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A homoeopathic perspective regarding Ringworm.

This case presented was my own. Ive published previously but is worth retelling with added insight regarding the disease and susceptibility and the curative response.

A homoeopath following Hahnemanns directives treats “the disease”.The disease per se, is the collection of the production of the symptoms in a process, and also the fuller picture of the reaction to the infection via the individual exhibition of symptoms.

At the outset, let me state that I treated many cases of ringworm successfully. The TPB has these remedies under the Ringworm rubric. Sepia, Natrum carb, Natrum Mur, Clematis and Mag carb. For the majority of cases, I have found Sepia the remedy of choice.

One morning I awoke and took a shower, and felt a slight itch behind my right leg above the knee, and was met with the sight of several ring worm present. It must have been a quick onset as this was the first time I noticed. Also my left elbow was discoloured as in the video and had a scabbed area. If I pushed the expanded growth, I was deluged with a liquid pus.

After repertorising, I took Sepia LM 0/1 for 5 days one dose a day.

The Ringworm continued to grow and spread.

My pharmacist colleague suggested a cream to kill the infection and he said “it has never failed” in his experience. Well, fail it did.

My elbow continued to grow and discharge copious amounts of blood and pus.

Several remedies later, I realised nothing was working.

I decided to read through old journals seeking wisdom from the masters of old. Eventually I read Compton Burnett and his treatment for Ringworm.

“For years, in common with many others, I have been constantly in the habit of treating and curing ringworm by internal remedies with relative success. For all that I have thus far never had anything approaching to a clear notion of its true nature, and some of the cases would persist in not getting well ; and this lack of a definite idea of its nature, and also the uncertainty of its cure, is I believe fully shared by those who have thus habitually considered and treated ringworm constitution ally . It is due, let us say, to psora, but we have no clear conception of what psora is . 

This intrigued me, and I continued to read more as his intellectually honesty was refreshing.

 Psora needs to be split up into its  component  parts, no easy task ; it roots in the vague, its trunk and boughs run away into anywhere. The psora of the homceopaths seems somehow true, but it has no proper beginning, no definite course, and ends in patho­logical chaos.  Perhaps we study it in Hahnemann, and in the best writers on the subject, and after doing our best to master it, we rise from our_studies with no clear idea, and we finalJy decide to abandon psora as an intangible myth, and then we proceed with our clinical work ; but, before long, we stumble…

Compton Burnetts observations:

“…..-A whole family of children of dif­ferent ages had had ringworm for a full year, and the mother told  me on bringing them that she had already spent over £ 6·00 on medical fees for its cure, but in vain. All known remedies had been applied by the local doctors in two neigh­bourhoods, and several skin special­ists had worked hard at their poor heads, but to no avail. Their heads were shaved and their scalps were well scoured night and morning but still the ringworm persisted. Finally, a distant cottage had been hired, and the afflicted ones were there isolated, and the services of a noted ringworm curer of the non­ qualified variety had been secured; but these also failing, they were put under my care. I  have  had  no great cause to complain of the ho­moeopathic treatment of ringworm with our antipsorics-indeed,quite thecontrary-but it is a bit tedious at times.

Now their mother had been cured by me of incipient tuberculosis with the virus, and it occurred to me that  ringworm might be a manifestation of the tubercular kind, and so I forthwith put the whole lot under the virus, administered in the usual way, internally in dynamic dose; this I did all the more readily, as they all had numerous superficial palpable glands. And the result? In a very few weeks they were all well of ringworm and of the glands, and have thriven splendidly ever since. Something like a dozen bad ring­ worm cases have come to me since then, and they were all quickly cured by the virus, and in each case the general state has been greatly improved. No doubt some bacterio­logists will cultivate, some fine day, the germs of the ringworm; and astound the world with their subcu­ taneous injections. It is well that medical men should approach each subject from a different standpoint, as they serve to  correct  one another.

Since then I have systematically subjected almost all my ringworm cases to the influence of Bacillinum in high potency and infrequently administered.”

