Classical Homeopathic Lectures - Volume A

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Preface to Volume A

In this first seminar, Vassilis dicusses the essence of NAT-M., NAT-S. and SULPH.

Besides, he gives a lot of information about treatment of acute diseases in daily homoeopathic practice. You might get the impression that in acute diseases you have to look for remedies used for these acute diseases. But nothing is further from the truth!

Vassilis underlines again and again that in a classic homoeopathic consultation you always have to take a complete homoeopahtich history of the patient and to look for the polychrest that is most suited for the patient in general (information about the homoeopathic consultation will be discussed in detail in furture volumes).

If a remedy is perfect for a patient, in essence, keynotes or in its totality, you have to give this remedy, without regard to the complaint which brought the patient to you (Mostly, it will concern a polychrest).

If however, the whole does not correspond to a specific remedy, you have to look for the specific homoeopathic remedy that corresponds to the specific acute situation ( this can be a polychrest or a small remedy).

From the experiences of the Athenian School and from his own experiences, Vassilis summarizes hierarchically the remedies indicated in one, specific acute situation, such as:

- Common cold
- Tonsillitis
- Whooping cough and severe cough
- Gastritis
- Cystitis
- Colitis and diarrhoea
- Allergic rhinitis
- Skin disorders
- Acne on the face
- Cancer
- Headache

Bear in mind that the use of this information in classical homoeopathy  is only justified if there is no other constitutional remedy indicated, or if your constitutional treatment is obstructed while your patient is developing a serious acute disease. In such casues, using this information will often help you so that the patient will not need antibiotics or other allopahtic medication, and he will not turn his back on homeoopathic treatment.

Fons Vanden Berghe

 

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ISBN9789074077149
AuthorVassilis Ghegas
TypePaperback
LanguageEnglish
Publication date1991
Pages184
Review

This book review is reprinted from the New England Journal of Homeopathy with the permission of Amy Rothenberg, ND, DHANP.

Reviewed by Paul Mittman, N.D., D.H.A.N.P.

These volumes chronicle Dr. Ghegas's on going Holland lectures dating back to 1987. Unlike the many available transcripts of European seminars, The Classical Homeopathic Lectures of Vassilis Ghegas represents the painstaking efforts of Dr. Fons Vandenberghe to combine lecture transcriptions with his own notes, organize them, then reference nearly every piece of information in Kent's Repertory, and finally submit the text to Dr. Ghegas for final approval. The result is an information-filled book that will occupy and delight serious students of homeopathy.

The books are written in outline form, with one to four paragraphs of text following each heading. The goal of the books is to condense the best parts of the seminars into a quick reference. Unfortunately, in order to make the information accessible and easily comprehended, the writing becomes a bit dry. After all, in outline form, it is not possible to keep Dr. Ghegas's humorous and exciting lecture style.

Since I like to sample before I buy, here's a taste of what is on the menu. Lets start with the contents:

Volume A
Essences (detailed and lengthy descriptions of remedies ): Natrum muriaticum, Natrum sulphuricum and Sulphur. Remedies and their characteristic symptoms in acute diseases: common cold, tonsillitis, whooping cough, gastritis, cystitis, colitis, diarrhea, allergic rhinitis, headache.
Remedies for skin disorders, facial acne, and cancer.
Tips
Cases

Volume B
Essences: Staphysagria, Ignatia, Natrum carbonicum, Nitricum acidum, Sulphuricum acidum, Silica, Phosphoricum acidum, Sepia and Muriatic acid.
Remedies and their characteristic symptoms in seminal emissions, hemorrhoids, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica.
Characteristic symptoms of: Natrum phosphoricum, Flouric acid, Lac caninum, Acetic acid, Benzoic acid.
Newborns and babies.
Stramonium children.
Cases

