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Revisiting: KIDS!!!!

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Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz

Did anybody read last month’s thrilling and suspenseful Quiz case? Here it is again with the answer to follow:

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – KIDS!!!!


I can’t believe it! I just can’t believe it! I didn’t even want to use this case because, as I said to myself at the time, “Everyone will know it, it’s just too easy!” But, apparently not! No one knew the answer except for three people! And, in fact, it seems to have actually scared away my entire audience because only 13 people even voted! That’s 13 out of 30,000 readers!  Yeesh!

Well, for the 13 brave souls who actually wanted to learn, gather around and we will discuss our two most famous injury remedies next to Arnica–Bryonia and Rhus tox.

A lot of you knew that when you think of sprained ankles, you should think of Rhus tox. In fact, we even have a very entertaining Rhus tox sprained ankle case right here in one of our back issues:

You should read that so you’ll be able to distinguish between a Rhus tox sprained ankle and a Bryonia sprained ankle. In the case from the above article, the sprained ankle victim had to keep walking, she had to keep moving! That’s the famous Rhus tox “better motion” we’ve all heard about. But what about THIS patient? Arnica had brought down the swelling alright, but, what about the pain? The patient couldn’t move his foot at all, not even a little! This is our great Bryonia keynote, “Worse least motion”! Bryonia people even get “locked” into position or “stuck” because of the pain, and they’re the ones walking bent over into the doctor’s office because they injured their back. “I can’t straighten up! Help!!!” Give them Bryonia! (Oh, did I mention that the remedy was Bryonia? Sorry!)

If Rhus tox doesn’t keep moving, they get all stiff and tight and achy. So, you see, Rhus tox and Bryonia are polar opposites! Whenever you see a case where the patient is trying to hold perfectly still, regardless of the ailment, that’s Bryonia! Especially with fractured ribs. In fact, they may even hold their ribs to immobilize them. In a painful cough, if you see the patient holding his ribs while coughing, that’s Bryonia; hence, the Bryonia keynote, “Better firm pressure.” They may lie on the injured area to immobilize it. In a sprained ankle case, they may want it wrapped tightly with an ace bandage.

Let’s see what one of our readers had to say:

Dear Elaine,

To quote my favorite homeopath…

[I wonder who that could be…?]

“Whatever the injury may be, whether it’s a broken bone…, a bruise or a sprain, the reaction of the Bryonia person is always the same: He can’t move! Even the slightest movement causes a sharp pain! … an ace bandage gives relief. He will want the area immobilized.”


PS – Really, the following is my most favorite homeopathy article to pass around to my friends:

I wonder who wrote that? Probably some idiot!  Well, now for our list of winners…. Congratulations to Eli, Katie and Mary-Jane Sharratt, the smartest people, apparently, in the world!


About the author

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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