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Revisiting: A Case of Autism in a 5-year-old

Revisiting: A Case of Autism in a 5-year-old

Did you guess the homeopathic remedy for this case? Scroll down for the answer.

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So how did our panel of experts do?  Who wants to go first?


Hi Elaine and Shana,

Hi, Maria!

For this month’s quiz, I will vote for Stramonium.

Probably I am wrong, I thought of other remedies like Cina…

Cina is badly behaved but it is most likely because they have worms.  So you would look for the worm indications like nose-picking, eyes and ears itching, anus itching, canine appetite, etc.


Chamomilla is badly behaved because they’re in pain.  It could be an ear infection, teething, etc.

It is a difficult quiz, congratulations on helping the child!

I didn’t include all our correspondence, most of it was about Wonder Sister’s reluctance to repeat the remedy as needed, thinking it was like a drug and could be dangerous.  I had to explain to her that at the first sign of relapse, they have to repeat the remedy, that it was not like a drug!  Once they caught on, the child started to improve consistently.

I had a feeling everyone would vote for Stramonium, just because we always think of Stramonium when we think of violent behavior, and there is a lot of violence here.  BUT…. There are also clues to a very different remedy that is also violent, and that remedy is…. Tarentula hispanica!


Let me show you what the Tarentula key words and phrases are in this case:


  1. jumping on people


To understand this, you have to think about the tarantula in its natural habitat and what it does.  They lie in wait for prey–usually another insect.  They hide behind a rock.  An unsuspecting insect walks by, and WHAM!  The tarantula jumps from out from his hiding place and pounces on it–and kills it, of course!  It all happens so fast!  So the “jumping on people” is something you might see over and over again in a Tarentula case.


  1. jerky movements


This is another sign that you’ve got a Tarentula case–the “irregular movements”,  jerky movements, non-rhythmic movements, and the sudden “springing up” that they do.  This is so common that I’ve told my Tarentula parents that as soon as the child starts “springing up” again, it means he’s relapsing and time to repeat the remedy!



  1. An obsession with the mother’s hair, sometimes pulling it.


Look for “hair-pulling” in a Tarentula case.



  1. Mother says, “When you tell him, ‘No’, he starts crying/ screaming/ banging his head against your body/hitting and throwing things.”


Yes, all that is Tarentula–throwing things, screaming, banging his head, hitting.  They are violent and dangerous!



  1. Leaving him alone and bringing distance stops the tantrum.


This is an interesting trait of Tarentula: “When there are no observers, there is no hysteria.”–Murphy’s Materia Medica.  So, when the audience goes away, leaves the room, etc., the tantrum stops.  They need an audience.  (Now, just a PS: no, I am not spelling it wrong.  The animal is Tarantula, the remedy is Tarentula.  It’s Latin.  All our remedy names are in Latin.



  1. “He loves to play rough and tumble or any game that requires screaming and being playful. He is not a very calm child and so has limited interest in board games.”


So you see she’s admitting he’s restless, hyperactive and destructive.  “Playing” consists of running around, rough-housing and screaming.  This is not what you want in a child!  Tarentula children are very destructive, restless and hyper-active.



  1. “He keeps saying he does not like carnivorous animals as they eat other animals.”


Well, I just think this is so telling, because the tarantula, itself, is a carnivorous animal!  And since similars repel, he is repelled by his own “kind”–carnivores!  So revealing!



  1. The mother describes the child as only “moderately affectionate”.


Tarantulas are very cold.  They’re cannibals!  Cold blooded killers!  Boy, if you had a Tarentula case, you’d know it in a hurry!  They don’t like to be hugged, kissed, touched and they lack sympathy for others.



  1. “He does talk a lot and repeats himself until someone clearly responds to him.”


This might be a keynote of Tarentula that hardly anyone knows about; so, remember, you heard it here first!  I don’t know if you’ll find this in the Repetory, but, I’ve confirmed this with another Tarentula case.  The child talks incessantly and repeats himself, and you have to answer him or God help you!  This trait can get very annoying real fast!



