Continuing Education for Physicians

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By: Elizabeth Renkert, M.D.

The following report is compiled from notes taken during lectures, conversations and discussions at the fourth Medical Seminar of North America, Nov.29 - Dec.1, 1996. Christa Van Tellingen, M.D. and Philip Incao, M.D. guided our medical learning, and Grace Anne Peysson helped us with eurythmy and whole­some nourishment.

This information is some of the course that was given to us by Christa and Philip. I have only rearranged points and words, and the only credit I take is to my computer for its spell check. This a lesson in anonymity, falling way short of Anthro-lingo. There were no spelling sug­gestions for 'Rudolf Steiner' or most of the remedy names and terms now very common to myself like 'etheric' (ethic?) and `foldedness' (fondles?). 'Destruction' became distraction, `aceticum' became asceticism, `quercus' became quarks. `Stenosis' was step-sons, `vaginosis' was vagueness and 'Gencydo' was genocide. And, unlike Rudolf Steiner, the machine had no suggestions for `encopresis.'

Our topic was anthroposophic medi­cations, specifically the 'Dorons. Rudolf Steiner formulated the 'Dorons as they were needed for treating patients with typical or type ailments, developing them in the first Weleda lab in the early years of this century. They are meant for our use, belonging to our time.

Christa and Philip drew upon their vast reading, a number of Steiner lec­tures, and the book Fundamentals of Therapy by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman, M.D. We had plant observa­tions, lectures and discussions, eurythmy, and delicious food, all in the context of the desire to learn. A wonderful growing fellowship developed that, to me, is like a closely knit family. My fellow students became my friends.

The 'Dorons
Most of these medications are plant combinations, or plants and minerals. They are grouped according to time of life, specific organ systems and seasons. They strengthen the life forces in their particular regions of healing.

Calcon I and 2 are for children. Menodoron is for mid-life and Scleron for later life. Cardiodoron, Choleodoron, Pneumodoron, and Renodoron are re­lated to particular places in the body. Gencydo is related to seasonality, as with allergies. Menodoron, Cardiodoron and Plantago/Primula are related to muscles.

A Description of Cardiodoron
This medication is for the heart muscle, and for any disease of the rhyth­mic system. It contains three of four sea­sons in its plant ingredients, Primula, Onopordum and Hyoscyamus. Cardiodoron Mite is a more potentized form of the medication and can be used for patients too sensitive, who may get a heart ache or feeling of fullness from the ordinary Cardiodoron. Cardiodoron is also useful for jet lag.

Cardiodoron Plants
One of the first spring flowers is the modest primrose or Primula. Its small blossoms are trumpet-like and yellowish orange. The plant grows in watery ar­eas, and its root grows horizontally. Etheric forces are concentrated in primula. It contains saponic acids, whose quality is to work where air and water are in contact with each other, as in the lung. The leaves of primula have a ro­sette form in the winter and don't change in form very much through summer. There is a spring-like water quality al­lowing aeration and bringing a strength­ening of the unconscious. The extract of primula is made of the flowers only, us­ing rain water, which is kept at a certain temperature for an hour. These processes help to release the elemental being of the plant.

An extract of Scotch Thistle flow­ers, or Onopordum, is also made with rain water. This huge plant grows in dry ar­eas and flowers in later summer and fall. It has airy, rhythmic leaves, a straight, deep, bitter root. It brings life where things are dry.

A homeopathic extract of the whole Henbane, or Hyoscyamus is the third in­gredient. This plant, of the nightshade family, is a very poisonous mid-summer plant. It has a rhythmic structure with a root that grows down, then changes to horizontal, and then grows down again. Thus it shows by its form quality that it is midway between the other two plants.

Plant Imaginations onFragaria/Vitis Comp.
Plant observations were an early morning ritual. In spite of the season we became acquainted with grape and straw­berry, two of the plants in the liver rem­edy, Fragaria/Vitis (formerly Hepatodoron). What follows is our col­lective conversation as we knelt around the strawberry patch in the freezing cold, gray, early Saturday morning, talking strawberry with hoary breath.

Fragaria (wild strawberry): scal­loped, triangular leaf, three leaves in one, more red below and green on top, soft hairs. The movement of the plant points to the family. Just observe, don't bring your own mood to the plant. Ask what it looks like, what its gesture is. It reminded me of water, the edges swirling, a humble, resting gesture. The plant is self-effacing. The dividing leaf forms differ­ent drops. Build a picture, then take it away and see what is left in your soul. What is left is a mood/feeling. The wa­ter element is formed by light, not water. Soft at the top, trailing backwards, a four­fold direction like a cross, defining and strong. Lovely, beautiful gracefulness, giving way. Now take away the mood, and look for the essence. Strength in of­fering, a fruit we can eat. Water springing up from a distance, a powerful center. Life as in a kitchen. Bring­ing strength, life.

