Studies of Homeopathic Remedies

Studies of Homeopathic Remedies

  • Douglas M Gibson MB, BS, FRCS, FFHom


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This is a materia medica of great practical value, and a source of pleasure and stimulation to student or practitioner.

Gibson recognized the importance of knowing the materia medica in depth.

The panorama of each remedy is combined with a faithful description of the symptoms it elicits from a sensitive prover. The whole remedy is indeed used to treat the whole patient.

537 pp hb
ISBN 0-906584-17-5
Beaconsfield Publishers, Ltd.


Gibson's studies are edited here for publication in book form.

They differ from any previously published materia medica in the uniquely wide range of insights that are brought to bear on each remedy..

From the Book

Homoeopathic remedies come from every part of the world and from all the kingdoms of nature - mineral, vegetable, animal and microbe.

They include strong poisons such as arsenic, the venom of deadly snakes and the products of disease, as well as harmless substances like sand and charcoal, and herbs whose healing properties have been handed down through generations and are celebrated in history and legend.

Dr Douglas Gibson (1888-1977) was a distinguished homeopath that recognized the importance of knowing the materia medica in depth.

These studies of remedies, first published in the British Homoeopathic Journal over the period 1963 - 1977, combine the panorama of each remedy with a faithful description of the mental and physical symptoms it elicits from a sensitive prover.

The whole remedy is indeed used to treat the whole patient.


Aconitum Napellus -- 1-7
Agaricus Muscarius -- 8-11
Alumina -- 12-15
Ambra Grisea -- 16-18
Ammonium Carbonicum -- 19-22
Anacardium Orientale -- 23-26
Antimonium Crudum -- 27-30
Antimonium Tartaricum -- 31-35
Apis Mellifica -- 36-43
Argentum Nitricum -- 44-49
Arnica Montana -- 50-55
Arsenicum Album -- 56-64
Arum Triphyllum -- 65-69
Aurum Metallicum -- 70-73
Baptisia Tinctoria -- 74-76
Baryta Carbonica -- 77-80
Belladonna -- 81-89
Berberis Vulgaris -- 90-93
Bromium -- 94-97
Bryonia Alba -- 98-105
Cactus Grandiflorus -- 106-109
Calcarea Carbonica -- 110-118
Calcarea Fluorica -- 119-121
Calcarea Phosphorica -- 122-126
Cannabis Indica -- 127-131
Cantharis -- 132-135
Carbo Vegetabilis -- 136-143
Carcinosin -- 144-147
Causticum -- 148-152
Chamomilla -- 153-157
Chelidonium Majus -- 158-161
Cicuta Virosa -- 162-165
Cimicifuga Racemosa -- 166-169
Cina -- 170-173
Cinchona Officinalis -- 174-179
Cocculus Indicus -- 180-183
Coffea Cruda -- 184-186
Colchicum Autumnale -- 187-193
Colocynthis -- 194-198
Conium Maculatum -- 199-204
Cuprum Metallicum -- 205-208
Drosera Rotundifolia -- 209-212
Dulcamara -- 213-218
Gelsemium Sempervirens -- 219-225
Graphites -- 226-232
Helleborus Niger -- 233-237
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum -- 238-242
Hyoscyamus Niger -- 243-248
Hypericum Perforatum -- 249-252
Ignatia Amara -- 253-258
Iodum -- 259-263
Ipecacuanha -- 264-269
Kali Bichromicum -- 270-274
Kali Carbonicum -- 275-282
Kreosotum -- 283-286
Lac Caninum -- 287-291
Lachesis -- 292-301
Latrodectus mactans -- 302-305
Ledum Palustre -- 306-310
Lilium Tigrinum -- 311-314
Lycopodium Clavatum -- 315-323
Magnesia Phosphorica -- 324-327
Medorrhinum -- 328-332
Mercurius -- 333-338
Mezereum -- 339-342
Muriaticum Acidum -- 343-347
Natrum Muriaticum -- 348-355
Natrum Sulphuricum -- 356-261
Nitricum Acidum -- 262-365
Nux Vomica -- 366-373
Opium -- 374-378
Phosphoricum Acidum -- 379-383
Phosphorus -- 384-391
Phytolacca Decandra -- 392-396
Picricum Acidum -- 397-399
Platinum Metallicum -- 400-403
Plumbum Metallicum -- 404-408
Psorinum -- 409-412
Pulsatilla Nigricans -- 413-420
Pyrogenium -- 421-424
Ranunculus Bulbosus -- 425-429
Rhododendron Chrysanthum -- 430-433
Rhus Toxicodendron -- 434-441
Ruta Graveolens -- 442-446
Sabina -- 447-449
Sanguinaria Canadensis -- 450-454
Secale Cornutum -- 455-459
Sepia -- 460-468
Silica -- 469-475
Spigelia Anthelmia -- 476-479
Spongia Tosta -- 480-482
Staphysagria -- 483-486
Stramonium -- 487-492
Sulphur -- 493-501
Syphilinum -- 502-506
Tarentula Hispanica -- 507-511
Thuja Occidentalis -- 512-517
Tuberculinum -- 518-522
Veratrum Album -- 523-527
Zincum Metallicum -- 528-533

