In my series Materia Medica Illuminated, I’d like to alternate “large,” well-known remedies, with “smaller,” lesser-known remedies. I’ve recently covered Natrum muriaticum, followed by Ruta graveolens, so it’s time for another grand polycrest (“remedy of many uses”). 

Lachesis muta, the South American pit viper known locally as the Surukuku, was introduced to our Homeopathic Materia Medica in 1828 by Constantine Hering during his years in Surinam, and has since risen to one of the more significant entries in our collection of homeopathic medicinal substances.

 In this single-session (2 hour) online class, we’ll investigate the fascinating story of the introduction of this remedy, with discussion of its homeopathic “provings” and early clinical application, and will investigate its coherent symptomatology, with development of my materia medica “map” of this remedy; all illustrated with cases from my clinical case files & the classical literature. 

Lachesis, perhaps fittingly, has been the topic of many myths & fables, some of which serve as useful allegory to its medicinal properties, and some of which serve to obscure our appreciation of its true service, and of homeopathic practice in general. We’ll discuss many of these as we unveil the nature of this valuable polycrest. 

One session (2 hours), Thursday, July 25, 5-7pm US Pacific daylight time (UTC-7). 

Secure Online enrollment via PayPal (a PayPal account is not required; use your credit or debit card), $20. (I'm reducing my customary price, in order to encourage as many as possible to attend). 

There are many approaches to studying our homeopathic materia medica - We can read our materia medica texts, or the proving records; and encounter lengthy lists of apparently unrelated symptoms with little to tie these together into a coherent story (been there? me too, having survived (and, admittedly, given) many rather soporific lectures on materia medica); We can read or observe cases; on paper, on video, or live; hoping to one day encounter something similar, only to note that each case seen is remarkable mostly in its distinction from all others; Stuart close, describing the Totality of Symptoms, tells us that "The Totality of the Symptoms means all the symptoms of the case which are capable of being logically combined into a harmonious and consistent whole, having form, coherency and individuality. Technically, the totality is more (and may be less) than the mere numerical totality of the symptoms." Translating this to the description of a remedy, we can recognize that the most useful description of a remedy is one that provides us with the picture of a harmonious and consistent whole, having form, coherency and individuality. This is the aim of my Materia Medica Illuminated series. Please join me online (all live sessions of this series are recorded for later review &/or self-paced participation in streaming video format on my course support site) for another installment of Materia Medica Illuminated, this session covering Lachesis muta. For general information about my online courses, including logistics & system requirements, see my FAQs page at