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Modern Medicine is just now on the verge of discovering a unified field that is the deepest level of nature. Ancient cultures have been aware of this dynamic field for thousands of years. It is considered to be the unexpressed wellspring of intelligence within nature that nourishes and fortifies the infinite diversity expressed in life.
All the laws of nature are contained within this unified field in their seed form. As these impulses of nature flower from their seed form, the intelligence or “mind” of nature becomes expressed in the growth and evolution of every living structure. The life cycle of every plant is governed by these fundamental forces of nature, which have been identified by ancient systems of medicine as earth, air, fire, and water. These building blocks of nature have been recognized respectively by modern chemistry as carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen.
It is through the influence and interaction of these “building blocks” with the plant, that the unexpressed pure intelligence of nature is actually metabolized by the tissues and cells of the plant. The mechanics of this are nothing short of amazing. When a seed changes from its dormant phase to its growth phase, the organizing power of nature within the seed structures the correct balance of earth, air, fire, and water, and orchestrates every phase of the development of the plant. Through the process of natural selection the plant organizes the various elemental substances in the soil as well as the elemental values or building blocks of nature into its structure. This is the organizing power of nature at work.
When the human physiology metabolized a plant remedy, it actually metabolizes the organizing power of nature which the plant has transmuted into material form. In this simple way, the human physiology responds to and is governed by the physiology of nature, resulting in the harmonizing of the body and mind of human life with the body and mind of nature. The specific value of intelligence and order that is expressed in the cells of the plant is metabolized and expressed into the cells of the physiology.
Excerpt from Naturopathic Handbook of Herbal Formula