156
Aurum metallicum -- 157-163
Baptisia tinctoria -- 164-169
Baryta carbonica -- 170-175
Belladonna -- 176-186
Benzoic acid -- 187-190
Berberis -- 191-198
Bismuthum -- 199-200
Borax veneta -- 201-205
Bovista -- 206-210
Bromium -- 211-215
Bryonia alba -- 216-224
Cactus grandiflorus -- 225-228
Caladium -- 229-231
Calcarea ostrearum -- 232-241
Calcarea phosphorica -- 242-248
Camphora -- 249-253
Cannabis indica -- 254-257
Cannabis sativa -- 258-261
Cantharis -- 262-268
Capsicum -- 269-274
Carbo animalis -- 275-278
Carbo vegetabilis -- 279-287
Carduus marianus -- 288
Calophyllum -- 288-290
Causticum -- 291-297
Cepa -- 298-300
Chamomilla -- 301-307
Chelidonium -- 308-312
Chininum sulfuricum -- 313-314
Cicuta virosa -- 315-318
Cimicifuga (Actaea racemosa) -- 19-23
Cimex lectularius -- 319
Cina -- 320-323
Cinchona officinalis -- 324-332
Cistus canadensis -- 333-336
Clematis erecta -- 337-339
Cocculus -- 340-345
Coffea -- 346-348
Colchicum autumnale -- 349-353
Collinsonia -- 354
Colocynthis -- 355-359
Conium maculatum -- 360-364
Crocus sativus -- 365-367
Crotalus -- 368-373
Croton tiglium -- 374-375
Cuprum metallicum -- 376-381
Cyclamen europeum -- 382-386
Digitalis purpurea -- 387-389
Dioscorea villosa -- 390-392
Dolichos -- 393
Drosera rotundifolia -- 393-397
Dulcamara -- 398-403
Elaterium -- 404
Erigeron -- 404
Eupatorium perfoliatum -- 405-407
Eupatorium purpureum -- 408-409
Euphrasia -- 410-412
Ferrum -- 413-419
Ferrum iodatum -- 420
Fluoricum acidum -- 421-425
Gambogia -- 426-427
Gelsemium -- 428-433
Glonoinum -- 434-439
Gnaphalium -- 440
Graphites -- 440-449
Grindelia -- 450
Guajacum -- 451-454
Hamamelis virginiana -- 455-459
Helleborus -- 460-463
Helonias dioica -- 464-466
Hepar sulphuris calcareum -- 467-473
Hydrastis canadensis -- 474-477
Hyoscyamus niger -- 478-484
Hypericum -- 485-489
Ignatia -- 490-495
Illicium anisatum -- 496-497
Iodum -- 498-502
Ipecacuanha -- 503-507
Iris versicolor -- 508-509
Jacea (Viola tricolor) -- 510-511
Kali bichromicum -- 512-520
Kali bromatum -- 521-524
Kali carbonicum -- 525-532
Kali iodatum -- 533-535
Kalmia latifolia -- 536-541
Kobaltum -- 542-545
Kreosotum -- 546-553
Lachesis -- 554-562
Lachnanthes tinctoria -- 563-567
Laurocerasus -- 568-571
Ledum palustre -- 572-575
Leptandra -- 576
Lilium tigrinum -- 577-582
Lithium carbonicum -- 583-585
Lobelia coerulea -- 586
Lobelia inflata -- 586-590
Lycopodium -- 591-599
Lycopus virginicus -- 600-603
Magnesia carbonica -- 604-607
Magnesia muriatica -- 608-612
Mancinella -- 613-615
Manganum aceticum -- 616-619
Marum verum. -- 620-621
Mephitis -- 622-623
Mercurius -- 624-632
Mercurius corrosivus -- 633-636
Mercurius iodatus flavus -- 637-638
Mercurius iodatus ruber -- 639-642
Mezereum -- 643-647
Millefolium -- 648-650
Muriaticum acidum -- 651-656
Myrica cerifera -- 657-658
Natrum arsenicum -- 659-661
Natrum carbonicum -- 662-667
Natrum muriaticum -- 668-676
Natrum sulfuricum -- 677-682
Niccolum -- 683-684
Nitric acid -- 685-692
Nitrum -- 693-697
Nux Moschata -- 698-704
Nux Vomica -- 705-714
Oleander -- 715-717
Opium -- 718-723
Oxalicum acidum -- 724-726
Pareira brava -- 727
Paris quadrifolia -- 728-729
Petroleum -- 730-734
Phosphorus -- 735-744
Phosphoricum acidum -- 745-751
Phytolacca decandra -- 752-756
Platina -- 757-761
Plumbum -- 762-765
Podophyllum peltatum -- 766-770
Psorinum -- 771-778
Ptelea trifoliata -- 779-781
Pulsatilla -- 782-792
Ranunculus bulbosus -- 793-794
Ranunculus sceleratus -- 795-796
Rheum -- 797-799
Rhododendron -- 800-803
Rhus toxicodendron -- 804-811
Rumex crispus -- 812-814
Ruta graveolens -- 815-817
Sabadilla -- 818-823
Sabina -- 824-826
Sambucus nigra -- 827-829
Sanguinaria canadensis -- 830-836
Sarsaparilla -- 837-840
Secale cornutum -- 841-847
Selenium -- 848-849
Senega -- 850-853
Sepia -- 854-861
Silicea -- 862-873
Spigelia -- 874-877
Spongia tosta -- 878-882
Squilla -- 883-884
Stannum -- 885-889
Staphisagria -- 890-894
Sticta pulmonaria -- 895
Strammonium -- 896-903
Sulphur -- 904-912
Sulphuricum acidum -- 913-916
Tabacum -- 917-920
Taraxacum -- 921-922
Tellurium -- 923-924
Terebinthina -- 925-926
Theridion -- 927-928
Thuja -- 929-935
Trillium pendulum -- 936
Urtica urens -- 936
Ustilago -- 937-938
Valeriana -- 939-941
Veratrum album -- 942-950
Veratrum viride -- 951-953
Viburnum opulus -- 954-955
Viola odorata -- 956-957
Xanthoxylum -- 958
Viola tricolor (Jacea) -- 510-511
Zincum -- 959-964
Zingiber -- 965-967
Zizia -- 968

