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Title: A group analysis evaluation of selected synthetic recreational drug isolate remedies in terms of known materia medica
Authors: Chhiba, Ujaswee 
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2013
The addition of a large number of new remedies to the homoeopathic materia medica
has made it challenging to select the correct remedy for a patient. Locating individual
remedies within groups makes it easier to understand, remember and apply the
information from the remedies.
The aim of this research study was to evaluate common themes and symptomatology of
homoeopathic remedies belonging to the synthetic recreational drug isolate group, as
represented in the known homoeopathic materia medica and repertory. Most remedies
derived from synthetic recreational drug isolate sources have not been well documented
or comprehensively proven in homoeopathy, so are not well represented in repertory
programs. Therefore, in addition, remedies in this study were selected according to the
homoeopathic significance of each remedy, the availability of actual provings and
representation in materia medica, the existence of a synthetic derivative of the drug,
and if the drug was commonly used.
The selected remedies were then subjected to a manual rubric extraction process in
which common rubrics were extracted. The common rubrics were analyzed to
determine common sensations within the group. The extracted sensations were then
defined using a dictionary and synonyms were determined using a thesaurus. Each
sensation was subjected to a literature search to test its validity. Second and third order
analyses were performed based on the results.
The most common sensations found as a result of this process were: dryness, itching,
fear, anger, restlessness, anxiety, indifference, heaviness, heat, acute and weakness.
The active and passive reactions and compensations of the synthetic recreational drug
isolate group were also analyzed. The active reactions included anger, rage, acute,
violence, impatience and irritation. Passive reactions were heaviness, numbness, dullness, faintness, weakness and coldness. The compensatory reaction included
sensations of ecstasy, elation and euphoria or tranquillity.
Each remedy was classified into specific miasms based on Sankaran’s miasmatic
model (Sankaran, 1997). Each remedy was categorized as a particular miasm if the
literature showed a clear predominance of the themes associated with that miasm.
Many of the remedies had features of the AIDS, Cancer, Sycotic and Tubercular
Pathological tendencies of the synthetic recreational drug isolate group involved the
throat, eyes, stomach, nervous system, male genitalia and sleep patterns. Clinically, the
remedies can be used in cases of mental disorders such as psychosis and
schizophrenia, chronic fatigue, visual and sleeping disorders, anorexia nervosa and
neurological disorders such as chorea, tremors and formication.
The results of this study appear to confirm the application of the group analysis
methodology as outlined by Sankaran (2002). The results also add depth to the existing
literature on synthetic recreational drug isolate remedies.
Dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the
Master’s Degree in Technology: Homoeopathy, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2013.
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