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By staff writer: Karen Sullivan Hom 

Picture it now you are about to invest your life savings in a remedy. That one remedy you believe is the absolute must have, don’t leave home without it remedy. What would you pick? The party animals reading this might go for nux vomica ensuring a pick-me-up following a night of overindulgence. The cautious, perhaps some aconite or arnica.  For most of us the major players will come to mind first, meaning the king of psora and king of rubrics sulphur would no doubt make the cut.  But what about those remedies that are just as useful in saving the day but not as well known? Will the newer remedies with fewer provings and subsequently less rubrics ever be selected in our game? Since you can only prescribe what you know, homeopaths take on a lifelong quest to become a vessel of remedy knowledge and hedge against the unintentional unjustness of the repertorization process. 

In support of this quest and to create a new corner on the market we bring to you the small capitalization remedy spotlight! Over the coming weeks we will shine a light on remedies that are listed in less than 4000 rubrics highlighting the indication for use. By pouring knowledge into our vessels we expand our ability to collectively cure.

Let’s begin with granatum, with its name listed in 2079 rubrics of the 2016 Complete Repertory it meets the selection criteria. Granatum has had clinical success when administered to middle aged female users. This is because granatum, the pomegranate, has been triumphant when applied to hot flashes and symptoms associated with menopause.  Granatum had its first proving in 1863 and its most recent proving was performed by Jeremy Sherr in 2015. In addition to female complaints it has been used as an anthelmintic medicine for tapeworms, hence the rubric constant hunger. Patients needing this remedy may be spotted by the blue rings that circle their eyes and accompany their digestive complaints. They can have diarrhea with colic and cramping in the umbilical region relieved by heat. Some cases experience a protrusion in the inguinal rings resembling a hernia. Patients might suffer from painful distention and pressure in the groin. The remedy is also associated with prolapse, yellow leucorrhoea, and ovarian pain. During Jeremy Sherr’s most recent lectures in Toronto he discussed his clinical success with menopausal patients. Some of the participants in the proving group enjoyed a curative response from the remedy, reporting that pain in the lumbar spine, sciatic nerve, and lower extremities did not return.  You can view some of the books we carry by Jeremy here. For more information on this 2015 publication please visit the Dynamis website. Proceeds support Homeopathy for Health in Africa.

No matter which remedy you choose, reading will expand your prescribing abilities while supporting homeopathic research and that, my friends, is a great investment!

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