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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.


Many mineral remedies have animal analogies hidden within them. This is why the doctrine of signatures approach (i.e. elephant sensation equals elephant remedy) represents an unsophisticated level of homoeopathy. Through provings we learn to see the correspondences that transcend kingdom classification. There are many similarities between gas remedies (such as Ozone) and birds, and Helium and the eagle are a particularly good example. Both are noble, both avoid mixing with the world, both feel superior and fly high up in the sky. The eagle is the king of birds, while Helium wears the crown of the periodic table. Both are associated with helios, the sun, and both remedies share the delusion that there are two suns in the sky. The circumscribed white head of the bald-headed eagle reflects the head-body split of Helium. Many emotional themes of Helium are remi-niscent of those of Haliaethus Leucocephalus: looking from above, a desire to be alone in the mountains, a floating sensation, indifference, tranquility, penetrating vision, alone and isolated, alternating moods and explosive anger. Even the names Helium and Haliaethus reflect the similarity.


I had an image of Thor Heyerdahl. He was an eagle, looking like an eagle, seeing things from above, revealing the pattern of how people travelled in ancient times. I thought he looked cold and I felt sorry for him. What would it be like to be so cold? I thought of things I have read about his childhood: that he felt separated from his environment, something in his upbringing, no play. His mother was into Darwinism and practical, down to earth things, while his father believed in God and told him stories from the Bible.


This image illustrates more about Helium than just the eagle. From the lofty peaks of the periodic table, Helium perceives the big picture yet remains detached from it all in noble isolation. The contrasting characters of Thor Heyerdahl’s parents reflect two of the contrasting polarities in Helium: being down to earth as opposed to deeply religious.i


God, healing and music


Spirituality and a yearning for God are important aspects of Helium. This is more of a spiritual longing then religious ritualistic behaviour. While Hydrogen has only just separated from God, Helium has taken the first step away from the creator towards earthly existence and the gap has widened. Meditating for long periods of time, chanting or praying in church were some of the experiences shared by the provers. From the original proving language you can sense the difference between Hydrogen’s universal soul and Helium’s individual soul, longing and praying for reconnection with the divine.


Longing to be one with God. I got palpitations like when you’re in love when I thought about it. It is a sad longing, a wistfulness. I sat down to meditate, but felt a stronger need to kneel down and pray, to send my wishes out. Desire to be in touch with God, near God.


Other aspects of Helium’s spirituality include a strong love of music, especially new-age, spiritual music, church music or Bach. Helium also has a remarkable ability to see people’s auras, as well as an intense capacity for healing and transmitting energy. Healing, whole, healthy, helios, Helium.


Feeling a strong healing power in my hands, starting to treat patients with healing.


Helium patients may have a desire to shave their head, which relates to the Helium effect on the crown chakra. It is as if they want their crown to be totally open to the sky.


Desire to shave all the hair off my head.

My hair caused constant irritation. I felt like cutting it off short-short. I had to tie it up into a ponytail to keep it away from my face.


The Helium desire to shave the head, pray, chant or go to a monastery indicates that Helium may be a good remedy for monks, Hare Krishna devotees and a whole variety of new-age disciples. This hypothesis has been clinically verified.

i Thor Heyerdahl is famous for the Kon-Tiki expedition. He organised and led a 1947 expedition from Peru to Polynesia on the balsa raft Kon-Tiki to demonstrate the possibility of aboriginal South American voyages to the Oceanic islands.


Obsessive compulsive disorder


As we might expect from a noble gas proving, Helium is prone to extreme perfectionism. Shaving the head is one example of this. Any hair that is dirty or out of place becomes a source of irritation. This perfectionism can easily become an obsessive compulsive disorder, especially regarding cleanliness, washing and germs. In opposition to this fanatical cleanliness are dreams of dirt. To Helium the physical world is filthy and polluted and they would rather remain in their own uncontaminated isolation.


I took a shower and took a long time to clean every single hair on my head and every part of my body.

Strong desire to have the house tidy and clean, feeling it looks dirty.

Feel a need to protect myself mentally from the germs in the breath of a sick child. I felt he had dirty, offensive breath, even though it wasn’t really. I didn’t want to have his ‘uncleanliness’ in myself.

I dreamt that my flat was very dirty (earth/mud), especially the bath- room. The bathroom floor was covered with beetles that were difficult to get rid of. They bit my big toe. When I touched them they were soft and like dog shit. My main feeling was: My flat is so dirty and I couldn’t manage to keep it clean.

As we already hypothesised, the noble gift of perfect existence is also Helium’s Achilles heel. Perfectionism wraps Helium in an isolating layer, preventing contact with the grimy joys of life in this world. The following are some symptoms that illustrate this pathology:

Dreamt that there was something wrong with my skin. An outer layer was sick and I needed an operation to get rid of it. But I found that I could peel off a thick layer myself, easily and without pain. Inside there was fresh new skin, all clean and perfect.

In the shower I had a revelation that things are not perfect, you can’t be too idealistic, you have to accept or else you get cold and cynical.


During the proving I was cold and observing. I felt no joy, My heart was not with things


Helium 10M: Spiritual themes


In Helium 10M the two prominent themes of Helium, that of being high up and that of purity versus filth combine into one idea. Living outside the body, or rather body in and head out, Helium cannot bear to enter a dirty and contaminated reality. The price she must pay for this purity is to remain out of touch with the world, a soul unwilling to undertake incar- nation.

A curious phenomenon in the Helium proving is that many of the dreams of dirt versus cleanliness take place on mountain tops, reflecting the pristine and lofty position of the unincarnated Helium soul.

In our cottage in the mountains I see a mouse crossing the floor. The place is not clean; it is untidy and not very well maintained. It doesn’t feel like a safe place to sleep in. Outside it is very green and nice with a lovely river.

Swimming in muddy water with an old boyfriend and my daughter in the mountains. It is unpleasant and uncomfortable. Then new clear water comes and it turns into a pool.

Dreamt of being high up in the mountains with a lot of snow. Three cows are coming up the side of the hill. A pile of newly washed clothes is lying in the snow. The clothes are white and green. My son was with me and I asked him to hurry, since I was afraid that the smell of the cows would contaminate the clothes.

Soon after the proving I was reading a book called Journey of Souls by Dr Michael Newton.2 Rather than taking his patients back to a past life, Dr Newton, a hypnotherapist, developed techniques to journey with them to the place between lives, documenting their impressions of the afterlife. While in a state of deep hypnosis, twenty-nine people recalled their experiences as spirits between incarnations on earth. Dr Newton believes that the hypnotic responses of his subjects concerning the afterlife provide credible information because of the consistency of their reports. Patients often used the same words and graphic descriptions. These descriptions include accounts on how it feels to die, who meets us after death, where we go and what we do as souls, different levels of souls, why we choose to come back in certain bodies and how we learn to recognise our soul mates on earth. More importantly, the subjects describe how souls learn from the mistakes of past lifetimes and consequently choose the setting and purpose of their next life.

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.


  • Picture of Helium presented beautifully. great work. would like to learn more drug pictures in such a easy way. will never forget helium picture.

  • 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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