Psorinum is classified as a Nosode remedy, due to it being derived from the diseased tissue, in this case a scabies vesicle (a liquid filled blister formed in or beneath the skin). Not surprisingly, this remedy has a large affiliation to the skin; however, as this assignment will demonstrate, Psorinum is far deeper remedy with key note symptoms affecting all layers of the person. Known as the remedy keynote of under-functioning, the following synthesis will address this symptom in connection with the Mappa Mundi and doctrine of signature of the material source.
In line with Miasmatic theory Psorinum could be directly related to the Psora miasm due to the key theme of under functioning as a thread through the remedy. However, as this assignment will show the polarity of the remedy could directly relate to the sycosis at his polar state.
Material Source/ Nature
Scabies is a highly contagious skin disease caused by the infestation of a mite that burrows under the skin. A disease with a long history dating back to over 2500 years when Aristotle discussed ‘lice in the flesh’ which resulted in vesicle, the mite itself has remained relatively unchanged (not mutated) since. Originally associated with poorer communities, where sanitation, personal hygiene and overcrowding prevailed, scabies is prevalent across society but continues to be problematic in places were populations are relatively close in contact such as schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other such institutions. It is true, however that the stigma associated with poorer societies and scabies remains and epidemics are still found in 3rd world countries, with the World Health Organisation using such outbreaks as a benchmark for poverty, human development and health.
Here the first relationship between the source and patient can be found with the element of poverty and misfortune possibly being apparent during a case. The rubrics Mind, fear, poverty of, and Mind, fear, misfortune of are two examples of such relationships when indeed, the patient is not usually at threat of such socioeconomic or physical standards and therefore it could be argued is a energetic trait of the source itself. The lifecycle of the mite itself is a possible key indicator of such a relationship. The female mite, living for around one month, once fertilised post mating (the male dies soon after and only one mating encounter is required for longevity of egg laying) burrows under the skin where in the region of 1 to 3 eggs are laid on a daily basis. Approximately only 1% of all eggs hatch and survive to adulthood to recommence the lifecycle above. Generals, Reaction, Lack of is a key note indicator to Psorinum and can be related to the lack of reaction to hatching and maturity of the mite. Generals, Odor, of the body, Offensive and Perspiration, Odor, Fetid, Perspiration, Odor, Offensive are specifically key to the material as the Mite itself is blind and relies on odour and thermals to find its host. Here the human body could be mimicking the energy of the material substance with the Psorinum patient being named the great unwashable due to their appearance and odour, possibly through no personal lifestyle or hygiene choice. Interestingly the patient can complain of itching becoming worse when warm and especially with the warmth of the bed, Skin, Itching, Scratching, Warm, Becoming on and Skin, Itching, Scratching, Warm, Bed, On becoming warm in The mite is reputed to be inactive during the day and actively burrows in the skin during the night, as a patient is usually in bed during the night time, it is possible to establish a link here to the symptoms and life cycle. The rubric, Stomach, appetite, increased night could also mimic the activity of the mite with regard to energy required to burrow into the skin. The warmth aspect, however, is even more interesting as low temperatures can render the mite immobile. A Psorinum patient is considered a cold patient with the remedy gaining another description as the ‘chilly sulphur’. Known to be wearing a hat during summer months, and Skin, eruptions, itching, cold air, agg could be described as a modality of summer and <winter. An aspect
of the mite’s lifecycle requires noting here with its fertility being better in Sept and December thus possibly causing the rubric, Generals,weather, changes of weather, agg. and the preference for summer in the patients wellbeing.
Further evidence of the lack of reaction, lack of vitality and under functioning, including the slowness to improve of some Psorinum patients it is the clinically accepted that the extended period of time the rash can take to respond to treatment is due to dead mites remaining under the skin once they have been killed Supporting the rubric, Generals, weakness, acute disease, with. This illustration demonstrates the areas of the body that can be affected and it is clear the mite can invade a large area of the human body’s surface. Obviously the vital force of an individual would be affected if such an acute infestation was experienced or indeed such depletion in vitality could be an energetic expression of the presenting scabies signature.
Psorinum has been described visually within the Mappa Mundi model as a remedy that can be placed along the axis of Fire and Air as polarities within the energetic essence of the remedy itself, See Illustration 2 (Psorinum Mappa Mundi). Here a truer picture of the remedy begins to unfold and the polarities within the emotional, mental, and physical symptoms become apparent. The axis is positioned between the four temperaments. By analysing the emotional and mental symptoms against the characteristics of the choleric, sanguine, melancholic and phlegmatic temperaments, the psychology of Psorinum comes to life as it takes on aspects of each temperament it lies between. At its lowest emotional and mental ebb, Psorinum could be described as melancholic. Rubrics such as mind, despair, recovery of and mind, suicidal thoughts are emotional manifestations of the melancholic temperament. Hock highlights the characteristics of despondency/ lack of courage and the tendency for inner deepest reflections, thus the fear and despair symptoms being present. Hock continues with the description of the love of retirement, silence and solitude, including the desire for self-seclusion which is echoed by Norland where he provides the description of a solitary man in contemplation. Mind, company, aversion to, accurately reflects this description.
