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Homeopathic Pharmacy

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ISBN: 978-0-443-10160-1

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Homeopathic Pharmacy, 2nd Edition

Theory and Practice

By Steven B. Kayne, BSc, PhD, MBA, LLM, DAgVetPharm, MRPharmS, MCPP, MCPP, MPS(NZ), ACNZP

366 pages
Trim Size 7 7/16 X 9 11/16 in
Copyright 2006
$101.00, Paperback, Reference



This 2nd edition gives every health professional and pharmacist the broad information they need to dispense and counter-prescribe homeopathic methods with confidence. Designed as both a complete source of initial information and an everyday reference, Homeopathic Pharmacy provides detailed information on the procedures, principals, and applications that are essential in the practice of homoeopathic medicine. It describes the application of homeopathy for both general situations, such as first aid, dentistry, sportscare, and petcare, and for specific situations, such as allergies, infections, and teenagers' problems.


I have always suggested strongly to new students of homeopathy that they need to learn how to take a remedy, by which I mean to undergo the expereince of being a patient if they have not yet done that. They also need to learn how to prove a remedy - to take part in a proving. And lastly they need to learn how to make a remedy. This is the book to help us all do that. Many of us have gone far beyond our first year with only a hazy notion what goes on benind a pharmacy counter, even if we had a go at succussion during a demonstration lesson. This book goes into great detail about about potencies and scales and how our remedies are made, their history, the legislation, the may different source materials and standars of homeopathic pharmacy. It is a unique book, there is nothing else like it, and it is almost a new book compared with the first edition 1997.

This rudite book is full of surprises. It is a full-on textbook about homeopathy for pharmacists, but it is also a textbook about pharmacy for homeopaths. The introduction to homeopathy is deep and wide and immersed in both the classic philosophy of homeopathy, and modern research results. Interspersed with the serious parts are wonderful anecdotes like that one above. I think the best one involves a computer and a dram of single malt wiskhy. In case you have not realised this by now Stephen Kayne is form Glasgow where he is honorary consultant pharmacist, glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and visiting lecturerein complementary medicine at the School of Pharmacy, University of Starthclyde. He was dean of pharmacy for the Faculty of Homeopathy and owner of Freeman's pharmacy, now manged by his son.

One aspect which is close to current concerns , is how the author tackles competency. When should a pharmacists attempt an over -the counter prescription, when should a referral to a homeopath be made? Or when whould allopath be more appropriate? He is entirely sympathetic to the Society , prominently named in the resources list. 'Care must be take to remain within one's limits of competency.' We homeopaths are not competent if we do not understand the issues of how remedies are made, and here are the ideas and information more than competenly explained.

The Homeopath, Winter 2006

"With the growing public interest in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), against the backdrop of speculation and controversy over homeopathy there is a great need for a text book like this one"

"It answers many questions that health professionals may have concerning Homeopathy"

"This is an essential desk top reference book for all homeopaths, students of homeopathy and pharmacists"

Anita Shah - Royal London Homeopathic Hospital
Homeopathy, 2006

Key Features

  • Details procedures relevant to pharmacists and other health professionals - including manufacturing, dispensing, and counter-prescribing.
  • Outlines the theoretical principles of homoeopathic prescribing.
  • Describes the application of homeopathy for both general and specific situations.
  • Provides easy-to-use reference tables for 60 common remedies and the symptoms related to their prescription.
  • Critically reviews important research papers and provides a guide to designing research tools.
  • Discusses the legal status of homoeopathic remedies.
  • Gives an account of the historical development of homeopathy in Europe and beyond.
  • Contains practical information such as homeopathic pharmacopoeias, methods of preparation of homeopathic medicines, nomenclature for potencies, dosage forms, and interpreting, dispencing, and pricing prescriptions.

New to this Edition

  • Covers new developments in pharmacy.
  • Section on research expanded and improved, taking a more evidence-based approach.
  • Fully updated legal section incorporates legal status in the USA, Canada, and Europe.

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Author Information

By Steven B. Kayne, BSc, PhD, MBA, LLM, DAgVetPharm, MRPharmS, MCPP, MCPP, MPS(NZ), ACNZP, Honorary Consultant Pharmacist, Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and Visiting Leturer in Complementary Medicine at the School of Pharmacy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

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