I have studied PSORA for many years. It is indeed an intangible, yet the concept of a disease strand from a single source makes perfect sense. I am of the unproven opinion that PSORA in its original infectious stage from its beginning, can be a multitude of disease progressions, all linked but with its own identity, for example, (skin diseases and Tuberculosis), and as the ‘expression’ of the disease has multiple manifestations, perhaps not obviously linked to its cause, it is indeed likely, possible and with hindsight that Ringworm is one such disorder.

When  I was 7 years old, a teacher in my school in Singapore was diagnosed with TB, and I along with my classmates had Chest X-Rays. I had one a year as they saw a slight shadow on a lung, but in the absence of other symptoms, after 5 years they gave up on the X-Rays and declared me free of the disease.

I sat and reflected on my health history. I could indeed trace a pattern of tubercular symptoms over the years. Sepia as a remedy has worked well for me in infrequent disorders, and it was no surprise that its symptoms matched the appearance of the ringworm.

However it did not work in this case. The elbow symptoms suggested a deep infection of the disorder.

Several weeks had now passed by.

As nothing was working for my condition, I decided to look at the proving of Bacillinum and Tuberculinum.

Differentials in the remedies-these are my findings along with others.

There are currently about 26 variants of Tuberculinum. They have mild variances of effect, yet the original Burnett Bacillinum is quite a different remedy altogether. I have used both and had success with them based on the symptoms below.

Bacillinum is a remedy affected by heat. Tuberculinum is affected by the cold.

The area of affection of Bacillinum is the lower lungs. Humid asthma. Wheezing and rattling. Patients getting a cold or cough, usually without any structural changes, the affection goes straight to the lungs.

Tuberculinum is the throat. Tonsilitis Rhinitis. etc.

Bacillinum has an affinity to fungal affections, especially Ringworm. The circular eruption has a venous plethora and sometimes can look bluish red from the blood. Bacillinum can cure deep fungal infections over a period of time.

Tuberculinum has affinity to the bends of joints, red and flushed looking. There is affinity to recurring cystitis.

Tuberculinum is very stubborn. Temper tantrums.

Bacillinum is irritable.

Both remedies are fearless and both remedies have fear of dogs.

T Bend of joints red flushed

B bat wing discoloration around nose.

lower respiratory

T Cystitis recurrent

B only respiratory and skin

T not to give in heart problems. ALWAYS check for heart issues

Especially in children

B ok in heart disease

both catch cold easily, like fresh open air, both get allergies

to dust and pollen

B vaccination causation

T suppressed skin sx

I made the choice to take Bacillinum 200c.

bacillinum discharge

After one day, I had a profuse nose bleed and discharged a large plug from my nostril. Several nose bleeds over the following few days.

After 2 weeks, i repeated the dose and the nose bleeds started again for 2 days. I noticed by the 3rd weeks the skin eruptions had started to fade. The elbow eruption started to reduce in size but the discharge was still present.

In the event it took only 4 weeks with two doses of the medicine to clear the skin of Ringworm and about 8 months for the deeper infection to clear. The elbow is discoloured a purple colour but has full elasticity and normal size.

I have treated 2 cases of Ringworm since and gave Bacillinum with a successful outcome.

My theory? Ringworm only affects person with tubercular diathesis.

How do remedies work?

How do remedies work?

james-compton-burnett-1840-1901Im writing this for patients and practitioners to get a grasp of the use of remedies. Actually, its more to outline my observations from nearly 40 years of practice because if I am honest, I have no idea how the remedies work. I do however have observed certain actions collectively, and individually related to certain remedies and these notes and thoughts are what I present here.

Firstly, in order to cure, a drug is required. The definition of a drug is a substance that will effect a change in the living economy. Coffee and tea by definition are drugs. Also, words, music and emotions can effect a change.

Hower, for the sake of this discussion we will remain with the use of remedies that have been prepared according to the directions of Hahnemann, because these drugs have been tested and the symptoms they produce have been recorded.

