Cuprum is placed in the first line of metals in the Periodic Table along with Zincum, Ferrum, Niccolum, and Manganum. It is a psoric remedy. As with the other metals, Cuprum also has the theme of attack, defence and performance.
The main feeling of Cuprum is that of being attacked. He feels he has to be prepared for a sudden attack and has to attack back. This feeling comes in paroxysms (in contrast to Zincum which feels attacked continuously).
This is the theme of war, and Cuprum has a lot to do with war and armies. Cuprum has delusions of being an officer, a great person, a person of rank, a general. This feeling of being attacked and the need to defend is also reflected in his hobbies, which often include the martial arts such as judo, karate, etc. Funnily enough, Cuprum has the symptom: “Fists are clenched during convulsion”.
In children, this feeling is seen in the form of a fear of being approached; the child cannot bear anyone coming near her and reacts immediately by striking, shrieking, biting, spitting, rage, kicking, attacking with fists, etc. One occasionally sees such children in the clinic.
In Cuprum, we have the theme of performance as well. Cuprum has: “Delusion, he is selling green vegetables”, “Delusion, he is repairing old chairs”. These are very ordinary occupations and Cuprum needs to be much more than that, he needs to be a general.
In Cuprum all the symptoms, including the perceived threat of attack, are not continuous but intermittent, occurring suddenly and spasmodically, in attacks sometimes periodical and sometimes due to an exciting cause. The cough comes in attacks, anger comes in attacks. This is the main difference between Cuprum and Zincum: the latter feels attacked continuously.
Another theme of Cuprum is that they imitate others, sometimes making fun of others. There is also a certain degree of egotism seen in Cuprum. They can be good entertainers as well.
Physical symptoms: In the physical sphere we see in Cuprum:
- Cough, comes in long violent paroxysms (asthma). It is a paroxysmal cough, in long, uninterrupted paroxysms with: worse 3:00 AM, worse moon phases, worse emotional excitement on the previous day, etc.
- Ailment from excitement, emotional.
- Anxiety, paroxysms, in.
- Bite, desire to.
- Delusion, arrested, is about to be.
- Delusion, chairs, he is repairing, old.
- Delusion, commander, being a.
- Delusion, general, he is a.
- Delusion, great person, he is a.
- Delusion, officer, he is an.
- Delusion, rank, he is a person of.
- Delusion, pursued, police, by.
- Delusion, green vegetables, he is selling.
- Dictatorial, command, talking with air of.
- Fear, approaching him, of others, children cannot bear to have anyone come near them.
- Fear, strangers, of.
- Imitation, mimicry.
- Rage, biting with.
- Rage, shrieking with.
- Rage, violent.
- Spit, faces of people, in.
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