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Editorial

Regularly patients ask me if their prescription is a constitutional remedy. They have got the impression that I prescribe "small remedies" and not "constitutional remedies".
I explain them that remedies are not constitutional as such, but that prescriptions can be constitutional. Arnica for instance can be a constitutional prescription in one case and just local or accidental in another case. But that duality is part of all remedies.
Calling sulphur a constitutional remedy is a mistake, I think. This mistake is understandable, historically. Gradually it had become clear that remedies were not only acting acutely, but also in the long term, chronically. And that those effects had to do with the constitution of the person. And because the range of available remedies was still quite short and the knowledge of them still fragmentary the better known one were called polychrests and constitutional remedies. In my experience though all kind of remedies can have those deep and lasting effects, also remedies that were called small and were not known. Or otherwise said, there are no small remedies. At the most there are remedies that are needed more or less frequently.
The concept of constitution is a bit vague. The way I interpret it is as the way people are build. And what is their main personality, the personality that is the most present in their life.

This edition is about mosses. The beautiful cases show how much knowledge has accumulated about them. A great result.

We wish you much reading pleasure,
Jan Scholten