It’s Maddie Again!

This case demonstrates the proper way to present your symptoms to a homeopath.

Elaine re-presents our very first quiz!


Some people may wonder why I’m doing this.  It’s because the answer to our very first Hpathy Quiz is missing!  It’s gone!  Gone, I tells ya!

I don’t want such a valuable quiz to go missing!  This remedy is very important and I want you to be able to recognize it when you see it! So, I give you, once again, “Maddie’s Sick”, from January, 2005:


On 24th October, 2003, I got an email from our friend Barbara M., who’s written for this magazine many times, saying, “Need some help. Maddie is sick.  Maddie is 3 years old. Poor kid has been vomiting a lot. Illness came on suddenly. She was fine when she woke up this morning and then about an hour after breakfast she said her throat hurt and that she might throw up. She has vomited about four or five times since then–after drinking anything and after a banana. This last time it was right after cold drinks. She has a slight fever, says her throat hurts and is very lethargic. She is not anxious or restless at all, just lying on the couch, not moving much. Her eyes are droopy and the lids are pinkish. She wants me to carry her if she gets up. She doesn’t seem to prefer to be covered or uncovered. If I offer a blanket she takes it, but then if she rolls over and it falls off, she doesn’t care. She is not fearful or anxious, but just looks sad and droopy. She has had a cough for about 10 days prior to this but it was getting better. Thank you!– Barb.”

Now, it would be easy for me to tell you the remedy, but, send me an email at [email protected] and tell me what you think the remedy is. I’ll share the results with you in the next issue.

What I like about this case is that Barb understands how to present a case to a homeopath, and there’s a lot to be learned in her presentation alone.

She could have said, “What do you give a child for vomiting, what’s the remedy for that?” This is how most of our acute cases are presented to us, and we can’t do anything with that kind of information. Barb knew to give:

1. the onset (how fast the illness came on)

2. the state, by which we mean the name of the condition–fever, flu, etc.

3. the all-important mental state

4. the physical appearance or what we call “objective symptoms”

5. the modalities (things that make the condition better or worse, such as eating or drinking, the temperature of the room, the weather, company or solitude, touch, position of body, motion, time of day and so on)

6. physical generals–how the person is in general. These symptoms usually start with “I”: I’m hot. I’m dizzy, and so on.

7. particulars–the local symptoms; these usually start with “My”: My throat hurts, my ears hurt, etc.

By giving such a well-presented case, the homeopath can’t go wrong! Let us know what you think.

Barb gave a 200C of the remedy at bed time and the next morning she told me, “Elaine, she’s fine, great, couldn’t be better!”


See you back here in January for the answer!  (Hopefully, this time we won’t lose it!)


About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and


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