Homeopathic Birth Kit Reference chart

Remedy 
Homeopathic Birth Kit  
Aconite 
Intense fear, distressed before labour 
Arnica 
Weak labour, sore, feeling bruised 
Bellis Perennis 
Uterus feeling squeezed, deeply bruised  
Calendula 
After delivery to aid comfort 
Carbo Vegetabalis 
No energy after fluid loss 
Caulophyllum 
Weak labour pains, threatened induction 
Chamomilla 
Inconsolable, wants support then doesn’t  
Cimicifuga 
Nervous shivers, slow labour pains 
Gelsemium 
Labour pains affecting the thighs 
Hypericum 
Violent pains after forceps delivery 
Ipecacuanha 
Haemorrhage with cutting uterine pain 
Kali Carbonica 
Inefficient labour pains felt in back 
Kali Phosporica 
Inefficient labour pains, nervous exhaustion 
Phytolacca 
Breast feeding problems after delivery 
Pulsatilla 
Labour pains worse for lying 
Secale 
To expel a retained placenta 
Sepia 
Severe pains which drag down 
Staphysagria 
Pains after childbirth with anger 
Sources. Allen. Materia Medica and Phatak’s Materia Medica 

Remedy and Infertility Charecteristics

REMEDY 
Characteristic One (FEMALE) 
Characteristic Two (FEMALE) 
Agnus Castus 
Scanty Menses 
Dislike of Intercourse 
Helonias 
Too frequent and profuse menses 
Uterine Haemorrhage 
Platina 
Menses too early and profuse 
Ovaritis 
Sepia 
Prolapse of uterus and vagina 
Leucorrhoea (yellow/ green and itchy) 
Viburnum Opulus 
Late Menses 
Leucorrhoea (thick and white with copious amounts) 
REMEDY 
Characteristic One (MALE) 
Characteristic Two (MALE) 
Agnus Castus 
Impotence 
Low emission on ejaculation 
Borax 
Premature Ejaculation 
Indifference to coition 
Cicuta 
Testicles drawn up to abdomen (which can cause restriction) 
Pain beneath penis extending to glands which can cause painful sex 
Sabal Serrulata 
Prostate problems  
Loss of sexual power – impotence or low semen/ sperm production 
Source. Allen. Materia Medica 

More to me than you ‘care’ to think!

A poem reflecting a real life experience of the lack of compassion a consultant showed during an annual cancer check up. 

More to me than you ‘care’ to think!

I am more than just the disease you see,
here lying in the bed.
Or sitting in the chair
outside the clinic that you led.

But let me introduce you to
the patient that you see,
and then you’ll realise who it is.
Not disease, nor check-up, but me!

But first just let me set the scene
as we get close to check-up date.
I worry what you will say to me
as your results could seal my fate.

Inside this so called patient
is a beast I cannot tame.
One that appointment date awakes,
fear and terror is its name.

I have got to know this beast so well
since we met when I was four.
With the surgery and chemotherapy
for Cancer that came knocking at my door.

Now still forty years later
Fear and terror wakes again
As the check up date comes closer
your clinic door, the lion’s den!

First of all the clinical tests.
the blood test from my veins
I watch it fill the path lab pot?
My future it contains.

The terror then starts, the fear attacks
A weakness it has seen
As I sit and wait and worry
whilst you consider it routine.

You’re late again, clinic time delayed,
the beast attacks once more
As I’m waiting for you to call my name
through a semi-opened door.

And consider when I enter,
that I’m not just another on your list
but a person who has this done to
every year with not one missed!

Your bloods are fine lets examine you
routine again I bet.
But every lump and bump you find
brings back memories I can’t forget.

So again more tests, a further wait
This time the beast remains.
I really wish you would understand
what your actions and words contain.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming you
For what the tests you do may find.
But I blame you for not looking
in my eyes and what’s behind.

I am more than just a process
that must be followed year on year
and the words that will put the beast at bay
are ‘Good news. You are all clear!’

Then the beast will sleep again
Just sleep. Not disappear.
But wait to wake and rise once more
for my appointment again next year.

So now you’ve seen the person here
with fear and terror interlinked.
Look behind these eyes of mine.
There’s more to me than you ‘care’ to think!