Volume C
Children's remedies: Hyoscyamus, Veratrum album, Medorrhinum, Causticum, Staphisagria, Natrum muriaticum, Natrum sulphuricum, Cina, Lachesis, Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Tuberculinum, Mancinella, Aurum, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Chamomilla, Rheum, Baryta carbonica, Graphites, Iodum, China officinalis, Bufo, Origanum.
Essences: Arsenicum album, Petroleum, Ranunculus bulbosus, Plumbum.
Very brief descriptions of small remedies: Bovista, Digitalis, Ptelea, Comocladea dentata.
Remedies and their characteristic symptoms in skin disorders and vertigo.
Cases

In the materia medica chapters, the central idea, similar to Vithoulkas's essence of the remedy is first presented. Often the central idea is a phrase or sentence which gives it more breadth. For example, the central idea of Arsenicum album is the Strong Tendency for Self Preservation, the central idea of Natrum muriaticum is Injury on the Emotional Plane, the central idea of Natrum sulphuricum is Injury on the Physical Plane. Discussion of the central idea permeates each section of the chapter.

Each remedy is discussed on the mental, emotional, and physical levels. Illnesses and their indications for the remedy are very detailed and often include differentials on the condition or a special symptom. The chapter ends with comparisons to other remedies, complementary remedies, and cautions and strategies regarding dosage and repetition of the remedy. While these chapters are not complete catalogs of materia medica, the information is eminently useful.

The Therapeutic Tips contain some real gems. While some are found interspersed throughout the text, an entire section is devoted to them in the last chapter. Here are some examples:

* In cases of varicose ulcerations, think of Arsenicum album, Lachesis and Carduus marianus. Carduus marianus shows liver cirrhosis with varicose ulcerations on the bone and thus a swelling of the foot.

* Patients who pull out their hair: think of Ignatia and Aurum.

* Ammonium carbonicum is a remedy that is often mentioned 3rd degree in the repertory but seldom works in practice.

* The remedies with the strongest anticipation are Argentum nitricum, Gelsemium and Lycopodium.

* Remedies who suffer from exposure to the sun, in order of priority: Natrum carbonicum, Glonoinum, Natrum muriaticum, Pulsatilla, Sulphur.

* With an apparent Natrum muriaticum or Pulsatilla who likes fat: leave Natrum muriaticum and look for another remedy.

* Paralysis of the bladder in older people: think of Arsenicum album.

* Carbo vegetabilis: the asthma is better after eructations. Pothos: the asthma is better after stool.

* Strongest remedies for photophobia are: Belladonna, Graphites, Natrum sulphuricum.

In the chapters entitled Remedies and their Characteristic Symptoms (in various diseases), Dr. Ghegas refers to a priority which a given symptom confers to a certain remedy. Let me illustrate from a section in the chapter on tonsillitis:

With tonsillitis, as always in homeopathy, pay attention to priority symptoms and to the most striking, strongest symptoms.

In tonsillitis, when the patient has offensive breath:
1st- Mercurius
2nd- Nitricum acidum
3rd- Hepar sulphuris

To further differentiate:
with a lot of salivation during steep: first of all: Mercurius.

- with the feeling as if a fish bone in the throat: Hepar sulphuris, as well as Nitricum acidum.
- If the patient is extremely chilly, Hepar sulphuris should score higher.
- If the breathing is offensive and the patient stinks, more points to Nitricum acidum.

The case presentations clearly provide us with Dr. Ghegas's analysis and rationale for the prescription. Unfortunately, since many of the cases were taken live at the seminar there is often no follow-up. Another criticism is the book's sometimes awkward use of the English language. However, considering that the lecture was given in English by a Greek to a Belgian taking notes in Dutch, and the notes were then translated back to English, the book reads remarkably well.

The Classical Homeopathic Lectures of Vassilis Ghegas should be seen as an encyclopedia of homeopathy. The collection consists of 12 volumes, however there are only three currently translated into English (with three volumes being translated each year). These books are not complete materia medicas, and yet they contain vast amounts of clinically verified, user-friendly information. I have found them to be tremendous learning tools in my own studies. I hope you will too.

