Clinical Cases

Revisiting: A Bad Cold Threatens Kelly’s Family Christmas


Here’s an acute case that runs through many remedies before being resolved. Did you get the right answer?

Does anybody remember last month’s quiz? Here it is again:

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – A Bad Cold Threatens Kellys Family Christmas


So, how did we do last month? There were 8 right answers out of a total 13 votes cast. And the winner is….Yes, you guessed it, GELSEMIUM!!!!  I can’t say enough about Gelsemium… just last Saturday, I noticed that it was 1 PM and Shana was still in bed! I found this quite odd. I walked over to her bed side and saw an ice pack on the floor. This could not be a good sign because Shana only goes to get ice packs if there’s something wrong. Also, since I didn’t see her get it, it meant she got it early in the morning while I was out, meaning she had been awake for hours, not coming out, not wanting company, not complaining, so right away you have a clue as to the mental state–indifference/apathy.  I said, “What’s wrong?” She looked “not present”, dull, a bit distressed. She said her legs hurt/ached. Around here, that always means the flu! I got Gelsemium 1M right away and gave it to her. Forty-five minutes later I went back in to check on her. “Hey mom, can we go to the bookstore?” “Hey, you’re better!” I said.  Well, we never looked back! That was the end of it! Do you realize that could have been the beginning of a week-long flu? She’d have missed school, I don’t even want to think about it! Luckily, with homeopathy, you don’t have to!

When you think of Gelsemium, think of the flu; think of apathy, think of chills, thirstlessness, headache, weakness, sleepiness, shakiness, trembliness, dizziness, the “droopy-eyed” look. They may answer all your questions with, “Huh?” because they’re slightly toxic; making an effort to think is just too much for them. You may see frequent urination.

So, here are some of the comments from our readers who got the right answer:


Dear Elaine,
The remedy given was Gelsemium, as the patient was tired, lethargic, dizzy and thirstless.
Dr. S.R.Sudarshan.


Hi Elaine,

The remedy coming to my mind is nothing but our very special GELSEMIUM.
Its known for dullness, dizziness & thirstless with all its complaints so also is in the case.



Hi Elaine,

I think the remedy is gelsemium. The tired feeling combined with thirstlessness, and vertigo shows gelsemium in bold.

God bless,
LuAnn Batt


So, congratulations to our fantastic winners: Bonnie Kacher, Joyce Allenberg, Krauke Kuchenbecker, LuAnn Batt, Anca T., Banaras Khan, Shefali and Dr. S.R.Sudarshan.


This month’s winners will get a special 30% discount on one order of books from Hpathy Mall. Click Here for Prize Guidelines

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom.  Elaine takes online cases. Visit her website at:

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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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