The phlegmatic temperament is at the same point of the axis as the melancholic. The Generals, reaction, lack of rubric has an energetic ‘fit’ to this temperament. Norland summarises this as ‘disappearing from the fray when the going gets tough and minimal resistance. Hock’s description includes feeble reactions with no intense passions. This accurately describes the lack of reaction to either disease or remedies that have been
observed in the Psorinum patient. Hock continues by stating the phlegmatic does not demand much of life with little interest in whatever goes on around him.
Taking both melancholic and phlegmatic temperaments into consideration Mind, indifference, sadness, with is an excellent summary of this aspect of the axis being situated equally between the two.
In its polarity state Psorinum lies between choleric and sanguine. According to Hock, the choleric temperament is opinionated, confident with a tendency to domineer and show
contempt to others by mocking and persecution, including furious outbursts of anger. Norland reflects a similar personality of a self-assured and relentless person. The choleric influence could be the main influencing factor in the rubric Mind, unfriendly. Mind, mood, repulsive and Mind, mania, alternating with depression which accurately illustrates the polarity within the remedy and Mappa Mundi.
The Sanguine temperament has been described by Norland as an optimistic, forever hopeful personality. With Hock describing sanguine as optimistic and cheerful where moods change easily. Here the rubrics Mind, mood changeable. Mind, mirth, alternating with weeping and Mind, cheerful alternating with sadness echo Hock and Norland’s descriptions. Such internal conflict could also be the cause for the sensation of Mind, delusion, head, separated from body, head is. Not surprisingly the patient could have a sense of detachment from themselves mentally as the polarity in emotions experienced from sudden mood changes and emotional imbalances must be mentally exhausting and confusing with a sense of separation from body and mind.
Taking the information above into consideration, the polarity within the emotional and mental characteristics of Psorinum become more obvious to the Homeopath. The polarities could also explain the Strange Rare and Peculiar (SRP) symptom of Generals, well, unusually, well, then aggravates due to the possibility of sudden wellbeing to disease along the axis, and interconnected temperament characteristics. The Mappa Mundi, is also a useful tool to reflect the modalities and explain the sensations experienced. Psorinum is known to be <cold and the element Air at the bottom of the axis is described as the cold element. Not surprisingly this is at the same point of as melancholic and phlegmatic that both reflect the lowest point of the emotional/ mind state. Psorinum is sensitive to seasonal change and is better during the warmer seasons. Again the Mappa Mundi illustrates this with the more active mind states being at the same end of the axis as the Summer and Spring seasons.
From the information contained in this synthesis and especially in connection with the Choleric and Sanguine temperaments, an explanation for the Mind, forsaken feeling rubric that can be experienced is possible. The mood changes, unfriendly demeanour and the earlier mentioned aversion to company, as well as the self imposed seclusion, could all cause confusion and offence to the Psorinum’s social circle and the feelings experienced could indeed be a true reflection of reality or indeed a delusion when at their lowest mood state. The element of despairing recovery could also impose a sense of feeling forsaken of good health when recovery from an acute illness is slow, even with remedies for support.
Physical symptoms of Psorinum which can possibly be applied to the Mappa Mundi include Ear, inflammation, media, all. Ear, discharges, offensive, meat, like putrid could be associated with the fire element as it is generally accepted that inflammations and discharges are considered hot in their presentation, similarly with the rubrics, Stomach, eructations, rancid. Stomach, eructations, eggs like spoiled, smelling like. The Stools of the patient are loose and offensive in odour. Stool, odor, offensive and loose in their consistency.
Example Family Group Relationships – Psorinum and the Spider Remedies
As stated at the beginning of this assignment, Psorinum is classified as a Nosode remedy and belongs to this family of remedies. However, to synthesise further and widen the comparative data, it can be argued that the spider remedy family is also suitable for Psorinum due to the source of the remedy, Scabies mite being an arachnid in its biological classification. Lifecycle and habitual behaviour is similar in characteristics such as inactivity during the daytime with most having a nocturnal existence. Interestingly the spider remedy common thread is very similar to that of Psorinum with regard to symptomology and characteristics, with some sharing the similar axis of polarities within the Mappa Mundi model. Spider remedies are renowned for their feeling of weakness (feeling small in comparison to the world around them), sense of isolation and reclusive living. Rage with tremendous passions is indicated with Tarentula Hispanica and similar to Psorinum the symptom can alternate within its polarity, Mind, anger, despair with Mind, mood, changeable is a good example of this. Skin symptoms are also in common within the family group. Both Tarentula Cubensis and Hispanica have this affinity with symptoms such as skin eruptions, irritation with modalities such as <night and <for scratching which are also key to the Psorinum remedy picture.
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