Plant Classification and Case-Taking : Interview with Jan Scholten Part 2

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Written by David Nortman

Dr. Jan Scholten, who pioneered the periodic table method of classifying the elements for homeopathy, discusses Plant Classification and Case-Taking” in Part 2 of this interview, with homeopath David Nortman.

In Part 1 of the interview Jan Scholten described why classification is necessary for advancing homeopathy and how he developed his element theory of mineral-remedy classification. In this next section Scholten describes his more recent work with the plant kingdom:

  • The emergence of plant classification from mineral classification.
  • The homeopathic perspective on different approaches to plant taxonomy.
  • The dimensions of the plant system (Series, Subseries, Phase, Subphase, Stage).
  • How to approach case-taking, case-analysis, and kingdom classification to make use of the mineral and plant systems.

This section requires a background in Scholten’s element theory, so if you haven’t already done so make sure to watch Part 1 of the interview before Part 2 below (subtitles available via the ‘CC’ button):

Transcript is also available of this interview.  Click on picture below:

Jan Scholten Interviewed by David Nortman (Part 2): Plant Classification and Case-Taking

The final two parts of the interview will be published in the next two journal issues:

  • The astonishing philosophical implications of his plant theory (Part 3).
  • The future scientific development of homeopathy, sense provings, and more (Part 4).

About the author

David Nortman

David Nortman, Hon.B.A., M.A., N.D. is a graduate of the University of Toronto (philosophy and chemistry), Tel-Aviv University (philosophy) and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has studied homeopathy with many of the world’s leading practitioners and has since worked with patients in Israel, Canada, and worldwide via his long-distance practice. He believes that in order to flourish, homeopathy must step beyond its vitalistic roots and become a modern scientific discipline, while preserving its deep spiritual insights as a gift to the world of science. He maintains an interest in philosophy of science, and is currently working on a textbook of homeopathy that will aim to address these issues in a way that transcends the mutual animosity between orthodox medicine and homeopathy. David is also a professional singer specializing in early music of the medieval, renaissance, and baroque eras.

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