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Installment 15 of a series on case analysis

© Will Taylor, MD 2001 (bio)

Families of Remedies

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Section 6

Non-flowering Plants

The classification schemes discussed above apply to the Angiosperms or Flowering Plants. The non-flowering plants were organized according to the families and taxonomic scheme outlined in the Tree of Life Web Project.

Encylopedia Homeopathica Search - screen shotWe have only 32 remedies in this group - most of these only scantily described in our literature:

The reasonably described non-flowering plants basically comprise Lycopodium clavatum; Thuja occidentalis, Sabina and a few fragmentarily described conifers and their products (including a few with extensive, but recent provings with little clinical verification); and Equisetum hyemale, which although poorly-described, has a few strongly characterizing symptoms.

I broke this group down into some smaller subgroups, largely above the level of botanical family, but feel that the meaningful groups here consist of "non-flowering plants" and its subgroup "coniferophyta."

The Fungus Among Us

The five-kingdom scheme of classification of the living world places fungi in their own kingdom, distinct from the plants. Homeopaths, however, have become accustomed to classing the fungi with the plants in a somewhat different 5-kingdom scheme of substances (minerals, plants, animals, imponderables, nosodes). I've placed the Fungi as a subgroup of the Plant Kingdom, in parallel with the non-flowering and the flowering plants.

Agaricus (Amanita muscaria)Although this is not consistent with strict contemporary taxonomic thinking, it meets our needs as homeopaths well - aligning the fungi more closely to the plants than to the animals and the non-living substances, recognizing that the classifications useful to us are in part, but not strictly, taxonomic.

I created subgroups of the fungi consisting of the Ascomycota, Lichens, Basidiomycota and Zygomycota; but of these, we only possess reasonable information about a few members of the Basidiomycota, which basically defines our knowledge of the group of fungi as a whole. Classification of the fungi into these subgroups was guided by information from the
Tree of Life Web Project.

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