Structuralism and the Plant Kingdom

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Ayurveda - Vata: Aspects of Clarity and Awareness

  Arg-nit is the archetypal remedy for fear of heights and for the fear of being closed in.  These symptoms are actually addressed by the Nitrogen element. Nitrogen's contribution to the action of the remedy can be seen from the rubrics of gaseous Nitrogenium.

 FEAR - causeless
 FEAR - crowd, in a
 FEAR - elevators; of
 FEAR - flying; of
 FEAR - narrow place, in
 FEAR - strangers, of
 FEAR - tunnels; of
 FEAR - walking - of walking

The fears found in the gaseous elments, Oxygenium and Nitrogenium, are highly characteristic of a derangement of the air element - called Vata, in Ayurvedic Medicine.

The characteristics of Vata these gases show are light, dry subtle, mobile and clear.  The light quality gives alertness to our awarness. Too much of the light quality causes ungroundedness and spaciness.

Oliness creates cohesion.  Without oiliness Vata dosha becomes too dry, which creates a feeling of isolation and separation.  This feeling is enhanced by the  subtle and clear qualities of the Vata mind.  The mobile quality manifests as restlessness.

There are 67 remedies in the rubric FEAR - narrow place, in.  The most significant being:
ACON, ARG-N, STRAM followed by Aur-m-n, Bamb-a, Calc, Ign, Lac-d, Lyc, Puls and Tritic-vg.

Can you see how these five aspects of the air element contribute to the overall symptomology of each one?

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The morning after

Symptoms, by definition portray negative states. These frequently emerge under the influence of alcohol!  When the alcohol starts to flow we can play a romantic tune and begin to feel sorry for ourselves, usually reminiscing about the good old days when we we younger.  This is the state described by the Antimony rubric "reminiscing by moonlight" (if so, it is an excellent remedy for the morning after).

In that particular moment that is our focus and that is what needs to be cured.  The mood lifts when the remedy is given. Was it just the drink that brought this on though?  If so, everyone would have a similar experience, it is fairly common but not always so.  Ignis Alcohol has the rather similar symptom "outpourings of friendliness", so there is definitely a tendency for alcohol to produce a gentler mood.

If we find ourselves relying on alcohol quite frequently another aspect emerges.  It may be that we need it to improve our social life,  if this is the case we are no longer proving alcohol just for fun - there seems to be a deeper problem, a layer of loneliness, that is temporarily ameliorated by a few drinks and a bit of "pub cheer".  Antimony at a higher potency could be indicated, its a Stage 15 remedy and that is the stage where we start to disconnect.

Other remedies for hangover include Ran-b, Cocculus, Coffea and Nux-v.  If the alcohol induced mood is dull, morose and confused with a turmoil of recriminations, Cocculus may help. Nux vomica has even darker aspects than Antimony.  It's well known for its ambition, and that leads to impatience and fault-finding, and an intolerance of contradiction under which lurks a deeper layer of despondency.  These are perhaps the guys who will give you a black eye for accidentally spilling their drink!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Ayurvedic Tridosha and Homeopathic Remedies

The predominant Ayurvedic attributes of the Ranunculales.

Synopsis: Its interesting to study the way the elements (and hence doshas) become unbalanced in a group of well documented remedies such as the Ranunculaceae.  It helps understand the process of pathology in the whole family of remedies. A physiological or psychological inbalance in one dosha, easily seen in the 'ailments from' rubrics, pushes the others out of kilter.  Eventually, physical pathology develops.

 Recap: Doshas. To understand the effects of a substance (herb, or food) on the doshas we need to know the state of the dosha and the attributes of the substance.  Ayurveda usually assumes a 'like increases like' paradigm. A rough substance will therefore increase vata.

 Vata (Air + Ether):>  Dry Light Cold Rough Subtle Mobile Clear
 Pitta (Fire + Water):   Hot Sharp Light Liquid Mobile Oily
 Kapha (Earth + Water):  Heavy Slow Cold Oily Slimy Static

Deconstruction of Pulsatilla Doshas

Misha Norland's study of the elements in Pulsatilla shows that the remedy symptoms tend to be on the phlegmatic <-> choleric axis of the Mappa Mundi.  He describes the choleric constitution as a combination of hot and dry elements, which in Ayurvedic terms corresponds to primarily to pitta, but also with a drying vata type influence.  He describes the phlegmatic type as cold and wet, which corresponds to kapha.

Bhattacharyya describes Pulsatilla as a Vata and Pitta remedy.  A closer look at these aspects of the familiar rubrics describing the mental/emotional state gives a clearer picture.

Pulsatilla: Vata (Intellectual Sphere)
  • Contrary. Change, desire for. Embittered, exasperated.  Hurry.
Pulsatilla: Pitta (Energetic Sphere)
  • Affectionate. Amorous. Audacity. Effeminate. Adluterous.  
  • Anger, conversation, from; when obliged to answer.
Pulsatilla: Kapha (Emotional Sphere)
  • Feeling forsaken. Anguish.  Loathing, life. Death, desires.

The rubrics taken here also suggest a predominantly Pitta state of emotional volatility.

This is combined with changability, which is a good diagnostic characterisitc of scattered vata.

The phlegmatic axis is related to kapha charateristics, especially softness.  

Pulsatilla, is usually personified as gentle and  emotionally soft.  She  likes lots of attention and  is sensitive to rejection. She feels sorry for heself when this happens, which is when kapha dosha is affected adversley.

Pulsatilla is by nature capricious. It is clear that all three doshas are  disturbed in Pulsatilla, there is a changable, mobile quality to the disturbance, a vata trait, which creates instability in each sphere.

Deconstruction of Staphisagria Doshas

Norland also places Staphisagria on the choleric <-> phlegmatic axis of the Mappa Mundi.  He also emphasises a stronger influence of fire and air on the overall situationStaphisagria
does not wish share her emotions when upset, her self-imposed isolation is a cold and 'airy' quality. The 'firey' quality is seen in the way she builds up anger and resentment - until she either becomes dependent on alcohol or she explodes destructively. Perhaps even both at once,  a bit like the fictional character Carla, in Coronation St.

 Bhattacharya notes that Vata and Kapha doshas predominate. 

Staphisagria: Vata  (Intellectual Sphere)
  • Egotism, self-esteem. Delusions, low down, everything beneath him
  • Ailments, from honor, wounded, reproaches, indignation and rudeness
Staphisagria: Pitta (Energetic Sphere)
  • Sentimental. Amorous, disposition. Affectionate. 
  • Speechless when angry.
  • Ailments, from love, unhappy.
Staphisagria: Kapha (Emotional Sphere)
  • Weeping, easily. Despair. Delusions, unreal, everything seems. 
  • Suicidal, sadness, from.
Staphy is another sexaul remedy and so inherits some of the emotional volatility of Pulsatilla, which is seen the energetic Pitta sphere.

However, in Staphy, the intellectual and emotional spheres are easily disturbed by the least slight, and this leads a more serious state of alienation and depression.
Staphy is very sensitive and is listed under 'ailments from reproach', the effect of reproach is to scatter Staphies composure (vata), and aggravate pitta.  There can be outbursts of anger but more often than not thier anger is suppressed and sometimes comes out as physical pitta aliments such as colic, or cystitis with burning in the urethra.  The effect of the remedy is to reduce aggravated pitta, so I not sure if I quite agree with Bhattacharya's evaluation in this instance.

The two examples highlight how one incident, which may initially affect only one dosha, is quickly transmitted to the other doshas. This is especially true of disturbances of Vata, the light and mobile wind element.

Cimicifuga is another remedy from the Ranunculaceae that shows a similar pattern of vata driven pitta aggravation.
  • Vata: Ailments from business failure, vexation, fright. Busy. Hurry, occupation, in.
  • Pitta: Ailments, from love. Capriciousness. Angry. Answers, aversion to, loquacious at other times.
  • Kapha:  Grief Suicidal, sadness from. Despair, life, of.
In Cimic, the "ailments from" rubrics show that both Vata and Pitta doshas are vulnerable. The intellectual sphere (vata) is particularly suseptible to shock and stress. As in Staphy, Pitta is increased.
In Cimic, this combination of imbalances results in a mood of angry determination. This anger can turn inwards and condense into a very unhappy Kapha state.

