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Title: A group analysis of the Salicaceae plant family of homoeopathic remedies in terms of known materia medicae
Authors: Kasiparsad, Suraj Vishal
Issue Date: 27-Aug-2012
Abstract: Introduction: This study aimed to apply the methodology of group analysis, as
proposed by Sankaran, to an under-represented and poorly-understood biological
class. The intention of the study was to extend the group understanding of the
biological class, with a view to more notable utilization of the individual members
of the class as therapeutic substances. The Salicaceae Family was to the
knowledge of the researcher, under-utilized in homoeopathy and was expected to
have a much larger scope of use than is current.
Methodology: The family, Salicaceae, was classified taxonomically. Secondly,
an extraction of all rubrics pertaining to the Salicaceae family was done using the
Radar® repertory program. Those rubrics that contained at least two remedies
from the Salicaceae Family were retained and the rest were eliminated. A search
of Encyclopaedia Homoeopathica® and other resources was utilized to derive
common sensations, reactions to sensation, and to classify the remedies
Results: The primary sensation was a burning sensation, with heat or a
sensation of being burnt, which was confined primarily to the respiratory,
genitourinary and gastrointestinal system. The next sensation, which was on the
physical level, was of a stinging sensation, which may be interpreted as either a
tingling or a prickling sensation. This sensation was found to be mostly confined
to the skin.
Another sensation was a feeling of being alone, in isolation, detached from
surroundings, or being forsaken. Passive reactions included numbness,
inflammation, tearfulness, trembling and crying. Active reactions were
restlessness, irritation and wanting to sneeze. Miasmatically the task was a
challenge, as the researcher found materia medica to be lacking in certain
remedies. However many of the remedies were found to be Acute, Sycotic,
Malarial or Leprous.
Conclusion: The Salicaceae Family had an affinity for all orifices, with many
pathological tendencies occurring throughout the gastrointestinal, genitourinary
and respiratory system. The researcher felt that the Group analysis of remedies
was a powerful tool that can assist in a homoeopathic prescription. It gave great
insight to the Salicaceae Family, and exposed the researcher to the lesser known
Description: Dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Technology: Homoeopathy, Durban University of Technology, 2012.
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