 

Susceptibility, Predisposition and Inheritance

Susceptibility, Inheritance and Predisposition

Susceptibility has been described by key homeopathic writers such as Kent, Vithoulkas and the founding father of homeopathy as we know it, Samuel Hahnemann.
The Organon of Medicine Aphorisms 30 to 32 highlights Hahnemann’s key theories of susceptibility and disease. Aphorism 31 for example describes disease as a force, partly physical, partly psychical to which our being is exposed and cannot make someone ill unconditionally. In order to be ‘made’ ill our organism has to be sufficiently susceptible to the attack.
Kent further explains this by introducing the concept of man being susceptible to natural diseases upon a certain plane. He goes on to explain that the susceptibility works in accordance to the plane the person is in and the degree of attenuation that happens to be present at the time of any contagion, thus the degree of the disease cause experienced fits the susceptibility at the moment the person is made sick. Kent also highlights that the aspect of cure and contagion are very similar and the principles apply to both aspects of disease and susceptibility. In essence Kent is describing two types of susceptibility. Firstly, the individual being susceptible to disease in the aspect of becoming ill and secondly the individual susceptibility to homeopathic remedies in order to cure the disease and maintain health and wellbeing by ensuring the correct remedy at the potency the person is susceptible to is prescribed.
Vithoulkas discusses susceptibility in the Science of Homeopathy and describes Kent’s theory as disease being a morbific stimulus which resonates with a particular level of susceptibility of the organism. This stimulus is called the exciting cause and maybe a micro-organism, foreign chemical, emotional shock or other influence. He continues to explain that susceptibility can also be described as a predisposition which is known as the maintaining cause. In effect, Vithoulkas is describing the concept of the exciting cause being the direct cause of a disease such as a virus/ bacteria and the maintaining cause being a predisposition of disease that maintains a lower state of health in an individual thus impacting on their signs and symptoms.
It can be argued that all three writers are describing the same facets of disease being that of two causes, the first, being the outside influence such as a seasonal virus etc resonating with the individual susceptibility of each person and secondly, due to predisposed and maintaining causes in the person’s body impacting on their vital force resulting in illness or not affecting them in any way.
Yasgur summarises susceptibility within the Homeopathic Dictionary in two distinct definitions incorporating all of the aforementioned theories:-
Degree of sensitivity to outside influences – sensitivity to disease producing influences.
Susceptibility to a remedy. The patient either reacts well or perhaps over-reacts to it.
So how does inheritance and predisposition affect an individual?
Susceptibility as described by Kent is dependent on the plane the person is in and Vithoulkas similarly alludes to this in his writing on exciting and maintaining causes or predisposition. Although recognising that physical pathologies exist, Homeopathy has an embedded belief that the susceptibility occurs as a result of a number of factors such as lifestyle, life events and diet for example impact on the individual susceptibility at any one time. This position places the person on the ‘plane’ as described by Kent, thus increasing the risk of becoming ill. Homeopathically, it is believed that all disease impacts on the body’s vital force and it is through the organism’s energy the signs and symptoms of illness in an individual occur, resulting in the vital force becoming weaker than the organism in question at that time, consequently requiring the support to become stronger than the evading pathology.
Vithoulkas described this as the exciting cause and within the same passage described the aspect of predisposition. It is believed that each individual has a predisposition to illness and in particular chronic disease. A miasm, as this predisposition is also known is a complex aspect of homeopathy, though simplistically it can be described as a predisposition. Hahnemann describes the miasm as inherited predispositions which allow a disease to take root. These diseases are delayed, accelerated or modified as a result of this inheritance. For the Homeopath, here lies the challenge in in taking the case. A patient’s case taking is largely reliant on the individual ability to recall a full medical history, (anamnesis) including familial history, diseases experienced and treatments received which may have caused a level of suppression or further aggravation on their miasmatic taint. Such miasmatic traits can be described as an obstacle to cure and underpins our present, predominant and persistent symptoms for which we may consult a homeopath. In essence the miasm is the soil in which the disease grows and not the actual manifesting disease itself. It is here we see the possible dangers of suppression that is found in allopathic medical practices and one to a certain extent the patient can cause unintentionally. Vithoulkas highlights such aspects as predisposing weaknesses of the defense mechanism which can be affected by three major factors:-
Hereditary influence (miasm)
Strong Infectious Diseases (contagion)
Previous treatments and vaccinations (suppression and anamnesis)
As a result of the above, the journey of disease can deeper penetrate the layers of humankind, thus exacerbating the problems of the soil taint and manifestation of individualistic disease symptomatology. In summary, the soil being further contaminated, increasing susceptibility to disease.
The other aspect of susceptibility that requires discussion in order to effectively answer
the question is the susceptibility to remedies of each individual. Kent discusses this and states that only ‘enough medicine must be given to establish order’. In this he possible refers to the fact that individual people will react differently to potencies to support their vital force strength to bring about homeostasis and cure the disease in question. He continues to describe the fact that some people may have slow reactions to remedies, thus slowing the process of healing down if doses are repeated and conversely some people with a high susceptibility to remedies can have adverse reactions to repeated doses. Here one can see the ethos of Homeopathy being echoed in Kent’s writing, that of Hahnemann’s first and second aphorisms, ‘the sole mission of the physician is to cure rapidly, gently and permanently’.
The remedy selection itself is of high importance in ensuring that the similimum is achieved by effective case taking, rubric selection and repertorisation in order to ensure the holistic aspects of patient case picture and symptomatology that resonates with the individual’s vital force a cure can be achieved in the least harmful and quickest way. The similimum itself is key to the aspect of susceptibility, predisposition and inheritance as Yasgur describes it as ‘the remedy that most closely corresponds to the totality of symptoms. The one, that when found is always curative.’ However, it is not just the remedy picture within the similimum that needs to be taken into consideration. The energetic picture of the patient needs to be carefully considered in relation in potency selection. As discussed individuals are susceptible of two levels, one being the disease and one being the remedy itself. Here the homeopath, when taking the case needs to carefully assess the potency of the symptoms present, the energy of the miasmatic taint and the pathology of disease to facilitate the direction to cure of the patient through the similimum matching in all aspects with correct potency selection to gently direct the cure without possibility of aggravation or prolonged suffering with a potency that is too high or too low.
Hahnemann, discusses an example of how the patient remedy selection, curative approach and miasmatic influence in the organon in an example where he highlights the symptoms disappearing but later returning on a deeper level. Here he asserted that failing to match the remedy and potency to the exact similimum and underlying miasm did fully bring about the cure he and the patient were looking for.