This way of interpreting the Ranunculaceae rubrics, presupposes that the nature of Kapha is rather like a deep subconsious ocean. It seems that injuries to Kapha tend to stick and solidify; it becomes almost like an inpenetrable tar-pit. Hence, Kapha injuries become very difficult to remove, and without treatment they can exert an insidiously depressing influence on the other, lighter doshas, for a very long time. 

Positive thinking is very difficult when we feel heavy and 'Yin' inside.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Structuralism and the Plant Kingdom Vol II : Ericales

   Ericales - Coldness and Aversion.

Cornaceae and Ericaceae:

There are two familiar remedies in the Cornales, both malarial. Both have heat flushes alternating with chills, C. Alerniflora has the sensation of having a "chest full of ice". The theme of coldness continues in the Ericales which are cold and often rheumatic remedies. The remedy states found in the Ericaceae are very pessimistic with loss of purpose a sense of being wounded. This might be as a result of some disaster, the delusions of shame and remorse suggest regrets which could brought on by a moral dilemma.


The theme of morality is found in the primulacea too. Cyclamen has a strong sense of being disgraced, with self-reproach, grief and inner darkness. Anagalis, another very attractive flower, is a well known remedy for gonorrhoea, which is usually associated with secrecy and sexuality. It could well be described as a "sexual" remedy, reflecting the theme of morality once more.


The remedy Thea is associated with agitation, trembling and shaking, reflected on the mental level with impulsive thoughts leading to an irritable state accompanied by a feeling of loss of control. There is also malice, aversion and disgust. In contrast, some provers report a delight in witty banter. In another context, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, it is associated with quiet and sober refinement.

Japanese Green tea contains more Selenium and Chromium than black China tea, which improves its antioxidant properties. Brazil nuts (Lecythidaceae) are also a member of the ericales and a well known source of Selenium. Some of these ericaceae themes may be due to the presence of Selenium, a Stage 16 remedy; there are amorous dreams, lascivious fancies, impotence and a deficiency of ideas.

Selenium in Fruits: Banana, Breadfruit Guava, Lychee, Mango, Pomegranite. In Nuts: Amaranth Brazils Cashew Coconut

Conclusion: A proverb, "Malice drinketh its own poison".


5-Factor - Ericales [Highly negative factors depicted as low scores]
  1. Extraversion: Not Outgoing.
  2. Agreeableness: Antagonistic.
  3. Conscientiousness: No trust.
  4. Neuroticism: Sadness. Hysterical.
  5. Openness: Hopeless. Withdrawn.

In contrast to coldness and aversion we also find cheerfulness, elation and exhilaration. In Anagalis, for example there is excitement, trembling and a state of tremulous weakness. There are abundant ideas and a sense of mental power which can become manic.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Structuralism and the Plant Kingdom Vol1: The Monocots.

There is more that one way to study the phenomenon we normally think of as personality. Researchers have considered many different perspectives, usually developmental, or psychological or social. Other systems use the elements, pressure points or the pulse - think of Tibetan Medicine, T.C.M. and Ayurvedic Medicine. They all attempt to describe and measure our personal state in some way, either from physiological indicators or from the investigation of our inner feelings and our impact on the world.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Lanthanides - clinical research

Homeopathy resonates with our symptom picture

Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms. To stimulate your body's own healing process, a remedy closest to your individual symptom picture is prescribed. 

Homeopathic remedies are a unique, potentised energy medicine, drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds. They work by resonating with your inner being and gently boost the immune system and the natural energy of the body.

The Mineral Kingdom resonates with Structure

Homeopathic remedies derived from the elements of the Periodic Table are needed when we feel something is lacking in the structure of our lives. This can become an issue when our circumstances suddenly change. Perhaps when we change our job or move house, or when someone we rely upon is no longer around. At these times of stress we often find a void open under our feet where there was once firm ground.

Final year research project - the Lanthanides

The Lanthanides Research Project is based on the work of Jan Scholten over the last decade. The emphasis of this group of "mineral" remedies is upon our inner world. The Lanthanides have been found to resonate with our sense of Self Reliance and Autonomy and improve our intuition and sensitivity to what is really essential in our own lives. 

They can promote a sense of inner power which affects all aspects of our lives. This enables us to stand up for ourselves and make life-changing decisions without hesitation. We become more reflective, peaceful, calm and self-actualised. 

Contact: If you live in the North West (Chester/Manchester/Mersyside) and would like to take part in this research project at reduced cost drop me a line. 

Steph at 

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Stage 9 Elements (Cobalt, Rhodium, Europium and Iridium)

The keywords for Stage 9 are "Analysis" and "Philosophy".
In Stage 9 analyisis and philosophy are the weapons of wisdom that we choose, and they depend on our whits. We would much rather use our whits than our power to dominate others...  we would rather try to earn their respect. 

We explore and understand our mind in order to antidote its delusions and be free of its boundaries.

Def: Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into smaller parts to gain a better understanding of it. The technique has been applied in the study of mathematics and logic since before Aristotle.

Def: Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. It is distinguished from other ways of addressing fundamental questions  by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom".

Consider the positive aspects of the Remedies of Stage 9, which indicate a fresh, lively mind  ...

  • Cobalt: Excitement. Exhilaration. Abundant Ideas. Rapid Thoughts.
  • Rhodium: Affectionate. Cheerful. Excitement. Introspection.
  • Europium: Understanding. Smartness.
  • Iridium:  Affectionate. Intelligent. Mental agility. Heightened Awareness. Mystical.
What could possibly go wrong?  Iridium is the most powerful remedy in this group.  Lets make up the story of Iridium from the rubrics in Encyclopedia Homeopathica.

"They are Hurried and Industrious, and have a beautiful and inspirational vision of the Universe, but the mental exertion causes dullness and they start postponing everything to next day. As time goes by and stresses mount the memory becomes weaker, they make mistakes and they become intolerant and impatient.  It seems as if everyone else is too slow.

Eventually mental exertion becomes too much, they experience changeable moods, anger and sadness, and want to be left alone.   They reproach themselves as much as they reproach others. The beautiful vision is no more.

Finally they become discouraged, indifferent and self-absorbed. They  become detatched, empty, alone and estranged from their partner. Ultimately their antagonism with themselves, their abstraction, disconnection and their confusion mount up to a sense of unreality and even depersonalisation.   

Like the Nietzsharian Superman they disappear into a black cloud."

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Cerium - Stage 4.

An experience with Cerium Flouratum

I decided to do a small proving of a Cerium compound because I often find myself giving way too easily, which is a strong characteristic of the remedies on the Left Side of the Lanthanide and Gold series.

Right after taking the remedy the Sensation was that I didn't want anyone to come near me or touch me in any way.  Like it would be a violation of my privacy.  Didnt even want eye contact, not shy, more a feeling of "KEEP OFF - I don't want to share what I'm feeling with you, you wouldn't understand it anyway. I don't care for your opinion." 
It was a bit like the sensation of being in a Bell Jar describe by Dr. Scholten. I could also compare it to Thuja's feeling of being fragile or made out of glass.  It's a sensitive almost clairvoyant state, but I would describe it as reverse clairvoyance - reverse because its unwanted.

On the second day I  the Flouratum aspects of this extra aware, sensitive state came to the fore ... it felt enlivening, a bit like Sepia .  I started to enjoy it, especially with people I know.  I felt more compassionate and giving.
(Themes: Transparency. Acceptance. Warmth. Sexual)

On the third day  I have a feeling of not being very competant.  I'm not quite as sure of myself as usual. I dont normally trust anyone's experience but now my arrogance has dissipated.  I'm starting to listen to what people say and take them seriously ... its as if i'v lost my bearings and need guidance from outside.  Its a worrying, scary feeling.
(Theme: Boundary, Self-doubt)

On the last day I realise that the boundary is a problem of non-communication. I normally blame myself for not elucidating my point properly, but now I blame them more for not being on the ball.  It feels like I'v got something in perspective.. the balance of mis-communiction ie.  your fault or my fault?  Not blaming myself anymore. Calmly feel that i'm standing my ground.  At the same time if realize that I'v lost my usual cynical defenses.  I'm feeling rather powerless.
(Theme: Boundary. Powerlessness)

The remedy was not a great personal success. I found myself giving way more than ever! Cerium seems to have a profound lack of confidence and it seems to have a need to be left alone. Its a feeling of being delicate and fragile - not wanting to be put upon.  It feels as it the Flouratum forces the emphasis towards the sexual sphere. Together Cerium + Flouratum create a feeling of being smaller (Cerium), different (Flouratum) and on the edge (Lanthanides have a feeling of being a unique individual) 


Ultimately we create our own barriers or walls, because we want protect ourselves from change. We want a safe haven, a resting place where the currents of change can't harm us. But life is impermanant and ever-changing.  In the Cerium experience my barriers seemed to fall away a little and engender a feeling of transparency.

