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Who’s first in line this time?
I think December’s Quiz’s answer is Thuja.
Left side headaches, Better wrapping, warmth, worse at night.
Better wrapping the head wasn’t in the case. She said she put a hot washcloth on her head. That’s “Generals: Hot applications amel.” Thuja’s not there. That was a very important symptom in the case and the right remedy would have to cover that! She was better for hot applications and hot bathing. That’s when I knew the remedy! As a confirmatory question I asked “Are you worse at night?” and got a Yes, so, I went with my “go-to” remedy for whenever I hear that someone is better in a hot shower, and that remedy is…..(ta-da!) Rhus tox!
Rhus tox, the plant, is more poisonous at night; hence, “Worse at Night”. A headache that’s better for heat is very peculiar! Much more common is a person wanting an ice pack on their head. So, I got really lucky being handed this peculiar symptom. Thanks for voting! Is anybody else here today? I think I see Maria!
Hi Elaine and Shana and Happy New Year!
For this month’s quiz I have some remedies in mind but I can’t decide.
I spotted these obvious rubrics:
Headache, left side.
Hot applications amel.
What chapter? “Generals”?
Headache, compels one to cry out.
No, Maria, not cry out. Cry. She cries from the pain–or perhaps from despair or hopelessness or because there’s no end in sight and can’t afford a doctor. I think maybe we’d all be crying at that point. Can you imagine a migraine going on for 4 days? It’s a bit much! One day is enough!
That’s pretty common for a headache.
I am leaning towards Belladonna.
I might have thought so too if it were a right-sided headache. Though Belladonna CAN be left-sided, it’s more commonly a right-sided remedy.
Got any hint? I thought of Arsenicum but it doesn’t have spots in the vision.
Maria, I think you have to view the visual disturbances as common in migraine headache, meaning we’re not that interested in them. Which reminds me. She reported that after the first dose, the photophobia went away and the spots went away too, and this was while she was still at work. So, no one can claim that the headache went away just because she slept for hours! What is really peculiar about this case? Of course, you’re the one who never gets a headache, so, maybe you don’t know.
You are right I never have headaches. OK, one thing that seems strange to me is the vision spots, but, you say that that’s common. Another is that she sits down in the bathtub and lets the water land on her head. Maybe it is not usual for warmth to ameliorate headaches, I am not sure.
Yes! That’s it! People with a headache commonly have an ice bag on their head! In fact, if I do a google image search for “headache”, that’s the image that will come up.
Wow, I didn’t know that! Now that you showed me the picture, I realize that I didn’t know why they put it on their head!
Right, that’s an ice bag. So, when I hear that someone’s headache improves with HEAT, that is very striking and peculiar!!! This is the kind of symptom you need to solve a case! So, when a symptom improves in the shower, my first thought is my “go-to” remedy that’s better from a hot shower, and do you know what remedy that is?
I would guess Mag-phos. (Though its mostly right sided according to Vithoulkas keynotes.)
Yes, Mag-phos. is right-sided. I’m really surprised that in solving the quiz all these years, you don’t know what my “go-to” remedy is for “better hot shower”, because I just assumed, “Oh my God, ‘better hot shower’, now everybody’s gonna know what it is!” But, so far, no one seems to know! And I even wrote an article about it; remember? “Elaine Turns 100”? Here it is, I think everyone needs to read it!
Oh, and to answer your question, the rubric I told you about is in the Headache chapter: Headaches: Sides/warm applications amel.
Well, you know, Maria, once again, we are back at “What’s Wrong With The Repertory?”…. maybe that should be my next article? Anyway, there are 2 remedies in that rubric (“headaches, sides, warm applications amel.”) and they are: Lachesis and Nux vomica. So first of all, I got suspicious about Lachesis being “better heat” so I decided to see if there was a rubric, “Headaches, sides, cold applications amel.” because that’s where I would expect to find Lachesis, and there was, there WAS such a rubric, with 2 remedies in it–Aconite and Causticum; and I thought, “Wait a minute!!!! Only 2 remedies listed for ‘headache, sides, cold applications amel.’? No way! There can’t be only 2 because headache, better cold applications, is so common, that for there to be only 2 remedies there, I find very suspicious!” So I decided to see if there was a more general, primary, rubric; something like, “Headaches, cold applications amel.” and guess what? There it was!!!! And guess how many remedies were in it? Fifty! Fifty remedies! That’s 50, as in not 2, but 50! And guess what one of them was? Lachesis!!! Just as I knew it would be! So, yeah, Lachesis is MORE likely to be better cold than better hot!
