Listening to Stone, Wood and Shell

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Homoeopathic Medical Publishers
Mumbai, India

Authors: Anne Schadde & Jürgen Hansel

God sleeps in rocks
Dreams in plants
Awakens in animals
And acts in men.
(Native American proverb)

Lapis lazuli
, the blue stone: symbol for purity and rarity. In ancient times, it was as precious as gold and its color pigments were reserved for sacred motifs only. In Christian iconography, the coat of Mary shines in the splendid blue of the rare stone, in Buddhist tradition it is the color of the Medicine Buddha. According to folk medicine, Lapis lazuli harmonizes the thyroid gland, strengthens throat, larynx and vocal cords. It also lowers blood pressure and is antispasmodic. Which secret did the homeopathic proving reveal?

Lithium Preparations: Therapy for present manic-depressive psychosis! Homeopathic remedy for future ailments! Will future generations of homeopaths have to prescribe Lithium preparations more frequently? What are the symptoms of the homeopathically prepared substance? Does a homeopathic proving today yield more insights about the substance Lithium carbonicum? Do congruencies exist between old provings and today’s proving?

Ephedra sinica: A prehistoric shamanistic plant found in a 60000 year old tomb in Iraq,
supposedly the main ingredient of the ancient ecstatic power drink Soma called ‘Vine of Immortality’ by the hindus, an important herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine to cure influenza, a stimulant for American Iindians that is now on the doping list because of its main alkaloid Ephedrine - it has been a must to add this magic powerful plant to homeopathic materia medica.

Ginkgo biloba: Darwin called the ginkgo tree a „living fossil“, in mythology Ginkgo is the „tree of life“ or in symbolism the leaf has been worshiped for centuries as a symbol of love. Amongst the plants damaged by the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima Ginkgo trees showed the strongest restorative powers. Ginkgo as a medicinal plant is used world wide in cerebral and peripheral circurlatory problems. And what is the story of the homeopathic proving?

Lignum Aquilaria agallocha: Feel invited to discover the mysterious world of a very old wood for fumigation: the biblical wood Aloe or Eaglewood. It contains the old alchemistic mythology of the process of transformation: the trees only grow in the deepest jungle, in the so-called heart of the earth, and is thus threatened to die out. The secretion of the wood’s resin develops in symbiosis with the fungi. Try to imagine the most complicated and refined scent: The scent of Agarbati or Jin Koh or Oud...the „sinking perfume“ and the homeopathic proving.

Cypraea eglantina: The snail, which gave porcelain its name, is devoted to the goddess Aphrodite and decorates sarcophagi as a symbol of the divine vulva and rebirth, was of great importance in cultural history as the leader among payments in kind. Antique cultures attached super-natural powers to the Cowrie snail. Shamans used in rituals to ask for fertility, plentiful harvest, rain or to put a spell on enemies. In Tibetan medicine it played a part as a substance used as a remedy for treatment of benign or malignant tumors. What did the homeopathic proving reveal?