Conclusion
Taking the highlighted philosophical information into consideration it can be argued that susceptibility, inheritance and predisposition are inter-dependable in relation to homeopathic case taking, prescribing and treatment. The modus operandi of the similimum is to act upon the vital force to bring about a homeostasis within the miasmatic taint, predisposition and susceptibility of a patient in order to cure the disease(s) being experienced. However, the challenge is find the similimum on all levels so the remedy can perform the gentle miracles that is the true essence of homeopathy.

Hot Bathing Aggravates

Hot Bathing Aggravates

Introduction

A hot bath is considered to some as a medium for relaxation; however, for others the opposite can become the reality. The mappa mundi relationship to hot bathing can be described as involving all  four elements. Fire and water creating the heat, hot water and steam. Air reacting with the steam and water and causing a cooling effect and the earth with its dryness which follows the bathing experience. However, looking further into ‘worlds’ associated with the elements within the mappa mundi, ‘aggravated’ by this stimuli becomes further apparent. Fire – world of images, air – world of thought, water – world of emotion and earth – the world of sensation, the homeopath can begin to understand the physical and emotional aggravations of the remedy picture. At any one time or indeed together, the worlds, elements and patient picture can be aroused during bathing and taking into consideration that the ‘bath’ is where people usually associate with relaxing and the physical aspects of a hot bath  it is easy to see how the worlds of thought, sensation, emotions, images and elemental associations can surface.

Belladonna

Doctrine of signatures

A member of the Nightshade family  associated with food sources, medicines, tobacco and poisons with best yields within sunny and dry climates. Affinities with the nerve centres, blood vessels and capillaries and skin.

Mappa Mundi

A dual axis schema with fire and air elements and Choleric, Phlegmatic temperament.

Remedy Keynotes

Marked effects from change of temperatures

Sudden and violent

Heat and burning sensation

Rush of blood to the head and face

Hallucination

Sudden explosion of anger

Violence, delirium, mania and psychosis

Head pains

Redness

Inflammation

Fever

Aggravation

Having an affinity to the nerve centres, blood vessels, capillaries and skin it is clear to understand how the hot bathing can aggravate the remedy picture on a physical level. Being a hot, violent remedy theme, further heat could, in effect take the individual to a boiling over of symptoms and the marked effects of temperature change is also evident. Physically, a reaction of the body when exposed to heat such as when in hot bathing is as a direct result of blood vessel and capillary physiology. When exposed, the body’s first reaction is to restore the body back to its normal temperature. This is achieved, by the heart pumping faster to bring blood to the surface and disperse body heat into the air. The blood vessels constrict and dilate to deal with the extra pressure placed upon them. The skin may become redder as the blood rises to the surface in reaction. Here, the heat and redness associated with the remedy can become aggravated and the already ‘hot’ constitution becomes hotter as a result.  The physical heat experienced has been described as burning and here the aggravation of submersion in hot water can be understood. Interestingly, the mental and emotional picture linked to both the Belladonna and hot bathing mappa mundi schema demonstrates further the states of aggravation. Fire highlights the hallucinations, visions and alertness that can be experienced whereas the air element can be associated to the individual’s detachment from reality as they continue to live in a world of their own. Choleric, linked to the explosive anger and violence of this remedy and phlegmatic with the fears that can follow hallucination such as dogs etc. The violence of choleric, linked to the divine wrath of Fire or of importance due to the heat of the hot bathing and the dryness of heat despite being submersed in water thus impacting on both fire and choleric symptomology.

