Materia Medica of New Homeopathic Remedies

Materia Medica of New Homeopathic Remedies

  • O. A. Julian


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This book is a collection of over a hundred of the newer homeopathic remedies.

Some of the remedies are completely new. Others are familiar substances used homeopathically for the first time.

United Kingdom
625 pp pb
ISBN 0-906584-11-6
Beaconsfield Publishers, Ltd.


A very detailed clinical repertory is provided at the end of the book, together with an index of clinical keynotes. Principal symptoms are italicized throughout the text. There is a bibliography for each remedy, as well as chemical information of direct pharmaceutical relevance.

From the Book

This book offers a rich collection of over a hundred new homoeopathic remedies.

It adds to existing knowledge, supplementing the established Materia Medicas used on a daily basis in homoeopathy.

Some of the remedies are completely new. Others are familiar substances used homeopathically for the first time.

Most of them have been the subject of a Hahnemannian proving, while the remainder have undergone a clinical symptomatological study and their value has been confirmed in therapeutic use.


Abelmoschus -- 1
Achyranthes calea -- 5
Acidum butyricum -- 12
Acidum hippuricum -- 16
Acidum sarcolacticum -- 21
Acidum sulfurosum -- 27
Agave tequilana -- 31
Alloxan -- 36
Amorphophallus rivieri -- 42
Anhalonium lewinii -- 46
Aqua marina -- 52
Aranea diadem -- 57
Aranea ixobola -- 63
Argentum metallicum -- 70
Aristolochia clematitis -- 79
Asarum europaeum -- 84
Astragallus excapus -- 93
Atrax robustus -- 97
B.C.G. -- 100
Bellis perennis -- 106
Berberis aquifolium -- 112
Beryllium metallicum -- 115
Bunias orientalis -- 123
Buthus australis -- 127
Cadmium metallicum -- 131
Calcarea fluorica -- 136
Chloramphenicol -- 144
Chlorpromazine -- 151
Cicuta virosa -- 161
Cobaltum nitricum -- 168
Colchicum autumnale -- 174
Corticotrophin -- 179
Cortisone and Corticoids -- 186
Cresol -- 195
Cresylolum, see Cresol --
Cynodon- Dactylon -- 203
Cytisus laburnum -- 207
D. N. A. -- 212
Dextrum lacticum acidum, see Acidum sarcolacticum
Dichapetalum -- 216
Ergotinum -- 220
Esponjilla, see Luffa Operculata
Eysenhardtia polystachia, see Orteaga
Fabiana imbricata -- 225
Flavus -- 226
Flor de Piedra, see Lophophytum Leandri
Folliculinum -- 231
Galphimia glauca -- 236
Gingko biloba -- 237
Guatteria guameria -- 242
Haloperidol -- 246
Hedera helix -- 253
Hirudo medicinalis -- 259
Histaminum hydrochloricum -- 265
Hoitzia coccinea -- 273
Hydrophis cyanocinctus -- 279
Hypophysis posterium -- 284
Hypothalamus -- 289
Iberis amara -- 294
Indium metallicum -- 298
Ipomea -- 302
Karwinskia humboldtiana -- 306
Latrodectus mactans -- 310
Levomepromazine -- 316
Lophophytum leandri -- 322
Luffa operculata -- 327
Magnesium fluoratum -- 330
Magnesium sulphuricum -- 332
Mahonia, see Berberis Aquifolium
Majeptil -- 338
M. and B., see Sulfonamide
Maleate of Perhexiline, see Pexid
Mandragora officinarum -- 349
Mandragora E Radice, see Mandragora officinarum
Melia azadirachta indica -- 358
Mimosa pudica -- 362
Natrum fluoratum -- 366
Natrum hypochlorosum -- 369
Nepenthe -- 371
Nozinan, see Levomepromazine
Ocinum sanctum -- 377
Orteaga -- 381
Paloondo -- 382
Paraphenylene diamine -- 385
Parathyroid hormone -- 388
Parathormone, see Parathyroid Hormone
Paronichia illecebrum-- 393
Penicillinum -- 399
Petasites officinalis -- 405
Pexid -- 406
Peyotl, see Anhalonium Lewinii
Phenobarbital -- 415
Pneomococcus -- 419
Proteus -- 425
R.N.A. -- 432
Radix angelica sinensis -- 435
Rajania subsamarata -- 443
Rauwolfia serpentina -- 449
Reserpine -- 456
Sarothamnus scoparius -- 463
Selenium -- 470
Strophantus sarmentosus -- 478
Sulfanilamide -- 482
Sulfonamide -- 489
Taraxacum -- 495
Tellurium -- 499
Terebenthina chio -- 505
Thalamus -- 511
Thallium metallicum -- 517
Thioproperazine, see Majeptil
Thuja lobbi -- 523
Thymol -- 525
Thyreotropic hormone -- 530
Thyreostimuline, see Thyreotropic Hormone
Hyroidinum -- 534
Triosteum perfoliatum -- 540
Tuberculinum residuum -- 547
Venus mercenaria -- 551
Viscum album -- 556
X-rays -- 563
Index of clinical keynotes -- 567
Clinical repertory -- 572

Othon Andre JULIAN, MD


O.A. Julian qualified as a doctor in 1935 at the Strasbourg Faculty of Medicine.

He began work in a rural general practice in Normandy, where he soon began to specialize in homoeopathy and chiropractic.

During the War he was active as a doctor with the French Resistance. He moved to Paris in 1959 and practiced there until his death in 1984.


