Author: Jan Scholten
1.7 Element Theory
A basic tool in this book is the Element Theory as explained in "Homeopathy and the Elements". The differentiation between the various Lanthanides has been done for the most part with the help of the Stages. This made it necessary to differentiate the Stages as such more precisely and clearly. It helped me in finding the finer subtleties of the Stages.
The Element theory uses the periodic table of elements to classify the remedies of the Mineral Kingdom. The 7 rows are called series:
1. Hydrogen series: Hydrogen and Helium
2. Carbon series: elements Lithium to Neon.
3. Silicon series: elements Natrum to Argon
4. Iron series: elements Kalium to Krypton.
5. Silver series: elements Rubidium to Xenon.
6. Gold series: elements Caesium to Radon. Lanthanides are part of this.
7. Uranium series: elements Francium to Plutonium and further.
The columns are called Stages and numbered 1 to 18, starting from left to right. They are called stages because they are stages in a development.
On the premise that the series are presenting a theme or problem, the Stages are indicating how the theme is handled. For more details I refer you to "Homeopathy and the Elements". Tables at the end of this book give the essential information.
Lanthanides and Stages
The Stages of the Lanthanides are in sequence after Barium. Barium is Stage 2. Lanthanum follows Barium in the Periodic Table and so is Stage 3, Cerium is Stage 4, Praseodymium Stage 5 and so forth till Lutetium Stage 17. The tables at the end of the book show this correspondence.
Hafnium comes after Lutetium but starts in a new row and is Stage 4. In a way one can say that all the Lanthanides are in Stage 3 in the Gold series. But the differentiation is like a new process of the 18 stages. That's why they are depicted as a separate row, although they are part of the Gold series. It is as with fractals: the pattern in large repeats itself in the small. The process of the 18 Stages that we see in the Gold series is again present in the differentiation of the Lanthanides.
People have been asking me how I see the value of the Element Theory, for the Mineral Kingdom in particular and homeopathy in general. Or they have raised doubts about the value or legitimacy of the theory. To address the theoretical discussion about its legitimacy I've written the Chapter "Homeopathy and Science".
The practical value of the Element Theory has improved a lot over the years since it was first published in 1996. It turned out to be a valuable and especially reliable tool. Only details have been changed and particularly refined.
Whereas I used it then in part of my cases, I now use it all the time. It has become a frame of reference that exceeds the Mineral Kingdom. The themes of the Series and Stages can be applied in all cases and to all remedies, including from Plant and Animal Kingdoms. The themes of the Series and Stages are universal and cover the whole scope of human experience.
Added to this. The Element theory makes it much easier to go into the depth of cases and remedies. It helps to find the essence and this makes homeopathy much more fun, at least for me. It makes the application of homeopathy much simpler. And one can find and handle many remedies, many more than with the "old" methods. Homeopathy has changed from "symptom gathering " into "problem analysis".
Comparison Element Theory and "Old homeopathy"
With the "Old homeopathy" most of the time I had the feeling of working in a mist: sometimes a symptom passed by that I knew and I had to grab it fast in order not to get lost. With the Element Theory I feel I have a map that tells me where I'm going.
When one compares the remedies with the world and homeopathy with a map of the world, then the "Old homeopathy" looks like a map of Holland and the Element Theory is a map of Europe. The "Old homeopathy" is correct, but severely limited.