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Hello!!!! Who would like to go first today?
My answer for this month’s quiz is Sabadilla bcoz of following symptoms:
- Ailments/from cold thing
Do you mean to say cold things, like the fact that cold drinks made her worse? But that’s a “modality”, it’s not “ailments from”.
2.left sided affections
3.wants warm things
4.nose stopped up unable to breathe
With over 250 remedies in the “Nose: obstruction” rubric, it’s not going to help us much.
5.mouth remains open
That’s because her nose is stopped up and she can’t breathe through her nose. If a symptom makes sense, it’s not a symptom.
6.desire spicy things, sweet taste
The mother said that if a food has a sweetness to it, however small, her child is able to discern it. When the child could no longer discern the sweetness in her apple, it was clear that her taste buds were off, or that she had lost her sense of taste which often happens during a cold. That rubric is in the Nose chapter: “Smell diminished, taste and smell”.
As far as “desires spicy” is concerned, I don’t know if we can use that. She’s Indian. Liking spicy food is common among Indians.
So, it’s true that Sabadilla loves hot food and hot drinks. But, Sabadilla is our hay fever remedy, our allergic remedy: “Nose runs like a faucet with attacks of sneezing.” Eyes run too. But Morgana’s nose is completely stopped up, just the opposite. It tends to make us not want to use Sabadilla.
OK, so, as usual, we have to see which symptom or symptoms in the case are the most: striking, strange, rare or peculiar. So what catches my eye is the black tongue, which I found strange, and then, the amelioration from hot drinks and steam was very striking, as I saw it.
Now, when I hear that a person is better from hot drinks and steam, my first thought is Rhus tox! So now my only question is, “Is Rhus tox in the ‘black tongue’ rubric?” And yes it is!!! Now all I have to do is look to see if anything else in this case goes for Rhus tox, and, yes, it does! She’s better for exercise, she’s better outdoors, worse in the house. You know, a lot of our cases are solved on modalities: better this and worse that.
The steam was a big clue for me. If it was just better hot drinks, it might have gone for Lycopodium, or Nux vomica or Arsenicum. But steam is not something you drink. And what I always say to people is, “Whenever you hear that a person is better in the hot shower, think of Rhus tox right away!” Steam is what we associate with a hot shower. Isn’t it a fact that the bathroom gets all steamed-up when the shower is on? And the mother said, “Steam is great!” That’s a keynote of Rhus tox!
So, yes, the remedy was Rhus tox.
Thanks for voting!
Dear Elaine and Shana,
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Are you fine?
Thanks, Salma! I’m really late in replying, sorry for that!
It seems like a difficult quiz. According to my repertorization, Lycopodium is the remedy. Am I right?
I can’t blame you for picking Lycopodium, she did say the problem started on the right and moved to the left. And there was really a lot of information in this quiz that could have you running in all directions! But when I saw the modalities, finally I got some clarity! What does this sound like to you:
Warm steam felt great. She loved hot drinks even water she preferred hot. Better outside, better exercise.
Omg!!!!!! It was a Rhus tox case!!!! How complicated a face it had.
I think that’s because Lachesis, her constitutional remedy, which her mother gave her, took away a lot of her symptoms so that by the time I saw the case, she was very much improved, had gotten her energy back and her appetite, and was no longer being rude and bossy, but she still had that blocked nose! If you’ll remember, Lachesis opened up her nose for an hour, then it went right back to being closed! So the modalities, then, were for the nose blockage, which had pretty clear Rhus tox modalities: better steam, better hot drinks, better outside, worse inside, better exercise.
Hi Wayne, sorry I kept you waiting this month!
I think the remedy is Pulsatilla.
- Mind: Well, general; says he is , when very sick
OK, you know what? This is tricky. I was afraid this would throw people off. I was hoping someone would notice that her constitutional remedy was Lachesis! The mother said that as soon as she gave her daughter Lachesis, she brightened up, became cheerful and chatty, the color came back to her face, her appetite came back, her taste buds returned to normal… and even the nose opened up (but only for an hour).
(So, let this be a lesson to all those who think that the Constitutional Remedy will cure any and all acutes, and that every acute should be approached for this purpose; namely, as a means to uncover the patient’s constitutional remedy!)
And the thing with Lachesis is, Jeremy Sherr has added it to the rubric, “Says she is well when she is very sick.” Or, as is sometimes stated, “I’m fine! No, really; I’m fine!” And, you know, Lachesis may also have been responsible for the “black tongue” which I considered very peculiar. The mother reported that the black area had lessened after the Lachesis dose.
- Mind: Optimistic
This is after Lachesis.
