1 TALK : 25 PLANT KINGDOM - 3. Leguminosae, Conifers, Malvales & Scrophulariaceae Hello and welcome back! Today we have a guest with us, a dear friend and great Homoeopath from Vancouver, Laurie Dack. And together with her we will be discussing the PLANT families Leguminosae, Conifers. And if possible also Malvales and Scrophulariaceae. These families, these 4 families they share a common sensation which is: Attached and detached, Connected and disconnected, Being together and being separate. These sensations, these experiences are common to all the four families and today we will explore the exact experience of each of these families and therefore also the differences between the sensations in these families. So let's begin with Family Leguminosae. Family Leguminosae The most well-known remedy in this family is Baptisia tinctoria. Some of the other remedies in our Materia Medica include: Melilotus, Robinia, Chrysarobinum, Copaiva, Physostigma, Lathyrus, Indigo, Trifolium repens, Mimosa pudica and others.
2 When we study the different remedies of this family, we find two sets of symptoms that show opposite sides of a Sensation or experience. And that's what common in the PLANT families that we get an opposite polarity between one side of the sensation and the other side and almost the entire case revolves in these two polarities and that's what really makes it a PLANT case or a specific PLANT family. Talk 25 PLANT KINGDOM - 3 1. In the case of Leguminosae, the two sides are on the one side is the idea of being split or broken or scattered or even confused. And on the other side is to be bound or to be held together. For example if we study Baptisia tinctoria, we find: Mind: Cannot confine his mind; a sort of wild and wandering feeling [Allen]. Generalities: Imagines he is in pieces, and scattered about the bed, vainly attempting to get himself together [Lippe]. Generalities: Falling, apart, as if [Boenninghausen].
3 Mind: Thinks he is broken or double, and tosses about the bed, trying to get pieces together [Boericke]. Dreams: Bound, of being bound, with a chain across mouth [Allen]. When we look at Melilotus officinalis we have: Back: Lumbar region: Broken feeling [Knerr]. In Robinia pseudacacia we have: Face: The jawbone on left side feels as if disarticulated or broken [Lutze]. In Mimosa pudica we see: Gen: Binding up or bandaging amel [Complete Repertory]. In Physostigma venenosum we find: Mind: Delusion: Objects, too numerous in room, [Kent]. - as if there are too many objects in the room Generalities: Too many things in the room, counting them continually [Lippe]. Generalities: Sensation as of a band around the head [Lippe]. So the main sensation of Leguminosae are: The feeling as if split apart, as if broken, as if scattered ,as if in pieces And the opposite is to be: Bound, held together or tied together Talk 25 PLANT KINGDOM - 3 2.
4 Incidentally, Leguminosae is the pea family. And the fruit is bound together and when you open the pod all these peas get released or split up. So there is a kind of a sense of being composed of many parts, and of being bound together;. separate parts are bound together and they can be easily scattered into their constituent parts and be all over the place. It's a feeling as if some external factor can come up and split them up. And the idea is you want all of them together in one bound thing. I often in my mind compare this to a coalition government. It's a government that is composed of different parties; political parties that are just bound together in a loose fashion and it's called a government. It is one unit but actually it's just different units put together and a slight threat from the outside, a slight political turmoil and this coalition threatens to break up into it's constituent parties once again.
5 That's the kind of idea that I have of the Leguminosae family. How is this expressed in the clinical situation in practice? For this I would ask my friend and colleague Laurie, to narrate us a case from her practice which really was very impressive for me. So Laurie tell us please: [LD = Laurie Dack]. LD: Well, this is a case of a woman who came and had just recently received a diagnosis of malignant rectal tumor. And she said that at a first she only noticed little blood. She didn't even have any symptoms. She noticed a little blood when she was passing stools. She didn't think anything about it. But then some weeks later she started experiencing pain. When she had an urge to have a bowel movement and the pain continued and increased and became so intense when she was passing stools that she would cry with the pain. When I asked her about this pain she described it as a sharp pain that felt like as if she was coming apart.
6 She said during rectal examination, it was extremely traumatizing for her. She said I came undone. The whole procedure triggered many unresolved issues from the past. I came apart in the examining room'. So I. asked her to describe coming apart'. It's like the area is there together and then it comes apart and it goes into pieces. Like it is all smooth and even then something happens and it comes apart and splits apart. It splits me into pieces. Talk 25 PLANT KINGDOM - 3 3. It's very intense and I am coming apart I lose control and cry because the pain is so intense.'. I asked her to describe more about this splitting apart'. She went back to the rectal examination and said that the pain was so severe, she lost all control and fell apart completely. The cancer diagnosis has caused many schisms in my world. She did not want to go the traditional treatment of Surgery and radiation and this has .. what she says fractured the family.
7 No one knows what to do. Everyone is all over the place' because of her decision not to go traditional route. Mother, brother, husband are all divided by my decision to not to go for Surgery. There's so much stress. I am all over the place responding to everyone differently trying to keep harmony. The schisms in the family and the pain, I am all over the place. I am not centered. I am completely disorganized and deregulated, too much reactivity and disorganization. Things are all disconnected, not stabilized, all over the place and then a Cancer diagnosis. Now I am trying to keep things together. It's difficult to concentrate on anything and even with time I am all over the place. I can't read. Trouble focusing on anything. Trouble sleeping. I. am trying to keep everything. I am trying to keep everything together or else its going to fall apart. I ask her about falling apart and she says, Everything is being affected.
8 My son who was a very energetic boy has recently being causing problems in school. And the teacher is telling me that I am the one. She started blaming me saying that I am not being consistent with him and this is contributing to his problems. I. am feeling like if I have Cancer what will happen to him? I feel there's so many pieces to the puzzle. All these things need to come together. One piece of the puzzle is that when I was my son's age. I was being sexually abused and having the rectal examination brought me to vivid flash backs. That's why I fell apart in the examining room. They did the rectoscopy and I have memories of sexual abuse and an experience that same intense pain, the same sharp pain and the feeling that everything is coming apart. Usually I can control things but not this time'. She described that as a child experiencing that abuse, she felt no coherent in self. She was dispersed, not coherent, Not together, no continuity.
9 She's been in Psycho therapy for many many years and has become aware of many facets of her personality. Many different facets, she says that are me. I keep it all together Talk 25 PLANT KINGDOM - 3 4. most often but there are times when I feel I am disintegrating. All those parts are spreading apart and splitting apart. I feel the Cancer has to do with the sexual abuse I suffered as a child and the reintegration of myself. I don't want the surgery and the radiation. But I don't want to cause all this dilemma and all this schisms in the family. I need to be together now more than ever. Family and friend's are all over the place with my feelings. That upsets me. It's chaotic, juggling so many things, trying to keep things together. But I am feeling like I am coming apart. The Diagnosis makes me feel like I am all in pieces. I asked her about this. She says I feel like all the molecules are spreading apart.
10 Spreading apart and moving, no core in space. Like a planet that has been disrupted and the pieces are separating and floating apart in space farther and farther apart. No core left. There's no whole. They are no longer together. Moving out from pieces sheering in different directions scattering everywhere. Something was whole and coherent and then it comes apart. Like a bamboo line, when you pick it, it's a complete lobe. Then the wind comes and all the little pieces scatter. All the pieces spread about. All the seeds flow away from each other all over the place. When this happens, I become very desperate. How will I. care for my son and work. How will I take care of myself and keep things together. So so so much effort is needed to keep everything, all these fragments and molecules back together to consolidate and be a whole. I have to watch and be very careful to maintain this, keep control. This experience is very uncomfortable, fear, anxiety.