Jan Scholten is a
well known homeopathic doctor and has been promoting homeopathy in many ways for
over 20 years.
Jan Scholten was born on 23-12-1951 in Helmond, the Netherlands.
After high school he started to study chemistry at the university of Utrecht. His interest in life made him choose biochemistry. After three years he was disappointed with this study, for Jan it was too materialistic, it missed life.
To find out the essence in the world he started to study philosophy, but after 3 years it was clear for him that he could not find the true meaning of life there. The study was too much of an intellectual exercise instead of a real desire to find out what life is about.
Jan started to study medicine as he thought that in man, the highest form of life, the essence of life might be found the most. During his internships he became disappointed with medicine as it was done. He had the impression that not many patients were being helped and many were even worse off.
He stopped medicine for a few years and opened a gallery for modern art. This was a nice job, but after 3 years he hadn't earned any money yet, so he concluded that it was a hobby instead of a job.
In 1982 Jan finished his last year of medicine and decided to become a general practitioner. The idea of working in a hospital with their therapies did not suit him. In the meantime he started the study of acupuncture and homeopathy with the idea that those therapies might help people without harming them. He could use them as an addition in his general practice. When studying homeopathy he was astonished to see what it could do. It could heal patients from a variety of diseases, also chronic "incurable" ones. Patients also told stories of feeling as they did 20 years before, before they became ill. They felt generally healthy as if the disease had vanished. That was something peculiar and worth studying further. It felt for Jan as true healing, something he really wanted to do. His idea of homeopathy as a kind of palliative herbalism had turned around into that of a true healing system. So he decided to become a homeopathic doctor instead of a general practitioner.
Since 1985 Jan Scholten has been practicing homeopathy. In the beginning years he also used acupuncture, but he realized soon that it was better to do one thing well, than two half as well, so he focused completely on homeopathy. In his practice he was confronted with the contradiction between very good results with deep healing and apparent failures. So he studied with all the well-known homeopaths in the world to master homeopathy: Alphons Geukens, Jost Kunzli, Roger Morrison, Bill Gray and especially George Vithoulkas and Rajan Sankaran. This helped very much, but after 7 years he felt that he had learned all he could from them.
Building on the foundation of the old masters in homeopathy and his teachers, Jan started to search for new possibilities. Here he was led by patients that seemed "incurable" in practice, but he had confidence in the "Law of Similars" of homeopathy. This law promises a cure when one gives the simillimum, the right remedy, the one that is similar to the disease. This meant to Jan that when a patient is not cured the simillimum has not been given. The obvious solution is then to give another remedy, one that fits, but how to find such a remedy when it is little or unknown in homeopathy.
One solution was to prescribe little known remedies on just a few or only one symptom. This unsure method produced many failures, but also very good results regularly, because by "chance" the right remedy was prescribed. The next step was for Jan to realize that he could learn from those cases. The picture of a little known remedy could be extended or completed by looking at the response in the patient. What the remedy could cure had to also be the picture of the intoxication as the law of similars says. This way Jan was able to develop the pictures of many remedies further, making them understandable and applicable in other cases.
Still many cases seemed "incurable". Jan knew that the more remedies available the better chance homeopathy had to cure more patients, which can be concluded from the law of similars. This realization was contradictory with the way homeopathy was being done in those days and the way it was taught to him. In many homeopathic practices it was mostly so called polychrests, a group of about 50 remedies that were given in almost all cases. In Jan's practice those polychrests proved to be valuable, but only in a very small amount of cases.
The next step was to think in groups or families. The picture of Calcium is extracted from well-known combinations such as Calcium carbonicum, Calcium phosphoricum and Calcium sulphuricum. The picture of Calcium can then be combined with Nitrogen and Chlorum to form new remedy pictures as in Calcium nitricum and Calcium muriaticum (chloride). This procedure, called group analysis, turned out to be highly successful. These discoveries were described in his first publication "Homeopathy and Minerals".
Periodic table, mineral kingdom
The thinking in groups or classes, was so successful that Jan applied it to the whole Periodic table, the table of elements or atoms that is the basis of chemistry and the Mineral Kingdom. He discovered the pattern behind the periodic table and the essence of the rows and columns in that table. These discoveries were the subject of his second book "Homeopathy and the Elements". This has become a standard work in homeopathy. It has made it possible to predict the picture of all the substances in the mineral kingdom. It has made the case analysis of patients much more straightforward and led to a much higher success rate in cure. The pattern of the periodic table is also akin to the pattern of life. The development of life is reflected in the sequence of the elements. Hydrogen is element number one and is the conception. The end of life with decay is the uranium series, with its decaying radioactive elements. It thus offered a beautiful and simple model to understand the mineral kingdom.
In the process of discovering remedies it became clear that remedies have an essence. Vithoulkas already had described the essences of the well-known remedies. That was quite new in homeopathy, before that time most remedy pictures were a list of symptoms without structure. They were like loose sand, one had to learn them by heart without seeing the meaning or understanding them but sciences assumes some order, it only has to be discovered. It turned out that there is an order, remedies have an essence. They have a basic theme or problem from which the symptoms can be understood. The peculiar thing is that the essence is mental and not physical. The essence of disease is in the mind and not in the body. Disease proved to come from within instead from without. This discovery is in contrast with conventional medicine that looks for "causes" from outside like bacteria, viruses and trauma's.
Jan has been practicing homeopathy for 20 years as a homeopathic doctor. His interest is in people, in their health and disease, in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspect. He is in favor of the idea of the „Homo universalis¾, the scientist well known in all fields of science. Hence an interest in homeopathy, where medicine, psychology, mythology, chemistry, physics, biology and religion come together.
He has founded the homeopathic clinic Homeopatisch Artsencentrum Utrecht .
There are 10 doctors practicing homeopathy in this clinic.
Appointments for consultations can be made in the clinic.
Jan has founded Stichting Alonnissos .
The foundation promotes homeopathy by the publication of books, organizing seminars, promoting research and supporting clinics.
Alonnissos is the publisher of Jan's books.
Researcher Author and Teacher
Jan Scholten has done much research and has added many remedies to the homeopathic Materia Medica.
He has written many books, the most outstanding and well known are on his discoveries of the elements of the Periodic System. He has been well received internationally and he has given many seminars all over the world.
Jan Scholten has promoted homeopathy in many ways.
He has initiated the homeopathic internet journal Interhomeopathy .
He is the founder of HARP Software, a company for producing administarion and registration software for homeopaths.
He has founded the foundation Homeopathie Stichting for raising funds for homeopathy an he has been working many years for the SHO: Stichting Homeopatische Opleidingen,
the Dutch foundation for teaching homeopathy.