Vergleich: Siehe: Vergleich Rosaceae ([Sven Sauter)
[Jan Scholten/Deborah Collins]
The Rosaceae, or rose family, belongs to the much larger order of Rosales. As well as the familiar garden roses, the family also contains many fruits and
berries, such as apple, crab apple, pear, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and many stone fruits such as peach, cherry and apricot. Like the garden roses,
these are often (though not always) thorny plants, protecting themselves and their fruits by flesh-tearing thorns along the branches. Many of these plants also
contain the precursors to hydrocyanic acid, one of the most lethal poisons known to man - only on eating the fruit is it turned into hydrocyanic acid in the stomach.
So, here we already see several of the themes of this large family: the sweetness of the fruit, together with the thorniness of its protection, and a stifling
quality, breathlessness and suffocation, brought on by the cyanides within the plants.
Homeopathy uses several of these plants, although until recently, many of them have not been well-known as remedies. By understanding the themes of this
family, and the sensations that accompany it, it has become much easier to recognize and prescribe them. The well-known remedy Crataegus oxyacantha or
hawthorn, for example, has long been used to deal with heart problems, and its thorny character is obvious. Until recently, however, we have not seen it in its
larger context, which pertains to all the Rosaceae: heart complaints due to problems in (romantic) love relationships.
Jan Scholten has described the overall theme of the Rosaceae as “the pain of a broken heart”; the heart and circulation are generally where the problems
manifest most clearly. Each of the various members of this family deals differently with issues of romantic love and its possible pitfalls.
The rose is a symbol of romantic love, with its sweet smell and beautiful blossoms. It is often gifted to one’s lover, and is often used in bridal bouquets.
The apple is a symbol of love and sexuality. Problems relating to love can be reflected in the sexual sphere as well, as seen in the rubrics: < coition, weeping,
sadness and irritability.
People needing a remedy from the rose family can have a tendency to idealize love - they romantically dream of “the prince on the white horse” or “the unattainable princess”.
Once they are in a relationship, they have the tendency to give all that they have. They can be very sweet, as sweet as a peach or a cherry. They are often very cheerful in order
to bring happiness, but they tend to give more than they receive. They live for their love so much that there is no space for them, no room to breathe. The air is there, but they
cannot breathe it in because they give themselves away completely. They demand that love be perfect and exclusive, there is no room for affairs. They might have fallen in
love with someone who is unattainable or who does not love them in the same way, and they get the idea that they are unlovable. In the end, they can feel empty,
having given themselves away in vain. If their love is unfulfilled, or even worse, if it is deceived, they can become ill, both physically and emotionally. Then, they can become
irritable, making nasty remarks, or expressing their irritation constantly, showing their thorny side.
Although this “love” aspect is generally associated with romantic love, these remedies can also be of use for those who put all their passion into their work,
or another field, and end up feeling disappointed if it is not returned.
Comparison Acidum hydrocyanicum mit Acidums
Rosengewächsen unterstehen Venus.
Ulrich Welte: the theme of unrequited love = Comparison Natriums + Rosaceae + Sulphur
Morose. Ennui. Sadness and Cheerfulness. Speech hesitating.
Desires: sweets, strawberry, peach, prune, apple, pear, apricot, blackberry, raspberry
Aversions: as above
Food: < stone fruits
It is sometimes possible to recognize a Rosaceae remedy by their pronounced desires, aversion, aversions or allergies to a particular fruit.
Menses: painful, irregular.
Neurological: convulsions, epilepsy., tics, twitching, trismus, opisthotonus, coma
Lung: respiration obstructed, asthma, dyspnea
Heart: arrhythmia, infarction, failure, decompensation, dilatation, hypertension, hypotension, angina pectoris
Pulse: fast, slow, hard, soft, strong, weak, irregular
Arteries: obstruction, arteriosclerosis
Genitals: vaginitis, fluor albus
Skin: blue discoloration of lips, nails, face, arms
In Scholten’s system, the remedies can be placed in stages, according to the periodic table of elements. Here only the general themes are given.
