Here is a case, I would like to share. I am a homeopath living in Morocco and the only classical homeopath here. I took this case after the mother was disappointed with a local MD/homeopath trained in France who used polypharmacy, prescribing fifteen homeopathic remedies at one time! Outrageous! She learned of me through a local pharmacist who gave her my address.
Ghita is an 8 year old girl with stomach problems, that had been treated allopathically. Her mother gave the following symptoms during the interview:
She complains of nausea in the morning, has acidity and sour eructations. She is often anxious at night, waking from thinking about what she must do the next day, or that she might be late for school, or that she had not finished a work.
She is orderly. She is anxious about money and death. She likes salty foods, and does not like fish much. She has sneezing in the morning, in Autumn, after leaving the bed. She has a plugged nose at times. She gets headaches often, and doesn’t like the sun much. When she is sick, her mother says she doesn’t say much, but just ‘suffers in silence”. She is constipated.
She is good in school and likes to make surprises. She can be afraid of thunderstorms. Thought of death makes her cry. Her tongue has a fissure in the middle, with white coloration at the root and sometimes she has bubbles at the side of her mouth. She has a history of recurrent tonsillitis and bronchitis. Her tonsils have hard cheesy plugs that she spits out.
After repertorising all the symptoms as seen in the grid…the top remedies were….LYC, NAT MUR, SULPH, PHOS, SIL, CALC
But the story doesn’t end here, nor with the presenting symptoms. If the presenting symptoms have been regular since birth, without any known events that could be the “never well since birth”, it would be of great interest to see if there could be a missing link. Is there a never well since during pregnancy? It pays to ask, and it might help us differentiate.
When asked, “Was there anything that happened during pregnancy, an event of some sort, bad news, etc?”, the mother responded that during her pregnancy, the contractions were absent, even when inducing. Her nipple was also inverted, lack of nipple. During the pregnancy at three months she had the news that her father was in the hospital, and she wept. After the delivery, while in the hospital, the death of her husband’s cousin was announced.
Here we see that the mother had a double event, one during pregnancy in hearing the bad news of her father, and just after delivering while she was still in the hospital! She was told that her husband’s cousin died… AILMENTS FROM GRIEF….
So…NATRUM MURIATICUM….fit the case! Although I didn’t find anxiety in children in the repertory in SYNTHESIS…I did add it later.
Here is what happened after taking the remedy:
1 granule NATRUM MURIATICUM 30c in 125 ml of water….1 tsp , 1 x day.
Keep in mind that she just finished an allopathic treatment 1 month previously. After taking the second dose of Nat Mur she had stomach pain and diarrhea for about 3 days, with lack of appetite. The diarrhea was very liquid. I asked her not to repeat the remedy, thinking it was an aggravation, and not sure whether it was a returning symptom or an acute diarrhea. This is when the panic sets in and you start doubting whether your treatment is moving in the right direction. But one must keep to the principles (Hering’s law) and have faith in them!
On the 4th day she was feeling better. The body was cleansing itself from the allopathic treatment!
She NEVER again repeated the dose, and has not had stomach pain since, nor sneezing in the morning , nor nose obstruction. Three months later she was still well, no stomach pains. However, she was anxious about death and money, weeping at times, afraid something would happen to her parents.
Do I change the remedy …. NO!
The same anxiety existed in the beginning, so although we have amelioration on the physical level, we still need to go deeper to touch the mental and emotional plane.
NATRUM MURIATICUM 30C….. same bottle …this time SPLIT DOSE! 1 tsp from 1st cup TWICE weekly.
Ten days later…she has a returning eruption….Do I change the remedy? No!
I asked about her other symptoms and found that she no longer talks about death, is less anxious, and has no other physical symptoms to speak of.
From here on we wait. The returning eruption is a good sign, in line with Hering’s Law, and it is best to do nothing now, as it will probably clear away on its own. Only if other symptoms appear NOT OF NATRUM MURIATICUM along with the eruption can we consider another remedy. For now, six months later, the child is doing well.