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Once our pioneers had a clash over the name of a remedy- Cimicifuga vs Actea Racemosa. One group proposed Cimicifuga and the other group proposed Actea Racemosa. And finally, as a compromise, most of the homeopaths use Cimicifuga-Actea Racemosa. Similarly, there are a few more medicines in homeopathy having different names used in labeling, materia medica description, and most importantly while giving a prescription. The use of different names for the same medicine can confuse the pharmacists, students and also the doctors who are not familiar with the synonyms.

 

When I was a student, I had a bet with my classmates. In our college OPD, we had a case of Bronchial asthma with a strong modality- breathlessness relieved by passing stool. Pothos is the only remedy for this indication, I strongly suggested. But my classmates were not ready to agree, they said, there is one more remedy called Ictodes. A few students supported me, but the majority in the other group. Finally we referred some books and felt sorry for an unnecessary argument, because Pothos and Ictodes are the same remedy! The name given in the materia medica is Pothos and the repertories give Ictodes.

 

On another occasion, I prescribed Ox gall 6X for a gall stone patient. Immediately, the patient reported that it is not available in the nearby pharmacy. When I changed the prescription by writing the synonym Fel Tauri 6 X, it was available there!

 

In India, some medicines are marketed and prescribed as per the common names instead of the scientific name. Example: Brahmi Q, 1x, 3x etc is prescribed by many, but the scientific name Bacopa moneeri is also used by many pharmacies.

 

Our materia medica, therapeutic books and the repertories follow different names
for many drugs. Here I am listing a few among them.

 

Fel tauri- Ox gal

 

Kalmeg- Andrographis Paniculata.

 

Cimicifuga racemosa - Actaea racemosa

 

Solanum lycopersicum- Lycopersicum esculentum

 

Pothos foetidus- Ictodes foetida

 

Kurchi- Holarrhena antidysenterica

 

Anacardium orientale - Semecarpus anacardium

 

Cyperus rotundus- Mutha.

 

Calcarea carbonica – Calcarea ostrearum

 

Damiana – Turnera diffusa

 

Calcarea ovarum - Ova tosta (toasted egg shell)

 

Nux moschata – Myristica fragrans

 

Arjuna – Terminalia Arjuna

 

Dolicos pruriens - Mucuna pruriens

 

Psoralea Corylifolia – Babchi or bavchi

 

Bhrahmi - Bacopa monnieri

 

China - Cinchona

 

Asoka - Saraca indica - Jonosia asoka

 

Adhatoda vasaka - Justicia adhatoda

 

Eriodyction californicum - Yerba Santa

 

Camphora officianalis – Camphor

Saw palmetto - Sabal serrulata

 

Aviaire - Tuberculinum avis


Tongo Odorata - Diptrix Odorata


Guaiacum Officinale - Guajacum Officinale


Withania Somnifera - Aswagandha


Vinca Rosea - Catharanthus Rosens


Serum Anguillar Ichthytoxin - Elserum


Terminalia Arjuna- Arjuna


Quercus glandium spiritus- Spiritus glandium quercus


Mercurius Iodatus Ruber- Merc bin iod


Mercurius iodatus flavus- Merc proto iod


Kli iodicum- Kli hydroiodicum


Jborandi- Pilocarpus


Hydrophobinum- Lyssin


Boerhavia diffusa- Punarnava.


Golondrina - Euphorbia polycarpa W. Boericke has written Golondrina, and Blackwood has written Euphorbia. Both are same.

Verbascum thapsus is also used in homeopathy as Mullein oil, which is Verbascum Q mixed with Glycerine.

 

Drugs prepared from acids can also confuse while dispensing. For example: Some pharmacies label Acid Nitricum and others mention Nitric acid or Nitricum Acidum.

 

While giving prescription, we make a great mistake by writing only the genus name of the medicine, without writing the species name. Prescribing only “Phytolacca” is meaningless, because we have Phytolacca decandra and Phytolacca berry. True that some remedies are more popular, for example: If anybody prescribe Aconite, most probably it is Aconitum Napellus. Acon Napellus is popular, but we have different varieties of Aconite such as: A.napellus, A.anthora, A.cammarum, A.columbianum, A.ferox, A.lycotonum, A.septentrionale etc.

 

[Some materia medica books also confuse the readers. In Allen's keynotes, the drug picture of Tarentulla cubensis and Tarent hispanica are written together as a single drug]

 

To avoid the confusion, use the scientific names that is accepted world wide. This is the main intention behind the introduction of Binomial nomenclature by Carolus Linnaeus.

 

Dr Muhammed Rafeeque, BHMS, PGNAHI.

Family Homoeopathic Clinic

Kerala.

FamilyHomoeopathy.com

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on May 3, 2012 at 12:27am

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