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Revisiting: Baby Demonstrates Hering’s Law

Night time aggravation is a huge rubric, roughly 250 remedies, meaning you can probably find almost any remedy there, including, guess what, Antimonium tart!

Thick yellow mucus, mucus refuted after administration of remedy (what is common in a Pulsatila case).

What is the key word in this case?  Rattling.  What remedy is the only “4” under “rattling breathing”?  Antimonium tart!

Next, the cough is described by the mother as “definitely difficult though loose and productive”.  What does that mean?  Cough is loose but hard to raise (“difficult”)!  What does that remind you of?  Does Pulsatilla have a cough that’s hard to raise?  No.  What remedy famously has a loose cough that’s hard to raise?  Antimonium tart!

Jitka votes Pulsatila:

Pulsatila: wants to be carried slowly.

But we have no information for that.  We only know the child is very dull and is worse lying down, better carried.

Piteous cry.

There’s no information for piteous crying.  In fact the mother describes his crying as “complaining”.

“Peevish whining and moaning” (Murphy)–Antimonium tart!


I’m not seeing any “changeability” here.  If the mucus changed colors, if every stool was different in color and consistency, that would be changeability.  But if you mean the case was “changing” because it was getting worse?  That’s not “changeability”.


He’s not so much “soft” as he is non-responsive, dull and lifeless.

Murphy’s MM: “Patient becomes increasingly weak, sweats, becomes drowsy and relaxed with lack of reaction”. — Antimonium tart.

Weeps easily.

No, he’s really only crying when you lay him down (“Aggravations: lying down at night” [Allen]–Antimonium tart.)

Yellow discharges.

The case seemed quite clear to us, that will be an awful shame if we answered incorrectly…:)

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news………but, maybe you learned something important about Antimonium tart today: They’re clingy, they want to be carried, they have a loose cough, they’re worse lying down–all the things one might associate with Pulsatilla alone.

Kind regards. Jitka


I think we may have time for one more answer.

Hi Elaine,

thank you for your teaching.

My answer is antimonium tartaricum.

You are correct sir!

MM — Murphy

“Its therapeutic application has been confined largely to the treatment of respiratory diseases, rattling of mucus with little expectoration has been a guiding symptom.  Great accumulation of mucus with coarse rattling,…… Child continuously wishes to be carried erect,…….. Patient becomes increasingly weak, sweats, becomes drowsy and relaxed with lack of reaction.

Modalities: Better from sitting erect from belching and expectoration.  Better from motion, vomiting, eructation, lying on right side. Worse from warmth, warm room, wraps, warm weather.  Worse from anger, lying, morning. Worse from overheating, cold dampness, on sitting down, when seated from rising from a seat or motion.  Worse from sour things and milk.

Best Regards

Sebastiano Di Salvo, M.D., Italy


OK, it’s time for us to congratulate our winners now.  On the honor roll today we have:

Maryam from Pakistan

Maria from Greece

Dr. Sebastiano Di Salvo from Italy


Dr. Abhishek Choudhary from India

Let’s give them all a big hand!

See ya next time!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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  • Elaine, great quiz as usual. Dealing with babies is the toughest part in homeopathy as the baby does not describe its ailments. It entirely depends on the doc to evaluate the symptoms clearly. Great job done Elaine. Thanks for explaining Hering’s Law. You are a perfect Doc !!!