In summary the combination of fire and air in this remedy can become the aggravating stimuli affecting the choleric and phlegmatic temperaments.

Bryonia

Doctrine of signatures

Bryonia is a member of the Gourd family that are found in abundance within the tropics and do not thrive in cold or frost due to their high sensitivity to temperature changes. Affinities with the Circulation, Serous membranes, Chest, Joints and abdomen.

Mappa Mundi

A dual axis schema with the elements, earth and water, and the Choleric, Phlegmatic Temperaments

Remedy Keynotes

Dryness

Adverse to being disturbed

Fear or poverty/ financial ruin

Preoccupation with business/ work

Anxiety about future

Dryness of mucous membranes

Warm blooded

Extreme thirst

for perspiration

Aggravation

Of note is the absence of the hot bath axis of fire and air within this remedy; however, being replaced with the earth/ water mappa mundi axis is of importance. The heat aspect in this remedy may not be the aggravating stimuli but rather the wet and dry polarity. Being aggravated by heat as highlighted in the modality, the patient can be better for perspiration, so perhaps a dry heat would be a more positive experience that that of a hot bath. The individual likes to have control over their business affairs and the fears of poverty/ business failure that can occur drive and motivate them. Having a hot bath makes an individual let go for a while and become somewhat idle, suspended almost in another world than that of the norm, so it is here the aggravation of not tending to business affairs and relaxing could be the precipitating factor. The dryness associated to the earth element can be associated to the world of structure, a solid form that holds a stability and rigidity and practical organisation to the way we live. Water on the other hand has a flow, non-formulaic and non-rigid make up and this aspect of hot bathing is likely to impact on the remedy state. Phlegmatic, in bryonia would exacerbate the fears experienced and in some aspects the sense of failure for not attending to their duty and physically the mucous membranes that are affected in this remedy are associated with this temperament. On the mappa mundi both phlegmatic and water are next to each other which is where the aggravation can come from. In its polarity, the dryness of non-bathing can exacerbate the need for work, irritability of wanting to be left alone and ambitious formality of work and business. The modality of better for perspiration, is clearly a sign of the earth element holding back the flow of water thus perspiration indicating a relief of symptoms once flow has been restored but the caution of the doctrine of signatures of sensitivity to temperatures needs to be applied. The aggravation of having to get out of a hot bath to a colder environment, thus forcing a change of temperature can also be a factor. In summary, the dryness of the theme of Bryonia is reflective of the hot bathing aggravates but possibly for more or a mental/ emotional reason rather than a physical response to the experience.

Iodum

Doctrine of Signatures

A member of the halogen group of elements it is classed as a rarer element that forms sparingly within seawater after being assimilated in seaweeds especially within salt and oil wells. Although a valuable life source and found in foods, in its elemental form it can be toxic. Affinities with Glands, Thyroid, Mucous membranes, heart and larynx

Mappa Mundi

A dual axis schema with main axis being Fire and Air elements and sanguine, melancholic temperaments

Remedy Keynotes

Excitement and intolerable restlessness

Hurried

Frightful

Always too hot

Insatiable appetite

Violent impulses if forced to be inactive

Aggravation

The axis of fire and air can be related directly to the hot bath schema and with the influencing elements within the remedy picture. The restlessness in particular with the fire and the suicidal tendencies that can be present in relation to the air remedy. Here, the hot bath for example with the heat then cold sensations that can be experienced during and after bathing can be aggravating causes. Of particular note is the phlegmatic temperament. Heat and water produces steam and the sanguine temperaments lie between both the fire and water elements. Here the hurried, spontaneity of ideas and intensity of the Iodum personality shines through and could be exacerbated by the steam present in both the physical bath and the sanguine temperament.

The hurried aspect, like a geyser will explode and then suddenly stop before revigorating in effect retreating away and disappearing. Having a tendency to a hot constitutions, hot bathing could aggravate by increasing the central heat of the individual. On a more basic level, the idleness that goes hand in hand with a hot bath can aggravate the restless individual requiring the remedy as a result of the basis of being forced to do nothing.  The remedy source is of interest with regards to the element forming within seawater and becoming solidified by further absorption. Here an aggravation could be due to the element transformation after contact with water coming through to the individual picture. 

Lachesis

Doctrine of Signatures

The bush master snake belongs to the pitvipers family of snakes and inhabits four distinct areas of the tropical rain forest that receives more than 2,000mm of rainfall per year. It is one of the largest venomous snakes. Affinities with the nerves, blood, heart and circulation.