So, the reason I’m going on and on (and on!) about this is to point out that the rubric you used, “Headaches, sides, warm applications amel.”, with only 2 remedies in it, cannot possibly be taken seriously! In other words, you can’t take this rubric and conclude that the correct remedy is either Lachesis or Nux vomica. No way!!! This is an example of what is problematic about the Repertory–clearly we have a book written by more than one author!
And why else do we not trust this rubric? (“Headache, sides, warm applications amel.”) Because we know that many remedies are better for warm applications! You just mentioned one–Mag-phos! And what other remedy is famously better for warm applications? Arsenicum! So knowing this, when you see a small rubric like this, you have to ask yourself, “Hey wait a minute! Shouldn’t Mag-phos be here? What about Arsenicum?” And yes, they should!!! So, that’s why you should be very suspicious of small rubrics and not just run with them!
What then can you do to cover this most important symptom of “better warm applications”? You have to go to “Generals” and use “Wet applications, warm, amel.” or, “Hot applications amel.” or combine the two. Then, there’s also “Generals: bathing, hot bathing amel.” You can combine all of those into a grand rubric and call it “better heat” or “better hot applications” or “better hot shower”. This is what Paul Herscu’s method is all about: combining all rubrics that are similar so that you don’t miss your remedy by choosing a too-small rubric.
Do you know what the remedy is now?
Dont tell me it’s Rhus tox.
Yes, it is Rhus tox!
You are killing me!
I’m sorry! It was an accident!!!
I thought of it and ruled it out. “No way it’s Rhus tox ’cause where is the amelioration from motion, the restlessness and other keynotes of Rhus tox?”
Well, you know Maria, maybe she just forgot to mention them? Or didn’t think it was important? Or didn’t notice?
In other cases we eliminate remedies for less. Why it can’t be Arsenicum?
They’re very sick, Maria; they’re collapsed. Remember their big keynote, “fear of dying”? This is why they want company! They’re so afraid they’re going to die! This patient was actually at work and doing her job! Arsenicums don’t look good, they look like death itself! The idea of an Arsenicum patient making it to work is unthinkable! Did you see the Arsenicum video I placed in last month’s quiz answer? At least I think it was last month’s quiz. The Antimonium tart. quiz that everyone thought was Arsenicum because “Wonder Boy” was restless and thirsty for sips of water? I included a video of an Arsenicum flu so that everyone could see what Arsenicum looks like, could see that Arsenicum can’t get out of bed and is very scared. Here it is again. Go to the last page and scroll down to the bottom:
Arsenicum is a 3 under hot bathing amel.
That’s because they’re cold, Maria; very cold!!! But it doesn’t make them better! Rhus tox actually gets better in the shower, or from hot applications, hot baths, etc. Whenever a patient says to me, “The complaint goes away in the shower…” my first thought is Rhus tox! It could be their arthritis, or sciatica, or their stuffy nose clears up in the shower, or their sprained ankle pain, etc.
Rhus tox is a 2 under hot bathing amel. I just don’t get it.
Well, frankly, I think Rhus tox needs to be raised to a 3!
You are right about the repertory, that it cant be trusted, at least for us who are still learning.
It should be rewritten obviously and in another way; according to pathology levels, of personalities and diseases while they are progressing. With my poor English I can’t explain it better.
I think your English is great!
I saw the rubrics you wrote.
Um…which rubrics were they?
I am so disappointed Elaine, and confused with the Repertory. If that is the way, we should only read the Generals chapter and not to bother with other chapters or small rubrics…
Maria, it’s only because I know enough about materia medica to know that “headaches, sides,cold applications amel” HAS to have more than 2 remedies in it and even you knew that! And likewise, you know that “warm applications amel” HAS to have more than just 2 remedies; but, it takes a while, I suppose, for people to get the confidence to say, “This is a mistake! Where is Arsenicum? Where is Mag-phos.?”
But that doesn’t mean that small rubrics are never helpful! But it’s like I’ve always said, the Repertory is not perfect! Robin Murphy has really tried to improve it. He’s put everything in alphabetical order, he’s added new chapters and new rubrics; but, there aren’t enough hours in the day to literally go through all the sub-rubrics of the Repertory and say, “This one’s incomplete, this one contradicts the other one in the same chapter, this one contains a remedy that’s not even in the main rubric…” and so on. Maybe someone can devote his whole life to fixing it some day but I don’t know who that could be!