Stage 1: Hydrocyanic acid/= acute of the rose family. The most lethal poison known to man, this gas has been used in the ultimate form of lovelessness:
Extermination (Zyklon-B of the holocaust gas chambers).
1.1: Quillaja (Chile soap bark tree) Naïve, impulsive in relationships
Stage 2: Geum urbanum (avens)They have the idea that they have to adapt (stage 2) to their partner, that they are not allowed to have something for
themselves, sometimes nothing at all. They think that they have to give everything in a relationship. They can adapt easily and so they can easily
fulfill their role, but they can also feel that it is not good to adapt so much. They feel that they should also have space for themselves, but this can
lead to guilt: “If you do that, your love is not real.” This duality can give the feeling that they do not have the space to live or the air to breathe,
and it can lead to asthma.
Physical: see Clarke for a full description
Asthma; bladder disorders; pains in penis; shooting pains in abdomen
Stage 3: Potentilla tormentilla (Tormentil)
They are in a relationship that is in its starting phase (stage 3). They have the feeling that it is not established yet, and that they cannot count on their
partner. This can lead to sadness, irritation, fighting or indifference. They can be very irritable, trying to force their partner to make a choice for them
but, as a reaction, (s)he becomes more and more reluctant to make that choice, seeing the relationship as a trap that cannot be escaped. The result can
be that the relationship is always in turmoil. It can also be that they themselves cannot make a choice, and that their doubts concerning their partner makes them avoid marriage. They could also fall in love with someone who is not really available, a married person, a priest or a homosexual. This can also lead to triangle relationships.
Mouth: inflamed, bleeding gums, gingivitis provoked by mercury
Stomach: ulcer, vomiting, blood
Liver: icterus, diabetes
Rectum: prolapse, diarrhea, bloody, enteritis, dysentery
Female organs: menorrhagia
Skin: wounds, weeping eczemas, cracked hands and lips, contusions
Stage 4: Sorbus domestica (Rowan tree, mountain ash tree)
This person cannot stand his partner being closed; behind this is the fear of betrayal. He has his doubts about the marriage and whether the partner really loves him. He asks himself if he has made the right choice and if there is real love, and even whether he should be married at all. It can be that the partner is silent and does not speak about important issues. “Love should be open, love can accept everything from the other.”
Physical: Heart problems, pain, palpitations, fast pulse, lying left side <
Stage 5: Malus communis (Apple)
The relationship has started but they ask themselves if they should go on with it. There are doubts about the relationship: is it a good choice? Does the
partner really love them? Are they strong enough to go on? Do they really love the other? Their ideals of relationship are so high that they doubt if
they can live up to the huge task.
It can be from a situation where they have been seduced into a relationship that they did not really want. They wonder if there might be a better partner
for them, or if they might be a better partner for another spouse.
Stage 5.1: Malus pumila (Crab apple)
Delusion: dirty, everything, food, himself
Delusion: abused, molested, victim, being soiled or abased
A feeling of dirtiness is common in those who have suffered sexual abuse or inappropriateness
Stage 6: Sanguisorba (Great burnet)
The feeling is that the relationship is not working well; the partner has chosen for them but doesn’t really go for it. This makes them angry so they try
to force their partner to really make the commitment. The partner has to prove that he really loves them. On the other side they have to prove that
they really love their partner, but that feels just as difficult. So they have the tendency to choose someone who is not really available, a married
person, someone from abroad.
Sensitive, irritable patients
Female organs: menses long, profuse, climacterium, chronic metritis
Legs: congested, varicoses veins, ulcers
Stage 7: Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady’s cloak)
They have a very loving and helping quality. Mistakes are often covered with the cloak of love. They want to spread love in the world, bring harmony to
the people around them. They can be very perfectionistic in their work and actions. This often results in much criticism toward themselves. They have the
feeling that they should do better. They have a marriage in which they do the most, but they like that. Even when the partner is not friendly or is even violent, they keep on helping and loving.