Cerium is already known as a very withdrawn and autistic remedy. The feeling is that other people are too insensitive to be worth talking to.

To Cerium individuals it seems that you just cant win so its better to withdraw. Everyone takes on the aspect of an abusive alcoholic father.

We can go into a state rather like Cerium when we try something new - when everything seems new and unfamilar our boundaries are open, our senses are on high alert and we are flooded with impressions.

We can begin to feel quite small and insignificant.

If we dont get over this feeling Cerium will help.

Situation: Relocation. A new Job. A shy child at a new school (Cerium Phos). Cerium Phos is one of those Lanthanide combinations that produce a double impact ... In this case the impact is on boundaries.

I have also seen this lack of boundaries at festivals. There can be an initial sense of euphoria, but it can easily change.

It can also happen in spiritual communities... we loose oursleves in the ethos or the teachings.

Further Reflections - like cures like?

A remedy that is known for withdrawal and lack of confidence does not always cure a lack of confidence. Cerium is very much on the back foot - she really doesnt feel the need to overcome anything, the strategy is to withdraw, so the confidence to overcome challenges isn't the main issue at this stage.

Is the solution to go "allopathic" and give a remedy that is known for it extemes of confidence ... like Samarium, which is well know for its challenging nature?   In fact, even if the subject has a challenging nature, the external challenge can be so HUGE that they can feel a lack of confidence.  

The resonance of "like cures like" is in the subjects strategy towards handling the challenge.  To thrive Samarium has to make the challenge ...

The essence of Samarium is:
"I feel self-confident and assertive. The sensation is that I am who I am. I WILL prevail."

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Value of Provings in our understanding of remedies and disease.

...One remedy will not do for another,‭ ‬and we are always thrown back on the actual symptoms of the provings as our only sure guide‭ ‬...‭ (‬M.L.Tyler‭ ‬1952‭)(‬A‭§‬118‭)‬.

Our job is to match the symptom picture of the remedy to the patient.‭  ‬Our knowledge of the Materia Medica and the action of‭  ‬remedies can come from various‭ ‬sources.‭  ‬The main,‭ ‬and most rigorous source is from classical full provings.‭  ‬Another important source is from shared clinical experiences‭ ‬-‭ ‬cases.‭  ‬Recently‭  ‬data from dream or meditative provings have been published.‭  ‬In Dr.‭ ‬Sankaran's seminars each member of the group simply‭  ‬places the remedy under their pillow and then reports back to the group.‭ ‬Mediative provings can be as simple as just handling the substance and contemplating the thoughts and feelings that arise.‭   ‬Any sceptic could try handling a vial of Plutonium Nitricum.‭  ‬It is notorious for introducing chaos and destruction into our lives‭!‬  On the face of it these‭  ‬methods may seem unreliable or even fanciful but many key symptoms have subsequently been confirmed by full provings,‭ ‬so they too have a‭ "‬provisional‭" ‬place in our‭ ‬literature.‭ 

A contemporary variation on Hahnemman's original method was the proving questionnaire developed by Brian and‭ ‬Lewith.‭  ‬It comprised a selection of predefined remedy specific symptoms.‭ ‬Its purpose was to validate original provings.

Another method of evaluation of remedy data,‭ ‬which is being developed in Homeopathy is the Randomised Controlled Trial which tries to measure the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment of diseases upon trial subjects.‭   ‬Problems using the traditional scientifically accepted‭  ‬type of trials‭  ‬arise from the‭   ‬idea that homeopathy operates according to a paradigm that is different from conventional‭ ‬“allopathic‭”‬medicine which usually treats disease‭ (‬a pathogen‭) ‬as if it is an entity which must be killed or destroyed.‭ 

Homeopathy treats the totality of symptoms‭ ‬-‭ ‬the person not the disease.‭  ‬In both paradigms the goals are similar and the assessment of the efficacy of a medicine in both cases is evaluated by measuring the outcome as a healing response and some degree of resolution of the chief complaint.

Objectives of a Proving

A proving is the traditional method for evaluating the medical properties of a substance.‭ ‬The proving trial initially focuses on the question of whether the homeopathic remedy has any effect of any sort‭; ‬it is a question directed at the thesis that there may not be anything substantial,‭ ‬or‭ ‬“real,‭”‬ in homeopathic remedies in the first place.‭ 

 The first proving was conducted in‭ ‬1790‭ ‬by Hahnemann on Cinchona bark because some of the symptoms sounded similar to‭ ‬malaria.‭  ‬The only way to ascertain the validity of‭ ‬this was by direct experience,‭ ‬which means to ingest the substance and record the subsequent symptoms.‭  ‬Provings do not usually go as far as producing serious physical pathology‭ ‬-‭ ‬although many stalwart Homeopaths have done this E.g.‭ ‬Herings poisoning from the Bushmaster‭ (‬Lachesis‭)‬.

Suitable subjects‭ (‬A‭§‬126‭)

During the proving process,‭ ‬Hahnemann administered remedies to healthy volunteers.‭ ‬His rationale was that a substance that produces symptoms in healthy subject can be used to help the sick(A‭§‬108‭)‬.‭  ‬The healthy volunteers should include sensitive trained observers,‭ ‬because as Hahnemann says in the organon,‭  ‬they will provide the largest amount of‭ ‬symptoms.‭  ‬Sherr's MOPMEC scale can be used to measure both health and sensitivity.‭  ‬Should we include less healthy subjects‭?  ‬These can provide us with valuable curative results but are less useful in determining the pure action of the substance‭ (‬A‭§‬107‭) ‬.‭ ‬As long as the limitations and parameters are known,‭ ‬variety is acceptable in a proving‭ (‬authors‭ ‬supposition‭!)‬.‭  ‬The proving would yield some symptoms common to the group.‭ ‬These would be the‭ "‬common ground‭" ‬of the substance.‭ ‬Then there would be the idiosyncratic,‭ ‬odd and curious symptoms‭ ‬-‭ ‬perhaps some of these make up the modalities and S.R.P.s of the substance(A‭§‬117‭)‬.‭

A Standardised Methodology

Preparation,‭ ‬Hahnemann says you have to be objective and become the unprejudiced observer:‭ ‬Aphorisms‭ §‬105‭ ‬and‭ §‬145‭ (‬double-blind‭)‬.‭  ‬Traditionally we do not give either supervisors or provers a preconceived idea about the remedy.‭ ‬We don't go into the proving looking for things‭ ‬-‭ ‬it is treated as a‭ "‬tabla-rasa‭" (‬clear slate‭)‬.‭ ‬That is also the approach in drug trials‭ ‬-‭ ‬anything else in considered to be unscientific.‭  ‬Some rigorous provings use a placebo control group.

‭ ‬The roles of the group and protocols are established.‭   ‬We always use a pure substance.‭  ‬If we mix two substances no one will know which substance produced which symptom.‭   ‬A highly reactive mixture of Potassium and Iodine‭ (!)  ‬is not the same as the compound Kali Iodatum.‭

The remedy must be potentised and triturated‭ (‬A‭§‬123‭)‬.‭  ‬In the case of a liquid the substance is diluted by one drop to one hundred.‭ ‬Alcohol is sometimes used as it has preservative qualities.‭  ‬So to make a‭ ‬3C potency add one drop to‭ ‬100ml,‭  ‬one drop is taken from this‭ ‬100ml solution and added to the next‭ ‬100ml.‭  ‬You then succuss by banging the test tube on your Bible‭ (‬x10‭)‬.‭ ‬Repeat once more to get‭ ‬3C.‭  ‬If the substance is a solid it is usually crushed up‭  ‬with sac-lac using mortar and‭ ‬pestle.‭  ‬The dilution can be done by weighing out one gram and adding it too‭ ‬100g.‭ 

Proving‭ ‬-‭ ‬Provers take the remedy‭  ‬until symptoms are experienced‭ (‬A‭§‬131‭)‬.‭ ‬Usually one or two doses will suffice to challenge the Vital Force.‭ ‬Prover and supervisor then maintain daily contact and both take notes.‭  ‬Daily contact enables us to differentiate primary and secondary action.‭  ‬Many authors insist that the secondary action‭  ‬produces important symptoms toward the end of the proving‭ (‬De Shepper‭)‬,‭ ‬this may be because‭ ‬some substances have a longer cycle‭ ‬-‭ ‬compare Aconite and Causticum.

