Homeopathy Book Reviews

Spectrum of Homeopathy – A Review

Written by Firuzi Mehta

A review of the first issue of one of the newest journals in homeopathy – Spectrum of Homeopathy.

I recently read the first issue of a new journal “Spectrum of Homeopathy” by Narayana Publishers. ‘Narayana Publishers’ was set up by Herbert Sigwart and Ulrich Welte in 1980. Their aim is to offer the homeopathic classics to as wide an audience as possible, at the best possible prices. They have been publishing about 30 new English and German titles each year. Their selection of books aims to combine the new trends in homeopathy with the major classical works that are still as valid today as when they were published many years ago.

In keeping with their aim, this new journal, Spectrum of Homeopathy, has been introduced to the homeopathic world. The name is perfectly apt because they want to continuously give us fresh and stimulating articles from the entire spectrum of homeopathic practice. There is no intention of promoting or advocating any particular school or trend in homeopathy. They hope to achieve a positive interaction between all the manifold ways in homeopathy, for not just the experienced practitioner but for the beginner as well.

This first issue is about Childhood and Psyche — Fear-Autism-Aggression-ADHD. These topics are not just interesting, but are very relevant esp. in today’s world when all these problems are increasing very rapidly and we as practitioners see more of such cases regularly.  This issue has plenty of cases that highlight the modern methods of arriving at a remedy by kingdom classification. This not only expands our knowledge of materia medica but gives us a chance to learn something more about the different methods favoured by different homeopaths.

Contributing authors are internationally renowned including Anne Schadde, Rajan Sankaran, Christoph Schubert, Ulrich Welte, Markus Kuntosch, Jan Scholten, Louis Klein, Juergen Hansel, Patricia Le Roux, Massimo Mangialovori, Andreas Richter, Amy Rothenberg, Juergen Weiland, Frans Kusse, Joerg Wichmann.

Juergen Weiland discusses how a remedy prepared from human placenta can be useful for children with difficulties establishing contact with the world. Jan Scholten, Ulrich Welte and Markus Kuntosch show how remedies from the Lanthanides and  Lithium seem to eb suitable for children in the Autism spectrum. Joerg Wichmann, Louis Klein and Patricia Le Roux present how remedies from the butterfly-moth and orchid families can be very useful for children with ADHD issues.

Massimo Mangialavori gives a case of Anantherum and shows how the syndrome of allergy, restlessness, ambitiousness and jealousy is typical of certain grasses and how this makes these grasses suitable for hyperactive children without pronounced ADHD. Anne Schadde presents a good case of Ozone.

Amy Rothenberg discusses the case taking approach for children with special needs and how homeopathy is capable of helping them achieve their optimal potential. Rajan Sankaran shows how he selected Black Mamba for a girl with extreme aggression.

Juergen Hansel has presented an interesting case of Gallicum acidum where there were fears of contact and aggressive behavioral disturbances that prevented social integration. Andreas Richter shows how the potentised remedy Fenoterol hydrobromide can be used with efficacy in children who have been exposed to this drug pre-birth for preventing premature labour.

Frans Kusse discusses case taking and remedy selection at different levels of experience as per Dr. Sankaran’s method. Apart from these cases, the issue reviews some seminars in 2009.

A moving article was the travelog by Rosina Sonnenschmidt where she highlights how homeopath Torako Yui, despite all odds, managed to convince Japanese authorities of the soundness of homeopathy and Hahnemann’s approach and managed to bring homeopathy to Japan in a major way. Very encouraging and spirit-lifting!

There are reviews of five books – Patricia Le Roux’s Butterflies, Louis Klein’s Miasms and Nosodes, Rajan Sankaran’s The Other Song, Kat Birch’s Vaccine Free and Rosina Sonnenschmidt’s Liver and Gallbladder. There is a nice history of Narayana Publishers along with photographs of their enthusiastic and dedicated team.

The layout is very good, paper and photo/picture quality is also excellent. Photos by Juergen Weiland throughout the journal are beautiful. I wish that there had been more cases showing the use of our older, ‘regular’ remedies. All in all, this issue was a very good read and I will definitely say that ‘Spectrum of Homeopathy’ holds a lot of promise! The next issue will cover  the power drugs, from coca and cola to the amphetamines while the last issue for this year will deal with old and new facets of the miasms. Something to look forward to!!

About the author

Firuzi Mehta

Dr. Firuzi Mehta qualified in homeopathic medicine in 1997 and then completed her HMD from the British Institute of Homoeopathy, London. In 1998, she also attended an Introductory Course in Anthroposophic Medicine and Iscador Therapy for Cancer at the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim, Switzerland now known as Klinik Arleshim. After working for over 5 years with an eminent homeopath in Mumbai, to gain work-experience, she started her own practice in 2001. She reviews homeopathic books as and when the opportunity arises and firmly believes that one's knowledge is always incomplete and needs to grow. She is currently enrolled with—and studying for—the 2 year E-Learning Programme offered by Prof. George Vithoulkas' International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. http://www.homoeopathie.in


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