Mappa Mundi

A dual axis schema with fire and air elements and an axis between sanguine and melancholic.

Remedy Keynotes

Sharp tongued

Overactive mind

Loquacity

Suspicion

Intense

Vivid Imagination

Anger and aggressiveness

Hot

Aggravation

With a similar schema to Iodum it is possible to see the similarities between the fire and water elements causing the steam affecting the sanguine aspects of the remedy picture. Here the overactive mind, sharp tongue and intensity can become further present in the picture as a result of exposure in the hot bath. Likewise with Iodum, the mind is unable to switch off whilst ‘relaxing’ in a bath and therefore an aggravation can be experienced. Physically, and as stated previously, the physiological responses to the hot bath affects the circulation, heart rate and the physical symptoms of varices could be worsened during such activities. The sensory experience of a hot bath is also a neurological response when entering or leaving it. Although the wet aspects may not be a problem, the doctrine of signatures shows that wet environs are where the source originates, the nerve response to the heat stimuli may be too much for the person to handle thus the remedy having an affinity to the nerves. The hyper alertness of the source to sensory stimulation is possibly coming to the fore of the remedy energy here, thus being perceived as an aggravation due to the human form not being attuned to handling such neurological responses in the same way. The response of blood vessels constricting and dilating as part of the physiological response to heat could also aggravate here due to the remedy’s feeling of constriction.  Conversely the melancholic aspects of the remedy could become aggravated with further introversion, suppression of emotions and inferiority becoming aggravated. This could be mainly attributed to the feeling of being cold after hot bathing linking to the exposure of the air element.

Natrum Mur

Doctrine of Signatures

Sodium chloride or salt which is sourced by evaporation of brine from underground salt deposits or from sea salt by solar evaporation. Salt has both a dissolving and crystalisation property. Dropped into water, it will dissolve and by evaporation it will crystallise. Affinities with Nutrition, Mind, Heart, Blood and Glands

Mappa Mundi

Two axis Schema between Earth and Water elements and Sanguine/ Melancholic temperaments. 

Remedy Keynotes

Suppression of emotions

Depression

Sad, yet unable to weep

Aversion to company and consolation

Ailments from grief

Unable to urinate in front of others

Aggravation

Here we see the elements of earth and water being the major axis in the mappa mundi schema of the remedy. Of major importance here is the concept of suppression of emotions within the remedy and the earth element with its rigidity and boundaries is of influence. The aggravation could come from the water itself and not necessarily the direct heat, but water is related to the flow of emotions and this could be the main factor of aggravation due to the resistance of internal flow and preference for the boundaries and solidity of emotions linked to the earth element. The sanguine temperament can become aggravated due to the associated steam. In particular the source aspect of evaporation and dissolving. The energy of the source could be activated here and the aggravation could be a manifestation of this in the patient. Areas such as the fear of being rejected and wanting company could become worsened as a result of the sanguine aggravation. The resistance and internal energetic fear of evaporation could cause an aggravation towards the rigidity of the earth element. Here the melancholic temperament of depression, desire to be alone and retreating inwardly could be aggravated. The nakedness of bathing could also be an aggravating factor here as a sense of great vulnerability can be experienced. Being a mainly clothed species, humans can feel extremely vulnerable when in their natural naked form. In summary, the mix of water, steam and innate vulnerability of this remedy could be the main causes of aggravation to the symptoms experienced.

Opium

Doctrine of SIgnatures

From the poppy seed that grows in abundance in a north temperate zone. It is considered a delicate flower with wafer thin petals that can be damaged easily in wind or rain. Affinity with Mind, senses and nerves

Mappa Mundi

A single axis schema between the elements fire and air

Remedy Keynotes

Blissful, peaceful, dream like states

Stupor and Coma

Warm Blooded

Face flushed red

Ailments from fright

Withdrawal

Aggravation

Having a single axis mappa mundi schema can easily be associated to the mappa mundi of a hot bath in relation to the aspects of heat and the coldness of air; however, I consider Opium to be a complex remedy and further exploration of the elemental influence is needed to explain the aggravations experienced. Obvious to this assignment is the warm blooded keynote to this remedy and the aggravation of heat whilst having a hot bath, however the aggravations to the blissful, peaceful and dream like state also associated with fire could be on two levels. The heat of fire aggravation through the temperature of water and the suspended animation aspects of having a hot bath itself. The aggravation could take the form of further bliss in the patient and dream states in the patient. The withdrawal aspect of the picture could also become aggravated when the change of temperature affects the nerve response on the patient. Here the feeling of stupor, withdrawal and sleep (coma) could aggravate as a result. Ailments from fright which could be considered as being related to both aspects of the polarity of fire and air could become aggravated as the individual relaxes in the suspension of a hot bath as their physical body relaxes and the senses take over, including thoughts or passed disagreeable memories. In summary, the bath which can place some people into a blissfully relaxed state as part of a naturally accepted response could place the patient in the opium picture in further states of detachment from reality.

