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Proving and Materia Medica of Helium by Jeremy Sherr

The following extract from Jeremy Sherr’s highly acclaimed new book is by permission of the Publishers and is not to be reproduced elsewhere. Copyright 2013 Saltire Books Limited Glasgow.

NOTE: Elements beginning with a small letter represent chemical atoms, while elements beginning with a capital letter represent their related remedies. Text in blue type represents proving symptoms.




Helium 12C: Physical affinities


Helium affects every part of the body and it will require many clinical cases to assess its main affinities. From the proving I have observed strong affinities with the head and hair, skin and itching, throat, eyes, female and hormonal complaints including pregnancy, labour and ovaries, digestion and metabolism, vertigo, extremities, muscles, respiration, back and neck. For a list of physical symptoms, please refer to the full proving text at the end of this book.

Improvements noted from clinical cases include Delayed labour, premenstrual tension, neck and back pain, wandering pains, joints pains

and digestive problems. For further reference see the chapter on cases.


Helium 30C: Generalities


Some of the main general themes in Helium are sensations of floating and lightness or conversely heaviness accompanied by weight gain. Extreme energy versus extreme weakness, fatigue and indolence. Great restlessness, clumsiness, incoordination, chills, colds and bouts of flu, sensations of heat, constriction and pressure, stitching and twitching. Other themes include periodicity (weekly, yearly), as well as noon, evening and midnight modalities.


Helium 200C: Emotional Essence


We will begin our journey into the emotional realm of Helium with the more predictable aspects of the remedy. As one might expect from a noble gas that forms no chemical bonds, Helium provers experienced a sense of aloneness or isolation. Many provers felt a strong desire to be alone and undisturbed, and yearned for peace and quiet. They found a variety of ways to avoid company and to cut themselves off from the world, often hiding behind a book or shutting all the doors and windows. Many provers experienced an intense aversion to talking, touching or engaging in any social interaction, with a definite aversion to talking on the telephone. The feeling was one of “leave me alone, I don’t need or want anyone”. This isolation was often accompanied by apathy. The Helium patient may seem introverted, cold and distant to others. A useful clinical symptom appeared in one prover, who had a strong desire to go to an island or convent, which also reflects the religious aspect of Helium. They may spend a lot of time praying or meditating, and may have an affinity to religious music and healing.

The sense of separation might manifest as a calm tranquility, as if not affected or touched by anything. A feeling of living in one’s own world, calm, relaxed and not bothered by external circumstances. Even stressful situations such as car accidents left provers totally unmoved. This excessive calmness can tip over into total indifference, patients not wishing to be involved in any of their usual activities or having no feelings for loved ones. At its worst this evolves into stagnation, apathy and extreme lack of initia- tive. They are stuck in the world of plans and potential, yet cannot manifest any of it into action. A polarity of this apathy is a desire to read exciting stories and see action movies. Another polarity is sensitivity to others opinions, a sensation that people can see though them, and concern of what they will think.

Alongside the strong inclination to be alone and cut off from society, Helium patients may experience an overwhelming sense of loneliness, rejec- tion and deep melancholy, a feeling that nobody cares. This may be accom- panied by a desolate and depressed feeling, weepiness or a sense of vulnerability. Like many remedy provings, Helium produces irritability. What particularly characterises this irritability is a tremendous aversion to being disturbed. Any intrusion that penetrates their tightly closed shell aggravates in particular noise. The following prover symptom serves as illustration:

Everything is irritating me, the way my friends talk, walk, eat, small sounds. Rage inside, wanting to hit everybody around me, to choke them. Everything inside me is grumpy, from my toes to the top. The grumpiness is floating inside me, as if boiling in my lungs; I want to scream at those around me. I want to be alone, not disturbed. It is a sour, deep, terrible feeling. (I am never normally irritated by anything.)



Figure 3.1 An amalgamation of typical Helium themes1


This irritability can develop into explosive anger over trifles. One prover had a desire to throw things, hit or even bite her child. Moods alternate between feeling positively cheerful and a violent, fighting rage.

An important theme is a great fastidiousness, especially regarding bodily cleanliness and in particular that of the hair. Helium patients may have an aversion to any dirt and possible contamination of their sterile world. Also prominent in the proving was a distorted sense of time, which seemed both fast and slow.


