Homeopathic College of Canda
- Course Descriptions -
The following is a descriptive list of module content in the Introductory and Homeopathic Certificate Courses.
1. Complementary Medicine today; trends in North America.
A critical review of trends from the 1960s: "From Holism to Integration.". (Sample exercises: To what extent do you think the current complementary/alternative medicine movement has developed because of disquiet with conventional medicine? Outline some ethical concerns for complementary/alternative medicine)
2. Homeopathy: an intellectual challenge-1.
  • Why was there so much alternative medicine in the nineteenth century?
  • Samuel Hahnemann and the origins of homeopathy; the nineteenth-century story of allopathy versus homeopathy. The North American eclipse of homeopathy c. 1900.
  • The renewal of homeopathy in North America from the 1980s onwards.
3. Homeopathy: an intellectual challenge-2.
  • Lay beliefs about disease.
  • Concepts and theories of homeopathy, principles: Vitalism. Similia Similibus Curantur ("Like Cures Like"). Hering's Rule of Cure. Arndt and Schultz Law.
  • Non-classical homeopathic approaches to diagnosis and treatment
  • (Sample exercises: What do you understand by vitalism? Discuss the placebo response and homeopathy.)
4. Homeopathy: an intellectual challenge-3.
  • Approaches to diagnosis: conventional and classical homeopathic.
  • Approaches to therapy.
  • Professional/ethical issues.
  • Scientific proof.

5. Self-care-1.

  • What homeopathic preparations are available over-the-counter? Is this an appropriate way to use homeopathy?
  • How safe is homeopathy? In the short term (homeopathic aggravation). In the long term.
  • What conditions and in what circumstances is self-treatment appropriate?


6. Self-care-2. General discussion on Issues in Complementary/Alternative medicine .
  • Comparison of Medical Paradigms.
  • History of homeopathy.
  • Resources and literature.
7. Integrated Care
  • What is meant by integrated care?
  • Why has it become an issue in the last few years?
  • Samples of Integrated Health Care.
  • The politics of medicine throughout history.
8. Introduction to the homeopathic language
  • Homeopathic language and terminology.
  • Homeopathic pharmacy.
  • Readings to include: S. Kaye, Homeopathic Pharmacy
9. Introduction to Materia Medica.
  • Total symptom picture; exciting causes; hierarchization.
  • Discussion of three remedies.
  • First Aid.
  • Clinical Cases.
10. Classical Homeopathic theory of disease: the preferred approach.
  • Acute versus chronic; understanding diseases.
  • Discussion of three remedies.
  • First Aid.
  • Colds/Flus.
  • Trauma. Cinical Cases.

11. Taking a case.
  • Recording of symptoms. Patients' own words.
  • The language of the repertory; Symptoms.
  • Grading of symptoms.
  • Clinical assessment.
  • Discussion of three remedies.
12. The Repertory, Rubrics and Provings.
  • The study of different repertories.
  • The study of rubrics.
  • Clinical cases and examples.
  • Provings.
13. Concept of the “remedy picture”.
  • Three remedies.
  • First Aid.
  • Emergencies.
14. The Organon of Medicine.
  • Introduction to the Organon.
  • Aphorisms.
  • Test questions (open book) for grading. bThis test is to help you to know where you are. However, we are happy for the mark to contribute to 5% of the final open book exam if you wish.