Extraction‭ ‬-‭ ‬Groups go through notes to extract valid mental,‭ ‬emotional and physical symptoms.‭ ‬The group meets to discuss their experiences.‭ ‬What needs to be noted‭ (‬after Boger-Boeninghausen‭)  ‬is the location,‭ ‬direction,‭ ‬speed,‭ ‬time and intensity of each symptom.‭  ‬Next modalities,‭ ‬concomitants and periodicity.‭  ‬These are collated to determine the characteristics on the basis of symptom totality.‭ ‬Then we highlight the keynotes and ideally‭ ‬describe the whole as a sequential development in time.‭ 

Repertorisation‭ ‬-‭  ‬Symptoms are graded according to their spread through the group.‭ ‬I believe‭ ‬Grade‭ ‬1‭ ‬means‭ ‬everyone experienced it,‭ ‬although Vithoulkas says Grade‭ ‬1‭ ‬is for cured symptoms‭ (‬which is indeed the case for qualification as Genus Epidemicus‭)‬.‭ 

Repertory submissions are collated and organised by chapter.‭ ‬Large common rubrics need qualifying to give precision‭ ‬-‭ ‬but if they are over-qualified there is a danger that the repertory will be filled with too many highly specific symptoms with only one remedy indicated,‭ ‬as happened with the Falcon proving.‭ 

The modern repertories of‭ ‬Sholten,‭ ‬Mirilli and Zandervoort‭ ‬include‭  ‬information which groups symptoms with remedies conceptually‭ (‬Periodically/Phylogenetically‭) ‬or thematically.‭  ‬Conceptual grouping gives these repertories an underlying structure by associating symptoms to their roots or origin e.g.‭ ‬Kingdom,‭ ‬Family,‭ ‬Species or Periodic hierarchy.‭  ‬Mirilli's thematic grouping associates remedies linguistically,‭ ‬which gives us an additional level of overlying structure.‭ ‬Jose says,‭ "‬symptoms are severed by being classified alphabetically‭"‬.‭  ‬Theoretically crossing rubrics from different sections should bring the picture back together again as a whole,‭ ‬but ultimately interpretation still relies on the user.

Publication‭ ‬-The substance is described in detail to give Homeopaths some idea of its Doctrine of Signatures,‭ ‬e.g.‭ ‬physical properties and raw toxological virulence‭ (‬taking‭ ‬30c of Plutonium is not the same as taking‭ ‬30c of gently acting remedies like Saffron‭ (‬Colchicum‭) ‬.‭  ‬There is also a chapter on Materia Medica which gives an account of the actual experiences‭ ‬-‭ ‬it is coded so that we can tell which prover developed the symptom and when.

Self-Reflection and‭  ‬Discussion‭ ‬-‭ ‬Problems of Affinity and Polarity.

Homeopathy already recognises that people and symptoms are unique.‭  ‬A wide range of experiences‭ ‬can be a good thing if our main object is to get a vision of the widest and deepest range of symptoms a substance can produce.‭ ‬Normally this is what we want from a proving.

Perhaps what we really need is a group of subjects who's suitability is defined by their probable affinity for the substance under consideration.‭ ‬How would we set that one up‭? ‬Perhaps a preliminary test could be carried out on the substance by an experienced Homeopath who would be able to give some preliminary guidelines about the nature of the beast.‭ ‬Or,‭ ‬maybe we could predict some of its expected parameters using the doctrine of signatures combined with our understanding of the Families or Stages‭? ‬Assume we have done some assessment of this nature and we are satisfied that we have at‭ ‬least some understanding of the substance.‭ ‬Next we match our subjects to these parameters.‭ ‬Easy-peasy.

Lets take an substance that isn't so well known,‭ ‬say Lutetium‭ (‬Stg‭ ‬17‭) ‬as a hypothetical example.‭ ‬To determine its clinical benefit we need a subject who would be likely to respond to it favourably‭ ‬...‭ ‬that's someone diagnosed with‭ "‬Stg‭ ‬17‭ ‬Syndrome‭"‬,‭ ‬for the arguments sake,‭ ‬say the profile fits a subject who's lost or abandoned their sense of inner power and feels resigned to taking an early retirement.

This subjects experiences would absolutely resonate with the substance and give us the depth of information that would be clinically useful.‭ ‬We would learn more about‭ "‬Stg‭ ‬17‭ ‬Syndrome‭" ‬and about the substance.‭ ‬We would be able to think about a Genus Epidemicus qualification for Lutetium‭ ‬-‭ ‬perhaps at level‭ ‬4‭ ‬-‭ ‬curative in at least one case.‭ ‬A good starting point for further investigation.

Polarity of Substance and Symptom

Now lets give Lutetium to another prover‭; ‬someone at the peak of their career‭ ‬-‭ ‬perhaps our‭ (‬Aurum‭) ‬College Director‭! ‬What are they likely to report‭? ‬Perhaps dreams of giving up their job and flying away,‭ ‬or perhaps a feeling that their work is done on this Eartly plane‭?

The question then comes,‭ ‬is that a characteristic of Lutetium‭? ‬It makes you want to escape into retirement‭? ‬Well the fact that we know it was our Director gives us a frame of reference from which we can evaluate the response.‭ ‬Logically you could say that if your are at the peak of your career you could experience indifference to work on taking‭ ‬Lutetium.‭ ‬So you want to submit the rubric...

‭"‬Indifference,‭ ‬business to‭"

Wait a mo‭' ‬...‭ ‬consider the first subject with‭ "‬Stg‭ ‬17‭ ‬Syndrome‭" ‬who was about to take early retirement‭ ‬...‭ ‬would they report a change of heart‭? ‬So much so that their experience was summed up by the rubric...

‭"‬Enthusiasm,‭ ‬business for‭"

Which rubric would you submit‭?

What we are looking at are the so-called‭ ‬POLARITIES of Lutetium.‭ ‬It is the lower extreme of the polarity that was curative.‭ ‬The higher polarity was damaging‭ (‬at least to our Director‭)‬.

Perhaps,‭ ‬at the very least,‭ ‬we should annotate the rubric to signify the polarities as either high or low...‭ ‬but you have to know the prover to do that.‭ ‬If our Director joins in the proving anonymously the frame of reference is gone and the both rubrics get published.

Then we study the rubrics and then start wondering if,‭ ‬clinically it will produce indifference or enthusiasm‭!

(A‭§‬105-145‭) = ‬Organon‭ ‬:‭  ‬Aphorisms from chapter IV,‭ ‬Acquiring a Knowledge of Medicine.
Vithoulkas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Science of H'pathy,‭ ‬Ch‭ ‬10.
Sholten:‭ ‬Repertory of the Elements.
Mirilli:‭ ‬Thematic Repertory.
Nile:‭ ‬Plant Kingdom Database.
Jeremy Sherr:‭ ‬
Stages to a proving:
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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Insecurity and Criticism in the Stage 2 Remedies

 General Characteristics of Stage 2 (urgency, fear and insecurity)

 The special quality of the remedies of the left hand side of the perioidic table is that they are on the road to recovery. Things, in general are improving as we move towards Stage 10.

According to Dr. Scholten the Stage 2 Group personalities are insecure and need appreciation and constant support.   The struggle of Stage 2 can be seen in the Typhoid, or 'sub-acute' Miasm.  They are fighting for survival; not quite as intensely as in the Acute Miasm, they know that they are not going to die if they keep fighting for their lives.  I would say this is like days 2or 3 in Intensive Care, where visitors are told that the patient is 'stable'.  There might be sudden setbacks, opportunitistc infections and so on, but the feeling on the ward is that the patient is out of immediate danger.  The best illustrative example of the Typhoid miasm I can think of is not a mineral.  In Nux vomica the patient is restless and agitated (delusions - dying, he is) and wants a safe place to rest.   He will discharge himself from hospital because he feels safer at home.

