About the Book

“Beautifully written and organized…destined to become a classic text.”

This book offers an original perspective on comparative materia medica, incorporating information on newer and less understood remedies within the framework of well-known remedies. It clarifies and systematizes our study of materia medica, allowing us to navigate the complexities of materia medica study more effectively.

There are thirty-six chapters, each one focusing on a well-known remedy, giving an initial summary and utilizing a three-stage development for each remedy – Intrinsic, Compensated, Decompensated – that relates to the three fundamental miasms of Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis. Each remedy is compared and discussed within this framework, weaving comparisons with many other remedies in the process.

Understanding how to relate and compare remedies is essential in the development of homeopathic knowledge and this book explores comparisons and relationships from many perspectives – constitutional, mental, pathological, miasmatic, keynote, organ affinity etc.

There are discussions of remedies from all realms: animals such as insects, birds, mammals and sea remedies; common and unusual mineral and metal remedies and plant and other vegetable remedies, including fungi. Remedies from the bacteria and virus families and other imponderabilia are compared, always looking at possible connections to well-proven and documented remedies.

A Comparative Materia Medica offers a bridge; it allows for the exploration of new areas of homeopathic knowledge, and seeks to ground our existing knowledge into a coherent pattern so the practice of homeopathy can be objectively applied and verified.


RICHARD PITT has practiced homeopathy for over 30 years, initially in the U.K. and then the United States. He was director of a homeopathy school in San Francisco for 12 years and taught homeopathy throughout the country. He has been active in many homeopathic organizations, including the Council for Homeopathic Certification, the largest certifying body in North America and the California Health Freedom Coalition, which established a health freedom bill in California. He has written two other homeopathy books: a homeopathic travel guide, The Natural Medicine Guide for Travel and Home and a study of tobacco, Tobacco, An Exploration of its Nature Through The Prism of Homeopathy. He has also been editor of an online homeopathic journal, the California Homeopath for eight years and has written extensively for many journals. He has spent many years traveling and has worked on homeopathic projects in three African countries for over two years.