As I said earlier, Paul Herscu has warned us, “You have to combine all the rubrics that are similar to ensure that you don’t exclude the correct remedy by picking a rubric that’s too small.” For example, did you know that “Pain, unbearable” is in the Mind chapter and in Generals? But the one in Generals has 17 remedies while the one in Mind has only 12!
And, oh yes, sometimes a really obvious rubric is missing from the chapter it should be in, so you have to go to Generals or Mind or Clinical (Murphy’s), and this is a perfect example of that! “Headaches, hot bathing amel” isn’t in the Headache chapter–at all!!! You have to go to “Generals, bathing, hot bathing, amel.”
You should definitely write an article about this and also for selecting keynotes with examples like this quiz. And what about small rubrics? Why are they even there? Are they useless?
No, they’re not completely useless. You just have to think. This is why I keep saying, “If the Repertory was perfect, you could literally repertorize every symptom in the case and the right remedy would always come out on top.” But since the Repertory is not “complete”, what do I always say to do? First, get rid of the common symptoms right away! Find out what’s peculiar and striking in the case and find the etiology if there is one–in other words, start by de-cluttering! The less clutter, the less likelihood of being pulled down a wrong rabbit hole! With all the clutter gone, you can see that this is a case of “hot bathing amel.”, “worse at night”, and “left-sided headache”. That’s it! Oh! And one more helpful rubric, “Crying”. Did you know that Rhus tox is a crier? Probably not.
Are small rubrics useful only in some cases? When? It is the first time I see this article!
What, “Elaine Turns 100?”
Where was it? I thought I had read all of your articles.
Really? I must have written 300 articles! You’ve actually read 300? I mean, 299?
Thank you anyway, we will learn a lot from this quiz too! It will take me weeks or months to process it.
I must have said a million times, “Rhus tox is my go-to remedy when I hear that someone is better in the shower!” And I’m assuming that people take hot showers when I say that. Maybe if nothing else, people will finally learn that today.
Thanks Elaine! Your answer was very helpful. May I suggest you write an article about peculiar symptoms too that we seem to miss every time in the quizzes? Like you said, we don’t know about what is common or uncommon in a disease and we fail to spot it. At least I fail!
And yes I am a big fan of yours, and I try not to miss your articles. Your way of writing helps me understand.
Thanks, Maria; but, I’m just not smart enough, really, to make things sound complicated! But, you know, I am a product of who my teacher was: Robin Murphy. This is how he is, he speaks plainly, and his grammar isn’t always spot-on either. He grew up in a working class family, not a very good student and, in fact, when his high school principal saw him at the University of Michigan, he said, “Robin, what are you doing here, are you the janitor?”
His goal is for his patients to learn homeopathy, so he explains everything to them and urges them to get a home remedy kit and an acute prescribing book, which is what I try to do too. My interview with him is here:
Anyway, thanks for voting, as usual!
Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!
Hello Elaine and Shana,
Hello Jitka and Miroslav!
we hope, that you stepped with the right foot into the new year and we all will have again a lot of fun by solving your quizzes throughout the whole year.
With Donald Trump as our new president, I can’t exactly promise any “fun”, but, we’ll see!
Our last quiz solutions:
Miroslav’s opinion is as follows:
“I looked at the case and it came out like this: The key symptom is pain that is ameliorated with warmth, hot compresses.”
I totally agree with you!
“I took into account two remedies: Mag-p. and Silicea. After considering other symptoms: aggravation at night and sensitivity to light I reduced it on Silicea. Therefore, this remedy is my choice.“
You know what? No one could blame you for choosing Silica. It’s a good choice. What leads me away from Silica is that it’s listed only as a “1” under “Crying”. The remedy I picked was in BOLD under crying.
Jitka decided as follows:
I also considered as a key symptom ” hot applications ameliorate”.
Yes, very good!
I couldn´t find a similar rubric in our translation of “Murphy´s” , so I tried to help with an online remedy finder. I chose four rubrics, which correspond in my opinion with this case. Although there were several “candidates”, all my selected rubrics matched to Bryonia. Moreover, Bryonia is also in rubric Migraine in Murphy´s with capital letters. True, there are greater the left-sided headache remedies, but they are not ameliorated with hot applications.
head; pain, headache; better lying down;
No, forget about that. Everybody’s headache is better lying down. If someone was better for standing up, that would be really peculiar and a great symptom.
better lying in a dark room;
Again, photophobia and visual disturbances are common in migraines, so, that’s not really going to help us.
head; pain, headache; better warmth; better hot applications; 2
head; pain, headache; sides; left; 1
vision; flickering; 1
Not flickering. Spots. And I don’t think it’s going to help us because visual disturbances are a typical part migraine headaches, it’s not a characteristic symptom.
