Pages – 196
Weight – 750g
Publisher – timia-verlag.ch 2020 -Translated from German
Format – Soft cover
Price -45 Euros
This book begins with Acknowledgements, the Contents (which can be found as a download on the Emryss.com site) and the Foreword.
Chapter 1 -‘Introduction’ describing what these remedies consist of and where they originate from. This continues with ‘The Significance of the Pre Natal Experience’, a lovely message for mothers, ‘Patient Story 1, Psychological Problems’ and an ‘Analysis’ and at the bottom of the page it says that the prescription is given in Chapter 5. When I went to Chapter 5, I saw that the Psychological Problems were reproduced there as well. Now I did see a note at the end of the Foreword that explained that the book contained repetitions ‘…… as a service to all those readers who prefer to just dip into it here and there’.
I liked the analysis given here and don’t understand why this too was not in Chapter 5, as to me it would have made more sense before the ‘Indications for a matridonal remedy’ that were given.
Chapter 2 – ‘General Characteristics of the Matridonal Remedies’ . This is a short 4 page chapter which contains much useful information which is very well explained. The first one ‘Warmheartedness, Intuitive, Spiritual’ is likened to the Lanthanides. On the 3rd page are the generalities of the remedies. The whole page is printed in blue.
Chapter 3 – ‘Remedy Pictures of the Individual Matridonal Remedies’. The following remedies are discussed; Placenta, Umbilical Cord, Amniotic Fluid, Vernix, Oxytocinum, Lac Maternum, Lac Humanum and Folliculinum. For each remedy the left-hand page describes it, discusses the proving, gives the bibliography of where information can be found under a heading of Literature and lastly in which of the ‘Patient Stories’ prescriptions of it can be found.
The right-hand page is printed in green and repeats the ‘General Characteristics of Matridonal Remedies’, gives ‘Ailments From’ and the General and Physical Symptoms which are all very clearly laid out. What I can’t work out is why they have been written in the order they have been, as it is not alphabetical. This chapter is excellent for anyone thinking of giving one of these remedies who wishes to check quickly and easily on which one would be best for their patient.
Chapter 4- ‘Method of Finding the Remedy’ is the shortest chapter in this book consisting of 3 pages. It gives an order to decide firstly if a matridonal remedy is needed, then which is needed, the prescription of a follow up remedy and when a prescription from another remedy group is needed first.
Chapter 5 – ‘Examples of Successful Prescriptions.’ This is the bulk of the book giving 33 successful patient stories. Each one gives the Case, followed by ‘Finding the Remedy’, with its indications and the prescription given which includes the potency and posology. Next is ‘Progress’ and some have an additional ‘Commentary’ in which what happened is discussed.
I have to say I found the few I read fascinating and they will definitely help a homeopath who is thinking of using one of these remedies to evaluate if it is the right one. I noticed that there are many presumptions made about why the patient has their problems which of course may or may not be correct. I look forward to reading all of these cases in time.
In Patient Story 32 we have an example of the problems thought to have started in the womb where the remedy given was the one Mum was thought to have needed when pregnant.
A matridonal remedy was not given at all. I wonder, therefore, why this should be included in the book. I then found that Patient Story 33 also was not given a matridonal remedy, but the obvious one that most homeopaths would have found.
However the author did say that this case was taken before the matridonal remedies had been discovered. I would have therefore liked to have known which matridonal remedy he thought would have been most suitable, but this is not stated.
Chapter 6 – ‘Matridonal Remedy Repertory’ In this there is an alphabetical ‘Ailments from/Causes’ ‘Mental and Emotional Symptoms’, General Symptoms and Physical Symptoms reps. I noticed that on occasions Carcinosin had been included in the remedies suggested. Some remedies are in black type.
Overall I admit I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book because although it is heavy and has good quality pages the print is too small and I have had to don magnifying glasses to feel comfortable reading it.
I have shown the print to others and they have all agreed with me. Added to this there are a lot of blank spaces on the pages and in the book in general so I feel there is no excuse for not making the font larger.
Other than this, the majority of the print is in what I would call a dark grey rather than a clear black colour which also doesn’t bode well with ease of reading. Reading was a lot easier on the odd pages where the print and headings were in a blue, green or salmon colour.
However, I am so pleased I was sent this book to review as to me at least the mystery of prescribing the matridonal remedies had been made a lot easier with the clear presentation of each is provided.
Added to this are all the cases to read, and which homeopath doesn’t love reading cases? The repertory is a very useful addition which I haven’t seen in other books on this topic, although I stand to be corrected.
Yes Rochelle Marsden, I agree 101% about the content, the font size and the font faintness. What a wasted opportunity.