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Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines: Essential Insights to 300 Remedies
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 1999
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As a licensed naturopathic doctor in New York I know a fair bit about homoepathy. It has been my main method of treatment for at least five years. When I read this book by Dr. Grandgeorge I was awestruck. Here is a doctor that has already been where I am in my understanding of the remedies. Not only has he been where I am, but his experience, compassion and intellligence have obviously taken him far beyond. His insights to the remedies have the clarity that can only be attained by being a master in the field. I have not often been impressed by the skill level of various doctors (natural & conventional) that I have met. I was extreemely impressed by this book. Experienced homeopaths or those new to homeopathy would do well to make this a part of their library. I refer to it often.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 1999
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I love this book. I am a student of homeopathic medicine and I think, by reading this book, you get an actual sense of exactly how a homeopathic practices works. You can read it like a short esseys. He gives a 'name' to each remedy. This famed French Dr. works with mainly low potencies and works miracles. I think the main thrill of this book for me is absorbing his capacity for 'listening' to his patiences and 'hearing' what they are saying, in order to use homeopathics with the utmost success. His intuition is what homeopathics are all about. A treasured, oft-refered to book.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2000
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With an unbelievable insight in some 300 homeopathic medicines Didier Grandgeorge gives us in a nutshell the essence (the spirit) of these remedies. Till now I've not read any book that gives so accurate and enlightening information about the remedies. The information is kept (very) short and very very to the point so you are not overwhelmed by too much details. This book is a gem and very useful for parents too since the author gives a lot of characteristics of children's behaviour and the suitable remedy. This book lets you find in a minimum of time the right (!) similum.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2001
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This book will be a great addition to your homeopathic library. Once you've been using homeopathics for a while, and begin to work on a deeper level with them, you'll wonder which (for instance) liver remedy is really the one you need, when there are several which might be right. This book is the book that gives the particular spiritual/psychological picture of the remedies that will let you decide. for instance: "Chelidonium refuses to see clearly, refuses to see the truth ... Chelidonium individuals are energetic realists, practical and anti-intellectual..." "Lycopodium individuals want to recover the power, strength and dignity that have been lost..." "Lilium Tigrinum ... they escape their basic metaphysical anxiety by working to the point of exhaustion..." "Magnesia carbonica .. for children who are abandoned by their parents." The actual remedy pictures are presented in more detail, including physical indicators. I've only quoted a few highlights to give you the flavor of the remedy pictures. This book is an excellent resource any homeopathic user's library, and deserves a place on the shelf with your copy of Boericke's Materia Medica & Tyler's Homeopathic Drug Pictures.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2007
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I am greatly disappointed by the way the writer of this book grossly oversimplifies homeopathy, and specifically, the quick, magic-like cures he reports in his "observations." He continuously gives examples of cases where symptoms "disappeared completely" after one dose of this or one dose of that.

The truth is, I am certainly one of the biggest proponents of homeopathy one could ever meet. I know how truly powerful and capable homeopathy is at treating and healing people (especially when using LM potencies). But this author, Didier Grandgeorge, is very irresponsible and misleading to write about homeopathic remedies the way he does.

Homeopathic cures are a bit of a process. The remedies are not magic potions that make one's symptoms just "disappear." They work on an energetic level to restore balance, hence, undesirable symptoms get changed, transformed, and also eliminated in the process, but this rarely happens (for non acute cases) via one dose. The author also fails to mention any of the beautiful psychological changes or occurrences of personal growth and expanded awareness that are not only a result of a cure, but ARE ESSENTIAL to a real and lasting cure.

On a more positive note, his oversimplified, quick "takes" on the remedies themselves (verses his paragraphs of case "observations") can be somewhat useful IF combined with the remedy pictures of other writers (lots of other writers!).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2004
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there are so many excellent homeopathic books [frans vermeulen,morrison etc etc]

grandgeorge stresses some issues [i would call them jewels]in this book,which can be life-saving.

i would recommend for example-any doctor [urologist] to try

asa foetida for mild to even severe ureter-reflux.

i have seen asa foetida being able to prevent intra-uterine operations,just after using a few doses.

quite a few children benefitted from it who would have by now been operated.

a uncredible useful clinical book [even if it is called the spirit oh homeopathic medicines]

was it only for this tip,then the book is worth buying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2007
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This is a charming little book in which the constitutional remedies are described, mostly in a one page review. These reviews are short, but try to catch the ESSENCE of every remedy. The reviews do NOT include an extensive list of deseases for which this remedy would be helpfull. To me this book was very usefull because it shows you "what every remedy is about".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2007
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I expected a different sort of book than this one turned out to be. It does have some useful information in it but most of the remedies are sketched very briefly and the interpretation is too Freudian for me. Also, most of the examples are about children, although the title does not tell you that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2009
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This is certainly not a book for those seeking an introduction to homeopathy. If, however, you have at least a beginning understanding of the subject, this makes a good "pile of pieces" to add to your knowledge of the jigsaw puzzle that is homeopathy. It seems that no one materia medica (at least most of those easily available to the general public) has everything you need -- this one has a nice snippet view of many remedies and may well provide you with at least one "a-ha!" moment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2009
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The remedies referenced in this book are used in examples primarily concerning infants and children. The descriptions of the remedies are also very brief. It was a useful additional reference source to have on the shelf, but definitely not useful for beginners.
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