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Revisiting: Kermie’s Stomach, Tied Up In Knots!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz. Revisiting: Kermie’s Stomach, Tied Up In Knots!

You didn’t miss last month’s prize-winning quiz,  did you?  Here it is again….


Well, Kelly, look around you!  It’s a lovely day for an Hpathy Quiz, don’t you agree?  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping…you are sick, right?


Even better, Elaine; my husband is sick!

That is better!  Wait a minute; it’s not his foot again, is it?

Oh, no, this is much more exciting!

Good, because I think we’ve reached our foot-injury limit, with toothaches running not far behind—do try and see the dentist every once in a while, would you?  What’s wrong with your husband this time?

Well, Elaine, here it is–you gotta love this story!

Wait a minute!  What are we going to call him?

Who, my husband?  What about, “Milton”?

Um, Kelly, people will think that you’re married to Milton Berle!


They will?  Uncle Milty?  Are you sure?  I don’t think so!  What about blues singer, Little Milton? 

You want to call your husband “Little Milton”?  I don’t know, it seems, somehow, implausible.  How about, “Dennis”?

Sounds too much like “Dentist”, it might scare people off!  Ugh!  Homeopathy is so difficult!

Kelly, if it were easy, anyone could do it!  How about…”Kermit”?

Hmm…..Kermit… Kermit…Kermie…. That shouldn’t remind anybody of anyone!


OK!  Well here it is!  I hope you enjoy reading this.

Don’t count on it!

OK!  I have found that treating “Kermie” homeopathically, is a challenge.  He’s skimpy with details, vague about how he feels and many times will sabotage his own treatment, albeit unintentionally. For example, after spending hours repertorizing his scanty list of symptoms one time (I think he had a sore throat) and finally coming up with a remedy, he tells me that he’s already taken ibuprofen!  And he was quite alarmed that I was so irritated with him!

I have also tried to determine what constitutional remedy my “Kermie” might be.  I suspected_______ but was never really sure as it seemed to only offer slight improvement in his various complaints.

I mention these things as an intro to what happened recently and how I think I may have inadvertently discovered his constitutional remedy.  Here’s what happened:

My husband, “Kermie”, has suffered from stomach complaints for years!  It recently became worse causing a lot of distress including an inability to focus on his work.

It usually begins with what he describes as “indigestion” which many times follows coffee drinking that may or may not have been excessive.  His stomach burns somewhat, he feels “tension” in the abdomen accompanied by a “knot” sensation.

The stomach disturbance always occurs during stressful times at work.  There is usually a negative situation that he is worried about to the point of occupying most of his thoughts.  He thinks about work issues a lot, talks about them and also has trouble sleeping.

After trying a couple different remedies, I decided to try_________30c.  This remedy was my third choice and I really didn’t have a lot of confidence it would work.  However, after two doses, he said his stomach felt a little better.  After the third dose, it was clearly better!  However, two weeks later, he told me the stomach discomfort had returned but, naturally, it never occurred to him to take another dose!

Men don’t manage well on their own, Kelly.

No kidding!!!!  Really?  So, the next and most recent episode was brought on by more turmoil at work!  Many “unknown” factors such as a new boss, a possible job promotion or even the loss of his job!

His appetite had decreased, he was somewhat irritable, wanted hot tea to drink, was chilly and very easily distracted.  He was totally preoccupied with thoughts of work and had an “apprehensive” feeling which led to problems sleeping.  The poor guy was a train wreck!

We returned to the previous remedy in water.  After the second dose he didn’t feel a whole lot better.  I tried a third with the same result. “What happened?” I thought.

Did you succuss the remedy before each dose?

Yes, definitely, I wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of Samuel Hahnemann!

So what did you decide to do at that point?

I almost pulled out my repertory again but decided to give the same remedy another try in a 200c.

Very good!  When a remedy was working, always stay with it by either raising the potency or taking it more often before going off and trying something new.  So what happened with the 200C?

Pay dirt!


The stomach complaint resolved within 15 minutes!


He became more relaxed and his appetite returned.  Over the next several days he noticed that, though stressed, he felt better able to deal with the tension.  He was sleeping better, his mood was lighter and he began to view the worries at work more as opportunities than things to be feared.  This in and of itself was amazing!  In addition, two of his co-workers told him he “looked younger”!  Wow!

Kelly, let me just ask you, is he a sweets lover?