Dr. Constantine Hering, M.D.

(1800 - 1880)

Dr. Hering is aptly called the 'Father of Homoeopathy' in America. His conversion to Homoeopathy is very interesting. At the age of 17 Dr. Hering became interested in medicine and joined the University of Leipzig, where he was the favorite pupil of the eminent Surgeon, Dr. Henrich Robbi.

At this time, Hahnemann was an eyesore to the stalwarts of orthodox medicine, because 'Organon' was a challenge to their system of medicine. Dr. Robbi was a critic of Hahnemann, and like other physicians ridiculed homoeopathy and Hahnemann.

In 1821, when the campaign against Hahnemann was at its worst, C. Baumgartner, the founder of a publishing house in Leipzig, wanted a book written against Homoeopathy, a book which would quite finish the system.

Robbi was asked to write it, but he declined for want of time and recommended his young assistant Hering. Hering set about the work and nearly finished it in the winter of 1822.

But going through Hahnemann's works for the sake of making quotations, he came across the famous 'nota bene for my reviewers' in the preface to the third volume of 'Materia Medica Pura', which said, among other things, "The doctrine appeals not only chiefly, but solely to the verdict of experience - 'repeat the experiments', it cries aloud, repeat them carefully and accurately and you will find the doctrine confirmed at every step' - and it does what no medical doctrine, no system of physic, no so-called therapeutics ever did or could do, it insists upon being judged by the result."

Hering decided to accept the challenge. The first step was to repeat the cinchona experiment. The result was what Hahnemann had predicted. Hering began to see the truth in homoeopathy. Further study of the homoeopathic 'Materia Medica' convinced him about Hahnemann's conclusions. The book against Homoeopathy thus never saw the light of day.

In the winter of 1824, Hering's right forefinger was cut while making a dissection on a dead body. The wound rapidly became gangrenous. In those days such wounds were mostly fatal. The routine orthodox medicines had no effect. Luckily for Hering and for homoeopathy, a disciple of Hahnemann named Kummer persuaded him to take homoeopathic treatment and gave him Arsenicum album.

After a few doses he felt better and the gangrene healed completely. Hering was surprised and his interest in homoeopathy knew no bounds. He contacted Hahnemann for further instruction.

Hering received the degree of M.D. from the University of Wuerzburg with highest honors. The theme of his thesis was "De Medicine Future" (The Medicine of Future). Hering arrived in Philadelphia in January 1833. He established a Homoeopathic School at Allentown, Pennsylvania (Allentown Academy).

He became a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, and presented to it his large and valuable zoological collections, including the original Lachesis mutus from South America, the snake with whose poison he had made the first provings of Lachesis.

Hering wrote many articles, monographs and books. He was the Chief Editor of the 'North American Homoeopathic Journal', 'The Homoeopathic News', 'The American Journal of Homoeopathic Materia Medica', and the Journal of the Allentown Academy. He wrote the 'Domestic Physician', and the 'Guiding Symptoms', a monumental work of 10 volumes.

It is in the sphere of drug provings, however, that Hering's effort shines at its best. It has been remarked by Nash and others that if Hering had done nothing else for medicine but the proving of the single drug Lachesis, the world would owe him an everlasting debt of gratitude; that alone would immortalize him.

Dr. Hering proved 72 drugs, out of which the following are the most important: Cantharis, Colchicum, Iodum, Mezereum, Sabadilla, Sabina, Psorinum, Nux moschata, Lachesis, Crotalus, Apis, Hydrophobinum, Phytolacca, Platina, Glonoin, Gelsemium, Kalmia, Ferrum-met, Fluoric acid, and Phosphoric acid.

He enunciated the "Law of Direction of Cure" known popularly as Hering's Law. This describes how "The cure takes place, from center to periphery, from head to extremities, and in the reverse order of the development of the symptoms." Thus Hering took up the work left by his master, Hahnemann, and held the flag of homoeopathy till the last breath of his life.

Heritage

This was an early work which lead to Hering's authoritative Guiding Symptoms. It was prepared with the help of two of his students, Augustus Korndoerfer and Ernest A. Farrington.

It was dedicated to Charles Raue, his pupil and assistant. A 2nd edition was issued in 1879; a 3rd, edited by Ernest A. Farrington, was issued in 1884, and a 4th in 1894.

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