2012 May

Book review: Homeopathic Mind Maps, Remedies of the Mineral, Plant, and Animal Kingdoms (trilogy) by Alicia Lee

by Deborah Collins

Sometimes, one’s personal study notes turn into much more. They start out as one’s unique way of organising lecture material, and if they are recognised by others as useful study tools, they are soon in demand, copied, and passed from student to student. They take on a life of their own, and sometimes end up as books in their own right.

Such has been the path of the Materia Medica trilogy written by Alicia Lee, a former student of the Auckland College of Classical Homeopathy. As one of the requirements of the college, she created mind maps, bringing order to the mass of information presented. Encouraged by her tutors, who quickly realised the value of her work, she began revising and updating her data in preparation for publication. The result is a joy to behold – three ring-bound books printed on high quality paper for durability, in a format that makes the information easily accessible.

Each of the kingdoms has its own book, which starts with a mind map of the distinguishing features of that realm. Within the kingdoms, each subkingdom also has a page, highlighting the characteristics of that family, often completed with a differential diagnosis of various members of that family. Sometimes, various related substances are listed, such as tree products: fruits, nuts, berries, seeds, and parasitic trees. Definitions are given when applicable. 

Each remedy has a full page, a map which charts the territory of that substance and makes its essence visible.  Beginning with the deepest mental beliefs and delusions at the top of the page, the arrows then point to the emotions that arise out of those beliefs, and then to the physical pathology that arises out of the emotions. The picture thus unfolds in a cohesive manner as one progresses along the page.  The remedies are illustrated by well-chosen photos, helping the essence of the remedy to stick in one’s mind. For Oxygenium, for example, there is a photo of a man lying in the street, and for Lac caninum, a hungry-looking dog next to a rubbish bin. Not all photos are of the substance itself, but sometimes of the type of patient one might expect to benefit from the remedy or from the atmosphere evoked by the substance; there are stunning photos of seascapes and ancient statues as well. Accompanying each remedy picture is a description of the source, as well as its usage and its place in history, mythology, and folklore, thus giving fascinating glimpses into the depth of the remedy. Sometimes, an excerpt of a poem or a quote from literature provides another view into the realm of that remedy, such as the passage from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” referring to the fairy queen, beside the photo of a dreamy-eyed young girl on the Primula page.

It is amazing how much information can be packed into one page and still come across as clear and uncluttered. The author makes it very clear that she in no way intends these charts to replace the bulkier materia medica or to provide an easy short cut for those unwilling to do the hard work of studying the remedies;  these images are intended as study aids, not as replacements for our libraries.  One does not find lists of rubrics or remedy symptoms, one finds a map of the natural world, seen through many different lenses, in such a way that the remedies are seen in their natural context. 

The remedies covered are not exhaustive but they include all the well-known remedies and many lesser-known ones, such as waters from various sources. What comes across strongly, however, is an oversight into the energies of the different families, for which the specific remedies serve as illustrations. One gains, for instance, insights into the bear family, the bird family, the insects, the metals, the liliaceae, the fungi, the trees, and sea remedies, all with their own way of being.

This is the work of an orderly mind, someone who knows how to draw our attention to the essentials while maintaining an oversight. At the same time, it is a work of art, a treasure trove of insights and beauty. I sincerely hope that it will find its way onto the desks of many homeopaths, as it has already found its way onto mine.



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Posts: 7
Simply Thanks
Reply #7 on : Tue May 15, 2012, 03:49:44
The three books sound very interesting and valuable tool for us to quick reference.

Thank you Alicia
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Where to buy Mind Maps books
Reply #6 on : Sun May 13, 2012, 22:42:40
Thank you for these lovely comments. It's wonderful to have Alicia's books received with such enthusiasm!
The books are published by Moozoonsii Publishing and are currently available on our website: www.moozoonsii.com
In the USA from Minimum Price Homeopathic Books www.minimum.com
And they will soon be available from Narayana in Europe.

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A Valuable and Worthwhile Investment
Reply #5 on : Thu May 10, 2012, 22:19:29
I have had the honour of adding these amazing books to my library and there is not one case I have had yet where I haven't used your mind maps as either reference, confirmation of prescrition or to differentiate. The Comparison charts are great. The illustrations are beautiful and the books are an absolute asset. I'll be looking forward to your future works of art. Thank you Alicia.

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ones mind map is better that thousands words
Reply #4 on : Mon May 07, 2012, 16:25:07
I have great pleasure seeing this work. We need more schemas on our practice's tables, for clearer differential diagnosis between the families and the remedies.
Congratulations and thanks for you work.
Last Edit: May 07, 2012, 17:10:35 by *  

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alicia lee books
Reply #3 on : Mon May 07, 2012, 13:48:25
These sounds very interesting but who publishes them and where can one look at them?

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Homepathic Mind Maps by Alicia Lee
Reply #2 on : Tue May 01, 2012, 22:20:35
These books are beautiful and a delight to read. I hope she keeps on writing!

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Reply #1 on : Mon April 30, 2012, 20:43:59
sounds good. i hope for a german translation.