Volume 69, Number 1, January 1980
Anthony Campbell

Newcomers to homoeopathy sometimes ask whether any provings still go on today and whether new remedies have been investigated since Hahnemann's time.

This book will go quite a long way to answer that question, for in it Dr Julian has summarized the provings and clinical indications of some 130 substances, most of which are new to the materia medica (for example, DNA, RNA, chloramphenicol, parathyroid hormone, thalamus, alloxan, hippuric acid), although there are also a few reprovings of more familiar remedies such as Latrodectus mactans, Cicuta virosa, and X-rays (using the original preparation dating from 1898).

Before going on to look at the way in which the material is presented, I should like to consider for a moment what kind of materia medica we actually need in 1979. It seems to me that one of the principal difficulties that the compiler of any such work must face is the question of the realiability of his sources.

There is, in fact, nothing new about this; Hahnemann himself went to great lengths to make the reports of his provers as accurate and free from bias as he could, and subsequent researchers have done the same. However, the sophistication of clinical research has increased enormously since Hahnemann's time, and Hahnemann's methods would no longer be considered adequate today.

His presentation, too, leaves something to be desired, as has often been pointed out, and subsequent compilers such as Hughes and Allen have tried to remedy the defects by giving all the circumstantial detail they could obtain about how the various recorded symptoms actually appeared.

As Hughes pointed out, even the best and most comprehensive encyclopaedias of materia medica cannot be substitutes for the reports of the original provings, but works of the degree of comprehensiveness of Allen's great Encyclopaedia are the next best thing and are easier to refer to.

Even Allen, however, has his faults, and indeed towards the end of his life Hughes became somewhat critical of this monumental work.

Unfortunately, the economic facts of modern publishing make it virtually certain that no new work on anything like the scale of Allen's massive tomes will ever appear again. The best we can reasonably hope for is relatively summary accounts like the present work by Julian.

These are certainly better than nothing, but the fact has to be faced that they are very much second best. There is no way that the reader can assess the reliability of the quoted findings for himself; he has to accept the author's word for it, or else go back to the source material listed for each substance in the bibliography.

It is safe to say that few readers will have the time, opportunity, or inclination to do this, especially when, as in this instance, many of the original reports appeared in languages other than English in foreign journals.

However, there is one notable exception to this, so far as Julian's book is concerned: a number of the substances included are those proved in this country by Drs Templeton and Raeside, and the reports on these are to be found in earlier volumes of the British Homoeopathic Journal.

These were in many respects good provings; some provers received placebo, and the results were presented in a fair degree of detail-but unfortunately not enough for the reader to be able to assess them properly.

The case sheets were not reproduced, nor was there any indication of the temporal sequence in which the symptoms appeared. Hence, even if one goes back to the source material in the case of these relatively good provings, one does not find enough information to make a proper estimation of their reliability.

One cannot tell how far the same would be true of the other authors whose reports form the basis of Julian's book, but one suspects it would be so of many.

All that the reader can do, therefore, is to form his or her own intuitive opinion of the relative likelihood that the various symptoms quoted would really have been due to the substance in question, rather than merely coincidental.

In this task, unfortunately, the reader receives no real assistance from the author. He gives no indication as to which symptoms he thinks to be the most securely established; indeed, he does not even indicate which symptoms come from which source, so that it would be almost impossible to verify them from the quoted sources even if one wished to do so.

These are serious criticisms, but it must be recognized that they apply to a greater or lesser extent to almost every materia medica published (certainly all modern ones), and the limitations of these reference works must always be kept in mind in using them.

The method of presentation is on the whole clear and logical.

There is a summary of the pharmacological features of each remedy, which is usually brief, but in a few cases is more extensive.

This is followed by the proving findings in the usual sequence by systems (except in a few cases where no provings have been carried out and only clinical information is available).

Next, there are lists of principal symptoms, related remedies, and suggestions for clinical conditions for which the substance might be used therapeutically.

The translation is fairly good in general, although the clinical sections contain a fair crop of mystifying items. What for example, is meant by haemogenia, chronic haemorrhaging endothelial plasmatic condition, inflammation of the coronary arteries, spasmodic coryza, and "chronic fibrous rheumatism, deforming, creeping, with enlarged lymphatic glands and spleen"?

Less serious, but nonetheless irritating, are the frequent misspellings of medical terms (myatonia, arythmia). The general standard of production is good-as it should be in view of the price, which is high even by today's standards.

In spite of my criticisms of this book, the fact remains that it is the only place where one can find assembled the available information on the homoeopathic materia medica of these (for the most part) unfamiliar substances. Is this useful?

It could certainly be argued that we ought to be trying out new remedies on a larger scale than we do at present. For some, reason homoeopaths, in this country at any rate, seem to be rather unadventurous in this respect.

Few of the new remedies listed here are at all widely used in the United Kingdom; perhaps we have something to learn from our Continental colleagues? Even those remedies that were proved by Raeside and Templeton, such as Beryllium, Tellurium, and Venus mercenaria, have never made much headway.

Why? Are we too conservative? Anyone who thinks we are should buy this book. In spite of its faults, it will at least give him a starting point from which to begin his own clinical experiments.


Translated from the French, this book has the remedies of limited provings of over 100 remedies including many derived from modern pharmacological substances: penicillin, sulfanilamide, etc. P>Translated into English in 1979, and published by Beaconsfield Press (UK).

This book, along with the other two by the same author, becomes a fertile field from which to gather information about many nosodes, isodes, and sarcodes.