The recently deceased Berlin physician, Dr.Zickel, was able to prove that a hormone also displays a specific effect in the plant. He manured some Particularly valueless plants with animal hormones, and proved a characteristic changing of the sap of these plans. With the enormous quantities of human and animal excrements, as Earnest Fuhrmann describes so well in his books gave and Der Bienenmensche, it is clear that the working up of the excrements is, for the plant, not only a question of satisfying the demand for oxygen, but the hormones found in the excrements are necessary for half, for the building up, and for the growth, and have even become a deciding factor for the development of the ]plant.
One can affirm that genetically an animal period influences hormonally, and also, with regard to the building up, the development of a plant period, and that the higher developed plant class contributes again to the further development of the animal class. so it has become a characteristic differentiation for the plants, making itself known, in that some plants seek the human dwelling places, while others avoid them, which means that plants which seek human beings, are dependent on their excrements, viz., Aconitum, Conium, Bursa pastoris, etc.
It is interesting that the influence of the human and animal excrements practices in the further working of a bipolarization in the plant. This allows itself to be proved, particularly easily with regard to mushrooms. We see, for instance, on the cakes of the cow-dung in the meadows, two kinds of mushrooms growing, on the one side a mushroom, which condenses, or takes over the aromatically releasable parts, that is the Champignon, and on the other side a mushroom, which builds up and condenses the poisonous parts of the excrements, that is Agaricus phalloides., The tiniest pieces of this mushrooms produce, when eaten by human beings, the appearance of intestinal poisoning, such as appears when a stool remains too long in the body.
From this and certain other similar comparisons, it follows that the poisonousness of a plant is at the same time a proof of the existence of that animal class, on the excrements of which this plant builds up, and the hormones, of which it condenses to poison.
On the excrements of the reptiles we see the developing of poisonous plants which are only poisonous for reptiles. In the bird era, we observe the appearance of plants, for instance, umbelliferous plants, the seeds of which are poisonous for animal classes, which have developed before, or later than this era. Even five caraway seeds are, however, less poisonous for animal classes, which have developed before, or later than this era. Even five caraway seeds are sufficient to kill a sparrow.
Thus, to cabbage lettuce builds up on the excrements or rabbits and hares, because for these, the so-0called “heart leaves” of the cabbage lettuce are very poisonous, whereas these leaves are not poisonous for human beings. We know that goats are absolutely insensitive to opium, or morphine; cows and horses, however, are again very sensitive to these. The papaverous plants, therefore, have only developed during the period of development of bovines, horse, and human being. the poisons of the plants are, therefore, genetical condemnations for the hormones, or intestinal excrements of certain classes of animals.
What signification has the physiological connection between animal and plant for the healing and plant for he healing value for each other, and for the healing power for human being? This question is especially interesting for us. It signifies, according to Fuhrmann, removal of constitutional anomalies in the instances of supplying of the lacking, or the diminishing of the surplus. When a human being competes entogenetically in the womb, the development from the embryo, within nine months, upto todays perfection, this is a shortened course of the development of mankind on the earth up from the primordial cell.
Should a disturbance, or even only a restraint enter, thus the fish- nature, or the reptile nature is only incompletely, or too completely, developed in the foetus. the infant is then born with a so-called tendency which we designate from the physical standpoint as constitution, from the psychical standpoint as a characteristical tendency. The constitutional, or characteristical anomalies are signs of lacking or reversed preponderance of genetical periods in the antagonizes. They may, in all probability, be influenced by the application of plants with hormonal condensations of the various animal classes.
Whether it is possible to analyse the plant in this instance, is a question, the answer of which remains to be found in the future. The best method that we have at our disposal at the present time is the pathogenesis of the plants, that means the proof of the plants on healthy persons as practiced in homoeopathy.
For the explanation of the particular symptoms occurring with this, yet a further account is required.
The modification of he healing power, as found in the plants, is condition by various circumstances, viz., the growth in the sun causes the plant to produce a sap, e.g., Cina, Colchicum, dulcamara, etc., which, administered to healthy people, produces sometimes a felling of “improvement of the complaints by warmth”. In case of heliopathic plants, e.g., Daphne mezereum, or Agaricus, we are able to state from tests with the sap of these plants that “the complaints are improved by coldness.”
