SUB CLASS 1- Family – magnoliaceae; Remedy Myristica

SUB CLASS 1- Family – magnoliaceae; Remedy Myristica

Dr. Annette Sneevliet

A case of recurrent multiple fistulas

The classification by Yakir is not about the capability of the plant concerned, but where its sensitivity and reactivity lies.

As we in the sensation homoeopathy recognize plants by looking at their sensitivity and reactivity, the system of Yakir links up perfectly to these perceptions and is therefore easy applicable.

The classification of plants according to Yakir starts from the following scheme.


We see that the various plant families are classified in subclasses 1 up to 6, the vertical columns.

In addition, the various plant families in the subclass concerned are subdivided in the various stages of development according to Erikson.

The plants in subclass 1 have the sensitivity of an unborn infant without limitations and skin of its own.

You could compare it to the unformed state of Hydrogenium, but here it’s not a problem of structure, it’s a problem of sensitivity related to the fact that these people don’t have a form of their own yet, they are not yet separated from the all, from the complete connection.

Yakir links the word pre separation, pre ego, to this subclass 1.

An expression people use when they need a plant from this subclass is: I don’t have a skin, I absorb everything, I can’t keep anything out.

Besides the classification in subclasses (the vertical columns) we see that Yakir further divides the plants in the subclass into Erikson’s psychosocial stages of development.

So this is a slightly different classification than the stages in the mineral kingdom.

In fact, with the plants we have a two-dimensional evolutionary point.

On the one hand the subclass that indicates where the sensitivity issues lie and on the other hand in which context or life stage dynamics this sensitivity issue occurs.

Because of this, every plant family has its own dynamics in that subclass. When we, for example, look at subclass 1, we see that the Magnoliaceae are in the subclass of pre separation and experience this also as pre-birth.

When we further consider what we know about the magnoliaceae, then we understand why they are lost in this world, feel like aliens, confused, are on the wrong track, don’t understand life on earth.

They have the sensitivity of an unborn child without skin, without any tool to take its place in this life.

Then we also understand the sensation of this plant family.


Patients in need of a remedy from the plant kingdom will “talk” much more with their hands than patients who need a mineral medicine. When we take our patients to sensation level, we hear this two-dimensional language. One side of the language and an opposite.

Consider the magnoliaceae.

The confusion and collapse versus withdrawal and the creation of a world of their own. When talking on that level, the magnoliaceae will support this “language” with their hands. And seen from the evolutionary point we understand why even the gestures of the magnoliaceae are so undifferentiated and vague, when you realise that the gestures represent the direct “language” of the substance.

They are not yet developed enough to “speak” clearly, evolutionwise they are unborn and not yet on earth.

That doesn’t “talk” so easily.

A real-life example in which the Yakir system has helped me to find my way.

A man consults me because of enormous fistulas around his anus. He has had multiple surgeries on these fistulas and after every operation the situation even deteriorated. More abscesses and fistulas developed. Even a stoma was applied to calm down the whole area, with no result. He wears a nappy to collect the pus and liquid.

I see a sensitive and somewhat confused man who moves his hands a lot. No clear sensation, therefore I cannot find a non-human specific word with a gesture.

He is a successful entrepreneur who has become a millionaire through his business. I cannot find a structure problem with him that would argue in favour of a mineral. And there is no survival of the fittest, what would refer to the animal kingdom. Everything about him is about sensitivity and reactivity, therefore I look for a homoeopathic remedyfor him in the plant kingdom.

Every time I ask him to tell more about himself, he says: “You should ask my wife” .He is unable to clearly tell something about himself. The only thing he is clear about is that he can’t stand other people crying: “Then I don’t have a skin, I absorb everything”.

Given this statement I search for a plant from subclass 1, which is known for abscesses and fistulas. After searching in reference works, I read all homoeopathic remedies in Boericke to see which will match. And I end up at Myristica sebifera.

Boericke says the following:

This remedy is made from Brazilian wood and is known as the surgical knife.

Right at the end my patient tells me that he has had an enormous abscess due to a splinter in his finger in South America. How relevant.

Myristica belongs to the family of the Magnoliaceae, therefore also the confused and somewhat vague way of expressing himself suits this man. After the homoeopathic remedy almost every fistula heals within a few weeks. All except one which has an open connection to his intestine. This is surgically closed under an “umbrella” of Myristica, without complications. Some time later, his stoma is also closed.

Our patient is feeling very well and hasn’t had any problems for years.

Without the system of Yakir I wouldn’t have found this remedy.


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