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Revisiting: Doin’ “The Walk”!


Elaine revisits last month’s suspenseful quiz! Did you guess the right remedy?

Who remembers last month’s exciting quiz presented by Caralyn about her increasingly popular father and his really bad leg cramps? Here it is again:


To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Doin “The Walk”!


So, how did we do, gang? Let me tell you, a lot of you were not fooled!  The remedy was…… Rhus tox!

Now listen people, this is very basic homeopathy: a person gets an injury or a cramp or a strain and they feel they have to move, keep moving, worse from sitting or lying still.  That’s Rhus tox, you can’t mistake it!  Brooks wrote in saying, “I look forward to your analysis…”  I said, “What analysis?  He’s better moving–Rhus tox!”

Now, I know a lot of you sent in an array of “restlessness” remedies, like Arsenicum and Tuberculinum.  But these restless remedies are coming from the mental/emotional plane, not the physical plane like this patient, AND they’re not necessarily better for all the moving they’re doing!

Rhus tox is definitely better for motion!  A Rhus tox sprained ankle will actually improve from “The Walk”, believe me I know!  When I was a kid, I sprained my ankle and was home from school for about a week as I remember, and then on the day I went back, it was very painful for me to walk to school in the morning but by the afternoon when I came home? After a full day of walking around?  I was literally back to normal, the improvement was overwhelming!  In Rhus tox, movement really does ameliorate; whereas, with Arsenicum, yes, they’re very restless but not really better because of it.

So, as far as rubrics are concerned?  If you really needed any?  We’ve got:

Murphy’s Repertory–

Legs: cramps, calves, motion amel.–Argentum, Bryonia, Ferrum, Rhus t.

Legs: cramps, calves, bed, in–There are 23 remedies, I’ll just list the ones in bold: Rhus tox, Sulphur, Calc-c., Carbn-s.

Then there’s the “Desires milk” which we know helps confirm Rhus tox; plus, the description of the sensation: “Something too large is trying to fit into something too small.”  That’s in the repertory as Generals: constriction sensation. Too tight, in other words. Rhus tox is in bold for that. You could also interpret that as “stiffness”, which is a keynote for Rhus tox, they feel very stiff, very tight. So, there you have it.

And our winners are….

Akanksha Agnihotri


Jayashree Kanoi

Dr Wequar Ali Khan



B. Madhavi

Thanks for voting, everybody; see you next time!


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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