A withdrawn and mistrustful teenager was helped enormously with the homeopathic remedy Plumbum metallicum. He has the typical personality traits and clinical indications of the remedy. The case highlights how a state can be transferred between people: the father had been in a prolonged state of stress during his career, where several of his peers were attempting to sabotage and conspire against him, due to which he had to remain constantly vigilant. This was taken into consideration when a metal is chosen during remedy selection.
Homeopathic remedies are made from a surprising number of substances
Materia medica (lit.: ‘medical material/substance’) is a Latin term from the history of pharmacy for the body of collected knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance.
The Materia Medica of a homeopathic medicine/ remedy will describe the whole person, including personality, mental and physical symptoms, tendencies, food desires and even how people are affected by the weather. Since all people are unique, descriptions of the homeopathic remedies also include many individual differences.
It’s all about performance and competition: Homeopathic remedies made from metals
Most metals are either highly ductile or malleable, or both. Such features make them very valuable in industrial applications. In terms of homeopathic expression, these properties may be translated as individuals with a high ability to absorb pressure, with an inherent capacity to adapt to high demands at their work place without becoming flustered. That is also why they are naturally selected for positions of leadership or positions that are highly skilled and valued. This is the kind of situation that such people learn to deal with at a very early age and with comparative ease.
“He would just stare at me with a grim face”: A case history requiring a metal remedy
What are his hobbies and abilities? He came in holding a Rubik’s Cube from the waiting room. He had almost solved it, and so I thought it best to go with the flow and requested him to complete it if he liked. He appeared relaxed, but suddenly he was totally focused on that activity. I did not time him, but he completed it at an amazing speed and placed it on the table. There was no obvious sign of victory, not even when I congratulated him on his accomplishment. He seemed confident. It was clear that he was used to such high-pressure tasks and did not feel the need to glorify them. The staring game resumed! I asked him more about the cube, as I sensed that there could be resistance if I attempted to probe the medical history too early.
He said that he liked to solve cubes and commented that this was an easy cube, while he was used to solving more advanced ones. On being asked about his other interests, he said that he liked all kinds of sport but soccer was his passion. I had read his case form and had noted that he had bladder incontinence, and wondered how he could cope playing a demanding physical sport such as soccer with such an ailment, but decided to understand him more first.
The father is a young officer who has taken recent early retirement from the services and now works as a research consultant. The mother is currently a housewife due to the health challenges of the children.
Psyche: “He used to be a very sweet child but since the last two years we find his behaviour more aggressive. His younger sister is under treatment for psychosis and he has become very intolerant when she gets aggressive.” His sister was not under my treatment at that time, but once they saw their son responding, she also commenced homeopathic treatment and responded well to Ignatia. “He does everything in his own time and becomes aggressive if repeatedly told to finish an incomplete task. We have also noticed that recently he takes a lot of time answering when asked something, (I had noticed this as well) and that causes difficulty for others to communicate with him. While he has several friends and admirers, he hardly has any close friends. But he seems content with that. It only bothers us.” The mother was with her parents during his pregnancy as her husband was posted elsewhere. She did not take folic acid very regularly, until she had bleeding at thirteen weeks, and then started to take it more diligently.
The father on his career: “I have over a hundred publications in my name. There were a lot of pressures as I needed to be away from work for long periods and I also needed to travel a lot. I have retired as now I want better opportunities for my kids and want to provide a good support system to them by being around for them.
“Our son was conceived during the initial years of my career and there was a lot of academic pressure. I had to show very high performance but I found that period of my life and career very satisfying. I was the main driving force of my team within the naval officers; beyond a point I don’t take too much stress, however high the pressure. I get things initiated and then monitor them from the outside. Though my team has always been co-operative and most of my mentors have also been very supportive, I needed to prove myself. At that time there was resistance at the mid-level, as I was very young and yet had to lead my team, and that created issues at the lower level. Some of the officers tried to sabotage my reputation and I was being watched, and hence I always had to watch my back and make sure that I did not violate procedures in any way. These officers were waiting for me to make a slight mistake, but I never gave them a chance to find fault in my work.”
At this point, the boy was called into the clinic once again and was asked about his constipation. He replied that his stools were always hard and dry, and needed a lot of straining. He would skip days at a time, during which he would get very severe stomach ache.
Analysis and the main themes of this case
• Serious – both from the pathology point of view and also devoid of humour
Even the boy’s capacity of proving himself in whatever he does, whether it is his interest for specialised cars, advanced Rubik’s cubes, or while playing competitive soccer, reflects his need to shine. His need is to appear indispensable due to his special skills, and the need to be valued despite his handicaps.
Plumbum metallicum constipation is often discussed in homeopathic Materia Medica
Even the uro-dynamic tests confirmed that his bladder residual is much better, and he has not had a urinary infection. He is on no other medication except homeopathy. In a recent follow up in 2020, the teenager has been doing well without any incontinence issues at all. The case highlights how a state can be transferred between people: the father had been in a prolonged state of stress during his career, where several of his peers were attempting to sabotage and conspire against him, due to which he had to remain constantly vigilant. This was taken into consideration during remedy selection for his son.
Signs and symptoms of Spina bifida
Spina bifida is a spinal cord defect. The defect arises between the 22nd and 28th day of embryonic development, which is the period of primary neurulation, when the neural tube is formed from the neural plate and closed. In spina bifida the defect is usually at the lower end. Spina bifida affects on average one in 1000 children, with girls affected slightly more often than boys.
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