Paul Mittman, N.D., D.H.A.N.P., graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985, where he completed a two-year residency in family practice. Dr. Mittman currently practices in Enfield, Connecticut, specializing in homeopathy. He completed the NESH course in 1991, and is currently participating in the 18-month Level 3 NESH course.

New England Journal of Homeopathy Volume 2 Number 3
Summer / Fall 1993

This book review is reprinted with permission from Homeopathic Links.

Reviewed by Lorraine Taylor

Volume A of Vassilis Ghegas book is now available in English. With great time and effort the seminar organisers have transcribed tapes from the seminars in an attempt to maintain the knowledge provided by Vassilis and make it of practical value. To date 10 of the seminars have been transcribed and are being corrected by Vassilis. Each volume has a comprehensive index per remedy, subject or clinical rubric for easy cross-reference. The didactic qualities of Vassilis are really unique, he puts forward a complicated matter in a simple way. One of his best qualities is his sense of putting things into hierarchical order. The first volume of this work covers the treatment of acute diseases; common cold, tonsillitis, cough, gastritis, cystitis, colitis, allergic rhinitis, skin disorders, and the essence of Natrum muriaticum and Natrum sulphuricum, plus the discussion of several paper cases and live cases.

The essences are covered in a thorough and systematic way beginning with a discussion on the central idea behind the remedy and how the remedy presents in the child, adolescent and adult. In Nat mur. for example Vassilis describes the characteristic mental symptoms with differential diagnoses, the affections of Nat mur. by successive emotional injuries, the deep mental emotional problems, the external signs and how Nat mur. patients present themselves in the consultation room. Vassilis then goes on to indicate the general symptoms of the remedy and the acute situations in which to consider Nat mur. eg. lumbago, headaches, herpes etc. He describes Nat. mur. in pregnancy and finally gives an extensive differential with phosphorus, Sepia, Medorrhinum and Pulsatilla, plus a note on complementary and antidoting remedies. The reader is left with a very complete picture of the remedy and exemplifies Vassilis' deep knowledge of materia medica and experience of 25 years of practice. This documentation offers the reader great insights into the practice of homoeopathy.

It is quite the vogue these day to transcribe seminars and publish them in book form. The homoeopath is already usually laden with numerous heavy books and therefore has to be discerning about adding yet more to her/his library! At this moment in the history of homoeopathy we are fortunate enough to have several excellent homoeopaths, however not all are as good at teaching as they are at practising. Those who have attended Vassilis's seminars know what an excellent and inspiring teacher he is. This is not therefore just another transcript of a seminar but a life's work which he is willing to share for the greater good of homoeopathy and humanity.

Homoeopathic Links - Spring 1992

Review

This book review is reprinted from the New England Journal of Homeopathy with the permission of Amy Rothenberg, ND, DHANP.

Reviewed by Paul Mittman, N.D., D.H.A.N.P.

These volumes chronicle Dr. Ghegas's on going Holland lectures dating back to 1987. Unlike the many available transcripts of European seminars, The Classical Homeopathic Lectures of Vassilis Ghegas represents the painstaking efforts of Dr. Fons Vandenberghe to combine lecture transcriptions with his own notes, organize them, then reference nearly every piece of information in Kent's Repertory, and finally submit the text to Dr. Ghegas for final approval. The result is an information-filled book that will occupy and delight serious students of homeopathy.

The books are written in outline form, with one to four paragraphs of text following each heading. The goal of the books is to condense the best parts of the seminars into a quick reference. Unfortunately, in order to make the information accessible and easily comprehended, the writing becomes a bit dry. After all, in outline form, it is not possible to keep Dr. Ghegas's humorous and exciting lecture style.

