Lilium tigrinum (the Tiger Lily) is a remedy of the plant kingdom and of the sycotic miasm. I understand the remedy to have two parts: a plant part and an animal part. While the plant part of the remedy has to do with chastity, purity and religiousness, the animal part has to do with sexuality, with passion.
A main theme of Lilium tigrinum is religious fervour alternating with an increased sexual desire. (Funnily enough, its name also seems to have two components: the plant (lily), and the animal (tiger)!)
These two sides of the Lilium tigrinum are at tremendous odds with each other. The patients are very religious persons and consider their high sexual desire as being something sinful. They therefore try and repress the same by keeping busy all the time, keeping themselves occupied always. To keep themselves as busy as is possible, they take up several tasks at a time and are hurried in their work. A characteristic symptom of Lilium tigrinum is: Restless: must keep busy in order to repress sexual desire.
Sexual desire may also be extended to mean sensual satisfaction of any kind.
The situation of Lilium tigrinum is one of tremendous religious orthodoxy, as may be the case in a religious monastery. Here any pleasure or amusement, any sensual satisfaction or enjoyment and definitely any sexual idea will be considered sinful.
There is a heavy and constant repression of sexuality and of sensuality in any form. But sometimes, this repressed sexual and sensual side takes over and overpowers the orthodox, religious side, leaving the person completely in the grasp of that part of him which he has always considered sinful and tried to repress.
The patient develops a tremendous anxiety about salvation, a tremendous religious despair. He believes that it will be sinful to enjoy anything that is sensual, and that if he does, there will be no salvation for him. He becomes fearful that something bad will happen because of what he did wrong. Lilium tigrinum persons can also have the instinctive fear that something terrible will happen; they can almost prophesy that they will be afflicted by some terrible disease or that some mishap will occur.
So, whenever the sexual, sensual side takes over, they try to repress it by keeping themselves very busy with a lot of work. They are unable to integrate these two sides of their personality.
Physically, they are aggravated from warmth, and are better in the cool, open fresh air.
- Despair, religious, alternating with sexual excitement.
- Concentration difficult, crazy feeling on the top of the head, wild feeling in head, with confusion of ideas.
- Fear, moral obliquity alternating with sexual excitement.
- Amusement, averse to.
- Doubtful of soul’s welfare.
- Fear, happen, something will.
- Fear, disease of, impending.
- Hurry, in occupation, desires to do several things at once.
- Mental symptoms alternating with physical.
- Occupation ameliorates.
- Religious affections alternating with sexual excitement.
- Activity fruitless.
- Aversion to amusement.
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