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Title: A materia medica comparison of bowel nosodes and related homoeopathic remedies
Authors: Combrink-Potter, Deirdre 
Keywords: Materia medica;Bowel nosodes;Homeopathic remedies
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2020
The purpose of this study was to ascertain which homoeopathic remedies are most
closely associated with the respective bowel nosodes with a specific focus on the
similarities that exist with regards to the mental and physical symptomatology and the
clinical indications by means of an independent comparative analysis conducted via
computerised repertorisation. The purpose of ascertaining this information was to
provide a better understanding of the interrelationships which exist between a given
bowel nosode and its most closely associated homoeopathic remedies. This
understanding will therefore provide more insight and may act as a guide as to when
and how one can use the bowel nosodes in relation to specific homoeopathic remedies
in practice.
The following four bowel nosodes were selected for this study from the original listing
compiled by Dr John Paterson (1890-1954), one of the pioneers of research on the
bowel nosodes which was published in the article “The Bowel nosodes” in the British
Homoeopathic Journal in 1950: Proteus (Bach), Gaertner (Bach), Dysentery Co.
(Bach) and Sycotic Co. (Paterson). These nosodes were selected on the basis that
they present with the most extensive, distinctive and distinguishable mental and
physical symptoms when compared to the remaining seven bowel nosodes.
The methodology employed for this study was based on a computerised
repertorisation process utilising the Synergy Mac Repertory program. The most
prominent and significant mental and physical symptomatology and clinical indication
rubrics were selected as per the information obtained from the materia medicas,
original works and from more recent authors. A repertorisation was conducted for
each individual bowel nosode in order to determine the most closely associated
homoeopathic remedies for each bowel nosode as per the above criteria. Results
The results obtained through the repertorisation process included the following top
three associated homoeopathic remedies pertaining to each individual bowel nosode.
1. Proteus (Bach) – Natrium muriaticum, Nux vomica and Sepia officinalis.
2. Gaertner (Bach) – Silicea terra, Mercurius vivus/solubilis and Nux vomica.
3. Dysentery Co. (Bach) – Lachesis muta, Argentum nitricum and Ignatia amara.
4. Sycotic Co. (Paterson) – Causticum, Nitricum acidum and Thuja occidentalis.
The results of this study revealed that many similarities pertaining to the mental and
physical symptomatology and clinical indications exist between the chosen bowel
nosodes and their respective associated homoeopathic remedies. These similarities
provide more insight with regards to the interrelationship exiting between a particular
bowel nosode and its associated homoeopathic remedies, therefore bringing a clearer
understanding and consequently assisting the homoeopathic practitioner in the usage
and prescription of the bowel nosodes in practice. The results of this study also
revealed important correlations between the original listing by Dr John Paterson
regarding the chief associated homoeopathic remedies of individual bowel nosodes
and those obtained in this study therefore corroborating some of the original chief
associated homoeopathic remedies. The newly found chief associated homoeopathic
remedies of individual bowel nosodes resulting from this study may be given
preference during case analysis and may be used to expand or update the original
listing providing an expanded or updated guide for the homoeopathic practitioner.
Mini-dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Technology: Homoeopathy, Durban University of Technology, 2020.
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