  1. “However, they did have quite a lot of disagreements when playing with toys which led to hitting each other. At one instance, Wonder Nephew bit his cousin.”


Yes, biting.  You will no doubt see biting in a Tarentula case but also hitting others and banging his head into others and hitting himself in the head.



  1. Doesn’t show remorse.


Yes, no remorse, don’t expect to see any remorse in a Tarentula case. 

This is a serious case but also a terribly EASY case because it is so clearly Tarentula!!!!  And you know, when you see a clear remedy picture, you’re in good shape for a cure!  People have to understand this about homeopathy: the question isn’t, “Do you cure this or that disease?”  No.  We cure a disease only if we see clearly a REMEDY PICTURE!  This case is a great example of that– a very clear picture of Tarentula.  Consequently, in homeopathy, you may find yourself curing autism one day, and then the next day, not being able to cure a common cold!  (Because the cold might have lacked any striking, strange, rare or peculiar symptoms; anything identifying.)


WOW!!!  Great job Elaine!

I considered tarentula as I was looking for a remedy and ruled it out immediately because I didn’t have the slightest idea of its remedy picture.  I mean, I know its keynotes, but failed to see the picture in the case.

Glad you picked up this quiz!

Your explanation is so, so enlightening.  Great quiz!  I loved it!


Years ago I posted another Tarentula quiz–a nosebleed–but you can see the similarities, have a look:


Is anybody else here today?  Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!


Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

We hope it is not too late to join to the May Quiz.

No, not too late at all.

Miroslav votes for Belladona:

At first I was thinking about Stramonium, especially because of his fear of darkness, not wanting to sleep alone, he wants touching his mother, he is missing eye contact in conversation with strangers.

That’s a common symptom of autism, consequently, we can’t use it.  It’s identifying of the disease, but not of the patient!  We’re always looking for symptoms that identify the individual.  Also, fear of the dark?  Not wanting to sleep alone?  These are common symptoms of childhood.  They identify his age but don’t identify him!  So we can’t use that either.

But there would  be more intense fear, the Stramonium child is cautious, he  wouldn´t  be superficially aggressive, he´d try to hide and control more of his anger and fear.  Then I thought about Tarentula and Tuberculinum, but these remedies are cunning, maliciousness — especially Tuberculinum.  The child in this case  didn’t seem malicious.  There runs a kind of wildness in the whole case, he couldn´t bear resistance, only after this he becomes aggressive, beating, banging head – behaving destructively.  Moreover, he is noisy and he likes noise – such a small bulldozer … but he can be nice and cuddly.  Fear of darkness has more childrens’ remedies, but this one, of which Phatak says:  “He lives in his own world,“ I chose Belladonna.

Belladonna is a biter, it’s true.


Jitka votes for Carcinosin:

I think you gave Carcinosin to the boy.  You have repeated a few times that if there is a diagnosis in the case, we should start looking for a remedy there.  In the chapter: Diseases, a rubric – autism – there are 5 remedies,  carcinosin and nat. mur. in a grade 2.


You’re right that in cases of autism, Carcinosin is a frequently prescribed remedy and so is Nat-mur.  But I think this rubric is under-populated, if you want to know the truth.  I would have a hard time giving Carcinosin to a child who bites and attacks another child.  You’re always looking for the worst thing in a case, the most extreme behavior, because your remedy will have to cover that.  I don’t see Carcinosin as being violent, hitting, biting.


I chose rubrics  from the questionnaire which I noticed in this case and and in most of them Carcinosinum is found.

Chapter- Children:   -restless –                                            carc

– mentally backward                            CARC

– stubborn                                             carc

– cruelty; the child cannot watch

the cruelty in the cinema                   carc

–  sensitive children                             CARC

– agile children                                    carc

– development delayed or stopped                   CARC

-Touching, touch things,

urging  to                                            carc

Mind:                      Ferocity (in children)                         carc

Travel, desire                                      CARC

Music, loves to listen or play            carc       (only 2 rem. carc + tarentula)

Oh geez!  So, you were down to 2 remedies, and you didn’t look back and see that Tarentula matched the violence in the case better than Carcinosin?


