Hansel, J & Schadde, A - Listening To Stone, Wood and Shell
Lapis lazuli, the blue stone.Symbol for purity and rarity. In ancient times, it was as precious as gold and its color pigments were reserved for sacred motifs only. In Christian iconography the coat of Mary shines in the splendid blue of the rare stone, in Buddhist tradition, it is the color of the Medicine Buddha. According to folk medicine, Lapis lazuli harmoonizes the thyroid gland, strengthens throat, larynx and vocal cords. It also lowers blood pressure and is antispasmodic. Which secret did the homoeopathic proving reveal?Lithium preperations.Therapy for present manic depressive psychosis! Homoeopathic remedy for future ailments! Will future generations of homoeopaths have to prescribe lithium preparations more frequently? What are the symptoms of the homoeopathically prepared substance? Does a homoeopathic proving today yield more insights about the substance Lithium carbonicum? Do congruences exist between old provings and today's provings?Ephedra sinica.A prehistoric shamanistic plant found in a sixty-thousand-year-old tomb in Iraq. Supposedly the main ingredient of the ancient exstatic power drink Soma called vine of immortality by the Hindus, an important herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine to cure influenza, a stimulant for American-Indians that is now on the doping list because of its main alkaloid Ephedrine. It has been a must to add this magic powerful plant to homoeopathic materia medica.Ginkgo biloba.Darwin called the Ginkgo tree a living fossil. In mythology Ginkgo is the tree if life on in symbolism the leaf has been worshiped for centuries as a symbol of love. Amongst the plants damaged by the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima, Ginkgo trees showed the strongest restorative powers. Ginkgo as a medicinal plant is used world-wide in cerebral and peripheral circulatory problems. And what is the story of the homoeopathic proving?Lignum aquilaria agallocha.Feel invited to discover the mysterious world of a very old wood for fumigation: the Bibilical wood Aloe or Eagle wood. It contains the old alchemistic mythology of the process of transformation: the trees only grow in the deepest jungle, in the so called heart of the earth, and is thus threatened to die out. The secreton of the wood's resin develops in symbiosis with the fungi. Try to imagine the most complicated and refined scent: the scent of agarbatti or JinKoh or Oud... the sinking perfume and the homoeopathic proving.Cypraea eglantina.The snail, which gave porcelain its name, is devoted to the goddess Aphrodite, and decorates Sarcophagai as a symbol of the divine vulva and rebirth, was of great importance in cultural history as the leader among the payments in kind. Antique cultures attahced supernatural powers to the Cowrie snail. Shamans used in rituals to ask for fertility, plentiful harvests, rain or to put a spell on enemies. In Tibetian medicine, it played a part as a substance used as a remedy for treatment of benign or malignant tumors. What did the homoeopathic proving reveal?