Physical: see Boericke
Digestion: gastritis, enteritis
Kidneys: urine scanty, edema
Female organs: menses copious, leucorrhea, menarche late, menopause problems
Respiratory system: cough
Skin: wet eczema, cuts, bruises, wounds suppurating
Dream: Working too much, in a caring institution, refusing the reward for it, giving gifts, being criticized for the work.
Delusion: people are more alike than different
Delusion: distance from the world
Stage 7.1: Agrimonia eupatoria (Agrimony)
They have a partner who is not well, either emotionally or physically disturbed, or both. He is not giving much and he laments about his problems.
It feels like a heavy burden to carry. In the beginning they do it with love, but after some time the burden becomes too much for them. Out of a
feeling of responsibility they cannot leave the partner, and they continue with sorrow in their heart.
There is a tendency to avoid the problems instead of facing them, to glide over difficulties, with attempts to stay cheerful, find diversion, or reach
for stimulants like alcohol or drugs. There is a forced cheerfulness externally; they hide their suffering, even though suffering internal torment.
Kidneys: pain, deep, colicky pointing in the lumbar region, extending down the ureters; urine muddy, foul smelling
Female organs: pain in uterus
Stage 8: Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn, sloe, bullace)
They have a relationship that is hard. They have the feeling that they have to work hard to keep it going, that they have to give themselves
completely. This gives them the feeling that they are constantly busy for their spouse. It is never enough, the husband is never satisfied. He always
says that their love isn’t real, otherwise they would have done more. It can also be that they demand complete love from their spouse. The proof of
their love is that they do everything for them, that their life is completely for love and the marriage. This leads to much grief, sadness, irritation
Physical: see Boericke, Clarke, Phatak
Ailments from sexual abuse
Generals: night sweats
Sensation: shooting, pressing outwards, lightning, wandering
Aversion: food; < warm food;
Stage 9: Cydonia vulgaris (Quince)
They have the delusion that their relationship is almost fulfilling, almost complete, but it still requires some minor adaptations, corrections
Physical: see Culpepper
Ailments started after deadly poisons, white hellebore
Stage 10: Rosa canina (Dog rose)
They feel love as ideal and noble. There’s no cover. In Western culture, there is the ideal that love should be all giving, the ideal of romantic love for
Writing poems to loved ones.
- Rosa damascena (Damas rose)
A very old symbol of love, the theme of which is present in all members of the Rosaceae. Love is idealised in its most romantic form, as in the time of the
troubadours, the medieval ideal of love, a love that will never come into form because it is too ideal and too idealised. Dwelling in romantic thoughts and
Stage 11: Amygdala amara (Bitter almond)
Excessively brilliant eyes, sardonic laughter, joyful countenance, sparkling eyes
Stage 12: Crataegus (Common hawthorn)
There is an overreaction in love matters. They want to do it too well and tend to give too much but they have the feeling that people or circumstances
are acting against them. This can lead to trying to control the circumstances or the partner. It can lead to over-control or even tyranny. They become
very bossy and irritable from the least thing that they see as resistance.
They can also be controlled too much by their partner, if they have a partner who is a tyrant. “The war of the roses” - fighting and not giving an inch.
Physical: See Boericke, Clarke, Grimmer, Phatak, Anschutz
Weak, exhausted; irritable, cross, hurried
Melancholy, despair, feels weak and fragile
Mental dullness; confused
General: weather: > fresh air, < warm room. < rest, quiet
Sleep: insomnia of aortic patients
Stage 13: Rubus fruticosus (Bramble)
The relationship is unfulfilling. They feel that they do not receive much love, although they themselves give too much. Their partner is often
demanding, irritable, self-centered or egotistical. This leads to the feeling that they don’t want to continue with the relationship. But on the other
hand they stay on because of feeling responsible for the other, or because they hope that it will improve. They feel that they cannot leave, it’s too
painful. It reminds one of the thorns of the blackberry that point inwards; one can go quite easily into the brambles but cannot come out without
getting scratched everywhere.
They can also be in a relationship with someone who is always thinking of leaving. It feels as if only half of the love is left.