The urgency and fear are the same - regardless of the particular ailment.

In the minerals the depth of urgency and insecurity can be seen in the degree of outer threat that can be perceived in the rubrics. In Beryllium they fear abandonment. In Calc met, they dream of unsuccessful efforts and there are fears of impending disease, falling and losing.  This is is a precarious position - far from feeling comfortable and stable! In Strontium the feeling is that people are criminals and out to get them. In Lanthanum and Baryata the feeling is that they might even be murdered. 

Stage 2 patients will flourish when they feel supported. Their well know aversion to being watched comes from a fear of criticism, which is like poison to them.  It threatens everything they do and evokes the sensation of instability and insecurity. The only answer is to become conscientious ... they are hyperchondriacs and perfectionists. 

Characteristics of individual remedies (insecurity and criticism)

The general themes of the typhoid miasm seem to manifest as insecurity in the minerals. It causes a fear of criticism in this group  because their self-esteem is fragile and precarious. Rejection feels like falling.  These are some of the remedies I would consider for panic attacks.

In the Carbon Series (Beryllium) insecurity destroys their identity, which depends on feelings of self-worth, the feeling is that "I am worthless".
  • CONFIDENCE - want of self-confidence - support; desires
  • DELUSIONS - meaningless; everything is
  • FEAR - failure, of/SENSITIVE - criticism; to
  • FEAR - of each operation; of death.
In the Silica Series (Magnesium) it destroys their relationships at home.  The feeling would be expressed as "I am unwanted", which of course piles on the sense of insecurity.
  • FORSAKEN feeling
  • RESTLESSNESS - driving out of bed. 
  • FEAR of disease
In the Ferrum Series (Calcium) it destroys their ability to contribute anything. The feeling might be "I can't do anything right".  The opponent of fear is security, which the Calcs appreciate very much!
  • ANXIETY - anticipation; from
  • CONSCIENTIOUS about trifles
  • FEAR - poverty, of
In the Silver Series (Strontium) it destroys their ability to think and create. There is more self-esteem and more anger - as in Nux-v. It could feel as if "My ideas are ignored and have no value".
  • HAUGHTY/SENSITIVE - criticism; to
  • FEAR - high places, of.
  • DELUSIONS - criminals, about
The nearest remedy in the Lanthanide Series is Lanthanum (Stage 3).  They don't want to be dominated and Criticism destroys their will and their ability to stand up for their inner beliefs.  It could feel like "My beliefs are insignificant".
  • HAUGHTY/DELUSIONS - alone, being
  • OFFENDED, easily
  • FEAR - murdered, of being
In the Gold Series (Barium) it destroys their ability to take responsibility.
  • HAUGHTY/DELUSIONS - alone, being
  • FEAR - murdered, of being

Just follow the themes with a light mind ... I hope they come back to you when you are working on a case :)

    Saturday, 13 February 2010


    Themes from the Synonym database: Lil-t: Arrogance. Sars: Capricious. Colch: Identity. Paris: Apprehensive.

    The Liliales can be taciturn, or sexual, vain, hysterical, alcoholic, and often foolish.

    Pervading rubrics:
        Dull. Morose. Angry. Intolerant of contradiction
        Excitable. Loquacious. Shrieking. Hysterical!
        Haughty. Censorious and critical.

    family Alstroemeriaceae
    family Campynemataceae
    family Colchicaceae spp. Disporum, Ornithoglossum, Uvularia, Colch.

    Colchicum (Meadow Saffron)

    Colchicum grows in moist conditions, in meadows and woods. The patient needs liquids to prevent gout, etc.

    Farrington: Affects the nerves, in typhoid conditions and debility, e.g. after missing sleep, there is great tiredness, no appetite, and a bad taste in the mouth. Compare with Nux-v. In typhoid the intellect is clouded. The face is cadaverous. The cold sweat on the forehead is similar to Veratrum. The tongue is heavy and stiff. There is almost complete loss of speech, and the breath is cold. The body is hot, the extremities cold. There is restlessness, retching and vomiting.

    The state is very sensitive, she feel unprotected (Naked Ladies). Rudenes is the worst thing, it drives her wild! She does not forgive you.

    • Ailments from: Disappointment, bad news, emotions, grief, rudeness.
    • Contradiction, intolerant of. Taciturn. Rage.
    • Sensitive - to all external impressions. Excitement - nervous. Exhilaration.
    • Laughing - sardonic.
    Colchicum children get upset by injustice. A patient saw her friend cheating at school, she was so upset she couldn't finish her own test.
    • Indignation - at misdeeds of others. Weeping.
    • Reading - understand, does not.
    • Writing - inability, for.
    • Speech - finish sentence, cannot.
    • Thoughts - disconnected.
    Logical thinking becomes difficult when she looses her ability to focus her perception. She will jump from point to point during the consultation. It can be quite difficult to get the story into anything like a logical sequence (the very opposite of the structured story given by a "mineral" patient).
    • Feels mind is a jig-saw, the peices are there but not all together.
    • Confounding objects and ideas.
    • Answering - does not answer when questioned.
    The gout makes her irritable and bad tempered.
    • Despair - pains, with the. Discouraged - pain from.
    • Contraction of muscles and tendons. Cramps. Rheumatic pains.
    Therapeutics: Prostration, Coldness, Gout (affects muscular tissues, periosteum, and synovial membranes). Dysentry.
    Sensation: pains like electric shocks or like a needle.
    Miasm:Syphilitic or Malarial.
    Similars: Ant-c CALC carb-v Merc.
    All share : anxiety and depression. They are taciturn and tearful.
    Corsiaceae Corsia spp.
    Convallariceae spp. Alium Anthericum, Asparagus, Astelia, Helonais (Devils bit), Colchicum (Meadow saffron), Ornithogalum (Star of Bethlehem)
    Rx: Verat(?), Par, Colch, Helon, Lil-t, Sabad, Agra, Orni, Aloe

    Rajans Family Sensations as if: Squeezing out - like tootpaste
    Theme: Neglected.

    Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) Boericke

    It affects the female genitals and the heart, and produces lassitude, relaxation and chilliness.
    Proving: She feels as if she must protect her heart from painful emotions. As she ages she become more and more distant, until the colour of life fades away.
    • Dull, can hardly think. > Depression. Grieves very easily.
    Sensations: As if the heart stops and starts.

    Lilium Tigrinum (Tiger Lily)


    A sense as if "she were going to be crazy, if she did not hang on to herself, and hold tight.

    Profound mental depression; to the prover "the heavens seemed brass and the earth iron;" an apprehension of moral obliquity weighed grievously upon her, for about ten days after the sexual excitement, and continuing in alternation with the sexual excitement for more than four months after the proving.

    Worse on going to bed; can't go to sleep; wild feeling in the head as though i should go crazy and no one would take care of me; thoughts of suicide; how much Opium would put me to sleep forever, and who would find my body, and who would care; a new train of thought for her.

    While attending a lecture, desire to hit the lecturer, and in the evening desirous of swearing and damning the fire and things generally, and to think and speak obscene things; disposed to strike and hit persons; as these feelings came, the uterine pains passed away

    It is a glamourous flower, and the woman can be passionate and beautiful. She has a strong sense of her own importance. Her personality can be haughty and domineering, her presence makes others cower. She has mood swings and is impatient and easily provoked; she is oversensitive. Once she takes offence she can be quite nasty - you might get a slap!

    • Busy, fruitless > Amusement, averse to. > Business, averse to. > Aversion, (to being approached).
    Everything is pressurised and hurried, so she cannot tolerate dithering. They can get flustered by a 'wild' feeling when thoughts come all at once, its just like trying to spin too many plates at once. It may bring on a headache.
    • Haughty > Snappish >Throws, things, persons at. > Tears her hair > Head Pain, blinding.
    Flow of the process: Thoughts Rush > Wild feelings > Confusion > Hysteria.

    Lil-t imagines she is attractive, but flirtation is restrained by religion or just keeping busy (the theme of pennance has been recorded). They can be Evangalists, or join the Sally Army. They may find the bands and the uniforms exciting! The sexual feeling come from a hormonal imbalance ... not from emotional desire.

