Homœopathic Medicine: Pure and Applied

Homœopathic Medicine: Pure and Applied


This series of six lectures is aimed at providing a basis for the specialist homœopathic practitioner to understand the history and development of Homœopathic Medicine – from Hahnemann’s reproducible observations of individual substance effects to the consequent general similars principle. These observations paved the way to a new and pure materia medica, devoid of conjecture & hypothesis, and his foundational pharmacography (Fragmenta, RA, CK).

The course details the history & development of repertory with particular focus on the Therapeutisches Taschenbuch (TT) of Bönninghausen (the creator of our Repertory as we know it), which is modelled upon Hahnemann’s clear pharmacographic structure (abstraction of symptoms), and further illustrates TT’s use with a variety of case exercises through our own modern English language translation The Bönninghausen Repertory, 2nd edition (TBR2). Each lecture provides plentiful and clear citation to sources in order to facilitate further investigation and studies beyond the lecture series.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the history and development of homœopathic medicine
  • Discuss the construction, accuracy and use of materia medica in clinical practice
  • Explore the differentiation of typography to indicate certainty of information
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of the elemental triad that leads to a complete symptom
  • Review terms introduced to help define concepts of symptomarchy, complete symptom and complete case
  • Synthesize this knowledge in order to apply it effectively in clinical practice


Part 1: Introduction (protologia) 2 hours

  • Definition 15 minutes
  • State of Medicine pre-Homœopathy 20 min
  • Similars pre-Hahnemann 20 min
  • Hahnemann pre-Similars 20 min
  • Hahnemann’s development 20 min
  • Homœopathy – birth as a methodical medical pursuit  25 min
    •  defined: identifying a substance or treatment as ‘homœopathic’

Description (session 1):

This first session simply defines Homœopathy before giving a historical account of Hahnemann’s development, from the time immediately before his realisation of similars as a natural therapeutic principle, through his experiments with substance effects and hi s announcement ofomoion as a general therapeutic principle – the birth of Homœopathy as a systematic medical pursuit.

Learning Objectives:

  •  understand the history and development of homeopathic medicine
  • understand the reproducible effects of individual substances
  •  understand the induction of general similars principle

Part 2: Pharmacography I 2 hours


  • Definition 15 min
    • characteristics (removing misconception)
  • Substance effects 15 min
    • toxicological (accidental, deliberate, iatrogenic) 30 min
  • recruiting toxicology into our MM – example from Hahnemann 30 min
    • methodical trials – Hahnemann’s provings; prover’s union; major works overview.
  • Construction & development (Hahnemann’s 1º pharmacographies) 30 min
    • abstraction & grouping (Hahnemann’s pharmacographic schema)

Description (session 2):

This second session focuses on the development of Hahnemann’s pharmacography (MM) – how he recruited toxicological reports into his developing materia medica, with an example from early ‘old-school’ records, and follows this development from Fragmenta into his second edition CK (Chronic Diseases), showing the construction, accuracy, and intended use for the clinician. We evidence Hahnemann’s attention to detail, unmatched elsewhere, and his assigning of observation certainty for the information therein contained. The term characteristic is properly defined, removing the misconceptions of the PQRS acronym. Hahnemann’s use of abstraction and re-grouping in the arrangement of symptoms (his pharmacographic schema) is also illustrated and its distinct advantages discussed.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the use of toxicological reports in development of materia medica
  • understand construction, accuracy and use of materia medica in clinical practice
  • understand definition and use of term “characteristic:
  • understand “abstraction” and “re-grouping” in arrangement of symptoms in materia medica

Part 3. Pharmacography II 2 hours


  • 1º & 2º effects (symptom sequencing) 30 min
    • biphasic dose response curve
    • low-dose response curve
  • Certainty indexing (grading in pharmacography) 40 min
  • Other 1º pharmacographies 20 min
  • Non-primary pharmacographies 30 min
    • uncertainties of interpretation

Description (session 3):

This third session discusses the greatly misunderstood concept of 1º & 2º symptoms and the importance of time-sequence of symptoms, with an example of its use. We also discuss Hahnemann’s the use of differentiating typography to indicate certainty of information, and highlight the problems with relying upon non-primary pharmacographic works.

Learning objectives:

  • understand the difference between 1º & 2º symptoms
  • understand the time-sequence of symptoms
  • understand differentiation of typography to indicate certainty of information
  • understand the difference between pharmacographic works and which are the best to use

Part 4. Repertography I 2 hours


  • Definition 15 min
  • History of Repertory (tables & indices) 30 min
    • the unhappy repertographer
    • the perfect repertographer
  • Bönninghausen’s TFR (SRA + SRN) 30 min
    • indicating certainty (grading within repertory)
    • the method basis for all repertoria – except one
  • Therapeutisches Taschenbuch [TT] 30 min
    • symptom ‘definition’
    • the ‘complete’ symptom triad (CoLoMo)
  • simple case example 15 min

Description (session 4):

In this session we provide a history of repertory, beginning with basic indices & tabulations, through to Bönninghausen’s TFR as the foundation for all modern repertories, and then extending into Bönninghausen’s last and most perfected repertorial model – theTherapeutisches Taschenbuch (TT 1846), illustrating that its unique construction models that of Hahnemann’s pharmacographic schema. We illustrate the concept of the ‘complete symptom’ element triad and provide a short case example to illustrate its application.

