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All plants contain inorganic substances, the amounts of which can be analysed after burning the dry plant matter. Naturally, some plants take up other elements than other plants and some take up much of a single element.

The relations between the plants and the elements fall in the categories of the elemental components. Thus plants that contain much Ferrum, will have relations to and as remedies with Ferrum. In the garden and on the land, we find several plants that do well together and which also have elemental relations.

Of many remedies the relations are not firmly established or unknown. These relations can be extrapolated from their elemental constituents, since the Law of Similars is applicable at every level. From the following lists, many of these relations can be deducted too.

We have also included in this list the remedies made from kitchen herbs, of which much is known about their mutual relations. From these relations we also can extrapolate the relations between the remedies made from plants and elemental substances.

Plant-plant relations are horizontally layered, depending on temperature and light. These determine the demographics of the population at each level. Companion plants, crops and allelopathically active plants also have relations varying from comparable to inimical and antidote. Naturally these have also been included, since they teach us much about compatibility between plants and remedies.

 

Evidently, plant sociological relations are extended into the field of remedy relations on the basis of the Law of Similars. These relations form an exact mirror image of those relationships in the natural setting. The demographics of plant life extend in exactly the same manner in remedy relations. Plants that protect each other are often antidotes or remedies that have analogous action. Equally often, they form sequential relationships, all dependent on the function they have in a particular biome.

The Importance of Symbiotic Relationships

Plant sociological relations extend on all levels – in the garden, the kitchen, as well as in relations as remedies. In the garden they consist of equally horizontal layers as in a forest and soil-covering plants keep in moisture while their larger brothers and sisters provide them with shade. They need each other in a process that is very close to symbiosis – in fact so close that symbiosis can be considered factual. While also capable of growing without the symbiont, the differences in yield alone will establish the fact they have a symbiotic relation. Survival rates with and without also differ significantly.

Often these relations involve the same Families or Orders of plants, while they also exist between different Orders and Families. They exist moreover into the Elemental substances, since many plants contain large amounts of a single or several Elements. As examples we may her mention Lycopodium clavatum, [photo right] which contains about 28% Aluminium or Equisetum species that contain up to 80% of Silicea.

Relationships Between Vegetables and Elements

We have presented a list of vegetables and the Elements they contain, as well as a list of Elements and the vegetables that contain it. From these lists we can learn much about remedy relationships, since they are listed also for humans. This poses a small problem, since Elemental substances have different relations in plants than they have in humans. By carefully studying these relations, we can extrapolate the exceptions to the rules that exist in human conditions.

The Sea Creature Layer Relationships

These relations exist again among the fish, shellfish and molluscs, since relations differ little under water from those above on dry land. Here also societies of creatures exist, from plants to invertebrates, piscidae and molluscae. Often these are also horizontally layered, depending on temperature and light. These determine the demographics of the population at each level. At the top, near the surface, the fish are small, live in large shoals and feed on larvae of insects, seeds and carrion that gets into the water. Then the next layer consists of predators of the upper layer shoals and vegetarians, while the bottom dwellers take care of carrion that is spoiled by the layer above them.

Fish Behavior Related To Curative Agents

We see that all carnivorous and omnivorous fish also eat plants sometimes, especially when they are sick. This behaviour points to the remedies that fish need when suffering disease. These remedies can only be discovered by observations of fish in the natural setting. Naturally, each species knows what to use when sick, since their instincts are as developed as their cousins that live on dry land. Since disease in the natural setting is mainly caused by human behaviour – pollution and destruction of habitats – such behaviour is becoming more frequent and can quickly lead us to the discovery of sufficient remedies to counteract these effects and reduce the causes.

Living Example Of Herbicidal Effect In Nature

One example of such effects is the use of a herbicide that changes the sex of the leopard frog in the USA, after it has reached maturity. The amount necessary to achieve this is 1 part per billion or one drop in a swimming pool of 2 km long by 200m wide and 50m deep. Such scientific facts also put paid to the notions that homoeopathic remedies are incapable of action because of the size of the dose contained in one pill. Unless we accept that these leopard frogs are all victims of the notorious homoeopathic placebo effect.

Documentation of Nature Requires Special Arrangements That Do Not Disturb Habitat

Evidently, what we discover from documentaries on nature, is very little if anything at all. Nothing is observed for any length of time at all, since the public demands variety. There is no time to discover the eating habits, let alone mating rituals, defence against predators and other details of their lives. If any species is singled out for more detailed exposure, we still see little else but fish in flight, since the camera-man and his accompanying crew scare the fish away. No fish is never shown in its natural setting and behaviour, since the crew disturbs the events. It requires digital cameras without crew that monitor the area, react on motion and are capable of following anything coming into view, including lens-adjustment, diaphragm and so on for a considerable period of at least 4 seasons.