    • Fancies, lascivious. > Despair, religious, alternating with sexual excitement. > Self, torture.
    Lil-t. Sensations: Throbbing. Cramping. Pressing. Dragging down.
    Therapeutics: Menopause. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Antiversion of Uterus.
    Miasm : Sycotic (Compare with Medorrhinum)
    Similars: pall Plat. Iod shares irritability, depression, constriction of the heart, heat and a liking for cold air.
    family Aloaceae

    Aloe (Aloe vera)

    Adapted to sedentary, "weary" persons; averse to either mental or physical labor. If he sits he deliberates about standing up.

    Lassitude alternates with mental activity, depending on his digestion. The state is changable, hypochondriacal, from contentment to discontent, with a repulsive, anthrophobic mood. The misery is out of proportion to the complaint!

    • Kent: Hates people, repels everyone. > Restrains himself from voilence
    • Kent: Life is a burden. > Death, thoughts of. > Death, presentiment, predicts the time.
    • Hatred, revenge, and. > Contemptuous. > Contradiction, is intolerant of. > Cursing, swearing.
    • Timidity > Fear, people, of.
    • Thoughts, intrude, sexual. > Lascivious, (lustful).
    She can become self-absored when she feels insecure, and fearful of failure.
    Sensation: Heaviness (Digestion, Colon).
    Theme: Security and Belonging.
    Miasm: Leprosy
    Similars: Aloe vs. Am-m
    Both suffer irritability and a sense of heaviness and flatulence - worse for sitting around!


    family Trillaceae Inset: Trillium erectum

    Trillium pendulum

    • Confusion of mind - idenity, sense of duality.
    • Sadness. Irritability. Taciturn. Anger. Anxiety. Anguish.
    • Fear of impending disease and of death.
    Therapeutics: Hemorrhage. Nosebleed. Bloody expectoration. Leukorrhea bloody or offensive. Metorrhagia, bright red.
    Sensations: Falling apart, as if broken (bandaging amel).

    Paris Quadrifolia (Trillaceae)

    Herb Paris lives on calcerious soils in damp and shady woods. The rubrics conjour up the image of someone not quite with it (in a social sense). An only child (Calc.) who talks to himself all the time. He may even imagine he has friends to play with in his imaginary world.

    Because his social development is poor he becomes a shy and indaquate teenager, who's antics and clowning give everyone the impression of some kind of fool. His behaviour becomes quite tiresome to his friends.

    • Egotism, speaking always about themselves
    • Delusions, person, two personalities opposing. > Thoughts, two trains of thought
    • Delusions, strange land as if in a. > Delusions, home, away from, is.
    • Loquacity, foolish. > Haughty > Rudeness. > Mocking.
    The remedy may help him to be more aware of how others feel.
    Similars: arg-n nat-c Merc CALC PHOS
    Shared Sx: Taciturn. Vexation. Hysteria. Frightened. Desires company. Despair. Foolish. Alcohol.


    family Smilacaceae spp. sars. smilax (pic). Rx: Sars, Smilin.

    Top (core) Smilacaceae Rubrics ...
    Anger, former vexations


    Summary of the Proving: Inactive, languid, indisposed to work, awkward. Dull and muddled in the head, all the forenoon, in the afternoon peevish and ill-humored.

    Sullen. Readily insulted by a word. Very much vexed and cannot forget vexatious matters.

    The soul is extraordinarily affected by the pains, the spirit is oppressed, the mind troubled; he feels unhappy and groans involuntarily. Disgusted with everything, she has no pleasure in anything.


    • Mood alternating, changeable. (Morose fly on the wall, by)
    • Aversion to everything. (Conversation agg.)
    • Doubt of recovery or Fear of not recovering.
    • Delusions, dead persons sees. Spectres, ghosts sees.
    Miasm: Syphilis or Ringworm.
    family Luzuriagaceae Spp?
    family Melanthiaceae spp. Helonias, Melanthium, Aletris, Trillium, Veratrum (pic)
    Rx: Verat, Sabad,Verat-v, Helon, Xero, Alet, Polygo-o.
    N.B. the Cronquist system places the Melanthiaceae in the Sapindales! 

    Top (core) Melanthiaceae Rubrics ...
    Unconsiousness (coma stupor)
    Answers, refuses

    Aletris (Colicroot) Boericke

    Rubrics: Concentration difficult. Discontented, Sulky.
    Therapeutics: Debility with scanty menses.
    Sensation: Heaviness (uterus).

    Veratrum Album (Hellebore)

    Farrington: Used for cholera since Hahnemans time. It seems to act prominently on the abdominal organs, probably through the splanchnic nerves. When these nerves are paralyzed the blood-vessels becomes over-charged with blood and pour forth their serum. The prostration the coldness and the terrible sinking sensation that belong to Veratrum all start from these nerves.

    It is indicated in delerium when there is restlessness, with desire to cut and tear the clothing, with loquacity and rapid, earnest, loud talking; he strikes those about him; anxiety; frightened at imaginary things; lasciviousness; lewdness in talk; he springs out of bed and rushes about the rooms if thereby to obtain relief.

    Verat is distinguished from Bell and Stram by coldness, esp. cold sweat on the forehead.

    Image: We can visualize Veratrum as someone attractive who has grown up with every comfort of privilege (Comtempuous: "Dont contradict me! I'm never wrong"), who realizes she isn't really wanted anymore.

    She loves routine and fears loss of wealth and status because they make her feel that she "belongs". She would loosing everything if she was pushed away - as in a divorce. Holding on to a egotistical attitude doesn't help much!

    When the bubble bursts it all ends in a state of shock and depression. Verat. might fall back on a sense of Spirituality if he has the delusion that he is doing Gods will here on earth. Deep down he knows he is deluding himself to some extent ... which another source of anxiety. (Compare with Nux-v and Lyc.)

    • Uses every possible means to reach his goal.
    • Restless activity, works her way up
    • Boasting: Spending money. Wishes to be considered rich
    • Delusion, she is distinguished, a great person
    • Delusion: religious, appointed by god
    • Comtemptious, censorius, haughty, righteousness - hard on inferiors.
    • Flattering, affectionate, embraces everyone - respects superiors
    Theme: Anxiety of being pushed away and abandoned. In Lac Caninum there is a sense of inferiority and dependence, which could manifest as the fear of being abandoned
    Therapeutics: Cholera and intussusception (telescoping) of the bowels, with vomiting and purging, rice-water stool, colic and cramp.
    Similars: Ars Carb-v Kali-c MERC PH-ac Sil
    Shared Sx: Foreboding. Cheerful or discoraged. Hurried Obstinate. Rage. Mania. Insanity. Alcoholism.


    Closely related to Veratrum. The state can be brought on by fright and hysteria. It may be used (like Veratrum) in cases of imaginary diseases, e.g. false pregnancy.

    Prooving: The mind seems overexcited, tense, the disposition however is little sensitive, cold; but after several days the understanding is decidedly depressed; he can with difficulty comprehend many things, thinks slowly; the disposition, however, is more easily excited, everything deeply affects him.

    Strange thougths, confusion of identity, (Thuj) mixed with revulsion of ones body or sensations of deformity, especially shrinking or enlargement. Prooving: He imagines all sorts of strange things about his own body, for instance, that it had shrunk like that of dead persons, that his stomach was corroded, that the scrotum was swollen, etc.; he knows that all this is fanciful; he continues to imagine it,

    The sensation of enlargement can be experienced mentally as a belief that he is appointed (or deserted) by God.

    Rubrics :

    • Gloomy mood, as if he were the greatest criminal. > Vexed at every trifle.
    • Insensible to sexual excitement; he is even nauseated by amorous caresses
    • Delusions, separated, thoughts are. > soul, body was too small for or separate. > Delusions, thoughts being outside of body.
    • Fear, death, of. > Religious, (affections). > Has deserted the true faith > Has broken his vows
    • Fancies, exaltation of, sleeplessness, with.
    • Haughty > Unfeeling, hardhearted. > Vehement.
    • Vivacious > Passionate
    • Generals: Periodicity, 4th day. > 7th day.
    • Dreams: Busy. Amorous. Anxious (business)
    • Female/Male: Sexual aversion- > desire-increased.
    Sensations: Separated (from goodness). Enlargement vs. Shrinking.
    Beating dull stitches in several parts of the body, almost like pressure, and sometimes pinching, intermitting several times.
    Therapeutics: Hayfever with violent spasmodic sneezing and lachrymation.
    Miasm : Sycotic and Syphilitic.
    Similars: CALC PHOS merc.
    Shared traits: Anger, fear, sexuality, guilt, confusion, obscessions, hallucinations and alcoholism.

