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Classifying Homeopathic Remedies: Interview with Jan Scholten

Dr. Jan Scholten, who pioneered the periodic table method of classifying the elements for homeopathy, discusses the crucial importance of classification for the ongoing evolution of homeopathy as a science, in an interview with homeopath David Nortman.

Jan Scholten is arguably the most innovative thinker in homeopathy today. In Part 1 of the interview he takes us on a journey through the emergence of his thinking about classifying homeopathic remedies:

  • How he first came up with the idea of classifying the chemical elements.
  • Why he considers symptom-based materia medica inadequate.
  • His preferred way of describing remedies in the context of their scientifically known relationship to other remedies.
  • The crucial importance of classification for the ongoing evolution of homeopathy as a science.

Enjoy Part 1 of the interview (subtitles available via the ‘CC’ button):

In the remaining parts, to be published over the next three journal issues, Scholten will take us deeper into the story of plant classification and his overall vision for homeopathy:

  • How to classify plant remedies and what sort of case-taking is required in order to make use of his system (Part 2).
  • The astonishing philosophical implications of his system of plant classification (Part 3).
  • His novel way of doing provings and his thoughts on the future of homeopathy (Part 4).

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

Jan Scholten is interviewed by David Nortman

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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