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What does COMPARE in materia medica mean?

Hi, I have materia medica and below every remedy detail there is a word 'COMPARE' with a list of some remedies, for e:g while reading details for NUX VOMICA the relationships to other remedies eads at the bottom-

Nux seeds contain Copper, notice the cramp-causing proclivities of both Complementary: Sulphur; Sepia.
Inimical: Zinc.
Compare: Strychnia
Compare: Kali-carb.; Hydr.; Bry.; Lyc.; Graph.
Antidotes: Coff.; Ignat.; Cocc.

So can anyone explain the following relationships as inimical and compare?
  samur420 on 2011-01-08
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
It means the remedies have some similarities in some areas. You may need to consider those remedies instead of the one you are looking at - so when looking at prescribing Nux-vom, in some instances you might instead consider using Kali-carb.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Inimical means the remedy suggested should not be given after the remedy under discussion.

In this case one should not gice Zinc after Nux.vomica. It may produce some undesirable effects.

These lists are not sacrosanct. They are purely based on the experience of some authors. They get copied from one book to the other.

Nash says that he doesn't believe in inimicals. He says he will give the so called inimical remedy as a follower IF IT IS INDICATED.

gavinimurthy last decade
Thanks for the perfect clarification on those details and taking time out to answer.

Thanks Gavini & Brisbane for your inputs.
samur420 last decade

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