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Dear friends of homeopathy,
The completely revised edition of Homeopathy for Farm and Garden by Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj has been published. This pioneering volume breaks new ground – it is the first to describe the homeopathic treatment of plant diseases. Kaviraj is one of the most known homeopaths nowadays giving seminars worldwide on this revolutionary approach. We are delighted to have the opportunity to publish such a work. The principles it contains must of course be confirmed and developed further in wider use.
"... The author has accumulated an enormous amount of useful information here in a groundbreaking book. The Materia Medica and Repertory are easy to follow and the selection of a suitable remedy should not pose too much difficulty. This technique is certainly worth trying as it is neither expensive nor time-consuming and will not have an adverse effect on the environment."
Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj
Completely revised edition with new structure, indications, remedies and repertory. A pioneering new book on homeopathy for plant diseases. Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj, an experienced homeopath, stumbled by accident upon the homeopathic treatment of plants when he was asked to treat a rust problem in apple trees. The apples had dark red rings on the skin and needed more watering than normal. The symptoms of redness with thirst fitted the remedy Belladonna, which he duly administered. To everyone’s surprise, the rust problem disappeared. What‘s more, the apples the following year tasted noticeably better. For Kaviraj, this was a turning point. In the next twelve years, he undertook intensive research in this area, employing homeopathy for all kinds of plant diseases.
This book focuses on the homeopathic treatment of plants in cases of malnourishment, parasitic and fungal attack, bacterial and viral disease, damage, and weed infestation.
Alongside well-known homeopathic remedies such as Calendula for damage during repotting or Calcium phosphoricum for root rot, he also presents less common remedies, such as Hyssopus for bacterial rots and blights, and Mentha viridis for pest control, as well asOcimum basilicum for tomato diseases and Ricinus communis for pests in viticulture.
“Homeopathy for plants opens up a whole new and exciting area of exploration that may yield major benefits for agriculture. Who knows the boundaries of homeopathy?”
Anne Sheptyck, Canada
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VAIKUNTHANATH DAS KAVIRAJ
“Homeopathy for Farm and Garden” answers your questions about using homeopathy for your crops, flowering plants and agriculture in general.
Reviewed By: Tony Scofield
VAIKUNTHANATH DAS KAVIRAJ began his homeopathic work with plants in Switzerland in 1986 when a friend suggested he try treating a row of apple trees that suffered from bright red rust. To everyone’s surprise, the homeopathic remedy Belladonna cleared the rust and left a much better-tasting apple than the trees had produced before. This experience inspired years of subsequent research in Australia and Europe, which form the basis of this book.
The first quarter of the book consists of a brief review of homeopathy and agriculture. The author begins by quoting sections of Hahnemann’s Organon and putting agriculture into this context. Throughout his discussion, he puts the plant at the center of the treatment regime and, when discussing control methods, he does pick up on an important point that even “organic” control methods miss the point of the real problem-the fact that plants are still being attacked. The plant is obviously having a problem and it needs to be treated rather than the pests and diseases attacking it. Organic farmers would go further, perhaps, and say that the soil or local environment is at fault and that these need to be addressed first. But, the plant is the organism which manifests changes as a result of soil deficiencies and provides the means of selecting suitable remedies, so it is not surprising, perhaps, that this is the obvious target for treatment.
The author attacks “chemical” farming and genetic engineering and highlights the phenomenon of insects developing resistance to the pesticidal qualities of genetically modified crops. Kaviraj contrasts these problems with the advantages of homeopathic treatment: only one dose is usually required so it is economical in terms of labor, and cost of the remedy is negligible; only minute doses are used so there are no residue problems; no resistance develops; and finally, the plant is treated, not the disease.
The author is keen on intercropping and companion planting and uses remedies of suitable companion plants to protect against pests and diseases pertaining to them. He also, not surprisingly, uses micro- and macro-nutrients (e.g., boron, potassium, phosphorus) as homeopathic remedies.