We will take a patients case according to the directions in aphorism 6:

The unprejudiced observer well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.

So we build a personalised symptom picture of the DISEASED individual regardless of the common symptoms known to the named disease, because each patient expresses the infection or disease process individually. Once we have this, we are instructed in aphorism 153 to: 

In this search for a homoeopathic specific remedy, that is to say, in this comparison of the collective symptoms of the natural disease with the list of symptoms of known medicines, in order to find among these an artificial morbific agent corresponding by similarity to the disease to be cured, the more striking, singular, uncommon and peculiar (characteristic) signs and symptoms of the case of disease are chiefly and most solely to be kept in view; for it is more particularly these that very similar ones in the list of symptoms of the selected medicine must correspond to, in order to constitute it the most suitable for effecting the cure. The more general and undefined symptoms: loss of appetite, headache, debility, restless sleep, discomfort, and so forth, demand but little attention when of that vague and indefinite character, if they cannot be more accurately described, as symptoms of such a general nature are observed in almost every disease and from almost every drug.

We need to find the remedy that matches the characteristic nature of the disease, that means the general and particular EXPRESSION of this patients display of symptoms whilst affected. This can be found in ‘peculiar’ symptoms, that is ‘pertaining to’, which are marked in the patient and also CHARACTERISTIC of just one or two remedies. Look at the fever symptoms of Belladonna and if the patient exhibits the glassy eyes and nature of the fever, then that will be the remedy.

So what happens after administration of the remedy? It is my observation that we have now given a drug that has stronger and particular symptoms of the disease (albeit artificial from the remedy) so that the overwhelmed immune system can now focus on and deal with. 

Disease is a process. Sometimes as the disease responds via the immune system, the shift of the disease expression also occurs, and another remedy will be indicated, this usually as the whole nature of the disease moves. The remedy is not to be changed unless it has moved away from the primary drug action. 

We sometimes do not know what the cause is, or what is the centre of the process is, and when this happens it is imperative we do not chase symptoms, but rather focus closely on the primary and charateristic symptoms of the disease.

As it is the body that cures, we need to be careful about introducing too many remedies along the way. A process has been started and we need to let the process work at its own required pace and power, and only interject when it appears to falter or change direction into a worsening state…….. that is why Hahnemann insists we let the dose work out and even expire before repeating. Then we are sure.

Some remedies have alternating actions, and sometimes a 2nd dose of the same remedy will correct the first dose. Sometimes it will aggravate the situation. I tend to wait after the first dose unless I know the remedy well and know it will correct an aggravation. 

Every remedy produces PRIMARY symptoms, and these must not be mistaken for changed patient symptoms. Better to check the remedy symptom index and see if the ‘new’ symptom picture is in the remedy………usually it is, so wait!

We are not symptom removers, we are physicians chasing the cure. 

I often get cases where too many remedies have destroyed the picture. At some stage I may give a dose of Sepia 200c and let the economy settle for 2-4 weeks and take the case again.

Do not be in a hurry to keep prescribing. Wait. Ask an experienced homoeopath who can observe externally and see what is required. 

Always allow time for the body to fix itself.

Our Pharmacy and Boenninghausen LM remedy kit.

There are only two things a practitioner has in his or her favour. The first is the ability to practice homoeopathy in the Hahnemannian manner to elicit prescribing symptoms that are accurate, and the second is a good preparation of the appropriate medicine.

remedyThe I.H.M. is addressing the first issue via its teaching course. The second issue had proved harder to overcome, but long discussions with a dedicated Pharmacist here in Seville Spain, and many hours of working through the making of the remedies according to Hahnemanns protocol, has produced the manufacture of the LM potencies from source to finished product in the correct way.