    Veratrum viride

    Farrington: Veratrum viride produces congestions of the base of the brain and of the upper portion of the spinal cord. It this interferes with the function of the pneumogastric nerves. At first it seems to produce engorgement of the lungs, just such as we witness in the beginning of the pneumonia. We have dizziness and faintness on attempting to sit up, nausea, cold sweat and orthopnoea (has to sleep propped up - a symptom of heart failure), and in fact every symptom of paralysis of the heart from over-exertion of that organ.

    Thus you will see that Veratrum viride comes in as an invaluable remedy in those violent congestions which precede pneumonia. It may even abort the whole disease.

    Similars : Hydr-ac


    Helonias Diociac (Devils bit) Boericke

    Very worn out but unable to sleep. Restless, moving about amel. Will keep busy to get through the tiredness. Which means she won't stop, even when told that she is wearing herself out.

    Prooving: Prior to taking the remedy I never felt better; soon after taking there was an entire change in the surrounding circumstances; I very soon became irritable, gloomy, and dull; could not endure the least contradiction or receive any suggestions in regard to any subject; all conversation was unpleasant, and what I most desired was to be left alone, reserving to myself the privilege of finding fault with everything around me;


    • Ailments, from joy, excessive. > "Ennervated by indolence and Luxury"
    • Restlessness, women, in. > Industrious, mania for work.
    • Censorious, (critical). > "Suggestion will not receive"
    • Sadness, company aversion desire for solitude.
    • Sexual desire-diminished.
    Therapeutics: Conscious of womb, (prolapse). Backache, dragging in pelvis. Repeated miscarriage.
    Sensations: Dragging downwards.
    Compare: Sepia. Miasm: Sycosis




    Themes from the Synonym database: Iris and Vanil, Cheerful, Amative. Croc: Religious.

    Look out for Dr.Sankarans Liliflorae Themes:

    Forced out. Squeezed.  Oppressed, constrained. Constricted. Excluded.

    They hold on -> attractive behaviour to be included.

    family Alliaceae Rx: All-c, All-s, All-u. Now Includes the Amaryllidaceae, (spp. Amaryllis, Galanthus: Snowdrop, Narcissus, Leucojum.)

    Family sensation: Sinking

    Top (core) Alliaceae Rubrics ...

    Allium cepa (Onion)

    Therapeutics: Excoriating coryza. Acute hay fever.

    Allium Sativum (Garlic) Boericke

    A feeling of restlessness with impatience, worse when alone.
    • Fear, alone, of being. Weeping in sleep. Fear, death, of.
    • Menorrhagia. > Menses, acrid, excoriating.
    • Urethra:Pain, burning. > Urine: Albuminous or Dark.
    • Eye: Agglutinated > Nose: Coryza > Larynx: Scraping
    Therapeutics: Affinity for mucous membranes.
    Sensations of :Ailments: gluttony! Incarcerated flatus. Distension.
    family Asparagaceae e.g. Aparagus. Agavaceaea (e.g. yucca), Hyacynthaceae sometimes included.


    Aspargus contains anti-oxidnants, chromium and nickel.

    Prooving: A peculiar anxiety, with palpitation of the heart, and ill-humor.

    • Anxiety.> Irritability. Restlessness.
    • Morose.> Carried, desires to be.
    • Excitement. > Cheerful.
    • Hydrophobia.
    • Sleepiness
    • Cutting and burning in urethra.
    Miasm: Sycotic.
    Similars: Ferr ph-c pic-ac.
    Shared Sx: Sycosis. Weakness and heaviness. Taciturn averse to company. Sexuality.

    Hyancinthoides non-script (Agra or Scilla nutans - Bluebell)

    It relaxes the whole system. Chill from exposure to cold winds.
    • Sleeplessness
    Therapeutics: Catarrh.


    • Thoughts, wandering. > Fancies, lascivious.
    • Mood, changeable, variable. > Irritability.
    Therapeutics: Pain in the liver.
    Gonorrhoea: Erythematous redness of the genitals.
    family Iridaceae

    spp. Crocus etc, Rx: Croc. Iris-t, Home, Iris-fa.
    Top (core) Iridaceae Rubrics ...
    Morose (peevish)
    Anger (easily)

    Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Boericke

    A capricious and impressionable state. A very sensitive person. They are sexually attractive, exhuberant and extravegant. She loves music and laughter. Intense affection which doesn't last. The excitement transforms into vexation and hysteria.
    • Impressionable. Sensitive. Ailments, from joy, excessive.
    • Ailments from abuse, reproaches, emotions, anger.
    • Anger, alternating with repentance quick > Anger, trifles.
    • Contemptuous. Hardhearted.
    • Sympathetic. Offended easily.
    • Dreams: The dead. Fire. Misfortune. Striving.
    • Extremities, numbness. Pain: paralytic, aching, burrowing, tearing.
    She can be a bit spaced out, and confuses past and present. The dreams are anxious, full of striving. Her Ladyship may have difficulties of a financial nature!
    Theme: Rapid change. Neglect vs. Belonging.
    Therapeutics: Metrorrhagia. Asthma. Rheumatism.
    Miasm: Sycotic.

    Iris Versicolor (Blue flag)

    She is very similar to Crocus, but this a deeper state - the dreams are much more vexatious and frightening.

    An aristocratic and showy flower, which reflects in the patients dress sense. Moods alternate from dipleasure and irritability to livliness (parties, joking, laughing). They care for others, but keep thier existential maliase to themselves. They feel that life is useless.

    They are afraid of growing old and death (dreams of digging, graves and autopsies) ... the Greek goddess Iris leads the souls of dead women and lays Irises on their graves. (Joy Lucas)

    • Nervous fretfulness. Irritable. > Suicidal, thoughts.
    • Censorious. Anger, easily. Discouraged.
    • Sadness. Company, aversion to.
    • Laughing. Amourous.
    • Dreams: The dead. Graves. Fire. Fights. Amorous.

    Affinities: Liver. Thyroid. Burning (GI tract).
    Therapeutics:Headache or periodic Migrane with blurred vision. Vomits bile. Sciatica. Rheumatism.
    Sensations: As in Crocus there are stitching, tearing and shootings pains.
    Miasm: Syphilis or Malaria.


    family Orchidaceae e.g. Vanilla. Rx:[Vanil. Cypr. Spira. Corh.]

    Top (core) Orchidaceae Rubrics ...
    Ennui or Ecstacy

    Spiranthes (Ladies tresses)

    Complaining mood with melancholy thoughts. Affinity: Eyes, liver, kidneys.
    • Anxiety of conscience.
    • Complaining. Ennui. Sadness, Weeping. Hysteria.
    • Sexual desire increased or wanting. Dreams, amorous.
    • Delusions, brain seems to wobble. Vertigo.
    • Male, coition averse to. Sexual desire wanting or increased.
    • Leucorrhoea. Dryness. Itching.
    Sensations: Heaviness. Pressing.

    Cypripedium (Ladies slipper)

    Restlessness and irritablity (hysteria) then debility and profound indifference. Amenorrhoea.

    Corallorhiza (Crawley root)

    Restless fever.

    Dipodium puncatum (Hyacinth Orchid)

    • Rubrics: Generals - weakness. Sleeplessness.

    Vanilla aromatica

    Vanilla spp. are climbing vines. Vanilla is known as an aphrodisiac. Material Perfection, like the Steptford Wives, bland, normal, but sensual.
    • MaleFemale genitalia - sexual desire increased ()or decreased).
    • Mind - mental power increased.
    Therapeutics: Anemia.
    family Ixioliriaceae spp. Ixiolirion. (formerly Amaryllidaceae).
    family Blandfordiaceae spp. Blandfordia.
    family Asteliaceae spp. Astelia.


    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Fear of being observed and R.E.B.T.

