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‘Keynotes of Materia Medica Volume 1’ by Central Council for Research in HomoeopathyCRH

Saurav Arora reviews the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy’s publication ‘Keynotes of Materia Medica Volume 1’

Keynotes of Materia Medica Volume 1

Reviewed by : Dr. Saurav Arora

The keynote prescription has been an indispensable part of homeopathic practice since its inception. The concept was given a boost by H. C. Allen, to whom we owe our gratitude. Keynotes play a major role in our daily practice and we often hear senior physicians suggesting we study them to improve our work.

To keep the spirit of keynotes high and with an aim to update them, the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) has undertaken an initiative to compile a Keynotes Materia Medica from authentic sources. The book is a work of dedication added to the ever growing sea of materia medicas. The salient information regarding the book can be summarized as: –

    • Name of Book: Keynotes of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica

    • Volume: I

    • Drug compiled: 25

    • Author information:

      • Chief Editor: Dr. Chaturbuja Nayak

      • Editor: Dr. Chinta Raveendar

      • Assistant Editor: Dr. Debadatta Nayak

      • Expert Committee:

        • Prof. (Dr.) S. K. Bhattarcharya

        • Prof. (Dr.). L. K. Nanda

        • Dr. V. K. Chauhan

        • Dr. S. Praveen Kumar

        • Dr. Ajit Kulkarni

        • Dr. Asha Chowdhry

    • Printed and published by: Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), an autonomous Organization under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Deptt of AYUSH, Govt. of India, 61-65, Institutional area, Opp. D Block, Janak Puri, New Dehli 110058. Tel: 011-28525533, Fax: 011-28521060. Email: [email protected]. Website: www.ccrhindia.org

    • ISBN Status: 978-81-920840-5-3

    • Copyright status: Copyright with CCRH

    • Price: 120/- INR

    • Availability status: Yes, available at CCRH Headquarters and can be ordered by post.

In the present work the authors have expressed the need to have an updated version of existing keynote materia medicas, as there are various instances where practitioners reported ambiguity, spelling mistakes, improper arrangement of symptoms etc. Moreover, there are certain concepts and old terms which are obsolete nowadays. The compilation has collected keynotes, keeping “Keynotes by HC Allen”as a base and adding keynotes from authentic source books like – Hering’s Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica, Hahnemann’s Materia Medica Pura, J. H. Clarke’s dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Pocket manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke. This is a pure compilation of keynotes from authentic source books, and may aptly be called keynote pura.

In addition to the compilation, the authors have given us some interesting and useful sections with information from various sources. Basic information about a drug such as botanical/chemical name, source, part(s) used, habitat, constituents/molecular formula, etc., followed by an introduction, are some of the new headings you will discover in this book. Here also, the information is primarily derived from the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India (HPI). Any source of information, if other than HPI, is mentioned in the footnote of remedy. The keynotes are supplemented with keywords, sphere of action, makeup of the remedy, “ailments from” and guiding features, which makes this materia medica handy and informative. The schema of each remedy is placed as per Generals (Mental and Physical) followed by Particulars (arranged as per systems of the body). Care has been taken to replace old terms with the latest ones, but some old terms are kept owing to their historical value.

The authors have compiled drugs according to the official syllabus for the 1st professional year of undergraduate students of homeopathy in India, endorsed by the Central Council of Homoeopathy. This limits the number of drugs compiled to 25 only in volume – I. This work will be carried on to volume – IV, keeping in view the syllabus of 2nd, 3rd and 4th BHMS. This fact may be considered as one of the minor drawbacks of this compilation. Since such a compilation will come periodically with a limited number of drugs, readers would have to wait longer for such a handy and authentic book. It is sincerely hoped that authors will consider publishing a greater number of remedies in one or two handy volumes, for the benefit of our profession.

All in all, this book is a good and handy compilation of keynotes for both practitioners and students.

About the author

Saurav Arora

Dr. Saurav Arora, Gold Medalist, MD (Homeopathy) is an internationally acclaimed homeopathic physician, consultant, and independent researcher. Dr. Arora started his career after completing BHMS Degree in 2006 (GOLD MEDALIST) from Dr. B. R. Sur Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, New Delhi (SHMC). Immediately after BHMS completion Dr Arora served as In-House Physician (Senior Resident) at SHMC for one year. In 2008 He was appointed Senior Research Fellow (SRF) under the Extra Mural Research Scheme of Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India in a collaborative research project of Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), under Ministry of Defence and SHMC., handling projects like Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Subclinical hypothyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency disorders. From 2011 - 2014 Dr. Arora continued to render his services at Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, under Ministry of AYUSH, handling the Fundamental and Collaborative Research section. At present Dr. Arora is involved in clinical practice, homeopathic teaching and independent research. www.researchinhomeopathy.org


  • It would be appreciated to at least show the list of the 25 remedies covered in the first volume. thank you.

    • It is very bad because if one have capacity to write a book then write and publish. Why try to destroy the originality of old pioneers.

      • Dear Dr. P. S. Sinha, I appreciate your concern for the integrity of homoeopathy. This book is pure compilation of Keynotes from the authentic sources. and NO NEW SYMPTOMS have been added from any other source. Therefore the integrity has been kept intact according to the principals of homoeopathy.

      • Don’t you think wiser to examine this new materia medica first and find out if it really spoils other people’s work? Why are you in such a hurry to make so serious an accusation?

  • Dear NM:
    the following remedy are included in the first volume:-
    1. Acon
    2. Aethusa
    3. All cepa
    4. Aloes
    5. Antim c
    6. Antim t
    7. Apis
    8. Arg n
    9. Arnica
    10. Bry
    11. Calc flour
    12. Calc sulph
    13. Cham
    14. Cina
    16. Colchicum
    17. Coloc
    18. Dulc
    19. Euphrasia
    20. Ferr phos
    21. Ipecac
    22. Ledum
    23. Nux vom
    24. Rhus tox
    25. Silicea

  • To the best of my knowledge the concept keynotes was first introduced by Henry N GUERNSEY and not HC Allen. Among the others to follow was Lippe.
    I hope the contents from this book by CCRH retains the original sources of Materia Medica.
    Dr. Rajiv Chopra

  • May I request to atleast copy in full a sample page of any drug, say for Acon. so that we can have a clear picture of what we have for the rest of the drugs.

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