Secale

Doctrine of Signatures

A kingdom fungi which is a parasitic fungi that feeds of living things usually in moist environments. The fungi lays dormant in the soil until conditions and susceptibility of the plant to which they attach is at its optimum for survival. Affinities with Muscles, Blood and uterus.

Mappa Mundi

A single axis schema with an axis between the fire and air element.

Remedy Keynotes

Restlessness

Confusion and Forgetfulness

Censorius, sarcasm and contempt

Burning and heat

Skin feels cold but patient feels burning hot

(one of the hottest remedies in the materia medica)

Hemorrhage

Mental dullness, indifference

Aggravation

Not surprisingly due to the heat of this remedy a main aggravation can be directly related to the element of fire. WIthin this element the restless may be the key aspect of the case that has aggravated as a result and the patient may state that instead of relaxation, the hot bath caused them to become more restless than usual or extremities, urogenital and gastrointestinal symptoms increase in intensity in relation to the heat and burning that can be experienced. The patient may feel better from cold, however, one could find an aggravation in the air element as a result of hot bathing. The patient may take to too much cold to alleviate the symptoms after the hot bathing experience. Areas such as indifference, concern about losing his/ her sanity may come to the fore as a result of this elemental aggravation. Of note is the concept of hemorrhage. Normally associated with the blood, fire element, the physiological results of fluid loss is one of shock with the body becoming cold as a result in order to channel the remaining blood to the vital organs to sustain life, thus demonstrating the polarity of fire and air which can be associated to hot bathing. The doctrine of signatures is also worth noting in relation to the parasite (fungi) remaining dormant in the soil until the warm moist environment of its soon to be host. The energetic blueprint of the source can be directly related here. The soil (miasm), host plant (human) and fungi (secale state) can be following the pattern of the source itself with the hot bath providing the stimuli for realising the natural processes required for the secale picture.

Sulphur

Doctrine of Signatures

Sulphur is an element compound. Yellow in colour, odourless, tasteless and insoluble in water. It is found in all living organisms including in proteins, vitamins and hormones. Affinities with circulation, membranes, nutritive organs and skin.

Mappa Mundi

A single axis schema with the axis between fire and air.

Remedy Keynotes

Egotism

Laziness

Indifferent to appearance

Philosophical

Extroverted

Critical

Warm and aggravated by heat

Discharges. Offensive

Skin eruptions

Aggravation

Being of a warm constitution it is easy to see how a hot bath can aggravate the sulphur state. Not only due to the heat experienced but the skin eruptions can become aggravated from the rush of blood to the skin surface as discussed previously. Emotionally, the fire element could become over stimulated and the egotism and extroversion could become more evident in the individual. On the polarity, the laziness, introverted character may come to the fore due to the aggravated state of the air element. The sulphur state does not usually take appearances into consideration on any level be it clothing, hair or even hygiene and the aggravating of taking a hot bath may not be the physical reactions of the bath itself but the concept of having to bath in the first place and taking some interest in their appearance to others.

Conclusion

The concept of ‘hot bath aggravates’ may appear somewhat minimal in the scheme of case taking and prescription as a stand alone modality but as I have shown, through careful analysis of the source, keynotes and mappa mundi one can begin to understand how the modality could be of high importance in a case to decide the remedy for prescription.

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Camphora

Remedy Synthesis – CAMPHORA

Remedy Source

Camphor is derived from a gum tree, known as the Camphor Laurel that can be found in Asia and has the potential to grow to a size of the European Oak Tree. The remedy source is the ‘gum’ that penetrates the whole tree and has a potent odour that is described as volatile, thus meaning the odour becoming airborne when exposed to the elements. It has many current and historical uses including culinary where it is used in sweet and sour dishes and most recently mainly being used in sweet confectionary. Medicinal, where in Arabic countries is topically applied to sprains, swellings and inflammation and produces cooling feelings when in contact with the skin, acting as a slight anaesthetic. Orally, camphor has been used to treat minor heart symptoms, fatigue and in some cases, mania. Interestingly and of note in the synthesis is the ceremonial use of Camphor in the Hindu religion. Within such communities, camphor is used in the burning of the sacred flame and burns with a cool flame leaving no ashes behind. However, is mainly used in open air temples today due to the high carbon deposits it can leave behind after burning due to the risk to people’s health, in particular breathing and Emphysema risks.

