Boericke Materia Medica Book- Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory Reviewed by Dr Anum Zaheer

Boericke Materia Medica Book- Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory Reviewed by Dr Anum Zaheer

Boericke Materia Medica Book – Boericke Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory- Comprising Of the Characteristic & Guiding Symptoms of All Remedies (Clinical & Pathogenetic) Including Indian Drugs Reviewed by Dr Anum Zaheer

Along with other less significant symptoms that help in the selection of the curative remedy, the book includes the well-known, verified characteristic symptoms of all our medicines. The school’s published clinical experience has been updated to include all the new medications and necessities. It has the most trustworthy materia medica facts possible packed into the smallest amount of space in its current compact form. It supplements every other work on Materia Medica, and if used as a ready reminder of the essential facts or our vast symptomatology and as an introduction to the larger books of reference and record and record of provings, it will fulfil its purpose and prove a useful aid to the student and general practitioner.

Book consist of 3 parts

  • First part- materia medica
  • Second part – repertory – his repertory has 290 pages of information, which is classified under 25 chapters.
  • Third part – miscellaneous including index to repertory only in 9th edition, therapeutic index, list of common names of remedies, list of pharmaceutical & latin name of remedies , 50 homoeopathic drugs , relationship of remedies by Gibson miller & sides of the body from boenninghausens lesser writings, drug affinities, essential of rare & uncommon remedies

GradationThe book contains 2 gradations – first grade in italics most verified 2 marks & second grades in ordinary roman 1 mark


  • The chapters in the repertory section of this book have been rearranged to minimize confusion while maintaining the same rhythm and following Kent’s Repertory. The definition of each term and the corresponding page numbers have been added to the index of the repertory, making it more comprehensive and user-friendly.
  • The Boericke Repertory resembles the Kent rather than the Boenninghausenbut Boericke has reclassified some of the anatomical sections. For instance, vertigo appears under HEAD; sinuses are grouped together under NOSE; lips are under MOUTH instead of FACE 
  • Repertory is arranged in Hahnemann schema from mind to generalities, heading & sub heading arranged in alphabetical order
  •  The last section is MODALITIES, first aggravations and then ameliorations, and time under these appears in alphabetical order under morning, night, periodicity, etc., instead of altogether at the beginning of the section as in Kent.
  • Rubrics are arranged in alphabetically manner & mostly follows sub rubrics in cause, type, location, character of pain, concomitant & modality
  • In chapter Generalities rubrics like obesity in childhood, chronic disease to begin treatment, sunstroke, complaints

Number of remedies- 1409

  • To give the reader a head start in his quest to explore the vast sphere of knowledge that this edition is going to provide, an Index of the Drugs, with both common and Latin names, has been introduced in the beginning of this book under Contents along with the proper listing of all the Chapters.
  • index shows 1414- 5 remedies reappears e.g. cimicifuga & actea racemosa
  • remedies in italics are mostly verifies

Boericke materia medica contains many new & unproven remedies


Dr. J. Crompton Burnett says, “The fact is, we need any and every way of finding the right remedy, the simple simile, the simple symptomatic similimum and the furthest reach of all- the pathological similimum, and I maintain that we are still well within the lines of homoeopathy that is expansive, progressive science.”

  • The clinical school of philosophy is operating in the case where a diagnosis can be made, and there are several expressions which help to individualize that diagnosis
  • For one-sided diseases
  • Cases with clinical diagnosis
  • Cases When definite cause is known
  • To prescribe on the basis of pathological generals
  • For the prescription of toxicological effect
  • For the prescription of a prophylactic remedy
  • For the prescription based on suppressed effects.
  • For acute cases
  • Nosological diagnosis
  • Concomitants given separately, so useful
  • In some chapters, Sensation under separate heading
  • For Pathological General prescription
  • Index or Repertory given is useful
  • Because of 2 types of typography used to indicate the intensity of remedies, it is more practical for reference work and repertorization.
  • Index to repertory facilitates the search of a needed rubric to a great extent.
  • Rubric related to toxic effects of drugs are given in Generalities under the rubric Complaints – abuse of
  • Many clinical rubrics are in this repertory – Bubonic plague, Addison’s disease.
  • Cross references are given at various chapters

Boericke can be used where pathology or diagnosis is clear, cause is indicated, cases rich in concomitants, modalities well marked, mind symptoms may or may not be present

J. H. Clarke says, “Certain diseases come to have certain remedies assigned to them and all patients who are found to be suffering from any given disease must be dosed with one of the remedies credited to it.”

Dr.Hering said that he used disease designations not for the purpose of recommending the particular remedy for that disease, but to show the great variety of remedies that may be used for any form of disease when otherwise indicated. For the same reason Dr.Boericke has included nosological terms in the symptomatology and Therapeutic Index

Carrying Boericke’s Work Forward

Dr.Vithoulkas has further expanded the clinical utility of certain drugs mentioned in Boericke’s Materia Medica.

One such fine example is that of ‘Ambrosia artimisiaefolia’

Boericke wrote – A remedy for hay-fever, lachrymation and intolerable itching of the eye-lids. Watery coryza; sneezing; watery discharge. Stuffed up feeling of nose and head. Compare in hay-fever: Sabadilla, Wyethia; Succin. ac.; Ars. jod.; Arundo.

Vithoulaks writes – Ambrosia belongs to a group of remedies including Aralia, Allium cepa, Arundo, Ars-iod, Dulcamara, Sabadilla, Wyethia etc. which are almost specifics for hay fever.

What characterises this remedy in hay fever, apart from the common symptoms of such a disease, is an intolerable itching on the eyelids and a feeling as if the whole respiratory tract and the head were stuffed up, blocked. The patient is very sensitive to all kinds of pollen, especially from roses, with an aggravation period that starts around July and has its peak in mid August.

This remedy should be thought of in cases where Dulcamara, Sabadilla, Wyethia, Aralia, Arundo or Ars-iod were prescribed and failed, especially in cases of hay fever that start with catarrh and end with with asthma. Hay fever with watery catarrh, with sneezing, lacrimation and intolerable itching of the eyelids. Diarrhea especially in summer months in patients with dyspnoea or hay fever, allergic patients for whom Dulcamara has failed. 


Publisher – B.Jain publishers

Language – English

Year of publication-

First edition- 1901

In 1927- 9th edition with repertory part, Low priced edition-2002

ISBN: 9788131901281

No of pages – 1268 pages

William Boericke was born on 25 October 1849 in Austria. He graduated from the Philadelphia Medical College in 1876 and from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia in 1880. Moving to San Francisco he practiced as a homeopath for over fifty years. He was also a member of faculty of the Hahnemann Medical College in San Francisco. In 1901 he authored Boericke’s Materia Medica……   

Dr Anum Zaheer B.H.M.S. (Gold Medalist) State K.G.K.Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Moradabad, M.D (Hom.) (Gold Medalist), Dr. D.Y.Patil. Homoeopathic Medical College & Research Centre, Pune ‘Quality MD Dissertation in Homoeopathy’ Awardee by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)-2019.

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Dr Anum Zaheer

Dr Anum Zaheer B.H.M.S. (Gold Medalist) State K.G.K.Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Moradabad, M.D (Hom.) (Gold Medalist), Dr. D.Y.Patil. Homoeopathic Medical College & Research Centre, Pune ‘Quality MD Dissertation in Homoeopathy’ Awardee by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)-2019.