Author: Jan Scholten
The goal of the Lamu seminar was to develop new homeopathic remedies by provings. This has always been an important method to expand the homeopathic knowledge.
The reason to choose plants is that the plant Kingdom is the least developed and the most difficult to understand at the level of development at the moment. There is quite a good understanding of the Mineral Kingdom since the Element Theory. The Animal Kingdom is more easily understood by the behavior of the animals.
The choice was made to do proving of tropical plants and especially from families that are little known or unknown in homeopathy. Families like Apiacea and Fabaceae are quite well known as they are represented well in the western world. But there are many botanical families like Meliaceae or Rhizophoraceae that are unknown. The objective of this seminar was to fill in these gaps for a bit. To do that we had to find plants from unknown regions, especially tropical region of Asia, Africa or middle and South America.
The choice was made for Africa and Lamu by chance. It happened that the organizer of this seminar, Kate Cross, had good contacts with owners of the resort on Kizingone beach on llama island, in front of the coast of Kenya.