What we cannot prepare ourselves, has been made by 2 other laboratories, of which Gary Weaver has personally visited and examined the manufacturing process of each remedy.

p1060360Each country has its own Pharmacopeia for which the pharmacies adhere to in manufacture of the remedies. Where it conflicts or deviates from the instructions in the Organon has proved to be an issue for the IHM. We have striven to overcome these obstacles by making the source tincture as best we can in the original manner. The preparations are made in a strictly controlled environment of a one way air flow, sealed chambers, extraction units, and everything is done by hand. Each part of the manufacture process is exactly as Hahnemann instructed.

p1060363In our Seville Pharmacy, The final medicating of the granules is done in sealed laboratory conditions.

We are pleased to offer a Boenninghausen Remedy kit of the following medicines in the LM 0/1 potency for use with the P&W Therapeutic Pocket Book. We made the decision to supply the kit in a delivery container rather than a lovely box or remedy case, to keep the costs down. These can be bought through companies on the internet for various prices.

We know the hours that have gone into preparing these medicines. For this quality of hand preparation, the remedies individually sell for €10 a vial.

Recently, I cracked a rib and had complications arising from the situation. I was using a medicine prepared by another pharmacy, and while it helped, it was not moving along as expected. As soon as the same remedy was prepared in our pharmacy, I used it. Within 2 days a marked improvement set in and the complications disappeared. The rib was pain free within 5 days. Also, for a patient with joint pains, the remedy worked IMMEDIATELY and a reduction of 80% of the pain was felt within one day.

Contact the IHM regarding purchase of the kits by filling in this form here.

 

Remedies
Acon.  Aconitum napellus
Agar. Agaricus muscarius
Agn. Agnus castus
Alum. Alumina
Ambr. Ambra grisea
Am-c. Ammonium carbonicum
Am-m. Ammonium muriaticum
Anac. Anacardium
Ang. Angustura
Ant-c. Antimonium crudum
Ant-t. Antimonium tartaricum
Arg. Argentum foliatum
Arn. Arnica montana
Ars. Arsenicum album
Asaf. Asa Foetida
Asar.  Asarum europaeum
Aur. Aurum foliatum
Bar-c.  Baryta carbonica
Bell. Belladonna
Bism. Bismuthum
Bor.  Borax
Bov. Bovista lycoperdon
Bry. Bryonia alba
Calad. Caladium seguinum
Calc. Calcarea carbonica
Camph. Camphora Officinalis
Cann-s. Cannabis sativa
Canth. Cantharis vesicatoria
Caps. Capsicum annuum
Carb-a. Carbo animalis
Carb-v. Carbo vegetabilis
Caust. Causticum
Cham. Chamomilla
Chel. Chelidonium majus
Chin. China officinalis
Cic. Cicuta virosa
Cina Cina maritima
Clem. Clematis erecta
Cocc. Cocculus indicus
Coff. Coffea cruda
Colch. Colchicum autumnale
Coloc. Colocynthis
Con. Conium maculatum
Croc. Crocus sativus
Cupr. Cuprum metallicum
Cycl. Cyclamen europaeum
Dig. Digitalis purpurea
Dros. Drosera rotundifolia
Dulc. Dulcamara
Euph. Euphorbium officinarum
Euphr. Euphrasia officinalis
Ferr. Ferrum metallicum
Graph. Graphites
Guai. Guajacum officinale
Hell. Helleborus niger
Hep. Hepar sulfuris calcareum
Hyos. Hyoscyamus niger
Ign. Ignatia amara
Iod. Iodium
Ip. Ipecacuanha
Kali-c. Kalium carbonicum
Kali-n. Kalium nitricum
Kreos. Kreosotum
Lach. Lachesis muta
Laur. Laurocerasus
Led. Ledum palustre
Lyc. Lycopodium clavatum
Mag-c. Magnesium carbonicum
Mag-m. Magnesium muriaticum
M-art. Magnetis poli ambo
M-arct. Magnetis polus arcticus
M-aust. Magnetis polus australis
Mang. Manganum aceticum
Meny. Menyanthes trifoliata
Merc. Mercurius solubilis
Mez. Mezereum
Mosch. Moschus
Mur-ac. Muriaticum acidum
Nat-c. Natrium carbonicum
Nat-m. Natrium muriaticum
Nit-ac. Nitricum acidum
Nux-m. Nux moschata
Nux-v. Nux vomica
Olnd. Oleander
Op. Opium
Par. Paris quadrifolia
Petr. Petroleum
Ph-ac. Phosphoricum acidum
Phos.  Phosphorus
Plat. Platinum metallicum
Plb. Plumbum metallicum
Puls. Pulsatilla pratensis
Ran-b. Ranunculus bulbosus
Ran-s. Ranunculus sceleratus
Rheum Rheum palmatum
Rhod. Rhododendron chrysanthum