Sunday early morning was cold and wet. It was raining buckets and we stood around the grapes looking to get to know them.

Vitis: Knees and elbows, peeling bark, segmented, tending to swirl. Tough, reddish color, leaves like paper that don't metamorphose, strong ten­drils. The movement/gesture: vitality. It is a pushy plant. Its contrast is tough and gnarly but full of life, like an alcoholic pa­tient. It takes space but needs to be sup­ported. Next to grape the strawberry seemed like a little girl, the grape a ma­ture woman. The leaves of grape are all similar and the fruit sweet, at least on the outside. The seeds are inside while the strawberry's are out­side. The grape has more fruit than leaves, the strawberry has more leaves than fruit. The leaves don't split like the straw­berry. The strawberry gives more gra­ciously. The mood of the grape is feisty, happy, proud of its gift, offering but not totally selfless. It seems to want some­thing back. You have to be humble and bend to pick strawberries. The grape is like a strong person who expects something with the taking of the fruit. It isn't in­nocent like the straw­berry.

The remedy made of these plants gives a picture of what the liver is to do. The liver has a youthful side and a mature side. It is physical and etheric without an inner space or inner qual­ity. The liver is like a fat leaf, going around itself, forming from water. It indicates its own process. The liver needs no potentising, it needs digestion. When there is no will there is a liver problem.

Part II

Metal Remedies represent two streams: the life-giving stream through silver, mercury, and copper, and the formative stream through lead, tin, and iron. Gold, the sun, unifies both groups, bringing them to to­tality. This image can also be seen as a lemniscate, with the lower pole the meta­bolic realm, the upper pole the head, and the heart, gold, in the center.

The upper planets, Mars/iron, Jupiter/tin and Saturn/lead, are all formative, in different parts of the body and in different ways. If lead were to work alone we would be gnarly, wizened, bony creatures at an early age. Lead is related to mental intel­lectual activity. Saturn constitutes the boundary of the solar sys­tem where time exists. It is like the wise, saturnine Chronos.

On the other hand, Mercury is the planet and metal of activity in the wa­tery realm. Its process gets things fluid, mobile, and breaks up congestion. It dis­solves form and releases what has be­come fixed. Mercury introduces move­ment and life into organic processes.

With iron (Mars), the form goes down into the metabolism, into matter, not sculpting externally, but internally.

Mercury and tin are opposites. Mer­cury can be used at the beginning of a process to get it moving, then tin can be used at the end to bring it back to new, flowing form, like the muscles of a Greek statue. Jupiter is the administrator, ruler, and king of form.

Saturn/lead is the gray-bearded her­mit, the monk, who becomes wise and yet not worldly, in a sense lacks a rela­tionship with the world. He is the advi­sor to the king Jupiter/tin. Mars/iron is the soldier, the knight in shining armor. Venus/copper is the maiden who tames the knight, and wins his heart. Mercury is the court jester who keeps the king from becoming too rigid or stagnant.

The Moon is the new-born infant.

An anthropomorphic view

A geocentric view

Silver, mercury and copper are the metals below the sun and are the metals of the metabolism. Stannum is a com­bination of all three.

The planets have relationships with the glands and organs: Saturn with the pineal gland and spleen, Jupiter with the pituitary gland and liver, Mars with the thyroid gland and gall bladder, Mercury with the solar plexus and lungs, Venus with the adrenals and kidneys, the Moon with the ovaries, testes and brains and the Sun with the thymus and the heart.

Remedies for Typical Ailments
They are anthroposophical combi­nation medicines used for so-called "typical" or wide-spectrum ailments. These will be described in the next is­sue of LILIPOH.

b An anthropomorphic view

Dr. Renkert is in family practice to­gether with Richard Fried, M.D. at the Kimberton Clinic in Kimberton, PA


For those interested in pursuing training in a therapeutic discipline:

The above notes are an illustration of how the study of medicine can be en­riched by the anthroposophical ap­proach to healing. For more infor­mation contact the

Physicians' Asso­ciation of Anthroposphical Medicine
7953 California Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Phone: (916) 966-1419
Fax: (916) 966-5314

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