AvdM: In ‘The Vital Approach’ you made very valuable additions to this subject. Since there is already a lot of literature on kingdoms 31 we don’t have to go into detail but maybe you can give your latest ideas on the subject?
AV: What I added to the books comes from my daily clinical experience, in other words from the patients belonging to these kingdoms. The basic idea is that remedies from several kingdoms in biology and chemistry, like Plants, Minerals and Animals, show particular features in a patient. Even if patients went through a similar situation, let’s say a divorce, the experience will be different according to the kingdom the remedy belongs to. For instance the patient who needs a remedy from the Mineral kingdom will tell you all about the divorce, how difficult it was and how heavy. When you question further he will say he felt his foundation crumbling under his feet because he lost his security and his trust, and his basic values in life are shaken. He might add that he feels without firm ground or support now and in his heart he has no meaning in life and feels empty. The same divorce told by a patient belonging to the Animal kingdom will sound completely different. The patient will blame the ex partner and the emphasis will be on who the victim is and who the aggressor who is the stronger and who is the weaker, who won and who lost. A Plant remedy will tell about the divorce in yet another way. You will get a detailed report and a lot of emotions and there will be one fixed sensation in mind and body, like for instance ‘shock’ or ‘stuck’ or ‘obstructed’ or ‘fragility’.
AvdM: I see. The very same story is experienced in different ways and that is why prescribing on the story itself, on Level 3,
31 Cfr. The works of R.Sankaran, J. Scholten, F. Vermeulen, and many others; doesn’t give any certainty.
AV: You’ve got my point. The story in itself and even the emotions attached to it can still lead to any kingdom. What we need to know is what this particular event triggered in the patient. Emotions are common to all humans: grief when there is a loss, fear when somebody is burgled and anger when criticized or harassed, these are normal and explicable. We are looking for the individual, the neverheardbefore. In fact a homeopath should always let himself be surprised.
Another thing I was able to distinguish in my patients and that is useful in daily practice is the similiarity between ‘second dimension cases’: the Elements and the Monera and the ‘third dimension cases’: Plants, Animal and ‘Human’ cases. And the other deducting from practice is the great importance of the context in which the information comes to us during the consultation. We will come to that when we talk about case taking.
AvdM: This sounds promising. And what about ‘animate’ or ‘inanimate’ kingdoms?
AV: In general I wouldn’t give too much weight to what we can call now ‘right upper quadrant information’: so called objective knowledge about ‘what it looks like’ and ‘what it does’.
AvdM: The Wikipedia knowledge….
AV: Yes, a lot of homeopathic literature of the last decade is overloaded with that kind of information. In itself it is good to have some knowledge of the substance we are prescribing because it complements the picture. But we shouldn’t forget that since Remedy makers remedies work as well as real remedies, the substance is just another representation of the same frequency pattern. Homeopathy is in this sense not a ‘natural healing system’; it doesn’t use products from nature. According to my understanding this is an obsolete vision and we advanced beyond that point. The main knowledge for the homeopath comes from provings: to know what a remedy means and what it the state it provokes, we have to let ourselves come under the influence of the remedy.
AvdM: And the miasm is determined on Level 5 as well?
AV: The miasm is an aspect of the vital sensation, it is the way the patient manages the problem, no matter what the problem is. It’s his coping up mechanism and of course it stems from the delusion, from the distorted view on reality. These are the miasms as Sankaran defines. The Hahnemannian miasms are something completely different, as I explained. Sankaran’s miasms are a classification of delusions and I think they are quite well known.
AvdM: He wrote about his understanding of miasms in his book from the mid90’s and I think he repeated them in all his books.
AV: Yes, and I worked with them, tried them out and I must say they are extremely helpful in determining remedies from the Plant kingdom. The information Sankaran gives is based on rubrics and I confirmed itand many others with me over and over again in my clinical practice.
AvdM: You said “in Plant kingdom cases”. You don’t think they are useful in each and every case?
AV: I don’t, actually. In my schemes, I give the key words for each miasm32 and for one reason or another they come up most clearly in Plant cases. I’d even say that they hardly seem to come up at all in Mineral or Animal cases. In Monera cases they often are the heart of the matter and then the patient needs the nosode, I think that is obvious. AvdM: You mean when you can boil the whole case down to the copingup mechanism?
32 Key words for each miasm: see the schemes on RADAR/OPUS or in The Vital Approach.
Like ‘need for change’, you’ll give Tuberculinum or ‘accepting and hiding’ you give Medorrhinum?
AV: Or ‘need to control the chaos because chaos is fatal’, which is Carcinosinum. Yes, and only in such a case I would consider the nosode a vital prescription. In other cases it might be given as an intercurrent when the case stagnates, but then I’d go back to the similimum. If you get a miasm in, for instance a Spider or Bird case, it mostly turns out to seem Tubercular. But I think there is confusion between ‘sensation’ and ‘miasm’. Usually people use the same arguments to prove the one and the other but if the restlessness, activity and the need for freedom belong to the sensation then it is not part of the miasm, it is the one or the other. The same applies to Mammals, the majority turns out to belong to the Leprosy miasm and again I think it is confusion between sensation and miasm.
AvdM: Do you mean that the feeling of being outcast, ugly and dirty, being despised and looked down upon, are all Mammal symptoms and not Leprosy miasm symptoms?
AV: Yes, that is my point. In Animal cases I don’t see any benefit from differentiating on miasms because we don’t have charts where you can find an Acute Bird remedy, a Typhoid Bird Remedy a Ringworm Bird remedy and the like. If I need a Mammal remedy, I can’t find the species by differentiating the miasm, because we don’t have those charts, probably because we don’t seem to have Psoric, Sycotic, Ringworm, Malarial Mammals except Lac vaccinum, which is the Malaria miasm, because of the migraine which is considered a Malaria miasm pathology. Again, a mistake I’m afraid.
AvdM: Do you see a reason why we don’t seem to spot these miasms clearly in Animal cases?
AV: Since the miasms are coping up mechanisms and we don’t find them in Animal cases, the possibility is that there isn’t a coping up mechanism at all. Living with the Animal experience inside isn’t doable, in fact it is unacceptable. You can’t try and overcome it, you can’t live with it, you can’t escape it and there is nothing you can do about it. Of course all this is unconscious but even on that level there is no solution.
AvdM: And Minerals?
AV: In Mineral cases we have the Periodic table as a help and the 18 stages are more finetuned than the ten miasms (or mostly nine, Psora not being listed in the charts) The patient gives you the problem clearly and in giving all details we can understand which stage he is in. Again, there is no need for the miasm as it won’t be of any help.