Using The Principle of Similars in Live Provings

Tank-fish can be treated with the remedies that we discover in the above manner or through provings. These remedies can be derived from vegetable matter, invertebrates and other sources, all directly from the same biome in which such a fish would live in nature. Also here the Law of Similars holds true – similarity in natural events translates into similar events in medicine. Careful observation, coupled with provings will reveal the necessary remedies to use in problems with fish. As some information is available from human material medica, we can extrapolate and apply to fish. Staphysagria is used by Amazon Indians to stun fish, to easily catch them. I have used this remedy with fish that were placed in concrete fish ponds and were stunned by the amount of calcium in the water. Adding some lemon juice reduced the alkalinity of the water and Staph took care of the stunned fish – 20 drops in a litre, succussed 10 times and added to the pond water, stirred up a little and the fish came looking for it and recovered quickly. Another remedy for such cases is Sabal serrulata, which is used by fishermen for the same purpose as Staphysagria.

The Law Of Similar Ubiquitous In Nature

Evidently one intuits the Law of Similars at work everywhere in nature and on all species, since it is visible everywhere in nature. While initially it appeared difficult if not impossible to handle the volume of knowledge that became available, on closer scrutiny it was soon realised that the only way forward was a rigorous application of the Law of Similars, which states that like produces like, like generates like, like attracts like and like cures like, as well as like imitates like.

Relations between Predators, Prey and Host Plants

The relations that exist between the predator, its prey and the host plants for both predator and prey are intimately entangled. Many predators breed on grasses, while their prey lives on grains, both types of plants belonging to the Graminae. Other predators need the prey to breed and subsequently are attracted to plants infested with prey. Some are restricted in fecundity when too many pests are present or the host plant poses a difficulty in its tissue structure. Thus these relations need to be studied in their finest details to determine what role each plays.

Polychrests Have A Wide Range Of Action

We see that several predators are super-predators, in that they attack a large amount of different pests on a large variety of host plants. These remedies we call polychrests, meaning they have a wide range of action against several pests and on several hosts. Naturally, these include members of different plant Families. There are also predators that hunt but one prey on but one host-plant. These we call specifics, since it is evident that they will have little effect on other host-plants, except possibly those of the same Family. Thus a remedy made from a certain gauzefly that preys on cabbage whitefly only, will have little effect on whitefly on tomatoes, but possibly acts on other members of the Brassicaceae Family, such as cauliflower or mustard.

Relations between diseases, soil-borne vira, bacteria and fungi and type of cultivation

Evidently, a sick or dead soil cannot but provide poor living for any plant that naturally may grow on it, but more so with the crammed circumstances in which we force our food-plants. Only certain pioneer plants will be able to grow on dead soil, to help it revive. Sick soils are created through the use of chemical fertilizers and poisons to combat diseases and pests that infest the plants as a consequence. A healthy soil contains plenty of organic matter keeping busy those bacteria, vira and fungi that in a sick soil attack healthy plants to restore soil balance.

Increase in Soil Born Disease

Soil-borne bacteria, vira and fungi are the supposed causes of many plant diseases that were unknown in the days of farming with animal dung and rotten plant matter. With the advance of the Agricultural Revolution, begun during the 40’s and 50’s, the soils so treated lost their organic content. Gradually, ‘new diseases’ emerged, which are often associated with those soil-borne microbial life-forms that in healthy soil are busy with what they do best – digesting plant debris and other organic materials. Today, the amount of diseases from soil-borne causes is assuming ever larger proportions as our soils approach death so close, even the microbial life could disappear and our soils turn to desert.

The Necessity To Increase Healthy Soils

The fact we can still grow plants on such sick soils enables the survival of soil-borne diseases, since they must live on what we leave them with – our crops. Hence the need to restore our soils to health is the first task the farmer faces when he is desirous to make a profit. If he neglects the health of his soils and believes the hype that plants live of chemical fertilisers, he will be confronted with ever-greater problems of resistance and ever-dwindling profits. He will be forced to spray ever-stronger poisons, to ‘combat’ the vira, bacteria a fungi – as if it is a war.

Healthy Soils Decompose Organic Matter

In healthy soils, few bacterial and fungal diseases will plague our crops, simply because they are kept busy with what they do best – decompose organic matter, so providing sufficient nutrients to our crops in a natural manner. This process benefits the crop in more than one way. It helps the plants to attain better health and therefore to greater resistance to diseases and pests and keeps the soil in a healthy condition, while also fulfilling their original purpose, which is to act as decomposers.

Relations Between Chemical Nutrient Problems and Soil Structure

Soil structure has great bearing on the leaching of different nutrients and their consequent availability to the plants we grow on that soil. Soil is more than a medium in which one can suspend nutrients. It is a living structure, which needs organic matter to remain viable for growing food crops. At the rate at which we deprive our soils of organic matter it is surprising that our severely sick soils still produce a crop at all. Considering the state of our soils, we must not be surprised that our food has a bland taste, is watery in structure and rots quicker than expected. It has no substance, but only external beauty – no smell or taste, but a shining tough skin, indigestible to us and full of poisons, sealed in wax.

The Effects Of Machinery On Soil

The compacted state of our soils caused by too heavy machinery, leaves them impenetrable by water and after rain the crops die of water-logging, rots and fungal diseases. The ‘solution’ is bringing in bigger machines still, to rip the soil, destroying all possible positive structure. This causes sooner compacting and bigger problems still. Laws prohibit the use of animal manures, which are much preferable to the massive amounts of artificial fertilizers we apply. In the usual scientific manner, it is arse-end first and the horse behind the cart.

