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Rudi Verspoor: Genotypes

Rudi Verspoor is a Doctor of Medical Heilkunst (DMH) and is the Dean of the Hahnemann Center for Heilkünst and Homeopathy. Rudi has two decades of extensive clinical experience in treating complex and chronic illnesses. He has written several books based on his research and clinical experience. He helped to found and is still active in the National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths (NUPATH) and the International Heilkunst Association (IHA).

A materia medica is a type of encyclopedia that describes all the remedies and medicines of a particular type of medical system – Chinese, Ayurvedic, Herbal, Homeopathic, etc.

A homeopathic materia medica describes each medicine’s mentals, generals and specifics. Gelsemium patients for example, tend to be timid, quiet and reserved (mentals). They are inclined to feel weak and fatigued (generals). They may have headaches beginning in the neck and radiating to the forehead (specifics).

What strikes you when you read the materia medica is that each homeopathic remedy has a distinct character or personality. When you match the personality of the homeopathic medicine to the personality of the patient it’s called a constitutional remedy. Books such as Homeopathic Psychology by Philip M. Bailey M.D. and Portraits of Homoeopathic Medicines: Psychophysical Analyses of Selected Constitutional Types by Catherine R. Coulter describe the constitutional medicines in detail.

Your constitutional medicine is used to strengthen your life force, keep you in homeostasis and help you build up a resistance to diseases. In some cases it is the only medicine needed to treat your disease but usually one or two others are necessary to completely eradicate your illness.

Constitutional medicines describe the overall condition of a person in a state of disease. Rudi Verspoor and Patty Smith discovered that there were six constitutional medicines that describe a state of health. Through extensive clinical research, and from the thousands of patients who visited heilkünst clinics Rudi Verspoor and Patti Smith found that there are six in particular that appeared over and over again in healthy children and in patients that had been cleared of most of their identifiable diseases. These people were all mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.


intellectual but detached

Lycopodiums are very intellectual and rational but have trouble making true emotional connections. They like other people around, but not too close or in the same room. They are extremely adept at climbing to the top of a social or workplace hierarchy. They tend to feeling inferior; so either have small or over-inflated egos. They often try to compensate for their perceived inadequacies by always trying to prove themselves.


delicate, but determined

Siliceas are introverted, quite, cautious, refined and usually possess strong ethical sensibilities. Siliceas generally hold very strong opinions; yet rarely impose them on others, unless the situation absolutely demands it. They are very easy-going, unless someone goes “too far” and triggers a Silicea into the most stubborn or righteous stance over an issue.


bright and bubbly

A match quickly bursting into flame and quickly burning out symbolizes Phosphorous. Quick to excitement and enthusiasm Phosphorous can be very magnetic in social situations, but they can have the challenge of easily burning themselves out. Phosphorous types have a very thin skin and are highly sensitive to their environment, whether of the emotions of the people around them, or literally of changes in the weather.

Calcarea Carbonica

security and community

Calcareas are down-to-earth, affable and practical. They tend to be very community-minded, being comforted by tradition and history. They generally take a very plodding, systematic approach to everything they do, and can become extremely stubborn if someone attempts to change their rhythm. They are very systematic thinkers and tend to overwork. Security is very important for a Calcarea.


here and now

Sulphur lives directly in the here and now, which usually makes them very charming, or occasionally annoying to those around. Sulphur is full of life, and are usually always in motion. Since they live life in the moment, they live in their own sense of time rather than clock or schedule time. They tend to be very untidy and are often poorly dressed.


do you love me?

The key to Pulsatilla is love. They are extremely sweet, affectionate and nurturing. Pulsatillas are flexible but lack decisiveness. They are highly impressionable, and easily influenced. Pulsatillas represent the emotional mind, as apposed to Lycopodium’s intellectual mind. The emotional mind works through multiple connections and associations. They are warm, both in personality and body temperature.

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