Learning objectives:

  • understand repertory history
  • understand complete symptom
  • understand the elemental triad that leads to a complete symptom

Part 5. Repertography II  2 hours


  • Bönninghausen’s TT 30 min
  • The Bönninghausen Repertory [TBR2] 30 min
  • The ‘complete’ symptom – completion by analogy 30 min
  • The ‘complete case’ – concomitants 30 min
    • two case examples

Description (session 5):

In this session we discuss the errors introduced into post-Bönninghausen editions of TT (French: Roth, Laurie; English: [Hempel, Okie, Allen]; and German [Fries]) and therefrom the need for the new English language edition (TBR2), illustrating the painstaking process of editing & correction, and rubric exegesis, always with full reference to original sources. We discuss terms introduced to help define concepts of symptomarchy, complete symptom and complete case, before providing a couple of illustrative cases to highlight the significance and use of concomitants.

Learning Objectives:

  • understand errors introduced into post-Bönninghausen editions
  • understand terms introduced to help define concepts of symptomarchy, complete symptom and complete case
  • understand illustrative cases to highlight the significance and use of concomitants

Part 6. The Theory of Chronic Disease according to Hahnemann 2 hours


Case discussions – 15 – 20 min each as time allows for a total of 2 hours. Includes case presentation followed by case discussion.


In this final session we provide an introduction to Hahnemann’s theory of chronic disease, of how and why Hahnemann conceives and develops this model, and of its real-time modern applicability. We dispell the mis-definitions and myths so commonly associated with this model, and provide a couple of case examples to illustrate its use in the clinical setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how all information provided in parts 1-5 are synthesized and applied in clinical practice.

Course Content

  • Lesson 1 2h 00min
  • Lesson 2 2h 00min
  • Lesson 3 2h 00min
  • Lesson 4 2h 00min
  • Lesson 5 2h 00min
  • Lesson 6 2h 00min


George Dimitriadis DHom, FHom, FJPHMA had his introduction to Homœopathy nearly forty years ago, when a friend showed him his own dispensary of homœopathic medicines and described how ‘potentisation’ actually made highly diluted substances ‘stronger’ and more effective. This idea aroused George’s curiosity and instead of being dismissive, he felt compelled to learn more about this physical phænomenon. George commenced his own study of Homœopathy (1979-1982), then medical sciences (1983-1986), graduating from the University of New South Wales before taking up full-time homœopathic medicine practice in Sydney (1986).

George travelled widely through Europe and India, visiting clinics and teaching institutions in order to observe first-hand their method of learning and of application. He has taught both within Australia and internationally, contributed numerous articles to a number of professional journals, and authored six books for the profession.

George was founding Vice-President and later President, Society of Classical Homœopathy (SCH, 1985-1995), also Chief Editor, Australian Journal of Homœopathic Medicine during its publication life (1992-95), and founder (1993) of the Hahnemann Institute (Sydney) which continues today as a seminar-based graduate teaching and literary research institution, emphasising the need for definition, accuracy of observation, and collection of evidence through close examination of original source literature.

From 1995 George began to focus on the work of Bönninghausen and in particular his Therapeutisches Taschenbuch [TT] (Therapeutic Pocketbook), and spent the next 5 years on his English language TT re-publication project – to correct and revive Bönninghausen’s repertorial legacy (with specific reference to original sources), culminating with the publication of The Bönninghausen Repertory (TBR, 2000). The second edition TBR2 (2010) is widely recognised as the most reliable repertory available today.

George’s passion for detail and accuracy, together with an immersion in all available writings of Hahnemann and his contemporaries, has provided a comprehensive faniliarity of the development of Homœopathy from its very beginnings, and a clear understanding of true Homœopathy. He is always keen to pass on this knowledge, teaching others how to learn themselves, by demonstrating the method and value of refering directly to primary sources. Past students have commented that this grounding has given them greater certainty and confidence in practice – a sense of position within this profession.

George and his wife Jacqualine practice at the Hahnemann Homœopathic Medicine Centre, located in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

    12 hours total -Direct Approval
  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    6 CEUs total (up to 6 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    12 credits total (up to 12 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP)

    12 hours total -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    12 CEUs total (up to 12 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    6 CPDs total (up to 6 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    12 CMEs total (up to 12 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    12 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    12 credits total (up to 12 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    12 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    12 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    12 CEUs total (up to 12 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    12 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    12 CEs total (up to 12 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    12 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    12 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    12 contact hours total (up to 12 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    12 credits total (up to 12 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    12 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    12 CEs total (up to 12 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    12 hours total (up to 12 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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