Different Types of Soils

There are studies that tell about the availability of certain nutrients in different soils. Acid soils may inhibit the uptake of nutrients, but do so in a different manner than in alkaline soils or soils with neutral pH. Hardpan soils tend to acidity, since they become water-logged. Clay soils also tend to acidity due to lack of organic material. The spongier a soil is, the better it is able to drain excess water and to retain enough for drier times.

≠ Symptoms of Topsoil Acidity

• Nodulation failure of legumes - reddening of stems and petioles on pasture legumes, or yellowing and death of oldest leaves on grain legumes indicate nitrogen deficiency.

• Deficiency symptoms of sulphur, phosphorus, molybdenum, calcium or magnesium.

• Root growth poor, with stubby roots and few fine roots.

• Crop yields/pasture growth are poor even in good seasons.

 

The pH scale is logarithmic, so a soil pH of 4.5 has 10 times the concentration of H+ ions than a soil of pH 5.5.

 

Alkaline Soils

The picture is reversed in alkaline soils where the trace elements iron, magnesium, copper, zinc and boron, so readily available in acid soils, may be unavailable to plants, even through they are present in the soil in adequate amounts and molybdenum is readily available.

Neutral Soils

In neutral soils the picture follows that of the least resistance – all elements are available in inorganic form when the farmer applies them. In healthy neutral soils the nutrients are all available in sufficient quantities, but may not be available at the right time because of moisture content or excess fungal growth.

≠ Symptoms of Subsoil Acidity

• Poor root growth (stubby and few fine roots) below 10 cm. Roots are often restricted to the topsoil area for no physical reason (e.g. no hardpan layers or tight clays that may normally stop root growth) since roots will not grow into a soil layer of high acidity.

• Crops drought easily since they have no deep roots.

• Crop yields are poor if spring is dry.

 

Growing Peas and Beans

The soils suitable for pulse crops (field pea, albus lupin, chickpea, faba bean and lentil) are loam and clay soils that occur in about 25% of the 18 million hectares used for agriculture in southwestern Australia. They are amongst the most fertile soils used for agriculture in WA. In addition, field pea is also successfully grown on marginally acidic sandy duplex soils (sand over loam or clay) in the region, and is by far the most widely grown pulse crop in WA.

The soils usually contain more than adequate potassium, sulfur, copper, and molybdenum for crops and pastures, with phosphorus and zinc being the only nutrient element deficiency problems when the soils were newly cleared.

 

Loam and clay soils, other than those mentioned in some zones, do not generally require copper, zinc or molybdenum, although isolated deficiencies of zinc have been reported.

≠ Influence of pH on Nutrient Availability

Plant nutrient availability varies quite dramatically with soil pH.

Nutrients have different mobility in the soil and as seasonal moisture conditions vary, so too does the distribution of nutrients derived from applied fertilisers.

 

Soils differ in their nutrient holding capacity, both generally and for specific plant nutrients.

 

In very acid soils all the major plant nutrients (nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), sulphur (S), calcium (Ca) and manganese (Mn)) and also trace element molybdenum (Mo), may be unavailable to plants, or only available in limited quantities.

 

60 g of molybdenum is contained in 150 g of sodium molybdate, or in 112 g of molybdenum trioxide.

Molybdenum defeciency in kai lan and pak choi: leaf blade narrows and distorts, sometimes thickens; leaf stalks may be twisted.

 

The other trace elements may be available in such soils in quantities sufficient to have a toxic effect. Some non-essential elements, notably aluminium may also be available in toxic amounts in acid soils.


Homoeopathy and the Elements
Jan Scholten
A masterpiece! Since Mendeleev, the periodic table of the elements has proved to be a tried and tested system to describe and predict the chemical and physical properties of all the elements in the material universe. But the homeopathic interpretation had to wait until our time.

Scholten discovered the themes of the elements from their position in the periodic table. Only the Lanthanides were not described in this book.

All elements in each horizontal row are characterized by a single common theme, and are known as a series. The seven series are each called by the best-known element of the series. So there is, for example, a Carbon series (characterized by problems with children's values, a weak “I”, and body image in general); an Iron series (problems with work, duty, routine and rules); a Silver series (corresponding to creativity and publicity, communicating ideas, such as found in artists, top sportspeople, middle management), etc.

Each series is divided into a maximum of 18 stages. The 18 stages correspond to the electron configuration in the outer shell of the atom, and so to the chemical behavior of the relevant element. Homeopathically speaking, these stages are the individual developmental steps of each series. This vivid understanding of the series and stages therefore enables us to capture the qualities of each element and use it in homeopathic practice. The points of intersection of the series and stages exactly define the theme of each element. Therefore, almost every imaginable situation can be depicted in terms of a combination of particular elements. The result is an enormously powerful means of homeopathic prescribing, assuming that the new system is really understood. It is indeed a very worthwhile object of study, and we can say from our own experience that many patients have already profited from this new jewel of homeopathy.

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Great information, Kavi!  Thank you very much!

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