Appendix -- 534
Index of Remedies -- 535-537

Douglas M. Gibson, MB, BS, FRCS, FFHom


Dr Gibson studied medicine at St Thomas' Hospital, London, subsequently taking the Edinburgh FRCS.

After many years as a medical missionary in China he came to study homoeopathy at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, where he became first a Member and then a Fellow of the Faculty of Homoeopathy.

He retired to Toronto, Canada where he died at age 89.


British Homoeopathic Journal
Volume 76, Number 4, October 1987

Reviewed by Charles Elliott

This is a classic text in which author, editors and publishers have proved equally worthy of each other. It will assist the neophyte and established homoeopath equally in becoming more competent and reliable prescribers, thus furthering the cause of homoeopathy.

This large, comprehensive and important text is based on articles appearing under the same title in this Journal between 1963 and 1977. Now more easily and permanently available, they will, I feel confident, be read by a large readership over the English speaking world.

The author was born in 1888, studied at St Thomas' Hospital, became a surgeon and served for twenty seven years as a missionary in China; a career which only ended consequent to the outbreak of the Second World War. He died in 1977.

Fortunately a second career evolved when he was introduced to the homoeopathic materia medica in 1936, blossoming when he came to work in the London Homoeopathic Hospital a decade later. He subsequently became a member of staff and practiced privately in London.

Of an age when a classical education was considered usual, his clinical acumen was honed amidst the panorama of the multiple acute and chronic pathology of the East; his acumen was also wide in homoeopathy, including as it did National Health and private practice. Such learning shines throughout his writing and draws the reader unconsciously from one remedy to each succeeding one, with equal ease of assimilation.

The book, printed at the University Press, Oxford, is 537 pages long with a soft binding in dark maroon, the main title in gold and subsidiaries in white. Its considerable presence looks aesthetically pleasing both on desk and bookshelf.

Content consists of a detailed preface, biographical and descriptive, one hundred remedies, an appendix and index of remedies.

Each remedy is described under source, pharmacology, proving, appearance, psychology, physiology and symptomatology-general, also head, eyes, ears; the following systems: respiratory, alimentary, cardiovascular, urinary, genital, nervous, locomotor, skin; modalities and clinical notes.

Sections on source and pharmacology are given in considerable detail, and this is helpful in comparing the remedy in material and potentized form. The author states:

'These parallels and correspondence are sufficiently numerous and striking to deserve mention, as well as being an aid to the understanding and memorizing of the materia medica picture of each remedy'.
Modalities include useful food aversions and desires; under proving, where the original is by Hahnemann, such is given, and edition where necessary; in clinical notes, relationships are given.

Originally remedies were presented in groups, and these are given in the appendix.

Four nosodes have been added, using the same method of presentation. These are Carcinosin, Medorrhinum, Syphilinum and Tuberculinum.

The section on Carcinosin includes details of new varients, early provings and a bibliography.


An assembled collection of materia medica lectures presented by Gibson to the Faculty of Homeopathy from 1963-1977.

Over 100 remedies are covered in a concise, narrative style.

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