Helium 1M: Higher themes


An up-down theme is a common feature of most gases and Helium also shares this.


Fear of heights


Helium can produce or cure a fear of heights. Some provers experienced a desire to go to the mountains and many had dreams of mountain to mountains, falling from mountain tops and aeroplanes. An unusual (and clinically confirmed ) symptom was a desire to bounce up and down on a trampoline.

Floating sensation


Provers experienced sensations of floating and lightness, described by one prover as “a hydrogen feeling”, as if his feet were not touching the ground. Another described a feeling of being a champagne bottle where the cork was just about to pop, with a strong current pushing up the spine.

Helium and hydrogen make up the first period of the periodic table. Hydrogen is lighter than air, floating out of the atmosphere and up into space. This manifested in the proving as a feeling of the soul leaving the body on its way to meet God. Though heavier than hydrogen, helium is still lighter than air.


A feeling as if my head were lighter, as if I were floating out into the universe.

Feeling as if I see myself from the outside, and from above.


The floating sensation of Helium differs from that of Hydrogen. While Hydrogen has a sensation of the soul leaving the body, in Helium the head feels light and the body feels heavy, fat and flabby. This is symbolic of the beginning of the soul entering or leaving the body. Due to the heaviness of helium relative to hydrogen, in Helium it is the head that separates rather than just the soul.


I felt that my head was separated from my body: a very prominent feeling. Feeling of hard work to get my head and body to fit together again.

Dreamt I was going to the toilet which changed into an open lift. It went straight up and continued upwards, out of the building for hundreds of meters creating a tower as it went, then changed into a rocket. I only had a platform to stand on and I was very scared, afraid of falling. I could only look straight ahead. It felt like going straight up into the sky, to eternity. A force was pulling me by my forehead and the top of my head, so I felt elongated. At the same time a fear of the altitude in my stomach pulled me heavier and heavier down toward the earth. I felt a split between my head and body, located in the throat which was constricted, giving me a suffocated feeling with nausea as if I were going to die.

Dreamt one of my sons was walking on the edge of the veranda, there was no fence and it was a long way down. I was not afraid for him.


The eagle


A characteristic and strange expression of this upward theme is the distinct sensation of being an eagle.


I feel sharp-sighted, as if I can see through things. Like a hunting animal, an eagle. I can see details at a long distance, and as if from above, high up. I saw a sheep and thought about attacking it.


This eagle sensation was accompanied by a feeling of having acute vision and of looking at the world from above, both physically and emotionally. There were feelings of aloofness and superiority, a great clarity of vision, as well as the ability to penetrate or ‘see through’ others.


I can see the details of the surroundings very clearly, both mentally and physically. I feel that I can ‘see’ the children.

My eyes feel clearer and I can look at other people more directly. I feel my eyes penetrating when looking at others, while my mind is safe and secure. Other people can’t touch me. I have a very strong core.

About the author

Jeremy Sherr

Jeremy Sherr

Jeremy Sherr was born in South Africa and grew up in Israel. He has taught in most of the British schools of homeopathy and began the Dynamis School in 1986. Jeremy has also taught in Spain, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Russia, India, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. He maintains busy practices in London, Tel Aviv, and New York. He was awarded a fellowship from the Society of Homoeopaths in 1991 and a Ph.D. from Medicina Alternativa. He was also awarded an honorary PhD from Pioneer University and an associate Professor at University Candegabe for Homoeopathy, Argentina. He is the author of numerous homeopathy textbooks and journal articles and has proved 32 new homeopathic remedies. His latest book is Dynamic Materia Medica: Syphilis, a Study of the Syphilitic Miasm through Remedies. He is currently working on a book on the Noble gases. Recently, he released The Dynamic Case Taker, a new software program for homeopaths to assist in everything from casetaking to perceiving what is to be cured in a case, analysis, synthesis and case management. He is also the Author of Q-Rep, the repertory of Mental Qualities.


  • I am so glad Jeremy was generous enough to allow this article to be ‘printed’ here as I can think of several of my patients who could do with having Helium as it fits them on many levels.

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