Rhus-t. Rhus toxicodendron
Ruta Ruta graveolens
Sabad. Sabadilla
Sabin. Sabina
Samb. Sambucus nigra
Sars. Sarsaparilla officinalis
Sec. Secale cornutum
Sel. Selenium metallicum
Seneg. Senega
Sep. Sepia officinalis
Sil. Silicea terra
Spig. Spigelia anthelmia
Spong. Spongia tosta
Squil. Squilla maritima
Stann. Stannum metallicum
Staph. Staphysagria
Stram. Stramonium
Stront-c. Strontium carbonicum
Sul-ac. Sulfuricum acidum
Sulph. Sulphur
Tarax. Taraxacum officinale
Teucr. Teucrium Marum verum
Thuj. Thuja occidentalis
Valer. Valeriana officinalis
Verat. Veratrum album
Verb. Verbascum thapsus
Viol-o. Viola odorata
Viol-t. Viola tricolor
Zinc Zincum metallicum

 

Note to Homoeopathic pharmacies..

Dear Pharmacies…. We put our trust in you for preparing our remedies. The photo below shows a remedy recently purchased in Spain. It is an LM potency.

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Now I happen to know that the medicating potency was made painstakingly by IBERHOME in Zaragoza. I know the pharmacy there. I have toured the premises and have seen the laboratory and medicine preparation. I trust the medicines. I have used the medicines and seen them work powerfully.

However, the pharmacy (NOT IBERHOME-they prepare their medicines using poppy seed granules.) that sold me this remedy, did not medicate the correct tablets. Does it matter? Well I am afraid it does. Very much so. There is NO EXCUSE for not medicating the correct tablets. A pharmacy has the instructions how to make and medicate AND how many tablets to medicate per drop. Selling a tablet that fits a certain type of dispenser or to please a customer is not an excuse.Below is a photo of the most common type of tablets available. The MIDDLE poppy seed size is the medium as specified by Hahnemann. 500 to be wetted by one drop of medicating tincture.

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Small arent they? Yet the curative power is such that only ONE poppy seed is used in preparing the dispensing dose… ONE.

So I am sat here, slightly irritated, buzzing with an aggravation from the medicine simply because the SIZE (surface area) of the tablet and therefore volume of the dosage was larger than required or specified.

I enclose the footnote from aphorism 270 to anyone who needs to know how the preparations are made.

