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So, how did we do this time? Is the caller there?
I have to say I am struggling to decide between 3 remedies! Bry, Nux and Natrum mur.
OK, I can see where you’re coming from. Bryonia and Nat-mur both have dryness and Nux. v. is short-tempered. But I will tell you something right off the bat. A very important symptom in this case is Warm drinks and Warm applications amel. and that does not go for Nat-mur. So, I would strike that off the list immediately. Now, if we look up Warm applications amel., Nux v. isn’t there and Bryonia is only a 1. So, that leaves Bryonia hanging on only by a thread! Oh yeah, those modalities are really important (things that make the complaint better or worse). Robin Murphy always says, “Never go against the modalities.” In other words, don’t give a “better cold” remedy to a person who’s “better warm”. So, the modalities don’t suit Nat-mur, less so Bryonia, and lesser still Nux v.
Also, Maria, we have a right-sided case. That’s another thing we’ll have to repertorize, as well as the aforementioned better warm drinks and better warm applications.
I cannot open the repertory to confirm some symptoms, so I hope I won’t make a big mess. Here it is:
Bryonia because of the marked dryness,
The rubric I chose was, “Nose: coryza, discharge, without, dry”. Translation: “a dry cold”. I hope everybody knows that the rubric for the common cold is “Nose, coryza”–yes, I know; I wish the repertories would update that to “Nose: cold, common cold (see ‘coryza’)”.
the pressure amelioration, irritability from noise, right sided complaints
Oh good, you saw that too. And the worse from noise, yes, that’s another characteristic symptom that has to be repertorized.
desire to rest.
I didn’t bother with that because it’s common.
But I hesitate because of the warmth ameliorating the patient, for which Nux is more suitable
Yes, you’d think so; but, apparently they don’t desire warm applications, like hot compresses, etc. It was missing from that rubric. Nux v. is also not well-represented in the “pressure amel.” rubric.
along with the irritability, the firm pressure and the marked stuffed nose.
On the other hand the patient is weepy also, so here comes the nat-m,
Is nat-mur weepy? I don’t know…..It’s a 4 under “Cannot cry, though sad”, which means it’s bold/underlined for that.
and Nat-mur also has irritability from noise, talking etc but it is worse from heat/warmth.
Aha! So you did see that!
The symptom that strikes me is the desire for closing eyes tightly.
Except there’s no rubric “desires to close eyes tightly”, so, I don’t know what to do with that symptom.
This is kind of pressure isn’t it? Bry is famous for it and it is also a very dry remedy and the patient would like to rest. But I feel I can not overlook the warm application amelioration.
Yes, definitely, you cannot overlook “Warm applications amel”!
So I am voting for Nux-v, but if I am totally wrong I will try again to guess 🙂
Good! Because you are totally wrong! Now, I will give you a clue. Basically, this case, to me, was a lot like last month’s quiz in that I couldn’t make heads nor tails out of it until I repertorized! Here’s what I used:
aversion to noise
better hot applications
better warm drinks
right sided complaints
coryza without discharge…
but! There is ONE teeny, tiny peculiar mental symptom which, if you can find it, helps confirm the remedy. What do you think now?
Arsenicum comes to mind, which I ruled out in the first place because it lacked the pressure amelioration.
How important was that, really? Most people with headaches rub their heads and press their heads, I didn’t pay any attention to that, even though Arsenicum is in the rubric “Headaches: rubbing amel”.
If she was averse to pressure, or if pressure aggravated, that would have been very peculiar and I would surely have used the rubric “Headaches: pressure agg.”
The germ fear struck me, about touching only the door knob, which shows that she has an issue with germs.
That’s it! That’s it!!!!! Yes, it’s Arsenicum! Yes, that’s the clue that makes us sit up and say, “What?” And then if you work your way back from that and say, “Is Arsenicum right-sided?” Yes! “Is Arsenicum better for warm drinks?” Yes! “Is Arsenicum better for warm applications?” Yes!
So, there you have it; yes, it is Arsenicum! “Mind: fear, germs, contamination” is a small rubric–15 remedies (Murphy’s Repertory)–and Arsenicum is listed for that in BOLD! Other remedies in bold are: Calc, Sulph and Thuja. None of those three covers the rest of the case though. Sensitivity to noise, another good mental symptom, does not list Thuja and lists Sulphur only as a 1. Sulphur, though, is not better for warm applications and Calcarea is not better for warm drinks; so, it’s Arsenicum all the way!
Also I wasn’t sure if it was a dry remedy so I kicked it out 😛
Arsenicum is a 2 under “Nose: coryza, discharge, without, dry”; so, it covers that too.
I was looking for an intense dry, pressure and warmth amel. remedy – which magnesia-phos is perfect, but she lacks irritability, noise agg.etc. I thought that the pressure is very significant modality also.
No, not when you have a headache. Think about it. People, when they have a headache, are always pressing their forehead, pinching the root of their nose, pressing their temples, massaging their temples, etc. You can’t make a big deal out of that. What was more important was the desire for warm drinks and warm applications. This is not so common. In fact, if you had to guess what a headache sufferer would put on his head, you’d probably guess an ice bag! And because the desire for warmth was so prevalent, seen in more than just one area, it became even more important in terms of the remedy needing to cover that.
So my second guess is Arsenicum. If not I will try again 🙂
No, you nailed it this time, Maria!
Oh great!!!!!! I am very happy! You see I almost never have headaches
I wish I could say that…..
so I over-valued pressure amelioration. I did not know that it is so common. Great quiz again! I will be more careful when I rule out a remedy :)))
I also read “Shana’s Vaccination Exemption Letter” (https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-papers/shanas-vaccination-exemption-letter/) –Well said!!! Here in Greece you have the right to deny vaccination BUT you have no right to go to school or children’s summer camps.
I will write you soon about my progress with my back because I think I am gonna need your advice again!
Good! OK, I think we have another caller on the line…It’s my soul brother Peter from Wales!
Hi Elaine! My vote is for Ars alb – noises in ear on swallowing; better from warm applications and pressure; desires warm drinks; sighing; irritability from noise; fear of contagion (germs on doorknob, allergens in the backyard); dryness of mucus membranes; inflammation of sinuses
Way to go, Peter! I see you caught that whole fear of germs thing too! Good for you! Here’s my repertorization: (see below)
So, let’s congratulate our winners shall we?
Peter Dunseith from the UK and Bhuvijain who said he had the exact same virus himself and cured it with Arsenicum! Wow! OK, good going you guys; see you back here next month, and thanks to all of you who took part in The Quiz!