The effects Camphor can have on the body is similar to that of Muscarnic receptor agonists that are substances that affect the cellular membranes, neurons and cells themselves such as, Tachycardia, flushing of the skin, slow breathing and reduced appetite in small doses to irritability, disorientation, lethargy, muscle spasms, vomiting, stomach cramps, seizures and convulsions when Camphor is present in large doses.

As the above information highlights, Camphor was and still is a widely used substance and has many physical characteristics that fit the homeopathic remedy picture. The picture that is present in the remedy, (illustrated mainly by the mappa mundi map on the last page) is reflected in the source such as burning heat with a cool flame, sweet and sour use in cooking, and cooling feeling upon contact with the skin as a result of inflammation/ sprains that are considered hot in their origin.

 

Camphora – A remedy of Tension

I close my eyes and answer no questions.

My mind not aware of impeding intentions.

Like the darkness I fear due to spectres and evil,

the furniture alive and possessed by a devil.

 

Dear God where are you at this time of my need,

you deserted my life with incredible speed.

The devil’s replaced all the goodness you brought,

with evil and terror, now in fear overwrought.

 

The anger, the rage, the violent excitement.

Uncontrollable thoughts, a murderous indictment.

Exhaustion becomes my opposite person.

The state that I’m in I feel will just worsen.

 

The mania takes hold, my head in frenzy

emotions a seesaw, acting aggressively.

Then sudden coldness, descends on my being.

Loss of sensation, unconsciousness deepening.

 

I am dead, I am gone, is this death? Has it found me?

No! I’m alive, I am here, I’m so happy.

The pains hot and burning, tearing and tender,

inflamed nerves and organs. Prostration surrendered.

 

 

I am cold, I uncover, windows open, air around me.

But hot like a flash, turn the heat up and cover me.

Now the coldness again, take them off. I need cooling,

nothing can help as this pendulum’s fuelling.

 

I want to jump out bed and jump out of window,

as my nurse looks upon me thinking ‘god he’s a weirdo.

Nothing will please him, or mellow his mood,

he rips of his clothing. He’s incredibly crude.’

 

My brain is confused. My body is more so,

as the heat, cold and pain, penetrates through my torso.

The thirst appears sudden, I could drink a whole ocean.

Or my thirst disappears in the pictures commotion.

 

And now I have urges so erotic and manic,

building inside, the pressure volcanic.

But suddenly nothing, inadequate experience,

the urge unfulfilled due to sudden impotence.

 

And then electric pulses race through my nerves

convulsions and seizures take away my reserves.

A blueness and coldness, a coma comes forth

as a choleric state with Camphor symptoms absorbed.

Fear of People and Desire for Company Mind States

Fear of People and Desire for Company Mind States

 

Baryta Carbonica

Baryta Carb, has a main affinity on growth both physically, mentally and emotionally. In the case of ‘Fear of People’ the main influence is with regard to emotional maturity and mental ability to perform socially related tasks. As a possible result of this mental deficiency they can have a lack of self confidence, extreme shyness and a huge sense of inferiority. They can have a sense of being laughed at or mocked by others and the forgetting of well-known names that can occur reinforces their anxieties as a result of the emotional immaturity to be able to deal with it. These continued difficulties continue to manifest and they can begin to develop imaginary cares and worries.

Rubric Examples:

46, Mind, fear, people of

28, Mind, delusions, laughed at, imagines, she is.

84, Mind, stranger, presence of, agg

13, Mind, confidence, want of self

69, Mind, prostration of mind

 

Hyoscyamus

The main feeling of Hyos is that of being suddenly let down, disappointed desserted, usually by the person to whom they feel completely dependent upon. They can experience extreme and diverse mental disturbances from hilarity to gloom. They have certain aspects of paranoia and persecution such as having been poisoned by someone, being watched or being pursued. They can have inhibited behaviours such as exhibitionism or disclosing details to others publically that would ordinarily remain private. However, as with the extreme mental symptoms, a sense of strong morality can ensue post inappropriate behaviour thus making them embarrassed and personally ashamed.

Rubric Examples:

46, Mind, fear, people of

30, Mind, delusions, persecuted, that he is

35, Mind, delusions, watched, she is being

31, Mind, delusions, poisoned, thought he had been

68, Mind, naked, wants to be

68, Mind, moral, feeling, want of

 

Lycopodium

Lycopodium has an interesting mental picture, particularly in relation to the mental state of fear of people. The person in this state, may have lacking in self confidence, feeling of being incapable of performing tasks resulting in a level of anticipatory anxiety especially when meeting new people, facing new situations of challenges to overcome. There is a struggle between egotism and cowardice usually manifesting in the domineering of those of a subordinate nature and a respect for those in a

more powerful and superior position or status. This state can begin being mentally active but becomes weaker as time goes on and a fear of being corrected or found fault with ensues, resulting in further anxieties, which in turn reduces their self-esteem and increases their lack of self-confidence. There is also a delusional belief that they are not liked for being themselves but what they have achieved in life.

