Clinical Cases

Revisiting: Who’s That Lady?


Elaine gives the answer to last month’s exciting quiz!

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Whos That Lady?


Well, alright! Wasn’t this an exciting case? I wish I could say the same for our answers!

Twenty two of you wrote in. I got numerous votes for the stage-fright remedies: Argent-nit., Lycopodium, Silica, Gelsemium and Aconite; I got the irritable remedies–Nux vomica and Chamomilla; I got Cuprum for combativeness, I got Elaps because of perceived Animal Kingdom qualities (desire to be #1 and sympathy for the younger brother) and I got a bunch of remedies that puzzled me, like Nat-mur, Belladonna and Aurum (perhaps because she did say she wanted to die!); but I got only one vote for the right remedy which was IGNATIA!

What are some of the Ignatia “buzz-words” in this case?

  • Out of control
  • Hysterical
  • The coach says run, she walks
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Screeching
  • Screaming
  • Crying
  • I want to die!
  • Argumentative
  • I don’t wannnnnnnt that….

It all just Screams ignatia! (Pardon the pun.)

Let’s look at Ignatia, the remedy we’ve always thought of primarily, and perhaps only, as an acute grief remedy. Why is that? Why do we associate Ignatia with grief the way we associate Arnica with injury? Because just as injury (blunt trauma) tends to have a universal effect on everyone which tends to match Arnica, so acute grief tends to bring out the same response in everyone, that response being the Ignatia: “No!!!!!!!!!!”

Am I right? “No! It didn’t happen!  I won’t accept it!  I don’t believe it!!!!  Say it isn’t so!!!!!!”  What is this an example of? Opposition, conflict.  Isn’t that what we see in this case?  “You can’t make me run, I’ll walk!”  This is a remedy of opposites, opposition and paradoxes. You say yes, I say no. Nothing makes sense about this remedy, just like your teenager, nothing she does makes any sense!  Even the Ignatia modalities: the throat pain is better by swallowing, the stomach pain is better for food, the headache is better by bending forward; everything with this remedy is the opposite of what you’d expect, a paradox.

Why else is Ignatia a grief remedy?  Because of its most famous keynote of all: hysteria!  These people are either in total control, attempting to suppress their emotions and deny that they need any help (like Arnica) or they are totally out of control and “screeching for help”, and can go back and forth between the two such that family members feel like they’re walking on eggshells!  “What did I say? All I did was mention Joe’s name, was I not supposed to do that?”

There is even a rubric, Mind: screaming for help. There are only five remedies in it:

  • Camphora-2
  • Ignatia-2
  • Kali carb.
  • Laurocerasus-2
  • Platina

What are the other keynotes of Ignatia that fit into this case:

  • Very defensive
  • Touchy
  • and
  • Easily offended

Remember? defending moves she made to other players, not being able to tolerate the least criticism? How about this rubric:

Mind: Irritability, contradiction, at slightest–Ignatia-3 (the only remedy!)

Here’s another rubric. Mind: whining. Ignatia is a 2 and of course, Mind: crying, Ignatia is a 3.

Other rubrics:

  • Contradict, disposition to
  • Control, lack of emotional
  • Contrary
  • Hysterical
  • Offended, easily
  • Defiant
  • Anticipation
  • Quarrelsome

To make a long story short, the case was nearly wrapped up with the first sentence: “Baby Maria has been completely out of control!”

And now it’s time to announce our lovely winner!  Congratulations go to Ãgnes Heiczman from Hungary!   This is for you, Agnes, The Isley Brothers, “Who’s That Lady”


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

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