Since I like to sample before I buy, here's a taste of what is on the menu. Lets start with the contents:

Volume A
Essences (detailed and lengthy descriptions of remedies ): Natrum muriaticum, Natrum sulphuricum and Sulphur. Remedies and their characteristic symptoms in acute diseases: common cold, tonsillitis, whooping cough, gastritis, cystitis, colitis, diarrhea, allergic rhinitis, headache.
Remedies for skin disorders, facial acne, and cancer.
Tips
Cases

Volume B
Essences: Staphysagria, Ignatia, Natrum carbonicum, Nitricum acidum, Sulphuricum acidum, Silica, Phosphoricum acidum, Sepia and Muriatic acid.
Remedies and their characteristic symptoms in seminal emissions, hemorrhoids, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica.
Characteristic symptoms of: Natrum phosphoricum, Flouric acid, Lac caninum, Acetic acid, Benzoic acid.
Newborns and babies.
Stramonium children.
Cases

Volume C
Children's remedies: Hyoscyamus, Veratrum album, Medorrhinum, Causticum, Staphisagria, Natrum muriaticum, Natrum sulphuricum, Cina, Lachesis, Calcarea carbonica, Calcarea phosphorica, Tuberculinum, Mancinella, Aurum, Sulphur, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Chamomilla, Rheum, Baryta carbonica, Graphites, Iodum, China officinalis, Bufo, Origanum.
Essences: Arsenicum album, Petroleum, Ranunculus bulbosus, Plumbum.
Very brief descriptions of small remedies: Bovista, Digitalis, Ptelea, Comocladea dentata.
Remedies and their characteristic symptoms in skin disorders and vertigo.
Cases

In the materia medica chapters, the central idea, similar to Vithoulkas's essence of the remedy is first presented. Often the central idea is a phrase or sentence which gives it more breadth. For example, the central idea of Arsenicum album is the Strong Tendency for Self Preservation, the central idea of Natrum muriaticum is Injury on the Emotional Plane, the central idea of Natrum sulphuricum is Injury on the Physical Plane. Discussion of the central idea permeates each section of the chapter.

Each remedy is discussed on the mental, emotional, and physical levels. Illnesses and their indications for the remedy are very detailed and often include differentials on the condition or a special symptom. The chapter ends with comparisons to other remedies, complementary remedies, and cautions and strategies regarding dosage and repetition of the remedy. While these chapters are not complete catalogs of materia medica, the information is eminently useful.

The Therapeutic Tips contain some real gems. While some are found interspersed throughout the text, an entire section is devoted to them in the last chapter. Here are some examples:

* In cases of varicose ulcerations, think of Arsenicum album, Lachesis and Carduus marianus. Carduus marianus shows liver cirrhosis with varicose ulcerations on the bone and thus a swelling of the foot.

* Patients who pull out their hair: think of Ignatia and Aurum.

* Ammonium carbonicum is a remedy that is often mentioned 3rd degree in the repertory but seldom works in practice.

* The remedies with the strongest anticipation are Argentum nitricum, Gelsemium and Lycopodium.

* Remedies who suffer from exposure to the sun, in order of priority: Natrum carbonicum, Glonoinum, Natrum muriaticum, Pulsatilla, Sulphur.

* With an apparent Natrum muriaticum or Pulsatilla who likes fat: leave Natrum muriaticum and look for another remedy.

* Paralysis of the bladder in older people: think of Arsenicum album.

* Carbo vegetabilis: the asthma is better after eructations. Pothos: the asthma is better after stool.

* Strongest remedies for photophobia are: Belladonna, Graphites, Natrum sulphuricum.

In the chapters entitled Remedies and their Characteristic Symptoms (in various diseases), Dr. Ghegas refers to a priority which a given symptom confers to a certain remedy. Let me illustrate from a section in the chapter on tonsillitis:

With tonsillitis, as always in homeopathy, pay attention to priority symptoms and to the most striking, strongest symptoms.

