Case Quizes Homeopathy Papers

Revisiting: Case of the Flu — Client Unknown

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Elaine gives the answer to last month’s case quiz.

Did anybody read last month’s quiz? If you missed it, here it is again with the answer to follow:

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – Case of the Flu-Client Unknown!



Nux vomica


Rhus tox



OK, and the winner is…… Gelsemium!!!!! Yes, folks, another gelsemium flu! I think you can see why Gelsemium is our most often prescribed flu remedy. Here is what alert reader Maria Theodorou sent in:

Hi Elaine,
I think that this month’s quiz remedy is Gelsemium.

Yes, yes it is Gelsemium!!!! Good for you! That’s two gels. flus in a row for the ezine! You can see what a common flu remedy this is. You can also go back and look at the similarities in the two cases.

The cold is slow onset


the patient is tired, thirstless and apathetic.

Exactly! There’s the whole case right there: sleepy, thirstless and apathetic!

Also he has inclination to sleep.


Drooling in sleep made me think of Mercury, but we don’t have other symptoms.

Yes, that’s exactly right. You may see a symptom of another remedy in a case but the question is, can you confirm the remedy? In this case, no; there’s no confirmation for mercury. For one thing, Mercury is thirsty and our patient isn’t.

I also thought of Bryonia, but he is not thirsty.


Well, I hope Gelsemium is correct 😀

Yes, you’ve done a perfect analysis!

By the way very beautiful pictures!

Really?! Thanks!

Maria Theodorou


And here’s a letter from Dr. Amit Karkare:

 Hi Elaine,

My totality is:

· Apathy, indifference

· Slow gradual pace

· Dull Droopy Drowsy state

· Sensitivity to Cold, AC

· Thirstless

My remedy is GELSEMIUM


Dr Amit Karkare

Again, a perfect analysis. Now you might say, “Gee Elaine, you overlooked a lot of the symptoms in this case! What about the diarrhea? What about the runny nose? What about stomach < hot drinks?”   Well, it’s like I said last month, anyone trying to solve an acute case on the premise that it could be any one of 3,000 remedies is is just asking for trouble!  More often than not, an acute case with a common diagnosis like “the flu” has a historical record of being cured by any one of a specific set of remedies we call a “differential”.  So instead of thinking of your flu remedy as being one of a possible 3,000, think of it as being any one of a possible ten or twenty! All you need to do is ask yourself, “Of our major flu remedies, which one does this case match the best?”

What’s our flu differential? Roughly, this:



Nux vomica






Rhus tox

Eupatorium perf.




There is not a single remedy on this list, other than Gelsemium, that matches Imran’s case: Droopy, sleepy, tired, apathetic and thirstless. He must have said “apathetic”, or words to that effect, 50 times! What’s our big apathetic remedy?  Gelsemium!!!!!  Gelsemium is too tired and dopey to care about anything!  He may want a blanket but never asks for one because–it’s too much trouble!  He may want the glass of water you’ve placed by his bedside but reaching for it is, you guessed it, too much trouble!  He may want to answer your questions, but….once again, too much trouble!  In fact, he may answer every question with, “Huh?”  Or he may start to answer, and not be able to finish the sentence!

You might wonder, “Where did you get this list of flu remedies from, Elaine?”  Don’t all of you have acute prescribing books at home?  Well, for heaven’s sake, get one!  Every acute prescribing book has these lists!

And now to congratulate our two winners:

Dr. Amit Karkare and Maria Theodorou.

Way ta go, gang!  See you back here next month for another exciting and spell-binding hpathy quiz!

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


  • I am a amateur homeopath, catering to the acute needs of my family and friends. In more serious needs, I have access to a more experienced master. Since I do not use a repertory, my method is to fit the max number of symptoms to form a picture (with the obvious inclusion of peculiar or important symptoms) and throw away the rest. It works for me most of the times. Above case would have narrowed down to gelsemium even with this method. I appreciate this part of the H’pathy magazine very much.

  • Yes, good point; all our remedies do have a picture and, I don’t know how many times Imran needed to say the word “apathetic” but, all you really needed to hear was just that, and “thirstless” and the game’s over!

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