    The AWFUL fear is that you have to get it right or you will be laughed at. 

    “It becomes A very harmful, irrational belief, which takes a small fault to the extreme of terror” (Albert Ellis). 

    What’s the terrifying outcome we are so frightened of?  A Further loss of self-esteem.
    Rationally speaking we have to accept that there is no cosmic law that says we will always get it right. We have to be able to accept defeats without going to irrational extremes such as self-depreciation.

    The main Rubrics having this fear (Periodic Table only):

    Fear - observed; of her condition being ...   CALC germ                             
    Fear - opinion of others ...  Ars aur-m bar-c bar-s calc Germ                          
    Delusions - watched, she is being ...  ARS Bar-c Calc Kali-br               
    Delusions - criticized, she is ...  Bar-c calc  germ nat-m pall plb positr rad-br    
    Delusions - laughed at and mocked ...  adam BAR-c germ ph-ac              
    Sensitive - criticism to ...  alum-sil am-c aur/m/s bar-c calc merc nat-m positr

           Left Siders -> Positron Nat-m Bar-c Kali-br Calc alumina                             
           Right Siders -> adam aurum pall merc am-c germ ph-ac ars

    We can see that the fear of being observed exists on both sides of the Periodic Table - it is there on the left side, in people who feel there is something wrong within and on the right side, in people who feel there is something wrong with the world.

    It is present in every stage so why is there such a spread? Well, we are all subject to disapproval from some quarter - as Dylan said, "Everyone must get stoned".  Is insult felt more acutely by one group more than the other? No, but in the left side our structure is not so firm and we easily collapse and then withdraw into ourselves.   On the right side we can also withdraw, but the fault is out there - its not us that's at fault.  Right-siders can collapse even further to the right but there is aggression and resentment.

    In the left-siders there is self-depreciation which engenders a sense of damaged self-hood.  There is a belief that there is something wrong with ourselves.  This is the core belief that connects all the left-siders. All these remedies help us realise that making a mistake it isn't all that AWFUL.  

    This is the central delusion - the self-defeating belief and the source of the mental habits that paralyse us.


      Nosodes in the context of Integral Psychology

    The rubrics of the three original maisms have been placed in the context of chakras or levels of awareness as described by Integral Psychology (Judith, Wilber). The interpretation of rubrics and their placement within these levels is based on my understanding of the Psychological significance of each rubric.

    • Insanity (madness). Fancies exaltation of.
    • Despair religious of salvation. Religious (affections). Religious melancholia.
    Visual or Digital Auditory Themes such as Philosopy and Belief.
    • Confusion calculating when. Mistakes time in.
    • Delusions doomed being. Thoughts disagreeable. Thoughts persistent. Excitement
    Visual or Digital Auditory Themes; reasoning, making connections, opinions
    • Anger. Insolence. Intolerance. Impatience. Mood repulsive. Morose (cross fretful ill-humor peevish). Fear busy streets.
    Visual or Auditory Themes related to communication of images, symbols, words, thoughts.
    • Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences. Estranged from her family.
    • Forsaken feeling. Sadness suicidal disposition with. Sentimental.
    Kinesthethic or Visual Themes of love and compassion. Relationship of self and other.
    • Indolence. Irresolution indecision. Dirtiness. Indifference (apathy).
    • Confusion identify duality sense of. Remorse.
    Kinesthethic or Visual Themes of autonomy, a sense of self.
    • Ailments from excitement emotional. ailments from excitement sexual.
    • Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences. Remorse.
    Kinesthetic Themes such as pleasure, feelings and sensations.
    • ANXIETY FEAR WITH. Anxiety future about. Anxiety business about. Anxiety closing eyes on.
    • Anxiety hypochondriacal. Anxiety salvation about. Delusions fortune he was going to lose his.
    • Delusions poor he is. Fear poverty;death. Anguish. Cares (worries).
    Kinesthetic Themes related to personal safety.


    Kent on Psorinum

    The Psorinum patient himself is one of debility. He wants to go home after a short walk. He is worse in the open air. He cannot breathe in the open air; cannot breathe while he is standing up;

    The mental symptoms present some strong features. Sadness, hopelessness; he sees no light breaking through the clouds above his head; all is dark about him. He thinks his business is going to be a failure; that he is going to the poor house; that he has sinned away his day of grace. It is a fixed idea during the day and he dreams about it at night.

    Overwhelming sadness; dejection; he takes no joy in his family; feels that these things are not for him. His business is prosperous, yet he feels as if he were going to the poor house. No joy or realization of benefit. Extremely irritable, wants to be alone. Does not want to be washed. Full of anxiety, even of suicide. Despair of recovery if sick.

    Though there is no eruption at night he is driven to despair by the continual itching. If he throws the covers off then he becomes chilly; if he covers up then there is itching. Sensitive to cold yet the skin is worse from heat. Tingling, itching, formication, crawling like ants running over the surface, as of insects in the skin.


    • Ailments from anticipation, forboding.
    • Ailments from work mental. Concentration difficult.
    • Delusions religious. Anxiety salvation about. Fear (apprehension dread). Clairvoyance.
    • Hurry. Delusions time passes too slowly.

    • Despair. Suicidal sadness from. Delusions doomed being. Death presentiment of.
    • Delusions: persued; people behind him someone is.
    • Ailments from reproaches. Contradiction is intolerant of. Sensitive (oversensitive).
    • Forgetful, name, his own. Forgetful, words while speaking, of, word hunting.

    • Sadness suicidal disposition with.
    • jealousy.

    • Anxiety conscience (as if guilty of a crime). Remorse. Reproaches himself.
    • Confusion identity as to his. Confidence want of self.
    • Egotism, self-esteem. Selfishness egoism.

    • Cares (worries full of). Biting nails. Conscientious about trifles.
    • Fear, (apprehension, dread). FEAR, MISFORTUNE, OF.

    • Ailments from bad news.
    • Anxiety, anticipation; time is set if a.
    • Fear, dark, of. Fear, death, of.



    Kent: on Medorrhinum
    Forgetful of facts, figures and names; of what he has read. Makes mistakes in writing, of spelling, and words. TIME MOVES TOO SLOWLY; everybody moves too slowly. He is in a constant hurry, in such a hurry that he gets out of breath. She is in such a hurry that she feels faint.

    Confusion of mind, dazed; fear of sensation; loses the idea when speaking. Great difficulty in stating her symptoms, loses herself and must be asked over again. Thinks some one is behind her; hears whispering. Sees faces that peer at her from behind the furniture (PHOS.).

    Everything seems unreal (ALUM.). Wild desperate feeling as if incipient insanity. Weeps when talking. Exhilaration in evening. Changeable state of mind; one moment sad, the next mirthful. Presentiment of death. Frightened sensation on waking as if something dreadful had happened. FEAR OF THE DARK. Anxiety about her salvation.

    • Indifference future to. Despair Disgust. Kill desire to.
    • Fear death of. Fear insanity losing his reason of.
    • Indolence. Business averse to. Calculating inability to.
    • Thoughts disconnected. Memory weakness happened for what has.
    • Abusive insulting. Anger (irascibility). Abusive insulting. Contradiction is intolerant of. Sympathy compassion agg.
    • Suspicious (mistrustful) . Secretive. Liar lies never speaks truth does not know why.
    • Company aversion to presence of others agg. Company desire for aversion to solitude
    • Morose (cross fretful ill-humor peevish).
    • Malicious (spiteful vindictive). Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences.
    • Indifference loved ones to.
    • Insanity, megalomania. Squanders.
    • Indolence. Indifference (apathy).
    • Remorse.
    • Erections wanting (impotency).
    • Dwells on past disagreeable occurrences.
    • Fear death of.


    Kent on Syphilinum
    Forgetful. Weak minded. Laughing and weeping without cause. He cannot remember faces, names, dates, events, books or places. He cannot calculate. Despair of recovery Melancholia. Fears he is going insane. IMBECILITY.

    Indifferent to his friends, and feels no delight in anything Dreads the night and dreads the morning, as the weakness and soreness are worse on waking. He always says he is not himself and he cannot feel like himself.

    A middle-aged man who had suffered many years from latent syphilis abandoned his business and remained at home lamenting and sad His wife supported the family by keeping boarders After receiving a few doses of Syphilinum he took on new energy and became industrious and prosperous.