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Revisiting: Tonsilitis, Elaine Aggravates

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Elaine gives the answer to the July quiz

Who here among us remembers last month’s exciting quiz? That’s what I was afraid of!  So, here it is again:


To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Tonsilitis, Elaine Aggravates






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So, first of all, after giving the remedy, our patient’s sister and famous Quiz-answerer, Maria, wrote to me and said…..

Well, you were right!

He took a sip and went to sleep.

That’s a really good sign! Is he still mad at me?

Not at all mad!!!

He was astonished too with the results!

So am I!

He told his friends about it, that after all those years he finally is tonsilitis-free!

When he woke up he was 90% better. He went to his work and had a coffee. It started to relapse then,

I guess they’re not kidding about coffee being an antidote.

No, I have seen it too.

so he took another sip.

I hope he succussed first.

Yes 5 times.

Immediately, he felt better again!

He didn’t even have to dose every hour because with one sip it went very good!

Amazing, just amazing! Well, now we’ve got another quiz case!

Yes!!! It will be a difficult quiz! And I will vote for mercury as I thought yesterday.

Hey! Before repertorizing, I thought it was Mercury too!


Now here is my conversation with famous Quiz-answerer, Rajiv:

Dear Elaine,

The remedy seems to be Bryonia.


It has the chief complaint (though its only a 1 in Kent’s repertory)

Rajiv, please get Murphy’s Repertory! Actually, I didn’t find Bryonia under tonsilitis. I found it under “chronic tonsilitis” only. And as a 1, as you said. But it wasn’t in the tonsilitis rubric at all, which is a very bad start.

It has the modalities of warm drinks ameliorate; and rest ameliorates.

I thought “rest amel.” was too common a symptom to repertorize. “rest aggravates” would have been of greater value if it were part of the case because that would have been peculiar.

It is also a very thirsty remedy. But the extreme thirst for warm drinks which ameliorates separates it from other remedies like Phytolacca, Belladonna, Nux Vomica, Nitric Acid, Merc etc. Also, the desire to be left alone seems to further support Bryonia.

Yes, but desire to be alone supports a lot of other remedies too. What about the right-sidedness of the case? What about his inclination to blame others? (“Reproaches others”) Bryonia’s not there. In fact, he even blamed his “layer”!

Arsenic also has amelioration from warm drinks and is very thirsty. But it does not have excessive salivation.

Personally, I think the excessive salivation was due to the fact that he couldn’t swallow.

Bryonia has that. Vithoulkas says that Bryonia is a remedy with very dry mucous membranes.

Did he have dry mucus membranes? I don’t remember seeing that.

and perhaps the excessive salivation is an effort by the vital force to compensate this dryness. Also, Kent does not have Arsenic in the main rubric:

Pain, extending to ear, on swallowing

So my vote goes to Bryonia. Am I right?

What about the bloating? What does that make you think of? Hmm….we have: right-sided complaints, bloating, blaming, better warm drinks, worse cold drinks, wants to be alone….what does this sound like?

Well!! I am sure I really need Murphy’s Repertory. I have already ordered it actually. I shall get it shortly.

You will find it a breath of fresh air!

The way you presented the case towards the end of your mail, it sounds like Lycopodium now.

Indeed, it is Lycopodium!!!!!

I have not repertorized before telling you this.

Any way, its always great to learn from you and your quizzes.


So, yes, it IS Lycopodium and I had no idea until I repertorized!

Revisiting: Tonsilitis, Elaine Aggravates 1So now it’s time to cheer for our winners:

Congratulations to Dr. Shorab Ibrahim from Sri Lanka and….Annonymous!

And thanks to Eva the Picklet, Maria and Katie for wishing Shana well in college!

Bye everybody, see you in September! OMG! “See You In September”! I’ve been waiting all year to say that! Here it is, by “The Happenings”:

Revisiting: Tonsilitis, Elaine Aggravates 2

About the author

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

1 Comment

  • First of all CONGRATULATIONS to Shana for completing her High School Graduation and making you a proud mother.
    This article is truly extraordinary not only from Homeopathic point of view but literary as well. “You mean like CIA agents at Fidel Castro’s birthday party?” What analogy!
    The homeopathic analysis and treatment of the case is also wonderful. Thanks Elaine Lewis.

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