Rubric Examples:

13, Mind, confidence, want of self

46, Mind, fear, people of

4, Mind, anxiety

36, Mind, dictatorial

17, Mind, cowardice

88, Mind, Timidity

12, Mind, company, aversion to, presence of strangers, to

 

Natrum Carbonicum

The Natrum carbonicum mental state is one of a desire to form and maintain a relationship; however, with a delusion of a division between himself and other, they can experience a marked fear of sadness and isolation. As this fear and need is of high importance to them, they can develop a fear of people to prevent being hurt. They can have a severe inferiority complex, especially in forming relationships and the delusions of not succeeding or doing everything wrong. There can be a complete prostration of mind and despair and can avoid people during these times.

Rubric Examples:

46, Mind, fear, people of

9, Mind, aversion, persons, to certain

12, Mind, company, aversion to

12, Mind, company, avoids the sight of people

39, Mind, estranged, family, from her

 

Pulsatilla

The pulsatilla personality and mental state is one of having to adapt in order to survive, like the plant is required to bend in the wind to prevent breaking and subsequent death. However, underneath the soft exterior one can find a greed, jealousy and desire to get all the attention for themselves including a manipulation of the opposite sex by using their sexual charms and affection. There is a desire for affection but at the same time a fear of being abandoned with an overwhelming feeling of being totally alone. Interestingly as the need to adapt to the wind is evident, the mood changes can also change like the wind. Being affectionate one moment to anxious and discontented where everything can disgust them resulting in them becoming irritable and touchy, including delusions relating to both sexes.

Rubric Examples:

46, Mind, fear, people of

20, Mind, delusion, alone, she is, in the world

46, Mind, fear, men of

60, Mind, jealousy

35, Mind, delusions, women, evil are and will injure his soul.

 

Rhus Tox

The mental and emotional state of Rhus Tox is one of ‘something is going to happen’ accompanied by many fears such as being hurt of being murdered resulting in a state of sustained anxiety and nervousness. These symptoms can create a sense of paranoia of family members about to attack, including people looking at him/ her. There is an aspect of the fear of killing someone, which can result in them withdrawing from others in case this fear becomes a reality.

Rubric Examples:

29, Mind, delusions, looking at her that everyone is

29, Mind, delusions, murdered, that he would be

85, Mind, suspicious

45, Mind, fear, killing, of

 

Desire for Company

Hyoscyamus

The rubric Mind, company, desire for applies to Hyos within one main key area. That of the need for someone with whom they become dependent upon in order to alleviate the fear of facing the dangers of the outside world alone and ability to cope with everyday life. They can feel sexually unattractive and the need for intimate company can reduce that self image delusion. They can achieve this ‘attention’ and relationship by acting with humour, being personable and jolly within a group setting. 

Lycopodium

The Lycopodium state may have the desire for company; however, it can argued that this is to enable them to achieve the status they want in their life. They can desire the company of those people who they feel they are able to dictate to in order to compensate for their lack of self confidence that they can fear in social situations. 

Pulsatilla

This remedy can desire company, similarly for the support to face the world; however it is more of a childish need for affection, protection and tenderness. They are alleviate by consolation within their relationship and can be described as weepy people. This desire is mainly related to survival as the inner weakness of not being able to cope is a key aspect of the remedy picture. 

Reconciling and alternate states

As the above information illustrates, the remedies as with any picture can have polar opposites with regard to all states such as physical, mental and emotional. Ideally pictured by the Mappa Mundi model the axis can easily identify such opposites in order to prescribe the appropriate remedy and assess the patient journey to cure.

In connection with the three remedies highlighted; Hyos, Lyc and Puls, the information has demonstrated how the alternate states can manifest in relation to the fear of people or desire for company rubrics. Each has unique characteristics within their picture, and it is necessary to prescribe at the right potency in order to bring about an equilibrium between the two. However, the patient could be presenting with both states resulting in further complications in the psychological state due to the mixture of emotions they could be experiencing and confusion of mind. It is important to note that the patient may be attempting to reconcile this imbalance by remaining stagnant in their life and not avoiding people but also not actively seeking company, which in the longer term will not address the mental/ emotional healing that is required.

 

Bibliography 

Agrawal. Materia Medica of the Human Mind

Gibson, Studies of Homeopathic Remedies

Kent, Repertory of the Homeoeopathic Materia Medica

Morrison, Desktop Guide to Keynotes and confirmatory symptoms

Phatak, Materia Medica

Sankaran, The Soul of Remedies