Author: Jan Scholten
The basic layout of the book is the presentation of all Classes, Orders, Families and species in the sequence that is presented in the Chapter on Result, the systematic logical sequence following the classification.
Of each remedy, the Materia medica will be presented first, then cases and provings when present.
Much information in this book is presented in a very condensed way, especially the Materia medica and cases. This is done out of consideration for space, since the subject is vast. I preferred to have it complete in one book as the subject is one whole. Information that is superfluous or repetitive is left out as much as possible. This may imply that one has to read carefully to avoid skipping over essential information. An important example is the line “Groups” which presents the groups a remedy belongs to.
The names used for the plants will be as presented in the Plant list: http: //www.theplantlist.org. This is a list of all species of vascular plants with synonyms. It is organised by mostly the same organisations and people that work together in the Apg classification.
Here one can find the main groupings: Family, Stage, Phase, Subphase and Series. This is the essential description. It makes the deduction of the picture possible to a great extent.
Names are also given as synonyms and in English, German, French, Dutch and many other languages.
Use: the use of plants is described, when available.
Culture: cultural associations are presented.
Here one can find considerations about the taxonomy of the clade or species. It gives information about the Order or Family, why they are placed, combined or split as they are and in what sense there is a divergence from the Apg3 classification.
This is a very important part. It describes the essence and main considerations about the Order, Family or Species. It is a kind of short description how to recognise the state of the Family or Species.
This is an enumeration of mind symptoms.
This is an enumeration of general symptoms:
Weather: describes reactions to weather conditions and heat and cold.
Sweat: describes the sweat peculiarities.
Time: describes the time modalities, that of the cycle of the day, moon and year.
Desire, Aversion and Food describe the reaction to all kinds of food and drugs.
Sleep: describes peculiarities of the sleep.
Physical: describes the modalities of motion, position and many other circumstances.
Under body are presented symptoms according to a schema, a head to toe schema. It is a bit different from common schemas. Lung, heart and chest symptoms are presented before the rectum symptoms, instead of afterwards as they often are.
Nervous: presents symptoms of the nervous system.
Lungs: presents symptoms of the lungs and respiratory system.
Heart: presents symptoms of the heart and circulatory system.
Urinary: presents symptoms of the urinary system, kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra.
The purpose of the cases is to illustrate the Materia medica and the classification. The analyses show how the classification can help to find the remedy. Cases are used as an illustration, not as a proof.
Cases don’t show how case taking is done. The symptoms are presented in a logical order, not in the order the information was gathered. They are often a concentration of many consultations.
Cases are mostly presented in the words of the patient. Observations are presented sometimes but usually they are replaced by words of the patient.
Many cases are presented in a short way, often only showing the essence of the remedy and or classification. Short abstracts of cases from the literature are given to show the essence of the remedies. Some cases will be shown in full, especially cases that have not been published before, show the classification clearly or are from unknown remedies and have a deep effect.
Analysis and follow up are left out when they don’t give more information.
Most cases will be of adults, as adults can express their feelings and state in much more detail and precision than children.
In many cases small changes have been made for privacy reasons, for instance in age, gender, profession, siblings. The changes are made such that they don’t affect the basic themes.
Provings of remedies are published in separate books. In “Lamu provings” and “Kenton provings” the trituration provings during the seminars with the same name are presented. In “Sense provings” the sense provings are presented in addition to trituration, bath, dream and picture provings. “Sense provings” is an accompanying book to the Wonderful Plants, showing the development of the ideas. They are also presented to show the process of development of this book.