In case of climbing or twining plants which have no support of their own, e.g., Bryonia, one fields sometimes by tests on healthy people the symptom “:aggravation by movement”, for the plant dies, if it is deprived forcibly of it support. On the other hand one finds with this plant the symptom “improvement by resting”. Reversed, one dings with plants which creep by underground rhizomes, or overground shoots, e.g., Rhus tox., the symptom “improvement by movement”. When the plant grows on soil containing salt, it develops particularly strong healing powers, e.g., it develops in Artemisia maritima, on soil containing soda, the efficacious Santonin. When Artemisia is cultivated in soil containing soda, the efficacious Santonin.
When Artemisia is cultivated in soil containing no salt, it develops no Santonin. the plants, which endure bruising, or a break, or a contusion by a good gallic formation, for instance, the broad plantain, Symptom off., Helianthus, or Arnica, have a very good regeneration hormone which may be used with success also with internal therapy in cases of broken-bones, and contusions, but also externally for badly healing wounds, and abscesses on the skin. Plants growing in swamps strongly containing humic acid, have a particular power to work up the uric acid, e.g., Ledum palustris, Kalmia Lat, Kalmia angustifolia. Kalmia lat. is the mountain laurel-ED.
Everywhere the healing power of the plants may be explained by the growth, the nature of the ground, and the building up on animal excrements, etc. The root has, generally speaking, strong resemblance to the stomach and intestinal canal. It may be designated as an inverted intestine of the plant, it develops ferments which assist in digesting the earth, similar to what we find in the human intestine, for example the tubers of the roots of legumes filled with bacteria radicicola, or the symbiose of the mushrooms on the tips of the roots which are designated as mykorrhiza.
If one wishes to test, for instance, the ferments of a root, one makes a root creep over a polished marble plate. One sees then along the path, that the marble plate is lightly corroded. In short, we have to contend with absolutely similar relations between the roots of plants and the animal intestine. The root stock develops various hormones of the intestinal gland, as do the liver and the pancreas. It also shows peristalsis. This continues in the overground plant in the form of a pulsation, as we know from the human pulse. We find in plants also nerves, as heart center, and much which is comparable with animal organs. Who ever is interested in this, should read the beautiful book Pflanzenschrift Plant Autographs and Their Revelations of the Indian Bosel.
The bark serves for he protection against the attacks of animals and insects. The greater the attacks, the more capable of resistance is the bark and the better is its medical usefulness. Thus we apply china bark for malaria infection which attacks through the skin. One-third of the diameter of the China tree consists of bark. We apply the Ratanhia bark for chapped skin.
A large overground development of the plant and a neglect of the underground parts shows strong relations to the skin, and the lungs, e.g., Mallow. the contents of the bundles of he vessels shows a relation to the blood circulation, e.g., Camphor. When the plant grows on stones or calcareous earth,the leaves, for instance, of the saxifraga variety secrete large quantities of carbonate of lime, e.g.,30 leaves of Saxifraga aizoon secrete more than 0.5 gr. of carbonate of lime. For the working up of the lime, and for the assimilation of the lime in the human body, the saps of this plant-class are especially qualified.
The followers of the plants have relations to the head and the genital organs, i.e., the hypsophills and the perigone leaves to the brain and to the skull. I call to mind the development of the poppy heads, and its effect on the brain and the sepals, floral leaves, and stamina to the genital organs. The hypsophills is, with some plants, of a very characteristical form. It wraps up the flower of Arum triphyllum with a neck-like lacing, by which the insects are retained. the power of resistance of he hypsophill against the attacks of the resisting insects is an explanation of the efficacy of this plant against the affection of the neck-organs especially the larynx the affection of the neck-organs especially the larynx.
The flower has sometimes a very energetic effect on the genital organs. One may thinks of the application of the flower of Crocus sativus, which has been misused for abortion. A tree which has been deprived of all its flowers is as ill as a woman practicing abortion. a shrub with unfertile flowers, as is the case with snowball, (Viburnum opulus) has an inhibiting effect on the functions of the womb. With the powder made of the root of this shrub all labour pains can be brought to a standstill, it can be used to prevent a threatening abortion. In Interesting is the efficacy of mushrooms growing exuberantly in flowers, which also display a strong efficacy on the genital organs, viz., the maize mildrew prospering on the genital organs, viz., the maize mildrew prospering on the spadix of the Indian corn (Ustilago maidis) has a specific effect on the uterus, also the ergot (Secale cornutum) which ripens in the flower of the corn, i.e., the genital organs.