Other things in this case that point to Carcinosin: family history – diabetes and grandparents’ mental illness, likes to play alone, loquacious, stubbornness, emotional lability, maybe I forgot something.


OK, so, Miroslav came closest with Belladonna, he was on the right track, and he did mention that he was considering Tarentula–and guess what?  That’s what it was!!!!  You know, you have to look at what’s most peculiar and striking in a case, and to me it was the sudden “springing up”–jumping up–that he would do without warning, and his head would inevitably hit and injure whoever was sitting next to him.


Well, this is a tell-tale sign of Tarentula.  Tarentula has “suddenness”.  Here is why.  The tarantula spider hides, sits quietly behind a rock, waiting for an insect to walk by.  All of a sudden, it “springs up!” out of nowhere, pouncing on and attacking the unsuspecting insect and killing it (and presumably eating it).  Then, just as suddenly, goes back to where it was hiding and waits for the next stupid insect to walk by.  I told Wonder Sister, “As soon as you see this ‘springing up’ happening again, you have to repeat the remedy, it means he’s relapsing!”

Anyway, so there you have it, Tarentula hispanica. 


Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!!

Hi Elaine,
This month’s quiz is too confusing….I am totally lost..

Any help – any clues please…:🤔

Hmm…. Well, Vamsi….  Let’s start with finding what we think is the “main rubric” — “Mind: hyperactive children” (Murphy’s Repertory).  We need a “jumping-off point”, a place to start, as it were.  He’s certainly hyperactive; his mother says the only “games” he plays consist of running through the house, rough-housing and screaming, he can’t sit down to quietly learn a board game.  So if we say the remedy most likely has to be in the “hyperactive children” rubric, and there are 18 remedies in that rubric which makes it very manageable, then we only have to ask, “Of these 18 hyperactive remedies, which one has the peculiar attributes of this case?” 

So, what is peculiar?  He says he doesn’t like carnivorous animals.  What a bizarre thing to say!  It should make you think, “Maybe he IS a carnivorous animal!”  After all, “similars repel”, right?  So maybe this is a clue: we need an animal remedy, a carnivore! 

So, what else?  There’s an issue with hair, constantly pulling the mother’s hair–sometimes hard, sometimes not. 

What else is peculiar?  He bites!  What else, the mother says he makes awkward movements.  Herky-jerky movements.

Is this any help to you?

Thanks a ton for your prompt reply.
Well Elaine, you’ve given me a lot of clarity …
my observations are as below, ( with your esteemed guidance 😃 )
a. hyperactive kids, 
b. animal remedy needed 
c.  destructive ( bites and hitting others) 
d. awkward movements,
f.  he wants people his way,

g. hates milk ( not a Tuberculimun type, as they love milk )

Good point for anyone who was considering Tuberculinum.


h. wants pets ( dogs and cats – not a Tuberculinum type, hates dogs/cats )



i. does not sleep alone ( either fear of dark, chilliness – wants parents coziness )

j. clothing bothersome

A common autistic trait, so we can’t use it.  Some of them insist on wearing the same clothes every day.


k. does not like gloopy food likes smooth food.

Another common autistic trait–very fussy about food!  Food can’t touch other food, and other crazy ideas!  So, we can’t use it.


l. pulling the mother’s hair–sometimes hard, sometimes not ( I could not comprehend this symptom  🙁)

It is in the Repertory though.  He has a fixation with hair.

Though Tuberculinum is also indicated, some of the symptoms don’t go for it…so I would NOT go for Tuberculinum…

TARENTULA HISPANICA rules the case …  !!!  Am I on the right path??

Absolutely!  You’re the winner!

Bye everybody, tune in again next month for another great and fabulous Hpathy Quiz!

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Elaine Lewis

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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Shana Lewis

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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