The “Wonderful Plants” seminar with Jan Scholten and Deborah Collins was a special experience for the participants, who were privileged to share a wealth of recent discoveries at the cutting edge of plant theory. Jan Scholten describes not just individual families but provides the complete overarching structure – from the original algae and ferns to the highly developed Asteraceae.
Deborah Collins: Introduction to Jan Scholten’s System of Plants
On the first day of the seminar, Deborah Collins introduced Scholten’s system of plants. She gave a focused explanation of the series and stages of the periodic table, which are in turn the basis for the system of plants. She also covered the seven phases of the system of plants.
Jan Scholten: Introduction to the System of Plants
Jan Scholten delved deeper into the system of plants on the following two days. What initially sounds like rather an abstract concept became clearer with the case histories – it certainly is an astonishingly elegant framework, both simple and effective. Scholten first described how the system evolved, describing in detail the themes of the individual phases and explaining how the numbers used in the system, which ultimately indicate the remedy, are derived. A case of great fear of cancer (Gnaphalium) was the stepping stone into the practical application of the theory. A further example, eczema (Sorghum bicolor 633.42.08 – in follow-up Lachnanthes 633.46.08) exemplified his approach to identify these lesser, unknown remedies, which would never have been found with conventional repertorisation.
On his second day, Scholten continued with additional interesting examples, presenting among others the successful treatment of diabetes with Coccinia palmata 644.75.16 and explaining his decision-making with an arthritic patient (Impatiens balsamina – 644.75.16) and a case of ulcerative colitis (Glandora diffusa 665.33.14).
This seminar was a major milestone for the participants, revealing undreamt of worlds and a whole new galaxy of possible prescriptions.