The phyto-analytical method gives a new interpretation to the pathogenesis of the plants, i.e., the picture of the symptoms as applied in homoeopathy.
the approved, homoeopathic main symptoms, especially the mental symptoms, may be explained by the growth, the building up, and the mode of the life of the plants. When Pulsatilla pratensis allows the large flower heads to droop, the mental symptom “the hanging of the head” is no fantastical idea of a subdued signature theory, but is conditioned by the hormonal powers of the plant,which may be genetically established at a later time.
For this a greater co-operation between the botanist and the physicians is essential. The physician must again become a botanist, and must regain from studying the symbiosis of men and plants,the surety for the right application of the remedies.
I would like to mention, finally, still another claim, which arises for the practitioner from the application of the hormones of the plants. the hormones particular to the plants, not their poisons, as well as the vitamins bound up with the albumen of the plant, are immaterial, i.e., not to be isolated, but a condition of the albumen, this albumen of the plants is contained enchanted in the fresh sap, or pap of the plants, but it is contained unchanged in the fresh sap, or pap of the plants, but it is precipitated by the addition of alcohol. the Homoeopathic primed tincture, which represents s mixture between the sap of the plant and alcohol, and from which all turbidities and precipitations have been filtered out, is not the ideal final form of administration.
If the full effect of the plant is desired, one is obliged, as Hahnemann recommended in the 2nd edition of his Chronic Diseases. Volume III, pages 1q76 and 230,to proceed from the trituration of the fresh leaves. the tests of Conium and Digitalis were undertaken by Hahnemann with such fully effective triturations. Unfortunately the triturations from fresh plants did not continue. This was owing to Grunnler, who declared in his first Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia that one could discontinue the prescription of these triturations, as the production was too complicated.
Today this reason is no more standing the test. We must return to the best form of administration, i.e. the trituration of the fresh plant. In Germany the triturations are already being produced on mass production.
What is important in the production of these triturations, Hahnemann has pointed out on page 268, foot note 2, of his Organ on (6th edition, page 242) (this has been newly found, one hundred years later, by allopathy, see Trendelenburgs Prescription for “Remedies, 2nd edition),is that these powders are only :”forever imperishable”. That is durable, if they have been relieved of their superfluous moisture. These preparations are, therefore, according to the prescription of Hahnemann to be made as free from water as is, on the whole, technically possible.
This demand must be observed, when producing triturations from fresh plants. Triturations from fresh plants are to be favoured in the prescription,when it is essential to have the efficacy of the hormones particular to this plant.
Summary: Phyto-analyses,the study of he building up, the growth, the mode of life of the plant, the rest of the animal excrements condensed in the plants, and the test of the hormones of the plants, gives the scientific base of he pathogenesis, the symptom theory of homoeopathy.
RADEBURG, DRESDEN, GERMANY.
Experience points to numerous cutaneous eruptions among the lower classes,all of which have to be considered as post scabial diseases. Neumann says that in many cases we dare not think of removing chronic cutaneous eruptions, inasmuch as they are substitutes, imperfect it is true, for more important disease. If they disappear at last of themselves,then,as Klein observes, dropsy or hectic fever is to be apprehended. the evil consequences of the artificial suppression of chronic cutaneous eruptions are proportionate to the extent, intensity, and duration of those eruptions, to the rapidity with which they had been suppressed,and to the grater or lesser want to stability of the internal healthy which was essentially depending upon the maintenance of the eternal eruption as a vicarious symptom of the internal disease.
If herpes is removed from the skin,symptoms of nervous irritation make their appearance in the region of the stomach an inclination to vomit after eating,pain along the course of the pneumogastric nerve. ?those symptoms disappear when the herpes reappears on the kin. the partial or complete success in reproducing as chronic eruption upon the skin depends upon the interval which had elapsed between the present disease,which had perhaps resulted already in the formation of fungus medullaris or tubercles,and the original eruption. the longer that interval, the less can be expected of a reproduction of the eruption upon the skin-FRANZ PUFFER,M.D., 1847.