Circumstances can also give them the feeling of being locked in a marriage. They can feel imprisoned by the care for the partner and children.
They can no longer do what they want.
Physical: heart problems, palpitations
Stage 14: Spiraea ulmaria (Meadowsweet, Queen of the meadows, Hardhack)
See Boericke, Clarke, Hansen
A relationship where the relationship is a formal one, it has no real content anymore.
Stage 16: Fragaria (Wood-strawberry)
They know that the relationship is in fact over, but they keep waiting for their lover to come the back one day, recognizing that the relationship had been true love. They can keep on waiting for years, even when their friends and relatives, and they themselves see their “delusion” as unreal.
They continue to fantasize and speculate on how and when their ex-lover will come back. Since they are still full of their old love, they cannot open for a new love, so they remain alone and end up as old spinsters.
Sweat: profuse, viscid sweat
Faintness. Suffocation, stroke, convulsions, anascara
Lungs: dysponea, sarcoidosis and especially swollen tongue. Strawberry tongue
Skin: urticaria, chilblains
DD.: rosaceae, Ars. Apis
Stage 17: Laurocerasus (Common laurel, Cherry laurel)
See Boericke, Clarke
They have the delusion that no one loves them and that no one can love them. They think that they have lost all the love there is and are not
lovable at all, so they don’t even try to find love. This can be the consequence of sexual abuse, fighting parents, fright and shock. It is
understandable that someone born with such an attitude does not want to live, like the blue baby after birth. They retire from life, which can
be physically expressed in fainting, heart disease, strokes and coma.
Delusions: sees old men with distorted faces and long beards
Dreams: hideous, misfortune, dead bodies, dead people
Fear and anxiety about imaginary evils
Memory loss provoked by fright, pain, etc.
Dullness of special senses
Ailments from loss of love, every excitement, fright
Rajan Sankaran places the Rosaceae somewhat differently, making use of the miasms:
- Acute miasm: Hydrocyanic acid and Pyrus americanus
- Typhoid miasm: Amygdalus communis
- Malarial miasm: Prunus spinosa, Rosa damascena
- Tubercular miasm: Prunus cerasifera
- Ringworm miasm: Amygdalus persica
- Leprous miasm: Laurocerasus
- Syphilitic miasm: Crataegus
Angst zu ersticken/Furcht vor spitze Gegenstände
Aussehen ist wichtig/Verlangt Beachtung/Verlangt nach Bewunderung/ist gerne im Mittelpunkt
(Sich) Benehmen/Form wahren/Sitten/sittsam/Tugend(haft)
>/< Bewegung/verlangt schnelle Bewegung
Darmbeschwerden - Durchfall +/o. Obstipation
Durchsetzungsvermögen ausgeprägt o. Mangel
Emotionale Verletzungen (Demütigung) als Ursache
Emotionen stark/intensiv (alles ist zuviel/überwältigt davon)
Fröhlich (und schnell verärgert)
Konservativ/Konservierend [Beziehungen/Arbeitsverhältnisse/(ungute) Situationen]
Magie/Okkultismus interessiert darin
Schmerz - brennen/durchbohren/stechen/von Innen nach Außen
Sexualisiert/Sinnlichkeit innerhalb Sittlichkeit
Steif in alle Hinsichten/Verhärtung
Wahnidee: angeklagt zu werden/hässlich zu sein/ohne Leiden macht das Leben keinen Sinn/wird nicht geliebt/ist schuldig
Wissen verlangt danach
Träume: Ersticken/hohe Plätze/Rosengewächse
Menses - Beschwerden (verlängert)/Uterusbeschwerden
>: Bewegung/im Freien/frische Luft/wandern;
<: Akupunktur/Aufregung/Bewegung/Hitze/warmen Zimmer/Spritzen;
Speisen und Getränke: Abgeneigt: Him-/Brombeere/Hagebutten/Äpfel/Birnen/Quitten/Mandeln/Kirschen/Pflaumen;
Hydr-ac. = Blausäure