- Mind Abandoned, forsaken feelings
This is because her friends are no longer in her class. That would make anyone feel abandoned. Remember, if a symptom makes sense, it’s not a symptom.
- Mouth: Breath; general odour putrid
- Food: hot food general; amel
- Food: Hot drink, general; desires,
- Nose: Inflammation
Is that even in the Repertory? I think you mean Nose: obstruction.
- Mucous: Yellow
- Tongue : Black
- Mouth: Lips cracked
There are several mentals one being he thinks he is well when he is sick – a rare one.
Right, and now we know Lachesis should be added to that rubric. Ten years ago, I did a Quiz called:
“I’m Fine! No, Really”.
And in the quiz answer, Dr. Wequar Ali Khan wrote:
The expression “I AM FINE” is found in the following medicines. Names of the author are written against the medicine:
1: CARBON DIOXYDUM (Lou KLEIN)
2: STRAMONIUM (ROGER MORRISON)
3: LACHESIS (JEREMY SHERR)
4: LYCOPODIUM (JEREMY SHERR)
5: STRYCHNINE (JEREMY SHERR)
Dr. Wequar Ali Khan
So, very important information! Her constitutional remedy, Lachesis, is most likely responsible for our quiz title, “I Am Not Sick”.
Other remedies that apply are Arsenic and Mercurius.
The mentals did not suit arsenic nor Mercurius.
You know, after she was given Lachesis, there really weren’t any mentals left, were there? You know what I found in the modalities? A perfect picture of Rhus tox: Better steam, better hot drinks, better outside, better exercise. So, I gave her Rhus tox, and her nose opened up! You would be surprised how often we pick a remedy based on the modalities! (Better this, worse that!)
She has yellow mucous, likes the out doors and I thought the etiology may have revolved around abandoned, forsaken feelings.
Yes, I know, Pulsatilla has that; but, the thing is, she really was abandoned! I can just imagine how awful… it’s like when you’re at summer camp, and you’ve made friends with everyone in your bunk or cabin, and then next summer, you’re expecting to be reunited with them, but they’re all moved to another bunk, but not you, you’re put somewhere else where you know no one! How devastating! So, when a symptom is expected, or “normal”, it’s not a symptom at all; we can’t use it.
Hello Elaine and Shana,
Hello Miroslav and Jitka! Sorry I kept you waiting!
We wish you all the best in the new year, good health and further success in your work.
Here are our answers to last year’s last quiz:
Miroslav votes for Lycopodium:
At first I was convinced that salivation at night, black tongue and unpleasant bad breath were heading for Mercurius. But the symptoms moved from the right to the left, stuffy nose, big desire for sweets and hot drinks point to Lycopodium, which also has an accumulation of saliva in the mouth, bad breath and black tongue. So I vote for Lycopodium.
I can see that if you think the child has a desire for sweets, it would confirm Lycopodium, but, she didn’t have a desire for sweets. The mother was merely saying that the child’s sense of taste was off, which often happens in a cold. She could no longer taste sweetness, even in fruit. So we can’t make anything significant out of her lost of taste.
Jitka votes for Lycopodium:
At first reading, I immediately thought of Lycopodium due to the shift of complaints from the right to left. I was a little confused by the black tongue and salivation, for which is the most famous Mercurius. I also hesitated a little about the girl´s emotional state, because of the sadness of losing friends and peeling skin and a fissure on lips, sleeping with open mouth and I was thinking about Natrum mur. Just to be sure, I read description of these three remedies in MM and I think the picture of Lycopodium is sitting in this case as ” a buttock on a potty.”
The following symptoms convinced me:
symptoms characteristically run from right to left,
Nose stopped up
better, warm drinks.
throat and stomach which are better from warm drinks
face – dropping of lower jaw,
craves everything warm.
tongue dry, black, cracked,
bad odor from mouth.
desire for sweet things.
likes to take food and drink hot.
Well, Miroslav and Jitka, I was hoping people would notice that Lachesis was the child’s constitutional remedy, that’s why the mother gave it to her. And after it, a lot of her symptoms went away, but she was left with the stuffy nose. The modalities of the stuffy nose went very clearly for one particular remedy, and that remedy is…………. Rhus tox!
better hot drinks
worse in the house
If you fail to discern that Lachesis was her constitutional remedy and that that’s the reason most of her symptoms went away, you’re going to think this is a very long case with a lot of twists and turns and a lot of information when in reality, all we really had were the very few–but clear–modalities of Rhus tox.
No winners this time; but, don’t let that stop you! Try this month’s quiz, and we’ll see you back here again next month!
Happy New Year, Quiz Audience!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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