One-third of one hundred grains sugar of milk is put in a glazed porcelain mortar, the bottom dulled previously by rubbing it with fine, moist sand. Upon this powder is put one grain of the powdered drug to be triturated (one drop of quicksilver, petroleum, etc.). The sugar of milk used for dynamization must be of that special pure quality that is crystallized on strings and comes to us in the shape of long bars. For a moment the medicines and powder are mixed with a porcelain spatula and triturated rather strongly, six to seven minutes, with the pestle rubbed dull, then the mass is scraped from the bottom of the mortar and from the pestle for three to four minutes, in order to make it homogeneous. This is followed by triturating it in the same way 6 – 7 minutes without adding anything more and again scraping 3 – 4 minutes from what adhered to the mortar and pestle. The second third of the sugar of milk is now added, mixed with the spatula and again triturated 6 – 7 minutes, followed by the scraping for 3 – 4 minutes and trituration without further addition for 6 – 7 minutes. The last third of sugar of milk is then added, mixed with the spatula and triturated as before 6 -7 minutes with most careful scraping together. The powder thus prepared is put in a vial, well corked, protected from direct sunlight to which the name of the substance and the designation of the first product marked /100 is given. In order to raise this product to /10000, one grain of the powdered /100 is mixed with the third part of 100 grains of powdered sugar of milk and then proceed as before, but every third must be carefully triturated twice thoroughly each time for 6 -7 minutes and scraped together 3 -4 minutes before the second and last third of sugar of milk is added. After each third, the same procedure is taken. When all is finished, the powder is put in a well corked vial and labelled /10000, i.e., (I), each grain containing 1/1,000,000 the original substance. Accordingly, such a trituration of the three degrees requires six times six to seven minutes for triturating and six times 3 -4 minutes for scraping, thus one hour for every degree. After one hour such trituration of the first degree, each grain will contain 1/000; of the second 1/10,000; and in the third 1/1,000,000 of the drug used.* Mortar and spatula must be cleaned well before they are used for another medicine. Washed first with warm water and dried, both mortar and pestle, as well as spatula are then put in a kettle of boiling water for half an hour. Precaution might be used to such an extent as to put these utensils on a coal fire exposed to a glowing heat.

* These are the three degrees of the dry powder trituration, which if carried out correctly, will effect a good beginning for the dynamization of the medicinal substance.
2 The vial used for potentizing is filled two-thirds full.
3 Perhaps on a leather bound book.
4 They are prepared under supervision by the confectioner from starch and sugar and the small globules freed from fine dusty parts by passing them through a sieve. Then they are put through a strainer that will permit only 100 to pass through weighing one grain, the most serviceable size for the needs of a homoeopathic physician.
5 A small cylindrical vessel shaped like a thimble, made of glass, porcelain or silver, with a small opening at the bottom in which the globules are put to be medicated. They are moistened with some of the dynamized medicinal alcohol, stirred and poured out on blotting paper, in order to dry them quickly.
6 According to first directions, one drop of the liquid of a lower potency was to be taken to 100 drops of alcohol for higher potentiation. This proportion of the medicine of attenuation to the medicine that is to be dynamized (100:1) was found altogether too limited to develop thoroughly and to a high degree the power of the medicine by means of a number of such succussions without specially using great force of which wearisome experiments have convinced me.
But if only one such globule be taken, of which 100 weigh one grain, and dynamize it with 100 drops of alcohol, the proportion of 1 to 50,000 and even greater will be had, for 500 such globules can hardly absorb one drop, for their saturation. With this disproportionate higher ratio between medicine and diluting medium many successive strokes of the vial filled two-thirds with alcohol can produce a much greater development of power. But with so small a diluting medium as 100 to 1 of the medicine, if many succussions by means of a powerful machine are forced into it, medicines are then developed which, especially in the higher degrees of dynamization, act almost immediately, but with furious, even dangerous violence, especially in weakly patients, without having a lasting, mild reaction of the vital principle. But the method described by me, on the contrary, produces medicines of highest development of power and mildest action, which, however, if well chosen, touches all suffering parts curatively.* In acute fevers, the small doses of the lowest dynamization degrees of these thus perfected medicinal preparations, even of medicines of long continued action (for instance, belladonna) may be repeated in short intervals. In the treatment of chronic diseases, it is best to begin with the lowest degrees of dynamization and when necessary advance to higher, even more powerful but mildly acting degrees.
* In very rare cases, notwithstanding almost full recovery of health and with good vital strength, an old annoying local trouble continuing undisturbed it is wholly permitted and even indispensably necessary, to administer in increasing doses the homoeopathic remedy that has proved itself efficacious but potenized to a very high degree by means of many succussions by hand. Such a local disease will often then disappear in a wonderful way.
7 This assertion will not appear improbable, if one considers that by means of this method of dynamization (the preparations thus produced, I have found after many laborious experiments and counter-experiments, to be the most powerful and at the same time mildest in action, i.e., as the most perfected) the material part of the medicine is lessened with each degree of dynamization 50,000 times yet incredibly increased in power, so that the further dynamization of 125 and 18 ciphers reaches only the third degree of dynamization. The thirtieth thus progressively prepared would give a fraction almost impossible to be expressed in numbers. It becomes uncommonly evident that the material part by means of such dynamization (development of its true, inner medicinal essence) will ultimately dissolve into its individual spirit-like, (conceptual) essence. In its crude state therefore, it may be considered to consist really only of this underdeveloped conceptual essence.

