Advanced Homeopathy: Lesser-Known Remedies

11.25 hours

Advanced Homeopathy: Lesser-Known Remedies


This 6-part recorded webinar series explores some lesser-known homeopathic remedies and groups that despite their relative invisibility have great value in clinical homeopathic practice. From mosquito and insect remedies to grass remedies to fish remedies to remedies you’ve probably never even heard of (and more), Anne Vervarcke will help bring the understanding of these remedies and remedy groups to life so you can add them to your homeopathic toolkit. She will also focus on why such remedies are often overlooked or wrongly prescribed.

Anne will teach on these remedies, as well as share cases from her homeopathic practice to enhance clinical relevance. She will share her thought process, selection of rubrics, and repertorization analysis. Anne will also demonstrate finding remedies via kingdom analysis, a method which can help you find a remedy that might never even come up in a regular repertorization. More than simply learning new remedies and groups, this class will also focus on concepts that will help with every case, regardless the remedy being within the groups taught in the course.

Anne is committed to keeping the complexity of homeopathy in mind while keeping the approach itself simple and accessible. The result: a solid analysis, as well as confidence and accuracy in your prescription. Anne’s approach, the Vital Approach, combines the fundamental Hahnemannian principles with the latest developments in Classical Homeopathy in a clear and easy-to-understand way. Her influences include Yakir, Scholten, and Sankaran. With almost 30 years of practice and teaching experience, Anne concentrates on clear and reliable pointers helping you analyze cases effectively and prescribe with certainty.

Lesson 1: Grass Remedies

Grasses and grains are everywhere and yet, we tend to overlook them when we are looking for a Plant remedy that fits the case. Perhaps it’s because they don’t attract attention with colorful flowers or are in almost all of our basic foods, so we take them for granted? You will learn all about the characteristics of grass remedies in this webinar!

Anne will also explain that every phenomenon has 4 different aspects: objective and subjective, crossed with individual and collective, which gives this quadrant: objective-individual, objective-collective, subjective-individual and subjective-collective (based on a model by Ken Wilber). Why is that important? Because we practitioners often make the mistake of thinking that by how it looks (objective-individual) and what it does (objective-collective), we can extrapolate these characteristics from our patients. However, homeopathy not only includes subjectivity, but it draws upon it heavily for prescribing.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about the grasses (wheat, rice, barley, sugar, maize, oats, rye, sorghum, bamboo, lemongrass, and more) and application of the Ken Wilber quadrant system in homeopathy.

Lesson 2: 6th Row Remedies

Because of the more ‘well-known’ 6th row remedies like Baryta, Platina, Aurum, Mercurius and Plumbum you might think you know more about 6th row remedies than you do. Just because we know more about them doesn’t mean we can actually recognize them in real life. As a matter of fact, because of the excess of symptoms without a pattern, they are very often not considered when needed. This session will demonstrate many cases (also from the lesser-known 6th row remedies like Osmium, Iridium, Tungstenium, etc.) how they truly express. Anne finds there is hardly any group of remedies that benefits more of the introduction of systematics in homeopathy; it will become crystal clear why.

Anne will also explain about the 4 different ways a remedy can present: the pure sensation or vital feeling, the active or success state of coping, the failure state, and the compensation. Patients usually display only one of these ways and it is up to us to understand which presentation it is and why. Anne will share why almost all 6th row element provings show the failure state and why our patients hardly ever will. And why this is the main reason we don’t recognize a 6th row mineral in the success state and why we have prescribed them for the wrong reasons.

In this webinar, you will learn about 6th Row remedies (Osmium, Iridium, Tungstenium, Baryta, Platina, Aurum, Mercurius, Plumbum, and more) and remedy presentation in clinical practice.

Lesson 3: Sarcode Remedies

If you’ve always thought Sarcodes were ‘superficial’ remedies and can’t be a similimum, this webinar may change your mind! Patients whose similimum is a Sarcode have their own, particular experience of themselves and the world around them. It is up to you, the attentive homeopathic listener, to notice its expressions. Anne will share cases of Sarcode patients in which they reveal their world in words and terms, which will give you a sense of this group.

Anne will also go into the discussion of polychrests versus small remedies. She will define what ‘cure’ means, what the prognosis and scope of a similimum should be, and what we should try to achieve with our patients.

In this webinar, you will learn about Sarcode remedies (Oxytocin, Thymus Gland, Thyroidinum, RNA, Melatonin, Corticotropin, and more) and polychrests vs small remedies.

Lesson 4: Fish Remedies

Have you ever prescribed a fish remedy? Ever wondered if homeopathy even has fish remedies? There are a few mentioned in the classical Materia Medica, although you might not know them as fish remedies based on their name alone (Ambra, Hydrophis, Oleum jecoris). But there are many more fish in the ocean! Anne will explore in this webinar what it is like to be a fish, to understand how your patients who need a fish remedy feel and express. Prepare to delve into a wonderful, and not yet well understood, world and be able to recognize a fish when one swims into your practice in the future.

Anne will also talk about the importance of context (vs. content) in case taking. As practitioners, we know it’s important to observe our patients and take their body language into account (the context). Anne will take it one step further and demonstrate that sometimes the context is actually decisive for the group or family, regardless of the rubrics chosen (the content).

In this webinar, you will learn about fish remedies (Ambra, Hydrophis, Oleum jecoris, and more) and the distinction between context and content in case taking.