The first part of the book ends with a brief review of the structure of the soil and the nutrients therein, and of plant structure. Finally, instructions are given on how to use the remedies-they are prepared in water using the 6X potency and sprayed onto plants. The bulk of the book consists of a Materia Medica in which a “clinical description” of each remedy details the symptoms and/or pests and diseases. Also a “general description” gives the history of each remedy’s use and indications. Further details such as the appearance of plants and their various parts, relations with other remedies, and antidotes are often given. At the beginning of this section, I would have found it interesting to read about the author’s own proving work and been given more information about where he obtained other details for the Materia Medica because the book implies that it did not all come from his own experimental work.
The book concludes with a Repertory where conditions can be matched to remedies. The author has accumulated an enormous amount of useful information here in a groundbreaking book. The Materia Medica and Repertory are easy to follow and the selection of a suitable remedy should not pose too much difficulty. This technique is certainly worth trying as it is neither expensive nor time-consuming and will not have an adverse effect on the environment.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2007 issue of Homeopathy Today, a publication of the National Center for Homeopathy, and is reprinted here with permission. For subscription and membership information, visit www.NationalCenterForHomeopathy.org
To Learn More:
Mark Moodie, publisher of Homeopathy for Farm and Garden, has created a website to collect and share information about using homeopathically-prepared substances for plants and related subjects (e.g., biodynamic gardening).
Biographical Notes:: Vaikuntanath Das Kaviraj was born in 1946, in the Netherlands.
At the age of fourteen Kavi met his first master gardener where he held his first job at a tree-nursery with adjacent herb garden. A few years later, he learned studied more about herbs and astrology from Mellie Uyldert, a famous Dutch herbal witch and astrologer.
Everyone knows Kavi as a world traveler, hardly setting down in one place to teach, give aide or study, then on to the next place. In 1964, he went overland to India and further into Asia, learning about indigenous plants on the way, through to Vietnam, from where he returned to India, staying another 3 years.
In the Spring of 1968 approximately, he co-foundeded the Magic Bus Company, offering rides to India by minivan, and later with touring buses.
Kaviraj witnessed and participated in Woodstock in 1969 from its inception to the final product. He stayed with Alan Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, the Band and other bands, as they arrived in the village for the festival. Afterwards, he moved on to the West Coast, during the LSD explosion with among others, Ken Kesey, the Grateful Dead and the Merry Pranksters.
Returning to Europe in 1970, I went back to Europe to settle, four years later he joined the Hare Krsna movement and stayed with them till 1980. Gaining further experience in organic farming, Kaviraj ran two farms, one in France and the other in Belgium for a number of years.
Then in 1980, he had his first real experience with homeopathy in India where he had gotten sick, while living in Vrindavan UP. Whatever he tried, nothing worked until he asked for a homoeopath, whose remedy cured him within the space of three days. He subsequently became a teacher for a year and a half and after his passing away, ran the clinic for another 8.5 years.
In 1982, he received his initiation into the Bhakti tradition from Srila Bhakti-rakshak Sridhar deva Goswami, in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya or disciplic succession and a year later received his second inititation. That was the time when his formal name, "Kaviraj" was bestowed. Kaviraj comes from kavi, "healer" and raja, "king." So, we call Kaviraj, "the king of healers." All Ayurvedic doctors are called kaviraj.
Then in 1986, while spending a few weeks in Europe to renew his visa, Kaviraj accidentally began his experiences with plants, which led to the publication of a book on the subject in 2006.
In 1990 I moved to Australia, where he did many experiments with remedies for sick plants on a large scale. In 1997, he received a shamanic initiation, this time from Aboriginal Men of High Degree, (the literal translation of their titles as medicine men) during a corroboree in Arnhem Land.
Since 2000, he has lived in Holland, where dedicated himself to writing about homoeopathy and medicine in general.
His books cover subjects from iatrogenesis, disease caused by inappropriate or long-continued drugs, to homoeopathic theory and philosophy, Materia Medica and a simplified version of an original textbook by Hahnemann. In his spare time, he has written "The Boon Files" in the style of homoeopathic detective stories, a series of fictional stories based on personal experience, coupled to headlines and events read from the newspapers, from television or radio or simply from his own imagination.