Viewed through proving – a mystery

Ladies and gentlemen – a mystery. Not really, but I’d like you to look at the symptoms below before scrolling down, and think what remedy proving they belong to.

– Anxiety, thinks he will be ruined (aft. 1 h..).
– Anxiety in the region of the heart, with suicidal impulse, and feeling of inclination to vomit in the scrobiculus cordis.
– Trembling anxiety, as if about to die (aft. 1 h.).
– Anxious solicitude about his health.
– Restless state of the disposition, as if he did not do his duty properly (aft. 18 h.).
– Extreme hesitancy.
– Neglect of his business, hesitancy, sobbing respiration and loss of composure.
– Sometimes he wants to do one thing, sometimes another, and when he is given something to do, he will not do it (aft. 10 h.).
– Dull, cross, very chilly.
– Sullen, lachrymose, anxious. [Stf.]
– He is very silent. [Fr. H-n.]
– He hesitates in his speech; it vexes him to have to answer.
– Everything disgusts him; everything is repugnant to him.
– Her head is so quiet and all about her is so empty as if she were alone in the house and in the world: she does not wish to talk to anyone, just as if all around her were no concern of hers and she belonged to nobody. Continue reading

Sepia, storytelling and delusional seductions

fairy story

By Vera Resnick

Now you tell me, which of the following is more interesting:

“Sepia is suited to tall, slim women with narrow pelvis and lax fibers and muscles; such a woman is not well built as a woman… the remedy seems to abolish the ability to feel natural love, to be affectionate… she may even be estranged and turned aside from those she loves. This is on the border land of insanity… (Kent’s lectures)”

or:

Sepia is suited to all men and women who exhibit symptoms pertaining to that remedy, to be determined first with reference to the proving and subsequently to other materia medicas. (VR et al, 2015)

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Sulphur and the art of map-reading

By Vera Resnick

Sulphur is a huge remedy. With 1969 symptoms listed in the Chronic Diseases proving, it is unwieldy to “just look at”.

You can work with provings just as you would use maps to get to know a new city. Perhaps Sulphur is an ideal proving to show the importance of this way of working. When visiting a place you have not been before, it’s often interesting to get to know it on foot, with no prior information, absorbing the sights and sounds and getting interestingly lost. Continue reading

Viewed through proving: the not-so-serene Chamomilla

By Vera Resnick

As practitioners reading this blog will confirm, we often learn the most valuable lessons from our patients.

A patient mentioned to me that recently she found herself irritable and snappy, and didn’t quite know why. It turned out that since she stopped drinking coffee on a previous homeopath’s instructions, she had been drinking large amounts of chamomile tea. Continue reading

Viewed through proving: Opium aggravates

Most of Opium’s proving symptoms can be summarized very simply in the following words: Opium aggravates.

The best overview of this remedy is that which Hahnemann gives in the introduction to the proving – so here it is. Go on, read the whole thing. You know you can do it. For those who get bored quickly, look for an important prescribing tip in the text relating to how to prescribe Opium effectively homoeopathically for pain relief.

Read on! Continue reading

Viewed through Proving: The Perfidious Poppy

red poppies

“It is much more difficult to estimate the action of opium than of almost any other drug.”

By Vera Resnick

You may already be familiar with my penchant for tables.  There’s a quote below which in usual unwieldy translation of originally unwieldy German is difficult to read.  Here’s the information in table form, and then read the quote: Continue reading