Lesson 5: Insect Remedies

Even fervent animal lovers will think twice about mosquitoes and other insects. What about patients needing one of these remedies? Are they as annoying? And what about other insect patients? Are they the unwelcome nuisances we usually consider the original insect to be? How do you think a Blatta, mosquito, lice, bedbug, meat fly will behave?

Are you cringing now just reading about these insects? When the remedy group seems to be gross, disgusting, repulsive to us, do we actually prescribe these more repulsive remedies to patients we like or with whom we sympathize? Or must some of these annoying or gross traits be found in the patient? Could this be a reason why many patients end up with mammal remedies while they need, in fact, a less cuddly animal? With many case examples, you’ll learn why you shouldn’t let your fear or disgust about a remedy influence your analysis or prescription. Meanwhile you’ll get to know many remedies you might not have thought about before for your ailing patients!

In this webinar, you will learn about mosquito and other insect remedies – and our prejudices towards remedies.

Lesson 6: Telopea speciosissima

Don’t worry if you have never heard the name of this remedy before! It is not that common! (Although there is a good proving from Alastair Gray, under the name Waratah, if you’re curious). Anne has several cases she will share in this webinar. She’ll also share why this remedy can easily be confused with other groups. In fact, Anne prescribed a mineral remedy for her first Telopea patient and she prescribed an animal remedy for the second one because of the words the patient used. Anne will share her experience about these and other common pitfalls and how to prevent inaccurate prescriptions.

Anne will also discuss what to expect from a similimum prescription and making a realistic prognosis when the right remedy is prescribed.

In this webinar, you will learn about Telopea speciosissima and case prognosis from similimum prescriptions.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the clinical importance of learning lesser-known remedies
  • Identify the characteristics of lesser-known remedies and remedy families
  • Understand how a remedy expression translates in the individual person – and how the expression of this same remedy in the same person can change throughout their life
  • Deepen your understanding of the Vital Approach
  • Deepen your understanding of classical homeopathy, sensation method, families method, and other styles of homeopathic practice
  • Learn alternative methods of homeopathic analysis to enhance your repertorization and provide a fuller picture of your patient’s remedy
  • Appreciate the importance of being genuinely interested in the patient in front of you and listening without the self-doubts and worries
  • Support you in seeing the full picture of your patient – not just finding symptoms and justifying the remedy selection


Please Note: this course is not intended for beginners. This course is designed for practitioners, or at a minimum, last year students in homeopathic school. The Vital Approach incorporates aspects of the sensation method (kingdoms). If you are strictly trained classically, this course may have a lot of totally new material; it’s ideal to have a basic understanding in varied homeopathy systems, including sensation or families method.

Please Note: screensharing of the electronic repertories and references in the RadarOpus homeopathic program will be used at times to demonstrate course materials. It is not necessary to own any homeopathic software, including RadarOpus, to gain benefit from the homeopathic education provided. The nature of this class is educational, not commercial.

Course Content

  • The Vital Approach Map 51min
  • Lesson 1 | Grasses and Grains 1h 45min
  • Lesson 2 | 6th Row Remedies 1h 45min
  • Lesson 3 | Sarcode Remedies 1h 45min
  • Lesson 4 | Fish Remedies 1h 40min
  • Lesson 5 | Insect Remedies 1h 45min
  • Lesson 6 | Telopea speciosissima 1h 45min


Anne Vervarcke was born October 15th 1952 in Ostend, Belgium. After studying art, oriental studies, and anthropology, she trained in classical homeopathy in Belgium and in the Netherlands at the School for Homeopathy in Amersfoort.

She established The Centre for Classical Homeopathy (CKH) in Leuven, Belgium, which organizes a five-year training course, a Master Class, seminars, and an International Training. Anne served as program creator, teacher, and director for 15 years. She has also been in private practice since 1989.

Anne Vervarcke has developed her own style of practice, the Vital Approach (VA) Method, based on over 40-years of accumulated teaching and practicing experience, seminar attendance, and investigation in her private practice. The VA method is based on classical homeopathy supplemented with the works of contemporary thinkers and insights from phenomenology and linguistics. She gives international trainings and seminars, teaches in the CKH, offers post graduate seminars, Master Classes, Master Apprentice courses, online trainings, a Mentorship Program, webinars and a unique software search program named ‘The Family Finder’.

Anne Vervarcke has published novels and twelve books on homeopathy (of which three in Dutch) for the general public, “Klassieke homeopathie, niet te geloven?!” and “250 jaar na Hahnemann.” The book ‘Voorbij Lichaam and Geest” contains 9 exemplary cases from the Master Classes with clear analyses and discussions.

Her latest book on ‘A World Map of Homeopathic Families’ has come out in English recently. It introduces the concepts of 2D / 3D groups and the Vital Approach Map of Homeopathic Families which Anne likens to a treasure map for the similimum. Practitioners will learn how to identify clear pointers for the bigger groups and families, what other key information to look for in a case, how to connect the dots and recognise patterns leading to more efficient prescribing and improved outcomes.

Her English language publications for homeopaths are:
~The Charm of Homeopathy, which describes how she developed her method, the AV Method
~The Postgraduate Annual 2006, a succinct overview of her method, demonstrating its value in daily practice in both adult and pediatric cases

Books by Anne Vervarcke:
~The Charm of Homeopathy
~Behind the Glass Screen: A Homeopathic Survey of Ozone
~The Vital Approach
~Homeopathy, Strange, Rare and Peculiar
~Homeopathy is Everywhere
~Beyond Mind and Body

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