Southern College of Homeopathy
This is a female with a history of abuse, suffering from endometriosis and a right-sided ovarian cyst. She responded very well to Thuja and after a few months of treatment began to have healthy, often painless periods, less aches and pains in her body and less ovarian pain. Her self-image and obsessive cleaning also improved. However, the improvement plateaued out and each repeat of Thuja began to aggravate her symptoms for a while before improving them again, but only marginally. She then told me about a relationship she was having with a married man. The sex was painful and manipulative. (She also suffered from pain on intercourse and had to use anti-inflammatory medication afterwards.)
She was confused as to whether the sex was classed as rape or not and whether she had allowed it. She was suffering from uncomfortable right-sided ovarian pain that felt “like a ball” and was worse at night. This was accompanied by a burning sensation in the uterus that felt “like an infection, as though I’ve just had sex” (pain, burning). She was also suffering from pins and needles and cramps all over her body upon waking and would struggle to get out of bed. She would wake up fearful and her heart would pound. She said, “I feel disgusting, like a hangover. I’m sweating like hell. I stink. What’s wrong with me?” (palpitations; needle-like pains; low self esteem). She describes her periods as “yuck – they’re poisoning me.”
She was sleeping well, but felt exhausted during the day. The only thing that stopped her going back to bed was the fact that she had so much to do (desire to sleep but feels a duty to endure and keep going).
She had a very clear dream, “like a movie”. She was standing up in an open top car and was handed a baby. She had become wealthy and high up in society (dreams of grandeur / being high up; dreams, clear).
I gave her a split dose of Hedgehog 40c, made from the C4 powder from the trituration based mainly on the confusion she had over whether she had consented to the sex or not, and the pins and needles. A few days later, the burning sensation in the uterus and the ovarian pain went and, at the time of writing, she is left with just a mild sensation in the right ovary area. The pins and needles, aches and palpitations upon waking also disappeared and her energy levels increased. She also had a return of old symptoms – warts on her palms! The last time she had these, at aged 13, she performed an old wives tale to get rid of them: rub a chicken on the warts and bury the chicken; when it rots, the warts will disappear. As she told me this she laughed and said that she considers herself a witch! She also began obsessively cleaning again for about two weeks. About five weeks after the remedy, she reported that she had had painless, enjoyable sex and didn’t need to use any anti-inflammatory medication afterwards. She reported a 60% improvement in the pain she usually feels after sex.
Early on in our meetings, she had told me how she was unable to love anyone because she was afraid of getting hurt. I didn’t twig then and repeated the Thuja again. However, after the Hedgehog, she told me, “I don’t feel his control any more. I can let go … and feel a deeper connection between the two of us. [I can] express my feelings and don’t feel scared that I’m going to get hurt.”
Other things I have noticed about her are that she is now much less defensive and irritable, less prickly. She is also someone who is very independent and demands respect from others, although it is too soon to tell whether these last two qualities have been affected or not.
For information on the proving of Hedgehog go to http://www.welshschoolofhomoeopathy.org.uk/provings/Hedgehog.pdf
I would be very interested to hear of your cases of Hedgehog.
(Editor’s note: The author discusses some characteristics of Hedgehog in her interview in this issue.)