Calcarea fluorica is a remedy of the mineral kingdom. The compound Calcium fluoride is made from the elements Calcium (Group II A), and Fluorine (Halogen). In my understanding, Calcarea represents the need for stability and security, while Fluor represents the fear of being let down and deserted.
Fluoride is contained in tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. The function of enamel is to provide maximum security to the teeth by its hard, resistant quality.
The main feeling of Calcarea fluorica is that the person’s source of security or support is unstable and unreliable. Hence there is a need to be totally protected and secure by being hard and resistant. He feels as if there is a gradual erosion of his security; this is noted even in the pathology of Calcarea fluorica, e.g. carious teeth.
“Fear of poverty” is the main rubric of Calcarea fluorica. The Calcarea fluorica person is very insecure about his financial situation. He feels that he can go into a loss, that his business can fail, that something can happen whereby he can lose all his money. Money provides him security, and he makes up for all his fears by saving up as much money as is possible, taking the least amount of risks, and taking lots of insurance.
This feeling that his source of security is unstable and cannot be relied upon can be seen even in the sphere of relationships. Calcarea fluorica feels that his relationships are not stable, and fears that the relationship on which he is dependent (Calcarea) will be broken (Fluor); consequently, he feels the need to be independent.
I have observed Calcarea fluorica persons to be quite independent, strong individuals, and while they have many friends and contacts with a lot of people (thus securing themselves against calamities), they depend on themselves.
They make themselves self-reliant by industriousness, and secure a strong base for themselves financially. But they always fear that this security that they have built up for themselves is getting eroded, and that a calamity will leave them bankrupt.
They are hard-working, quite resolute, firm and strong people. They seem very tough – can withstand a lot. For example, one of my patients who is doing well on Calcarea fluorica has an ulcerating carcinoma of the breast, but she has not told her family and friends about it, and bears the pain without showing it.
They are quite organized, and as is shown in “The Substance of Homoeopathy”, their notes are very systematic, the matter being arranged point-wise, complete with exact numerical descriptions. Also, they would have utilized minimum paper space, and any extra paper would have been cut away. They take good care of their property and possessions, and also maintain their health and job well.
Calcarea fluorica tend to develop problems where they slowly loose the use of some part of their body, as for example cataract, osteoarthritis. They are constantly calculating what they will do if they were to lose the use of this part altogether.
They are regular in taking their treatment, and even when they don’t have any problem they continue treatment as a “safety measure”. They say: “It is okay that so much is gone, but now give us the treatment so that we don’t lose any further.”
The most important dream of Calcarea fluorica is that of the death of his relatives. This dream reflects the tremendous fear that the person whom he depends on may leave him. However, if the relative (in the dream) is a person from whom he gets love and care and not money or protection, the remedy is likely to be a Magnesium salt. Calcarea fluorica also has the dream of efforts, e.g. missing the train, etc.
When all efforts to secure himself financially or in a relationship fail, Calcarea fluorica becomes totally irresolute, feeling most vulnerable and helpless; he can go into a mental depression and become insolvent – a given up state.
I did a proving of Calcarea fluorica in my seminar in Amsterdam and it brought about a very strong response. The very theme of Amsterdam with its open sexuality and easy contact, superficial relationships and heavy accent on money, banking and insurance, made Amsterdam a tempting place to prove Calcarea fluorica.
Among the physical concomitants of Calcarea fluorica, I have found:
- Arcus senilis.
- Early baldness.
- Cracks on feet.
- Transparent skin (through which veins can be seen).
- Varices below the skin.
- Cracks in the middle of the tongue which are horizontal.
- Early decay of teeth.
- Hard nails.
- They desire pungent and highly seasoned food.
- Hot patient, but pains better from heat and constant motion (Rhus toxicodendron).
They develop slow, chronic, progressive pathology: indurations, exostoses, conditions like cervical spondylosis, osteoarthritis, calcaneal spur, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, cataract, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bone tumors; some types of carcinomas are also seen in Calcarea fluorica.
- Anxiety, future, about.
- Anxiety, money matters, about.
- Delusion, poor, he is.
- Delusion, want, he will come to.
- Fear, misfortune, of.
- Fear, poverty, of.
- Fear, work, daily, of.
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