He’s a HUGE sweets eater, especially chocolate.  I can’t keep it in the house and the kids have to hide their Halloween trick-or-treat bags from him or they’d have nothing left for themselves!!

Does he prefer tight or loose clothing?

Definitely loose.

Any issue with public speaking?

Fear, but he does great with it once he starts.

Does he worry about failure?

Big time, but makes darn sure he succeeds.

OK, I think we’ve all heard enough.  If you know what Kelly gave to “Kermie”—hey, isn’t that cute? “Kelly and Kermie!”….awww……


…send me a letter at [email protected] and let me know!  We’ll see if you’re right in the next issue!

Oh! Wait a minute, Kelly!  This just in!  Comforting words for your husband from, guess who, Little Milton:

“We may not have a cent, to pay the rent, but we’re gonna make it, I know we will.”  Check it out:


Alright!  Well, let me just say that once again, the Hpathy audience is the greatest audience in the world!  (And the smartest!)  We have a lot of winners this month!  And the winning remedy, of course, is…..LYCOPODIUM!

Now, what stood out for me?  Certainly having to hide the Halloween candy from him…Lycopodium has a big issue with sweets!  Chilliness, the apprehension about the “new” situations at work (Lycopodiums hate to see anything new—that’s an actual rubric in the repertory!), but, let’s see what our readers had to say:

1. Hi Elaine!
The right remedy for Kermie’s knotted stomach should be LYCOPODIUM.
I am from India.
Have recently finished my bachelors degree in Homoeopathy and have begun my private practice just last week.  Hpathy has been doing a great job.  Cheers!
– Akanksha Agnihotri.

2. Hi Elaine,

I particularly enjoyed the comment, “after spending hours repertorizing his scanty list of symptoms … , he tells me that he’s already taken ibuprofen!”  Good one!

Many similarities with Lycopodium and Nux vomica

I could not find any association of a “knot” in Lycopodium – bothersome because that is what you titled the quiz, but it is a particular and Lycopodium still works strongly for the stomach particulars of indigestion, tension and burning pain.  Nux is only weakly associated with a knot sensation, either in the stomach or internally generally.

More important to me were the mentals, especially the ones that improved.  These were Lycopodium keynotes – inferiority/low self-esteem/low confidence; stage fright but an ability to speak anyway; fear of new enterprises or undertaking anything new, doesn’t fit for Nux vomica; lack of self-control such as with sweets.  Ailments from mental work was another possibility, but I’m not sure I understand that rubric.

Thanks!  I have a better “picture” of Lycopodium now.


3. Hi Elaine,

I’d venture to say Lycopodium is the remedy, due to the dyspepsia,
prickly personality, insomnia and desire for sweets.

I always enjoy your articles.  As an aspiring homeopath myself, it’s great to read things written by a homeopath with a sense of humor once in a while!  It makes getting through Hahnemann a little easier. 🙂



4. Lycopodium


5. Hi Elaine,

I just thought it might be proper to provide some info and justify my answer:) Lycopodium

– can’t bear seeing new things

– aversion to undertake new things, although he puts in all effort to succeed

– headstrong and haughty when sick

– fear of being unable to reach his destination

– indigestion with flatulence and distention of abdomen

– failure of digestive powers and liver affections

– tension and compressive pain in stomach, burning in stomach

– pit of stomach sensitive to touch or tight clothing (WORSE for tight clothing!)

– restless sleep, brooding over daily affairs, preoccupied with thoughts

– fear of public speaking, but does great once he starts

– likes food and drinks hot (BETTER for warm drinks!)

– craving for sweets

– chilliness with nervous irritation

Lycopodium it is!


Zara Lashkova

6. The cure for kermit is lycopodium.  Sensitivity to tight clothing, desire for warm drinks, indigested food, stomach knots, anxiety and fright for lack of success, irritable, distracted, sleep problems, and helps the appetite.
I hope this was what helped poor Kermit.
sincerly, Zabsmom

7. Is Kermit a Lycopodium?  There are many aspects that he has that are contained in this remedy. Disordered digestion, better warm drinks, loose clothes, anxiety about many issues, some sleep disorders.  Just a hunch.  Diane Brown


So! Let’s hear it for: Diane Brown, Zabsmom, Zara Lashkova, Gabi, Dr. Maroju, Laurel, Akanksha Agnihotri and Katie!

Dr. B, whatever have they won????


This month’s winners will get a special 30% discount on one order of books from the Hpathy Mall.


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

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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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