Materia Medica

The Soul of Remedies: Theridion curassavicum

Written by Rajan Sankaran

Dr. Rajan Sankaran discusses TheridIon, a tubercular misam remedy that’s closely allied to Tarantula. Keywords for it are hyperactivity, sexuality, colours, music, dancing and high energy.

Theridion is a remedy of the spider group. It is closely allied to Tarentula, and it too belongs to the tubercular miasm.  It shares with other remedies of the spider group a highly sensitive nervous system and prominent features such as hyperactivity, sexuality, colours, music, dancing and high energy. Also present are fears – of being trapped, caught and of being killed.

The remedy also manifests hurried and hectic activity, and this fits into my understanding of the tubercular miasm. In fact, Tarentula and Theridion often compare with Tuberculinum children because of this intense restlessness. This idea is confirmed by the fact that Phatak in his Materia Medica mentions Theridion as having a tubercular diathesis. Theridion persons are always very busy, fruitlessly busy.

Very prominent in the Theridion woman seems to be the need to find a mate, because she feels that if she doesn’t have a mate, she will have to face the danger of the outside world, which is too threatening. So there is a need to be attractive and a lot of hectic activity to find, attract and keep her mate. Music, dancing and colours are a part of this attractiveness, whereas fear and impulsive violence are a part of the threat.

Besides the need for a partner, a peculiar feature of Theridion is that she seems to completely “dissolve” her identity into that of her partner – thinking and seeing as her partner does, living completely through the eyes and mind of this other person. Hence, in the event of her partner leaving her, she feels a tremendous emptiness, and it takes time for her to know her real self again. Theridion has the delusion that her head belongs to another.

In some cases, I have found Theridion persons to have a fear of people, especially when they are alone. When approached by people they feel threatened and want to strike or kill, and they have to control themselves so that they do not. These features I have seen also in Tarentula and they seem to be common to this group of remedies.I have seen in Theridion an intense aggravation from noise, startles from noise, nausea from noise.

There is a strong craving for bananas and oranges.The physical symptom of Theridion that I have verified in practice has to do with its cough: “Cough, violent, jerking of the head forward and the knees upwards” and “Cough, jerking the body together”.


  •         Busy, fruitlessly.
  •         Confusion of mind, identity, duality, sense of, head separated from mind, as if.
  •         Delusion, double, of being.
  •         Delusion, head belongs to another.
  •         Delusion, separated from body, is head.
  •         Fear, noise, from.
  •         Loquacity, busy.
  •         Loquacity, excited.
  •         Restlessness, busy.
  •         Sensitive, oversensitive, noise, to, slightest.
  •         Sensitive, oversensitive, shrill sounds, to.
  •         Sensitive, oversensitive, striking of clocks, ringing of bells, to.
  •         Singing.
  •         Starting, noise, from.
  •         Nausea, noise, from.

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About the author

Rajan Sankaran

Rajan Sankaran, MD (Hom), is reputed to be a clear and original thinker and is best known for his path breaking concepts in Homoeopathy. His understanding of ‘disease as a delusion’ followed by his discovery of newer miasms, classification of diseased states into kingdoms and the seven levels of experience, brought in much more clarity into understanding diseased states. The Sensation method has now evolved into a more comprehensive and synergistic approach, which strongly advocates to encompass and integrate the old, classical and traditional approaches with the latest advances.

Dr. Sankaran heads ‘the other song—International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy’, in Mumbai. This academy primarily focuses on imparting advanced clinical training to students and practitioners, integrated with a homoeopathic healing centre. Also he has his own personal clinic at Juhu area of Mumbai, India. He is also the President of Synergy Homeopathic, which is dedicated to the development of reliable, comprehensive homeopathic software and teaching tools.


  • Symptoms are usually studied best by comparing with nearest remedies. A materia medica is incomplete without the follow up, complementary and antidotal remedies.
    It is necessary to mention atleast one partial antidote to the remedy or a remedy to which this remedy is such an antidote. Otherwise it can’t be prescribed with confidence.

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