We didn’t have much to go on here in terms of characteristic symptoms. We had “better hot applications”, “better hot bathing”, “tendency to cry”, “left-sided headaches”, and “worse at night”. See chart below:
Only 2 remedies cover the whole case–Arsenicum and Rhus tox. Why didn’t I like Arsenicum? Because Arsenicum is a very sick remedy! These people are weak, prostrated and collapsed. Our patient, Rosemary Clooney, had come to work and was able to stay on her feet. Arsenicum looks like death itself and has no energy, I don’t see Arsenicum as able to come to work.
I had to reject either Rhus tox or Arsenicum. I decided that since Arsenicum is more of a right-sided remedy and Rhus tox is more of a crier and better known for improving in a hot shower, I went with Rhus tox.
Thank you for your revision. Probably you won´t believe this, but when I first read your quiz about Rosemary, my first thought was Rhus t., because who else would enjoy a hot bath more then Rhus.t, maybe Sil. But when I didn´t find Rhus tox under “Migraine”, I began to solve things “scientifically” and I become entangled making things complicated again as always…
Well, Jitka, Maria and I were just talking about this! She got side-tracked by a sub-rubric that said there were only two remedies (Lachesis and Nux vomica) under “Headache, sides, warm applications amel.” So I said to myself, “I wonder if there’s also a sub-rubric called “Sides, cold applications amel.’?” and there was! But again, only 2 remedies listed–Aconite and Causticum. So I said, “OK, something’s really off here!” So I looked for a “main” rubric: “Headache, cold applications amel.” and lo and behold, there it was and there were 50 remedies in it–not 2; but 50!!!!!! Makes more sense, doesn’t it?
So in your case, not finding Rhus tox listed under “Headache, migraine”? Guess what? It’s under “One-sided Headache” in the same chapter!!!!! And what is a migraine? It’s a one-sided headache!!!!! And guess where else Rhus tox is listed? “Left-sided headache”! I know, I know!
So what is the moral of this story? The Repertory can’t be construed as having only one author! It’s like the Bible. If you’ve ever tried to read it, which I have, you will find that it’s not consistent, and it’s not unusual for one part to contradict another part! It’s like when God banished Cain from the Garden of Eden for killing his brother Abel, and Cain says, “Oh no! Don’t do that God, don’t send me some place where I’ll be a stranger and won’t know anybody and nobody will like me!” And I’m, like, “Hey! Ain’t nobody here but you and your parents! And a serpent! What other ‘people’ are you talking about?”
But anyway, as I was discussing with Maria, when you look at Repertory rubrics, you have to always be thinking! Rhus tox is a polychrest, meaning it covers many diseases and conditions as long as you find its famous characteristics in the case, like “better heat”! So when an expected remedy like Rhus tox is suspiciously missing from a rubric, ask yourself, “Can this rubric be worded differently and found somewhere else? Maybe in another chapter?” Give that a try and you might find a much more inclusive rubric, or worded in the contrary as “worse” this, or “worse” that instead of “better” this or that! “Better heat” can also be found as “Cold agg.” Sometimes what you want isn’t in the chapter you think it ought to be in so you have to go to “Generals”, or “Mind”, etc. to find it. Sometimes what you think ought to be in “Abdomen” is actually in “Intestines”, and so on.
So, OK, listen everybody, aside from wanting to thank everyone who voted, I would also like to pay my respects to Sylvester Potts of The Contours who just passed away January 6th in Detroit, Michigan. He was 78 years old.
The Contours were famous for their million-seller, “Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance)” from 1962 on Motown Records.
Here is a very rare in-concert video of The Contours. There aren’t a lot of videos of black performers from back in the day, so, we’re lucky to have what little we’ve got; it’s not gonna be perfect, is all I’m sayin’. Sylvester Potts is standing next to lead singer, Billy Gordon; watch his amazing dance moves! (Of course, they all CAN dance!) Billy Gordon calls him “Boom” because Sylvester is the bass singer, and he has a little solo spot towards the end of the song:
Rest in Peace, Sylvester; yes, we do love you, now that you can dance–again!
See ya next time for another great and wonderful Hpathy Quiz!!!!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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