Multi-dimensionality and recent Materia Medica additions
As leading homeopaths explore ways to match the patterns of themes in provings with the stage of evolution of the plant, each illuminates a different dimension of the remedy/individual, and their findings complement each other.
At Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy (MICH), we have found that the diverse themes in the various materia medica can be integrated into a rich tapestry of human understanding that brings remedies to life. We recognize that the precious, and varied contributions of the world’s homeopaths provide distinct “windows” of understanding, corresponding to diverse dimensions of human expression, and most importantly, the somatic dimensions (symptoms) related to the concept of self.
Extensive scientific research into the types of emotional, psychological and physiological stress that precipitate and often initiate chronic disease, center around the concept (or delusion) of self maintained by a neural network called the DMN or Default Mode Neural Network.
Different aspects of homeopathic provings are related to one or more parts of the Default Mode Neural Network. We have found that as long as the remedy can resonate with an aspect clearly related to the specific fear response, specific memories, specific projections into the future, misperceptions of inputs from the 5 senses, or social, personal, emotional, temporal and spatial misinterpretations, then the signals that are creating stress responses in the PNEI, sympathetic, parasympathetic and organ systems can be reduced.
The study of our most successful cases shows that the fight, flight, freeze reactions related to the sense of self are of particular importance in considering the prescription.
Dr. Rajan Sankaran has recently grouped together Schema sensation families into six “Superclasses” according to the primary modes of defence. With this innovation and the insights provided by Dr. Mahesh Gandhi in his Personal Evolution Model, we are able to confine our search to the materia medica corresponding to one of the six main defense mechanisms expressed by the patient.
The social relational role that we use to define the “self” is a central aspect of the DMN and an important source of stress. The plant map provided by Jan Scholten has supplied us with every conceivable social role, facilitating matching the patient with this dimension organized in a logical number system.
Michal Yakir adds the dimension of relational and emotional responses from a well established Jungian perspective in a map that holds the grouping by superclasses, and thus helps us navigate to the specific orders of remedies that are pertinent in the case.
The thoroughness of the descriptions provided by Franz Vermeulen further expand our access to this much larger spectrum of plant remedy possibilities.
The cases illustrate how MICH brings the precious contributions of various homeopaths together in our case analysis.
What we have found to be the most reliable way to evaluate the effectiveness of a prescription: We base our evaluation on the most scientifically proven reliable method: PSRH, Patient Self Rated Health. Our questionnaire is based on the World Health Organization definition of health, and reveals whether the most important areas of the DMN have been addressed by the remedy.