In tonsillitis, when the patient has offensive breath:
1st- Mercurius
2nd- Nitricum acidum
3rd- Hepar sulphuris

To further differentiate:
with a lot of salivation during steep: first of all: Mercurius.

- with the feeling as if a fish bone in the throat: Hepar sulphuris, as well as Nitricum acidum.
- If the patient is extremely chilly, Hepar sulphuris should score higher.
- If the breathing is offensive and the patient stinks, more points to Nitricum acidum.

The case presentations clearly provide us with Dr. Ghegas's analysis and rationale for the prescription. Unfortunately, since many of the cases were taken live at the seminar there is often no follow-up. Another criticism is the book's sometimes awkward use of the English language. However, considering that the lecture was given in English by a Greek to a Belgian taking notes in Dutch, and the notes were then translated back to English, the book reads remarkably well.

The Classical Homeopathic Lectures of Vassilis Ghegas should be seen as an encyclopedia of homeopathy. The collection consists of 12 volumes, however there are only three currently translated into English (with three volumes being translated each year). These books are not complete materia medicas, and yet they contain vast amounts of clinically verified, user-friendly information. I have found them to be tremendous learning tools in my own studies. I hope you will too.

Paul Mittman, N.D., D.H.A.N.P., graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985, where he completed a two-year residency in family practice. Dr. Mittman currently practices in Enfield, Connecticut, specializing in homeopathy. He completed the NESH course in 1991, and is currently participating in the 18-month Level 3 NESH course.

New England Journal of Homeopathy Volume 2 Number 3
Summer / Fall 1993

This book review is reprinted with permission from Homeopathic Links.

Reviewed by Lorraine Taylor

Volume A of Vassilis Ghegas book is now available in English. With great time and effort the seminar organisers have transcribed tapes from the seminars in an attempt to maintain the knowledge provided by Vassilis and make it of practical value. To date 10 of the seminars have been transcribed and are being corrected by Vassilis. Each volume has a comprehensive index per remedy, subject or clinical rubric for easy cross-reference. The didactic qualities of Vassilis are really unique, he puts forward a complicated matter in a simple way. One of his best qualities is his sense of putting things into hierarchical order. The first volume of this work covers the treatment of acute diseases; common cold, tonsillitis, cough, gastritis, cystitis, colitis, allergic rhinitis, skin disorders, and the essence of Natrum muriaticum and Natrum sulphuricum, plus the discussion of several paper cases and live cases.

The essences are covered in a thorough and systematic way beginning with a discussion on the central idea behind the remedy and how the remedy presents in the child, adolescent and adult. In Nat mur. for example Vassilis describes the characteristic mental symptoms with differential diagnoses, the affections of Nat mur. by successive emotional injuries, the deep mental emotional problems, the external signs and how Nat mur. patients present themselves in the consultation room. Vassilis then goes on to indicate the general symptoms of the remedy and the acute situations in which to consider Nat mur. eg. lumbago, headaches, herpes etc. He describes Nat. mur. in pregnancy and finally gives an extensive differential with phosphorus, Sepia, Medorrhinum and Pulsatilla, plus a note on complementary and antidoting remedies. The reader is left with a very complete picture of the remedy and exemplifies Vassilis' deep knowledge of materia medica and experience of 25 years of practice. This documentation offers the reader great insights into the practice of homoeopathy.

It is quite the vogue these day to transcribe seminars and publish them in book form. The homoeopath is already usually laden with numerous heavy books and therefore has to be discerning about adding yet more to her/his library! At this moment in the history of homoeopathy we are fortunate enough to have several excellent homoeopaths, however not all are as good at teaching as they are at practising. Those who have attended Vassilis's seminars know what an excellent and inspiring teacher he is. This is not therefore just another transcript of a seminar but a life's work which he is willing to share for the greater good of homoeopathy and humanity.

Homoeopathic Links - Spring 1992